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Karan Johar’s ‘2 States’ loved worldwide

2 StatesThe opening weekend for 2 States has opened to double digits in India and has taken impressive opening at the UK BO too.

Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar are overwhelmed with response to their first co-production 2 States, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor. On Friday the film opened to 12.42 cr, Saturday was steady at 12.13 cr, Sunday was 13.51 cr. The film earned a total  of  38.06 crore in India on its first three days.

The film opened at number 11 on the Official Box Office Charts, earning £208,579 from 63 screens.

Karan Johar says, “In my experience, a love story always receives its own share of love from everyone concerned. I can rightfully say this because we, at Dharma Productions, have personally witnessed this.”

“I started my career with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, a love story, then we had Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in May 2013 and now with 2 States — we have put out a bouquet of love stories that have found a strong resonance with the audience. They get the scent of a film from the very start and I now have proof in my hands that they are just loving this Alia-Arjun romance,” added the My Name Is Khan director.

Karan says there is a lot to celebrate on the account of 2 States as it is his first outing with producer Sajid Nadiadwala which he enjoyed. ”Touch wood, there were no glitches whatsoever throughout the making. The journey on 2 States was seamless and another reason is the fact that debutant director Abhishek Varman, who got his break with this film, is from Dharma’s core team.”

“My faith in Chetan Bhagat’s book and in Abhishek’s adaptation stands validated. I had an instinct on Abhishek right from the start. And now that he has delivered, I feel like a proud parent,’’ said Johar.

2 States is in UK cinemas now.

Interview: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor talk about ‘2 States’

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor were in London recently to promote their upcoming movie, 2 States.

Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik caught up with the duo and spoke about the film, an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat.

UTV Motion Picture releases the Dharma Productions and Nadiawala Grandson production in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

This is the first time you are promoting a film in the UK. How is it going?
Arjun: I am just meeting people one by one in the room here just like I do when I promote my films in India. It doesn’t feel like I am in London and I am going to take it up with my distributors as to why they didn’t make the interviews happen out in the open (smiles). But it feels really nice to come here as an actor for the first time. I have travelled to London many times in the past as an assistant director or pleasure as I have many friends here.

You both are meeting fans at Cineworld Feltham later. Did you tell Arjun of what he should expect?
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Alia: I have been there once before my first film, Student Of The Year, released and nobody really knew us. But the fans were very warm people (laughs).

Arjun, you don’t seem impressed…
Arjun: It’s not that I am not impressed. I just find it very surreal that people will take out the time to come and meet me. I have seen it happen with stars like Salman Khan. I have seen him not able to take one step forward because of huge crowds who were there to see him. That is true stardom and I find it surreal when something like that happens to me.

Arjun, the co-producer of the film, Karan Johar, said that Sajid Nadiawala was taken aback by his suggestion to cast you in the film. How did everything fall into place?
Arjun: Sajid Nadiwala was always passionate about making 2 States into a movie. A lot of A-list actors and directors showed interest but nothing ever materialised. When my debut film, Ishaqzaade, released Karan Johar loved it and so did the director of 2 States, Abhishek Varman. I was called into the Dharma Productions office and I read the script. I loved it and I was on board from that day. Sajid Nadiwala has seen me growing up and hanging around at Salman Khan’s house. We have taken holidays together and know each other well. I think, he was just taken aback that “Oh the time has come when Arjun is going to act in a film produced by Nadiawala Grandson.” More than anything, it was an overwhelming feeling for him that this boy he has seen growing up, will be starring in his production. I am really happy that both producers, Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiwala, showed faith in me.

Alia, were you always the first choice for the film?
Alia: I am sure I wasn’t (laughs). I was still filming for Student Of The Year and I was very young at that time. I was called in for a look test for 2 States and I really thank Abhishek Varman, the director, for having that faith in me. When I read the book, I never thought that I will be playing this character on-screen eventually. It’s his faith in me as an artist and performer that got me onto this film.

Alia, were you bothered that people were criticising Karan Johar’s decision to cast you in the film? Many fans felt that you don’t look Tamilian…
Alia: No, it didn’t bother me at all. People can be sceptical or think it’s great. At the end of the day, when I am in front of the camera, I am not Alia Bhatt, I am Ananya. I try as much as possible to be her and stay true to her. Also, being a fan of the original book, I never took it granted even for a minute that this role came to me. It was up to me to deliver my best and now when the film releases, it is up to the audience whether they accept me or not.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (3)Arjun, fans usually get disappointed when their favourite book is turned into a movie. How do you think this film will come across to the die-hard fans of 2 States and to people who have not read the book?
Arjun: Our director, Abhishek Varman knows that there is a huge fan following of the book and he kept the script very close to the source. He himself loved the book a lot. There is an old saying, ‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’. He pretty much followed the flow that Chetan Bahagat wrote. Also for people who have not read the book, like me, you have to find a correlation so that people relate to these characters. He has balanced that really well and intelligently. He made it for a universal audience. 2 States is eventually a love story about two families. Two people can be in love but in our culture it is very important to be accepted by your families. The film is very relatable for someone who has not read the book and also for someone who has.

Alia, you get really irritated when people ask you about the kissing scenes shown in the trailer. Why is it such a big deal if you are kissing?
Alia: The minute you are candid and honest about how it doesn’t matter that suddenly becomes the centre of attention. They say it’s refreshing for you to be honest and not say ‘I did it because it was a part of the script’. But now every newspaper is only writing about the kiss. It is annoying because 2 States is not just about the kiss. It’s a family film and not about these two people constantly making out. We have to show the kiss in the film because it’s important in the book. Also, when people live together they kiss. How prudish can you be if you are living together but you don’t kiss?
Arjun: When two people are in love, they kiss. It’s really normal. The fact that we treat it so normally, is absurd for people.
Alia: There were rumours about us dating and journalists want to confirm the rumour by writing that they enjoy kissing each other which means they are a couple. I mean, if we were dating why would we say something like that?
Arjun: If we had said, we hated kissing each other, even that would be the headline. Eventually, when you use the word kiss, it will make it to the headline. It doesn’t matter if I have given 17 other answers as the kiss question will be the focus of the interview.

Alia meeting fansDon’t you both feel that when the press is focused so much about the kiss and the trailer shows intimate scenes, it can put off family audiences, especially here in the UK?
Alia: The families are on the poster and the film is not just about two people. The film is whole different world altogether and not about just about intimacy.
Arjun: Any sensible viewer, who watches the trailer, will know that the film is not just about kissing for three hours. It’s an aspect that comes and goes in the film. Trust me, all that you see in the film, is already out there in the trailer. I don’t think our audiences are so naive to believe the headlines that are being written about the film being all about kissing scenes. I trust our audience.

How do you feel this film will do at the UK Box Office now that films with newcomers are releasing more frequently here and some do well like ‘Highway’?
Alia: Highway was trending in the UK on Twitter on the day of release. I was very happy. I hope 2 States does well and I hope that book fans add to our audience.
Arjun: The UK has always been a very family oriented audience. This film truly represents that audience base. It is made for that audience. For me, Gunday was my big international release. I think, there is hope now that people are coming to cinemas to watch new faces now. With films like Highway, Hasee Toh Phasee or Gunday doing well here. It is a very star driven industry anyways and you need to keep working to change the audiences’ mind set to come and watch it. I am very hopeful that people will come out of the suburbs of England to the cinemas to watch the film.

This interview first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper (13th April 2014)

Alia Bhatt is single

Actress Alia Bhatt has still not found the perfect guy whom she’d like to date.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor at The Courthouse Hotel, London for 2 States promotions. © Hayat Khan

Alia has previously been linked to her co-actors Varun Dhawan (Student of the Year, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) and Arjun Kapoor (2 States).

The young actress however, denied dating either of the two Bollywood heartthrobs.

Says Alia, “The most most important qualities I want in my man is that he should be loyal and honest.”

“Coming from a family in which everyone has strong opinions, I don’t want a guy who will push me down,” added the Highway star.

She will next be seen in 2 States, releasing in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Photos: Alia and Arjun at Cineworld, Feltham

Bollywood’s rising stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor together with award-winning author Chetan Bhagat wowed the media and their fans on Friday, 4th April when they flew into London for a set of exclusive events. They visited the capital city to promote their forthcoming film 2 States, which releases on 18th April 2014 through UTV Motion Pictures.

The celebrity trio attended a specially convened press junket at London’s five-star The Courthouse Hotel, where they met media and conducted a series of in-depth interviews. After a full day of press interactions, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat headed to the popular Cineworld multiplex in Feltham, south-west London, for a unique meet and greet with several thrilled fans. It was an extra special treat for a few fans in particular, as these lucky competition winners got up close and personal with their idols, when they met Alia and Arjun in person!

2 States is a stirring romantic comedy film about a young couple from different states in India (Punjab and Tamil Nadu), who meet at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (India) and fall in love. However, their relationship is riddled with obstacles as they try to convince their traditional families to accept their relationship. The film stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles. It is directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Dharma Productions.

The film brings together some of Indian cinema’s most accomplished and talented actors from North and South. The lead stars are Arjun Kapoor, who plays the intelligent, dreamy, duty-bound Krish Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt, who plays the feisty and beautiful Ananya Swaminathan. Both are supported onscreen by a stellar cast, including, Amrita Singh (Aaina, Betaab), who plays the prejudiced, battleaxe Punjabi mother Kavita Malhotra and Ronit Roy (Midnight’s Children), who turns in an impressive performance as the alcoholic, down-trodden father Vikram Malhotra. There are also worthy performances by Revathy (Molly Aunty Rocks) and ShivKumar Subramaniam as the devoted but long-suffering Tamil-Brahmin parents.

2 States is the compelling, humourous and emotive story of young, contemporary love across the chasm of the community divide in India. Will Krish and Ananya overcome the odds and win their families’ approval for their relationship? Will their respective families attend their wedding? Watch 2 States to find out.

2 States releases worldwide through UTV Motion Pictures on 18th April 2014

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Photos: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor promote ‘2 States’ in London

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor today promoted their upcoming film 2 States in the British capital. 

The duo along with the writer of the best-selling novel 2 States – The Story of My Marriage also met fans at Cineworld, Feltham in the evening today. 

2 States releases in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Check out some photos by Hayat Khan:


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Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat to meet London fans

The leading actors of the forthcoming Dharma Production 2 States, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, along with the best-selling author of the novel: 2 States – The Story of My Marriage will greet fans at Cineworld, Feltham on Friday, 4th April 2014. 

The trio will meet and greet fans at the venue in west-London from 19:00. 

2 States releases in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014. 



‘2 States’ songs are young and energetic

The makers of 2 States, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, recently launched the song Mast Magan from the original motion picture soundtrack of the film.

The song has been shot in real locations in Tamil Nadu,a temple at Mylapore and a pier at Ennore beach.

Producer Karan Johar says, “The idea was to create a romantic album that not only has soul, but also young energy. These kind of songs have a longer shelf life.They’re not item-based or seasonal.”

Director Abhishek Varman was keen on Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy copmposing the soundtrack. The trio has composed many hit albums for both production houses producing the film, Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions.

Sajid Nadiadwala adds, “SEL have given great music in my films Housefull and Heyy Babyy. Mast Magan is my favourite track in the 2 States album and I think it will grow.”

While praising the singer Arjit Singh, Sajid says, “His voice has a haunting quality and makes the song stay with you/”

Karan mentions for lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, “He is a strong talent in music. Amitabh’s words tend to have a colloquial nature, but they also have a tremendous amount of soul.”

2 States releases in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Meet the Punjabi & Tamilian Brahmin parents from 2 States

Read on to find out more about the hard to convince parents who create a tough battle for Ananya (Alia Bhatt) and Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) in the upcoming rom-com 2 States.

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Meet Kavita Malhotra – Amrita Singh
A Punjabi matriarch, obsessively protective of her son, bigoted and prejudiced but completely unaware of it. As a respite from her abusive husband, her hopes and dreams are rested on her only son Krish that he will marry someone from within the Punjabi community with a fat dowry she can then boast of. She hopes this would elevate her social standing that always gets questioned due to her estranged relationship with her husband. 
The struggle between her own wish and her unconditional love for her son’s happiness puts her in a dilemma whether to listen to her heart or succumb to the falsity of “marriage within the community” devoid of love that she yearns from her own.

Meet Vikram Malhotra – Ronit Roy
A proud, reticent, retired military man, impeccably dressed and dignified but defeated by life and failed by his own misgivings, Vikram Malhotra struggles to balance his worsening alcohol abuse and its strain on his relationship with his wife and son. He distances himself from his filial duties but he quietly observes the tumultuous events unfold in his son’s life.

Meet Radha Swaminathan – Revathy
Tucked within the many folds of her crisp Kanjeevaram, Radha, a quiet, inward, charming, devoted mother, smoulders with a deep desire to fulfill her long cherished dream of being a singer. She raises her daughter Ananya to be free-spirited, elegant and dignified, all the qualities she herself espouses. However, she is rattled by her daughter’s wish to marry a Punjabi lad. She knows that Ananya will never go against her wishes but she also knows that her one wrong decision can alter the fate of her daughter’s happiness.

Shiv Swaminathan – Shiv Subrahmanyam
A stoic, disgruntled at work but content with life, a righteous Tamilian Brahmin, whose daughter Ananya, is the apple of his eye. A look and a smile from her is enough to make him acquiesce to all her demands, except her wish to marry Krish. Never insulting or abusive, he tries to resist bonding with Krish, who goes out of his way to win his future father-in-law. Would Krish’s feigned interest in Carnatic music and a sneaked peg of whiskey be enough to strike a deal with the hard to please Mr. Swaminathan?

2 States will release in UK cinemas on 18th April through Disney UTV.

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Meet Ananya Swaminathan from ‘2 States’

2 States UK Release (4)Bollywood beauty Alia Bhatt portrays the role of Ananya Swaminathan in the upcoming Abhishek Varman directorial, 2 States.

Ananya is an intelligent, confident and beautiful girl. She is the eldest child of a middle class Tamil-Brahmin family from Chennai. Full of ambition and youthful energy, she rejects conventional outlooks on relationships, cultivating instead, her own unique viewpoint. She has unwavering faith in her ideas of right and wrong and no qualms in standing up for what she believes in.

Even though the cast, creed and community of the person she wants to marry are immaterial to her, she holds great value in the consent and happiness of her more traditional parents.

Ananya navigates the complex journey of falling in love with Krish (Arjun Kapoor), familial opposition, the madness of an unfamiliar Punjabi family and the imbalance between tradition and her own conviction, leading her to question everything she has so far believed about love and marriage… and her dreams of a life with Krish.

Come and fall in love with Ananya in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

2 States is produced by Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions.


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Meet Krish Malhotra from ‘2 States’

2 States UK Release (5)Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor plays the leading role in the much-awaited Dharma Production 2 States.

The 28-year-old actor plays the role of Krish Malhotra in the movie. Krish is a tall, erudite, Punjabi boy next door, aware of his reality, duty and ambition yet, lost in a distant world – as he hopes to become a writer someday. A writer, compassionate about the world around him… a world where he wants to make a difference with his words… without being preachy.

Raised by an overbearing Punjabi mother (Amrita Singh) and an alcoholic father(Ronit Roy), the only reason Krish is home, is for his mother. They find the solace of a family with each other. He would not do anything against her wishes or do something that would hurt her.

However, much to the chagrin of his mother, Krish falls in love with Ananya (Alia Bhatt), a Tamilian girl, whose nonchalance over his caste or community and encouragement to pursue his dream to become a writer, wins him over.

Krish knows his mother will not be happy with his choice of a “Madrasan” and that Ananya’s parents will not be forthcoming either. However insurmountable the task of overcoming the obstacles of the borders, states, communities and cultures… he will fight for his love… but will he succeed?

Experience Krish’s love story in UK cinemas on 18th April.

2 States is directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Dharma Productions. 

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Synopsis: ‘2 States’

There is excitement all around as 2 States produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala is set to release in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

2 States, the movie is based on Chetan Bhagat’s real life love story and on his best-selling novel 2 States: The Story of My Marriage.

The rom-com is directed by Abhishek Varman and stars Dharma favourite Alia Bhatt and Gunday star Arjun Kapoor in lead roles.

2 States UKSynopsis: Love marriages around the world are simple. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. They get married. In India, there are few more steps…

Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Girl’s family has to love the boy. Boy’s family has to love the girl. Girl’s family has to love the boy’s family. Boy’s family has to love the girl’s family.

And if the boy and girl still love each other, they get married.

2 States is a story about a journey of one such couple, Krish Malhotra and Ananya Swaminathan. They meet at the IIM-Ahmedabad and during the course they fall in love. Complications arise after the course comes to an end and they decide to get married.

Krish and Ananya belong to two different states of India. Krish, a North Indian Punjabi boy from Delhi, and Ananya, a Tamilian Brahmin from Chennai. They take a conscious decision; till their parents don’t agree they won’t get married. Everything goes down hill when the parents meet. There is a cultural clash and the parents oppose the wedding.

To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple faces a tough battle in front of them. For its easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince.

Will Krish and Ananya’s love for each other sustain the battles? Will they manage to convince their parents and make it to their wedding? The film thus is a humorous take on inter community marriages in India.

 Disney UTV will release the film in UK cinemas on 18th April.

Arjun Kapoor’s look similar to his director Abhishek Varman.

In Dharma Productions’ 2 States Arjun Kapoor’s look is pretty similar to his director Abhishek Varman.

9. Abhishek Varman

Abhishek Varman is making his debut as a director with the film based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel but has been working behind the scenes for a few years. Abhishek was an assistant director on My Name Is Khan (like Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan) and was also the creative director of Student Of The Year.

It could be anything from hairstyle, spectacles, outfits or could be the design and patterns right from the subdued colours and styling for the character of Krish Malhotra, played by Arjun Kapoor. All these aspects have been taken from how Abhishek Varman the director of the film is in real life.

Produced by Sajid Nadiawala and Karan Johar, the film will release in UK cinemas on 18th April through Disney UTV.


Alia and Arjun meet Salman Khan

2 statesThe leading actors of 2 States recently met Salman Khan at a studio.

Salman Khan was shooting at Mehboob Studio for his film upcoming film KICK when he heard that Alia and Arjun were also present there for a promotional photo shoot for their upcoming film 2 states.

Salman Khan then went on the sets of 2 States to visit both the young actors. Obviously, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor both were quite excited to see Salman and happily posed to click photos with the senior actor.

Arjun Kapoor in spite of being close to the Khan family doesn’t have a good photograph with Salman and quickly grabbed the opportunity to have a click with Salman.

Watch the trailer of 2 States here:

Alia’s different looks for ‘2 States’

UK Release - 2 STATES - Disney UTV (5)Alia Bhatt will be seen again on the big screen this year in Karan Johar’s 2 States opposite Bollywood heart-throb Arjun Kapoor.

The 20-year-old actress plays Ananya Swaminathan in the Abhishek Varman directorial, which is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel of the same name.

Alia’s character in the film is inspired by Anusha Bhagat, who is married to the novelist. 

Alia Bhatt’s costumes are designed by Manish Malhotra for 2 States. Her look is also not the typical tam-brahm look. It actually changes throughout the film as it has been shot throughout India.

Various looks were designed for the young actress keeping in mind that she plays a management student and then goes to IIA Ahmadabad campus. Other looks include her playing a working woman, then meeting Arjun Kapoor’s parents in Delhi and then she gets back into traditional outfits to keep her folks back home happy.

Disney UTV will release 2 States in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor romance in the first trailer of ‘2 States’

The wait is finally over, as the trailer of Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor starrer 2 States has been released by Dharma Productions.

The trailer reveals great incredible chemistry between the lead couple as they are seen romancing on-campus, while the second half shows their love being put to the test.

A Disney UTV presentation, and a Sajid Nadiadwala & Karan Johar production, 2 States has been directed by Abhishek Varman and stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.

It is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel 2 States, and is slated to release in UK cinemas on 18th April, 2014.

Check out photos from the trailer launch by Varinder Chawla:

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First Look: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in ‘2 States’

The first teaser poster of 2 States starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor has been released today.

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2 States is produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala under Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions respectively. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the film is based on the best selling novel by Chetan Bhagat.

The trailer of the film will be launched by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Chetan Bhagat, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor on 28th February in Mumbai. 

Disney UTV will release the film in UK cinemas on 18 April, 2014.

Alia Bhatt confirmed for ‘2 States’

2 States- Alia BhattDirector Karan Johar has confirmed on  Twitter that Alia Bhatt, who made her debut in Johar’s Student Of The Year, will star in Abhishek Varman’s 2 States.

The film is Karan Johar’s first co-production with Sajid Nadiawala. 

Alia Bhatt will be playing a Tamil girl in the film and is reportedly trying to pick the accent and is also learning the typical household culture of a Tamil home.

Also starring Arjun Kapoor, the film is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage.

Arjun Kapoor in Sajid Nadiawala and Karan Johar’s ‘2 States’

Several movies are an adaptation of books and the latest addition is Sajid Nadiawala who bought the rights to Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States. This acquisition has been making rounds in the media since quite a long time.

Sajid Nadiawala and Karan Johar have joined hands for 2 States which will be jointly produced by Dharma Productions.

While it was being reported that Imran Khan was playing the leading role, Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiwala have confirmed that Arjun Kapoor who made his debut with Ishaqzaade will star in the film.

 We have heard that Karan and Sajid appreciated his acting skills and feel that Arjun Kapoor is a perfect match for the role of a Punjabi college boy.

Abhishek Varman, who is currently Karan Johar’s creative director, will be directing the film.

Karan and Sajid both are excited to work on the project together, they like the story and are sure to create a magnificent movie.