If Mohit Suri's films are known for anything, then it's theirsoundtrack. The content of the films is usually rundown and uninspiringromance which sometimes even plays with the actors' careers. In thisadaptation of Chetan Bhagat's bestselling young adult romantic novelHalf Girlfriend, it looks like the thing about soundtrack may also bespiraling down.<br><br>Madhav (Arjun Kapoor) is a young student from Bihar who gets admittedto a reputable college in Delhi through sports quota. A skilledbasketball player and amateur English speaker, Madhav falls head overheels in love with Riya (Shraddha Kapoor). And starts connecting withher with the hope to make her his girlfriend. Riya, herself an acebasketball player, reciprocates his connection requests, but playsmathematics when he pops the question. She says, "I can be your "halfgirlfriend"" and that she cannot go full. The story then moves forwardto expose its undecipherable convoluted elements as Madhav tries tounderstand what that term really means.<br><br>The film strictly follows the plot of the 2014 book where Madhav isconstantly in Riya's spell and is continuously trying to classify thetype of relationship he is in (if at all), especially about which"half" he is in. With much attention given to the importance ofEnglish-speaking, the plot then suddenly flip flops between Bihar,Delhi, and New York, as the lead characters make rapid life decisions.Even if you do not understand why the characters do what they do, I'msure you will notice the brand advertisements in every other frame. Ifone looks closer, the film looks like a 2-hour long advert forMakeMyTrip. And with my mentioning the brand in this review, I am surethe marketing budget of the bludgeoning Indian travels company has paidoff.<br><br>The basic problem with the film is the character development. Arjun isunable to portray the true loverboy that Madhav is. Instead, he behaveslike a magician's rabbit, always appearing where you think it wouldappear - around Riya. Shraddha, on the other hand - typecast, we callknow - dilly dallies around in her scholar, fashionable, and affluentRiya character and exudes confusion. There's not a bit of realism inthe proceedings, and in the second half, the degree of improbabilityhits the roof. One may like to call the story contrived, but there's aneven better word for it: convoluted. Other big problem - and this oneis crucial - is how the film is executed. This film is more of amusical than a steady romantic film - with a song or a montageappearing every five minutes. That is what wrecks the film'sentertainment quotient as it fails to construct a proper, seamlessstoryline.<br><br>Both the Kapoors put up a below average show here, reminding us thatArjun may not be talented at all. Shraddha's previous films may saveher, but the validity has definitely shortened. Seems Biswas looked outof character as Madhav's educationist mother, whereas both VikrantMassey and Rhea Chakraborty do a fairly good job. The music by variousartists is hummable, thanks to Arijit Singh and Anushka Sahaney. Restof the filmmaking factors are best left unreviewed.<br><br>All in all, Mohit Suri's latest venture after the 2015 debacle HamariAdhuri Kahani is worse. The romance is pulpy and unbelievable, forstarters, and it's the last thing we are looking for in a year alreadygiving us anxiety through the unpleasant world affairs. Itautomatically nominates itself to be ranked amongst the worst films of2017. <br><br>BOTTOM LINE: Mohit Suri's "Half Girlfriend" fails to verify the theoremit so proudly boasts of, because modern love may be crooked, but notpreposterous. Do not even read the book!<br><br>Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO
Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a girl from Delhi called Riya. Madhav didn't speak English well. Riya did. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn't. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn't. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half girlfriend.
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