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Abhishek Kapoor was offered to make `2 States` for big screen

Mumbai: Abhishek Kapoor has revealed that he was offered to direct a film on Chetan Bhagat`s novel `Two States`, but refused to do so as he was busy with `Kai Po Che`, an adaptation of the author`s another book `The 3 Mistakes of my Life`.

"It (`Two States`) was offered to me but I felt I was already working on Chetan`s one novel (`The 3 Mistakes..`) so I should concentrate on that only," Abhishek said in an interview here.

"`Kai Po Che` is a big project. I feel `Two States` is about two characters..So it will be a hit. But this film was more challenging as a director," he said.

Now, `2 States` is being directed by Abhishek Verman and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar. The story is about a Punjabi boy who falls in love with a Tamil girl and the ensuing cultural clashes between them and their families.

The cross-culture romance will see `Ishaqzaade` actor Arjun Kapoor opposite Alia Bhatt, who made her debut with Karan Johar`s `Student of the Year`.

The film based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Bhagat, is likely to release this year.

Meanwhile, Abhishek is quite excited about the release of `Kai Po Che` on Febuary 22. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput of `Pavitra Rishta` fame, `Love Sex And Dhokha` actor Raj Kumar Yadav, TV actor Amit Sadh and `Aisha` actress Amrita Puri.