We all know Chetan Bhagat as a popular author but it seems that the author has created another identity of himself as a producer. The context of saying this is that many of his novels have inspired filmmakers who are adapting his novels into films. 'Hello', 'Kai Po Che', '2 States' and '3 Idiots' are the movies so far which have been adapted from his novels and now Mohit Suri directed 'Half Girlfriend' has been released worldwide which is also an adaptation of his book with the same name.
So the story revolves around Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) and Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) who study together in one of the best colleges of Delhi. While Madhav is a middle-class boy hailing from a small town in Bihar, Riya is a Delhi girl belonging to the elite classs of the society. With two completely distinguished backgrounds, the only thing which is similar in both of them is the love for the sport basketball. Madhav is head-over-heels in love with Riya right from their first meeting. His friend Shailesh (Vikrant Massey) warns him about Riya not being a commitment phobic but Madhav is so blindly in love with Riya that he doesn't even realise the difference between the class they share in the society. And we don't understand the concept of 'Half Girlfriend.'
With a totally messed up background, Riya is no mood of commitment and out of frustration ends up marrying a guy chosen by her family members. Madhav returns to his hometown to fulfil his mother's dream of constructing a school in his small village which concentrates more on girl education and quality education as well. While they cross paths many times in life, they tend to avoid each other purposely, but end up meeting in the end.
Arjun Kapoor as Madhav Jha, a typical, rustic, Bihari boy seems over obsessed with his dialect but his efforts for the same needs to be appreciated. 'Majnu' which he has created in the form of Madhav will easily relate to every other boy who is madly in love and believes in commitment. Shraddha Kapoor as Riya looks classy and elegant in whatever attires she wears thus depicting the high class society girl. But should put more effort in her acting and brush them up. Vikrant Massey is again at his best like always, this boy is getting better as an actor with each passing day. Rhea Chakraborty who enjoys some screen presence in the second half of the film is good too.
The first half of the film enjoys a meaty story-line, but the second half of the film is very slow. Director Mohit Suri, though clear in his vision has delivered a half-baked story which could have been much more meatier and crispier. The music composers and singers have done a fantastic job as the songs aptly relate to the situations when they are played and the track 'Stay a little longer with me' plays throughout the film but is a soothing treat to the ears.
Well I have not read Chetan Bhagat's novel, but even if you have read it, I guess this movie offers a refreshing twist to it. With Mohit Suri's direction, this Arjun Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor starrer somehow fails to impress, the reasons best known to the director and the author of the novel as well. It's a typical Bollywood movie and deserves a one-time watch this weekend. Go watch it with your girlfriend but not 'half' right?