Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s song from the Abhishek Varman’s 2 States, which is out now, has parts which were shot at IIM-A (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad) which is a first for a Bollywood film.
The reason why a part of the movie was shot in IIM-A was because the book on which it is based is also set in the institute. While they didn’t have many difficulties getting permissions, the weather was playing a bigger spoil sport, as it was just too hot when they had gone for the shot!
Apart from IIM-A premises, the actors also filmed at real locations in the city. “It was important to capture life in that city and not cheat by shooting in, say Mumbai, and passing it off as Ahmedabad. The local elements — people and buses — add to the realistic element of the song,” says a crew member, adding that wherever they shot, there were traffic jams and the crowds went crazy.
2 States, produced by Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Ltd, releases April 18.
Meanwhile, the trailer of the movie which is simply awesome has been getting a lot of views on YouTube. Excerpts from our conversation with the filmmaker on why he believes the trailer works: “I feel the trailer works as it gives you the story of the film, which is a bit of comedy and a bit of romance. The film is balanced for both, the youth and the family audiences, and has thus helped it connect with a larger audience. The book is widely read and that too helps in enhanced viewing. Despite not having your quintessential big stars, the number of views is the best compliment to the trailer. My brief from Karan Johar was to have it instantly connect. Now, I just hope that the trailer viewing converts into box office numbers.”