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#NorthSouthDivide: ‘2 States’ stars Alia and Arjun on Prejudice, Romance and the Weather in Goa

'Trajectory' is such an important word for young actors anywhere in the world but even more vital in an industry like Bollywood where fortunes and futures can rest on a single turn in a single film: even if you're the scion of a family with well-entrenched roots in the business.

In an industry brimming with thrusting young talent with impressive resumes and even more impressive family connections, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor - the daughter of mega director Mahesh Bhatt and son of mega-producer Boney Kapoor, respectively - already possess impressive trajectories.

Bhatt is on a professional high after a magnificent performance as the conflicted rich kid Veera in Imtiaz Ali's 'Highway'.  The quirky role was a brave choice for the 21-year-old who is fast establishing a reputation for being 'different' in an industry that's notorious for its homogeneity.

The 28-year-old Kapoor meanwhile, has quietly sculpted away at a solid CV himself having burst on to the scene as the smouldering tearaway Parma Chauhan in the entertaining 2012 romance 'Ishaqzaade'. 

The two rumoured lovebirds are now set to come together on the big screen for the first time in '2 States', the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's semi-autobiographical book of the same name, in arguably the most eagerly-anticipated coupling after Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in 'Ram Leela'.

Unlike the sexually charged - not to mention ever-so-slightly manufactured - chemistry between Padukone and Singh, there's an earthiness to the chemistry between Bhatt and Kapoor,  and it's quite palpable as the rumoured lovebirds came to London to promote '2 States'.

That chemistry surely bodes well for the film: perhaps the most sensitive adaptation of a Bhagat work given that the novel - the author still maintains that it's a work of fiction - is the story of the uniquely Indian troubles faced by a couple from different parts of the country.

Kapoor plays Krish Malhotra, a strapping Punjabi lad who falls in love with the South India-born Ananya Swaminathan (Bhatt).  Cue plenty of gags drawn from the cynicism and prejudice that exists between north and south India.

The UKAsian's Poonam Joshi caught up with Bhatt and Kapoor to have a lengthy discussion about those prejudices and, erm, the similarities in the weather patterns in Mangalore and Goa.

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