Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Rhea Chakrabarty, Vikrant Massey
Director: Mohit Suri
'Half Girlfriend’ based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel and directed by Mohit Suri is precisely not a treat to eyes. The only good thing about the film is the music “Phir Bhi Tumko Chahuga”, “Baarish” and “Tu Hi Hain” which stand out in the album on the other hand the other tracks are a complete disappointment and not catchy as compared to the other songs. Talking about the performances of the actors, Shraddha kapoor does what she usually is good at, in most of her films. She flutters her eyelashes, strums a guitar and pretends to lip-sync a terrible English song that’s more like a noise. On the other hand, Arjun Kapoor is a miscast as Madhav Jha. His struggle to get the Bihari accent right is so quite evident throughout the film. His performance is not up to the mark. Vikrant Massey as supporting actor and Madhav’s ( Arjun Kapoor) close friend starts off on a promising note but saddled down by poorly sketched role. Surprising, one will wonder what is a talent like Seema Biswas doing in the film? Talking about technical aspects Vishnu Rao’s cinematography works good with the film but one wished that the editing scissors would have been a bit more sharper to avoid loud narrative. We also witness screenplay that doesn’t catch attention and monotonous dialogues like “kuch Cheesein aisi tootati hai ki unka doobara judna possible nahi hota…sirf daraarien reh jaati hai”.
Now let's talk about the main punch, the film opens with a heart-broken Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) who learns that Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) has left him. The film then rewinds back to the time when they first met at St. Stephen's college in Delhi. Madhav is a Hindi speaking boy from Patna who has secured a seat in the college under sports quota. On the other hand, Riya is a posh city girl who has an empathy for 'rains'. Madhav falls in love with Riya at the first glance on the basketball court, much considered as love at first sight. His friends caution him that Riya is out of his league. But Madhav has his mommy's advice to reckon upon- "haaro mat ... haar ko harao". Pretty soon, Madhav and Riya become good friends as they both share a common interest- basketball. A typical love story of a poor-guy-falls-in-love-with-a-stinky-rich-girl is just cooking up. But there comes a twist! Riya has set the rules straight. Saying, 'Main tumhari girlfriend nahin, but I can be your half girlfriend', she tells Madhav and the poor lad is too dazzled to react. While they are trying to fit into this new relationship, one day Madhav, provoked by his friends to test Riya's 'love' tries to get touchy-feely with her in his room. When Riya tries to rebuke his advances, he throws in a crassy line, "Deti hai toh de varna kat le" and almost ends up physically assaulting her. And there when everything changes - Time to break up! Riya decides to settle down with her childhood buddy Rohan. Madhav meanwhile is left with a broken heart and enters a major life transition. Madhav, still suffering from pangs of separation, returns to his hometown Simraon. He decides to devote his life to worthwhile causes, like improving the village school, and taking up English lessons so he can get a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But wait! What's a love story without a dramatic climax? Riya Somani who is now a divorcee. So the question lies, will old feelings be rekindled or will she be Madhav's 'Half Girlfriend' forever?
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