Half Girlfriend Review - Story lacks depth, characters lack dimensions, director lacks imagination!
On one hand, you have filmmakers like Imtiaz Ali with their contemporary take on the modern age love and relationships while on the other, you have directors like Mohit Suri, who overdo things trying to achieve the very same thing!
Yes, Half Girlfriend is a bad film, with nothing but an uncalled-for overdose of senti-ness. Mohit Suri is not learning and his commercial motives have outdone his ability to make decent films like Awarapan. Needless melodrama, pretentious ‘pagalpan’ of the lover, absurd settings and some really sloppy writing doesn’t leave scope for anything which could have engaged the audience to the story.
Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor), a ‘not so fluent in English’ boy from Bihar gets into a top college of the country through sports quota where he meets Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor), a rich Delhi girl and falls in love her over their hangout sessions which started from Basketball. Riya on the other hand, agrees to be his half-girlfriend and since they both come from different worlds, she can’t be her ‘full’ girlfriend. Madhav in love with her, says yes to proposal and starts going on coffee dates to movie dates but when he tries to get physical with her, he understands what the ‘half’ boyfriends can do as Riya leaves him, drops out of college, marries a rich guy. But destiny has other plans when after several years, Madhav meets a divorced Riya and tries his chances again. How will their story turn out, is to be seen in the film!
The half-baked story lacks depth, characters lack dimensions, director lacks imagination. Even the timing and the quantity of the songs disrupt the flow of the already disrupted film! However, if you look at songs individually, you have to commend Jeet Ganguly and Arijit Singh for the beautiful music and singing.
Talking about the performances, Arjun Kapoor was a mediocre act as he was trying too hard on the accent, delivery and his expression. Shraddha on the other hand, was not even trying. Vikrant Massey did a decent job and so did Rhea Chakraborty in her small cameo.
In all, my advice for you to please spare yourselves from this overdose of melodrama and emotions.