Half Girlfriend, starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor and directed by Mohit Suri, is the big Bollywood release today. Here is our Half Girlfriend review.
Half Girlfriend Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Vikrant Massey, Seema Biswas, Rhea Chakrabarty
Half Girlfriend Director: Mohit Suri
Half Girlfriend Rating:4 Star Rating: Recommended(1/5)
Given that the film is called Half Girlfriend, from Chetan Bhagat's book of the same name, one would be tempted to write half-reviews of it. But lesser mortals like us need to make do with the entire movie, more than two-hours of mind-numbing torture, and then get out of the theatre to write full reviews of half-films. First things first, Half Girlfriend - Dost Se Zyada Girlfriend Se Kam (that's the full name of the film, yes) the movie does not begin in 'writer Chetan Bhagat's room'. Kudos to director Mohit Suri for that. But chopping out Chetan Bhagat's parts from Half Girlfriend has probably done it more bad than good. Imagine, a thing like that were even possible!
So Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor, trying hard to look like a 17-year-old but failing miserably) 'coming from village area' reaches St. Steven's (sic) College for the interviews. He tries hard 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 (he's applied through Sports quota) and spots Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor, learning how to get on your nerves, one film at a time).
He falls in love, at first sight, with next-to-no attention from Riya. He tells her a few basketball moves with which she nails the trials and fist-bumps follow. Madhav and Riya bond over basketball, bad English and worse chemistry.
Madhav's roommate Shailesh (Vikrant Massey in an earnest supporting role) is not very happy with this 'Riya naam ki sonchidaiya' who is making him dance to her tunes.
One fine day, Shailesh decides to ask Madhav to test Riya on whether she loves him or not. 'Test?' asks Madhav. The answer is obvious, get her to your room and do the do. When Riya is hit by a bout of headache in the middle of their basketball practice sessions, Madhav takes her to his room, making sure it is visible to his friends and roommate.