Half Girlfriend based on Chetan Bhagat’s Novel of the same name starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, directed by Mohit Suri which has attracted a wide range of audience through its trailer and songs before its release but after releasing on May 19, it failed to attract that much viewers and got unsuccessful in fulfilling audience’s expectations. Let’s take you towards the movie:
First and the foremost thing, Half Girlfriend – Dost Se Zyada Girlfriend Se Kam is the full name of the film. The movie doesn’t start in ‘author Chetan Bhagat’s room. However chopping out Chetan Bhagat’s elements from Half Girlfriend has done it worse than good.
So, Madhav Jha, a 17-year-old boy coming from village reaches St. Steven’s College for the interviews. He tries his best to impress the panel with his knowledge of ‘samajshastra’ (Sociology!). After a half-English-half-Hindi speech, Madhav reaches the basketball court for the trials and spots Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor).
He falls in love, at first sight, without any consideration from Riya. He tells her a number of basketball strikes with which she nails the trials. Madhav and Riya bond over a basketball with a combination of bad English and worse chemistry. Madhav’s roommate Shailesh isn’t very impressed from this ‘Riya naam ki sonchidaiya’ who’s making him dance to her tunes.
After the turning point in the movie, Half Girlfriend then takes the viewers from Delhi to Simraon in Bihar to Delhi to New York and again to Simraon. There are a number of twists on the way in which you can guess from half a mile away.
Director Mohit Suri tries his level best to save this half-baked story with wistful songs and rain numbers. The latter would need a complete page to itself. Riya Somani’s obsession with strolling out in the rain, eyes half-open, is used a number of times and in so many locations that you simply need to shift to the Atacama when you’re over with the movie.
There are half-speeches on patriotism and loving your own language, ‘Hindi’, are included in into the story. In addition to that, there is a reference to the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign also.
One of the main sequences in the movie is Riya assisting Madhav to deliver a speech for Bill Gates, in English. So when Madhav recites to her ‘We needing’, ‘we wanting’ and what not, and also you see Riya nodding and whole English is right here.
Madhav and Riya climb on the India Gate to exchange half-relationship glances first, and Riya’s marriage ceremony card later. There are tracks involving Riya’s marriage and the Simraon School which you can’t feel even after trying hard.
Later on in the movie, Riya gets married to someone else and leaves; Madhav grows a scowl and graduates. Thus the movie trudges on. While the actress is laughing, crying her heart out, dying, living and all you are able to do is just yawn.
Well, it’s a confused mess. You cannot know if it is related to do something with love, or relationships, or women empowerment, or moving on in life, or the English-Hindi divide… you simply don’t recognize.