Saif to work with Chetan Bhagat

Saif Ali Khan is all set to play his first biographical character in Siddharth Anand’s 2 States, a film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s book about a Punjabi boy who wants to marry his Tamil sweetheart but only with the consent of both their parents, based on the writer’s own life story.

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Published: Wed 17 Nov 2010, 7:45 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:00 PM

Saif is expected to spend time with Bhagat to understand his character, Krish. In real life too, Saif is all set to get into a cross-cultural marriage.

Bhagat says that he would like to exercise a closer vigil over the casting of the protagonists than he did in his other movie adaptations of his novels like Hello (One Night At The Call Centre) and 3 Idiots (5 Point Someone).

Says the best-selling author, “It is not important for Krish to be played by a Punjabi or Ananya to be played by a Tamilian. I’m aware Saif is not a Punjabi. The whole idea of 2 States is to convey a pan-India appeal. What better way to show this than to have a non-Punjabi actor playing my Punjabi protagonist?”

Bhagat would also like the Punjabi protagonist’s projection to be free of stereotypes and external trappings. Unlike the sardar, which Saif played in Love Aaj Kal, the Punjabi boy in 2 States would have to be played as a product of a pan-Indian sensibility.

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