By Supriya Nair
Star cast - Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Vikrant Massey
Director - Mohit Suri
Half Girlfriend is based on Chetan Bhagat's novel with the same name. The film follows the life of a boy from Bihar, Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) who goes on to study in a high end college in Delhi. Struggling to speak English, he manages to make his way there via sports quota. A chance encounter with the most popular girl from college, Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) leads to him falling head over heels for her. While she takes the next step of friendship with him, he wants her to commit to the relationship. Unfortunately, she can only make him his 'Half Girlfriend', but he agrees, nonetheless. However, fate has something else in store for them and they get separated....only to be reunited later. Well, you can predict how the film will end despite the plot taking several twists and turns.
The first half goes on to establish the premise of the film and Mohit Suri wastes no time in getting the friendship brewing between the lead characters. Breaking the ice over a game of basketball was perhaps the best way to get the two acquainted and the film moves on smoothly until it begins to get slightly repetitive and boring. By the second half the film drags on to no end and Arjun Kapoor's droopy eyes may even put you to sleep.
Coming to performances, Shraddha Kapoor did a good job as an elite girl from Delhi. Moderately underplaying her character, she grows on you in the movie and looks absolutely fabulous throughout. Arjun Kapoor on the other hand almost felt like a misfit in the film as his Bhojpuri accent wasn't convincing enough. His bulky frame and dreaded monotonous expression did nothing to impress either. Though they did share some good chemistry, it was Vikrant Massey who completely stole the show. He was a class apart and I felt like he should have played the main lead. Right from his accent to the diction and his transformation in the film, everything is to watch out for. Kudos to the young lad.
The songs like Baarish and Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga are almost addictive and you'll find yourself humming it even after you exit the theatre hall. But that's all you will remember, because even the few good actors in the film might not save it from becoming a disaster at the box office.
What we think: Don't waste your time on Half Girlfriend this weekend, rather spend time with your full girlfriend somewhere else!