Half Girlfriend movie review: We half liked Half Girlfriend

Half Girlfriend movie review: What exactly is Half Girlfriend? Arjun Kapoor's Bihari boy Madhav Jha and Shraddha Kapoor's Delhi girl Riya Somani are as clueless as us.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 4:26 pm
Half Girlfriend movie review, Half Girlfriend review, Half Girlfriend, Half Girlfriend movie, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor Half Girlfriend movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s Hindi Medium Madhav Jha and Shraddha Kapoor’s very cosmopolitan Riya Somani start a relationship without commitment.

Half Girlfriend movie cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Vikrant Massey, Seema Biswas
Half Girlfriend movie director: Mohit Suri
Half Girlfriend movie rating: 2.5 stars

What’s a half girlfriend? Madhav Jha, Bihari bhouy, bheak in Ingliss, doesn’t quite know. Neither does college mate Riya Somani, the girl he has fallen for, who describes herself thus, with dead seriousness, without a shred of irony. They struggle, he who inhabits one part of India, she who comes from a wholly different one – he is a Hindi speaker who comes from a small town in Bihar ; she is the immaculately-turned out daughter of rich parents from New Delhi — to find an answer to that crucial question which underlies all youthful romances: do we belong?

Madhav (Arjun Kapoor) and Ria (Shraddha Kapoor) take a full two hours and some, to find out. Under Mohit Suri’s baton, and staying faithful to Chetan Bhagat’s source material from his novel of the same name, the two give us some laugh-out loud, felt moments, but which ultimately get stymied by too much sufi-fuelled song, and some mis-steps. I half liked Half-Girlfriend.

The answer to the original question is squelchy. Is a girl who keeps giving a guy a little hand-out, but keeps pulling back when asked for more, a ‘half girlfriend’? The film taps into, and speaks to the half-cooked, confused desires of a certain kind of male (in this instance North Indian/ Bihari) when he gets Madhav’s roommate at St Steven’s College, yes, modeled on that College which uses the capital c with dead seriousness, without a shred of irony, to say: ‘yeh aadha, pauna, chauthai kya hai’?

 

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When your hormones are surging, even a ‘half-girlfriend’, specially the girl everyone in college has an eye on, will do. Arjun Kapoor is a likeable actor, and plays the wanting-to-get-into-the-tony-redbrick-college-under-the-sports-quota Madhav with sincerity, even if it feels put on in places, and his accent keeps slipping. His gym-begotten buffness is a problem, not only because it makes him look older than he should for the part : it’s simply not the athletic leanness befitting a basketball player. Plus, the film keeps him fixed in a sort of dramatic spotlight which is Bollywood’s weakness: the ‘hero’ is always a little more than his surroundings; his pals (Vikrant Massey, especially) are never as visible as him, even if they have better lines, and say them better.

And that goes too for Shraddha, who is loosening up as she goes along but has still to discover depth. She’s far too made up and costumed for a college girl, even if her character comes from wealth: students sporting designer threads are all right, but Riya feels far too finished. And please, no, you cannot just sneak on to the top of India Gate for a little tryst with your so-called half-boyfriend, even if you are a Bollywood fantasy.

Could it have been better? The book, despite its shortcomings, feels more an organic whole : the film, which was what the book was always going to be, tries too hard. When a character says: ‘sentiyaa gaye ho ka’, not once, but twice, he is not just talking to the characters around him, they are not just having a conversation; he wants us hear him, and grin at the Bihari-ness/ desi-ness of it all.

Also read Half Girlfriend actors Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor: We became friends thanks to Madhav and Riya

 

We know. We heard you that first time. What we want is more between a guy and a girl. And we don’t want it to be buried under a song: if you find a quiet moment in the second half, let me know, and I’ll go off and find it for myself.

I enjoyed the first half. Suri knows how to create drama, and sweeps us up in places, enough for us to ignore the constructed-ness of the characters and the plot. In the second, which is doused in melodrama and swelling `gaana’, I was left with that looming question: is half better than none?

 

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              babu
              May 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm
              i think there is joker making review of movies for Indian express.its more like stani express
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                Half human
                May 20, 2017 at 9:41 am
                Movie is trash, I'd rather spend my day on the dentist's chair. I hate the protagonist whose only purpose seems to be to impress a girl, terrible. At one point I even thought he was wil to lick the seat she sits on. And whats a half? There is no half, if you have romantic fee s for somebody, that's all you need and it's a w . It's either you have romantic fee s for somebody or you don't, its that simple. Too much unnecessary drama, I vomited in my own mouth.
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                  Half human
                  May 20, 2017 at 9:44 am
                  Wil fee s it's a w PS I'll give it a half star rating
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                    Half human
                    May 20, 2017 at 9:47 am
                    Which begs the million dollar question. Why in the world make it a movie if the book itself sucks? Yeah true, if you romantic fee s, then that's all you need and it's a w .
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                    anonymous
                    May 20, 2017 at 8:08 am
                    Is it Ria or Riya? Author and editor is doing half-job. Hope they are getting half- ry!
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                      anonymous
                      May 20, 2017 at 8:07 am
                      Is it Ria or Riya? Author and editor is doing half-job. Hope they are getting half- ry.
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                        MyTake
                        May 19, 2017 at 11:36 pm
                        A better movie, "half politician" could be a better one, considering all the real life resources India has!
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                          bhuvan
                          May 19, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                          U have given only 2 stars to Bahubali 2.. Is this movie is better than Bahubali 2??? What a joke!!
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                            lara
                            May 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm
                            Arjun don't look like a sports player looks more flabby, and Shradha is too old for a college girl. Ok movie.
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                              syed mosharraf ali
                              May 22, 2017 at 7:04 am
                              Hahahah
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                              aman
                              May 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm
                              What should i say about this film critic. She gives Hindi Medium a two star rating and gives 50 approval to this yawn fest Half girlfriend. :) She always takes readers by surprise. Earlier she gave Sultan and Dangal 3 stars each, and Happy new year 2.5. So the conclusion is that Hindi Medium, that received a perfect 5/5 from Deccan Chronicle is even worse than Happy New Year!!
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                                Laxmikant kulkarni
                                May 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm
                                chetan bhagat sir ki story acchi hai magar.. flim bakwas... film me maja nahi aya jitna story read karne me aya... i will give half star
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                                  Aashir
                                  May 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm
                                  Correction: ... spends rest of the film pursuing 'her'.
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                                    Bunny Rabbit
                                    May 19, 2017 at 11:45 am
                                    These star kids are still around only because of their family name .
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