Imtiaz Ali to direct ‘2 States’ with Ranbir in lead

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 20:03 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Sajid Nadiawala’s ‘2 States’ has found a new lease of life as the film is finally back on track, courtesy director Imtiaz Ali and actor Ranbir Kapoor.

Shah Rukh Khan was about to play the lead in `2 States`, but the project was put on backburner when filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj left the project midway.

As of now, ‘Rockstar’ director Imtiaz Ali will helm the film, which stars Ranbir Kapoor as the north Indian guy who is in love with a south Indian girl.

Talking to a daily, a source revealed that Ranbir is mighty impressed with Imtiaz and the actor firmly believes that it’s only Imtiaz who can translate Chetan Bhagat’s novel into film. “After working so closely with Imtiaz, Ranbir is convinced that Imtiaz is the man for the job. He is now trying to convince producer Sajid Nadiadwala to let Imtiaz take over ‘2 States’. He has even persuaded Imtiaz to direct the film,” the source said.

“Ranbir will now finish ‘Barfee’. He will then move on to Ayaan Mukerjee`s ‘Yeh Jawani Jai Deewani’. After that he wants to work on yet another feel-good project. And that`s exactly where ‘2 States’ would come in. Of course, along with Imtiaz Ali," added the source.