One of the most keenly awaited films, which has also been in the doldrums for the longest time – ‘2 States’, based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel by the same name, will finally see the light of day. Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar will now start work on their ambitious film, with Imran in the lead. A source revealed, “Sajid had bought the rights of the film a couple of years back. It was to be directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, with Shah Rukh Khan playing the lead. However, talks fizzled out. After that, Karan stepped in as the co-producer and Ranbir Kapoor agreed to topline it. But Kapoor’s involvement didn’t work out and the project was put on the backburner.” It was only recently that everything fell in place with Imran being roped in. “Imran is the new star on the block and with a slew of hits to his credit, he is as bankable as any other top star. Karan was keen to have Imran on board. The actor takes his time to commit to any film. But he loved the script of ‘2 States’ and gave his nod to the film, which is expected to start early next year.” ‘2 States’ is a love story of a South Indian girl and a Punjabi boy and the roller coaster ride that they go on before finally tying the knot.