Thank you Chetan Bhagat the term ‘Half-Girlfriend’ will become a revolution now, especially among the youth (both girls and boys). So my dear brothers, don’t be sad if your crush/love rejects your love proposal, you do have a back up plan” Will you be my Half -Girlfriend? Vice-versa.lolz
Frankly speaking, Half Girlfriend was one of my favourite Chetan Bhagat novels coz the film talks about a guy who is not ready to give up on love and I, a die hard romantic also believes in the same philosophy and I totally related to the story.
In all aspects, the book did work for the youth because nowadays boys and girls are not clear about their relationship status with each other. A boy may think he is more than friends with the girl, but the girl is still not his girlfriend.
Chetan Bhagat writes, India reads….Bhagat’s books have been turned into cinematic successes by the talented filmmakers like Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots) and Abhishek Kapoor (Kai Po Che!) for creating something unforgettable in the field of cinema.
So now Balaji Motion Pictures and Mr Mohit Suri turns one of his novels into a film.
The movie talks about the sentiments and linguistic struggles of a backward rural Bihari Hindi-speaking boy from Bihar as he enrolls himself at the prestigious English-medium St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and falls in love with a “high class English-speaking rich Delhi girl”
The girl does not admit the relationship but agrees to be his “half girlfriend”
Overall, the story is quite cliched and offers nothing new ‘Old wine in a new glass’ Both the book and the movie are low on emotions, as the film very conviniently leaps through every available narrative hoop. How and when 1 year or 6 months get passed or covered in the film ? god only knows?
I was so confused as to how i was going to review this film because i had mixed feelings and I didnot want to write a Half-review lolz. But i can say one thing for sure that the screen play was a big let down and the narrative looked so cold, monotonous and crafted.
Highlights :The scene where Madhav is stopped by a bouncer from entering into a bar and Madhav emotionally rants out his ‘Ram-Kahani’ to him was really absurd and funny.
Microsoft founder’ Bill Gatess head superimposed on a body double looks comic and scary at once.
Wimpy characters and predictablen conclusion makes ‘Half-Girlfriend’ a Half -baked affair 🤔
Arjun Kapoor plays Madhav Jha decently and tries his best to stick to the bihari accent and the body language. He did work hard for the role and gave his best.
Shraddha Kapoor was okay as Riya. I am not a very big fan of Shraddha ( not because she resembles my bro’s ex, whom I hated) coz she lacks the spark and presence on screen.
The songs featured in the film are composed by Mithoon, Tanishk Bagchi, Rishi Rich, Farhan Saeed, Ami Mishra and Rahul Mishra. The music is soulful and the saving grace of the film. My personal favourite is “Thodi Der”, by Shreya Ghoshal and Farhan Saeed.
Overall, Half Girlfriend is Half entertaining, Half the fun, Half of everything 😢 Undone….Watch it at your own risk or read the book Online-)