Half Girlfriend Review

Rating: 3/5

Critic Rating: (3/5)

Movie NameHalf Girlfriend
Movie CastArjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor,Rhea Chakraborty
DirectorMohit Suri
Music DirectorMithoon, Rishi Rich, Farhan Saeed, Tanishk Bagchi, Raju Singh
Production CompanyShobha Kapoor,Ekta Kapoor
Release DateMay 19, 2017

The names Mohit Suri and Chetan Bhagat more or less assure a minimum guarantee movie seeing the pattern of their success rate. The product of their combination is Half Girfriend and provides bare minimum entertainment and nothing more. Entertainment, not in conventional terms but the hard core love story it talks about touches the hearts only bare minimum.

Half Girlfriend Photos
Half Girlfriend Photos

Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel is Half Girlfriend, which is not so novel, but however ready-made to be made into a film. The story is about an unrequited love of MadhavJha (Arjun Kapoor) who hails from Bihar from a royal family but struggles to speak English. He comes for his graduation in B.A (Sociology) to Delhi and falls in love at first sight with Riya (Shraddha Kapoor). Riya’s primary language of speech is English owing to come from a family of opulence. They slowly fall for each other, but Riya wants to take it slow. But an incident drifts them apart and the rest of the movie of is Madhav’s quest for Riya and thirst for Riya’s love.

The major drawback of the movie is its lack of depth. The movie travels on a very thin story line without any layers for the characters. It tries to bank on some cheesy punch lines by the characters which get annoying as they repeat. Some scenes desperately try to get whistles but fail. Sometimes it gets too naively manipulative. There is a scene where Bill Gates appears as a vfx and its ridiculous. However, some scenes in the film are heart touching, especially during Madhav’s internship in New York. The girl whom Madhav’s friend try to hook him up was amazing. Her 10 minutes of screen presence put Sharddha’s performance to shame. Shraddha was lifeless in the film. After writing, she contributes to the minuses of the film. When playing the Half Girlfriend, she hardly made an impact. Neither her problems evoke empathy, nor does her smile bring a glow. She ended up being a piece of wood.

Arjun Kapoor scored well, if not outstanding. His Bihari English was artificial to the core, but he tries his best to be Madhav. He could pull off the role. Especially the never give up attitude and the soft heart. Seema Biswas makes a cameo and was good as usual, and Vikrant Massey was top-class.

AS major plus point of the film is its soundtrack. The movie is filed with touching numbers. Mohit Suri has a wonderful taste in music right from his Kalyug days. Every album of his films hots the bulls eye and so does Half Girlfriend. Thoidi Der Aurrukja song is used as a theme and doesn’t get boring though it appears 5 times in the film.

On the whole Half Girlfriend is average. Half-gripping and half-boring.

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