A celebration of several festivals and a time lapse of almost one year; that’s how the choreography and set up for the song Offo from 2 States was conceptualised by Remo D’Souza. The peppy romantic number was shot over a period of four days at two locations, including the IIM Ahmedabad campus and Filmistan Studios in Mumbai.
“Most of the portions in the song are non-lip sync, since it explores the budding romance of the couple, Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya (Alia Bhatt). The main focus is on the time lapse and how every passing month brings them more closer. To bring in some additional charm, we added the concept of how this couple celebrates various festivals together, starting with New Year’s Eve, going on to Holi, Gokulashtami, Navratri and ending with Christmas,” stated D’Souza, adding that it was the most difficult song to shoot, since it involved detailed story telling. Alia mentioned that it was director Abhishek Verman’s idea to show the transition of their relationship over two years through changing seasons and the arrival of festivals. “Offo celebrates love, as both Alia and my character fall head over heels in love. It shows togetherness, physical intimacy and above all, lots of fun,” stated Arjun Kapoor.
The cast and crew had great fun filming the Holi portion in the open area of the campus. According to both Kapoor and Bhatt, this was the most visually beautiful and colourful sequence in the song. “It involved a lot of water and colours. They had to play Holi just like any individual their age would, but what really took the cake was the shot where both Krish and Ananya, after getting messed up in Holi colours, come really close for an intimate moment and their moment is spoiled by friends who get them drenched. We told Alia and Arjun that only one bucket of water will be poured over their head. But when we actually rolled the camera, about 15 buckets were arranged and close to 1500 litres of water or more was thrown on them. Alia and Arjun were taken aback and their original reaction to the incident was retained,” mentioned D’Souza. “Saara atmosphere thanda thanda cool cool ho gaya. The Ahmedabad heat didn’t get on to us after that,” quipped Kapoor.