Half Girlfriend Movie Review: Arjun Kapoor plays goofy, gentle giant to perfection

Half Girlfriend Movie Review: Arjun Kapoor plays goofy, gentle giant to perfection

Tripti Karki Tripti Karki
Updated on: August 11, 2017 19:15 IST
Half Girlfriend Movie Review Arjun Kapoor shraddha kapoor
Half Girlfriend Movie Review Arjun Kapoor shraddha kapoor mohit suri
  • Movie Name:Half Girlfriend
  • Critics Rating: 2.5 / 5
  • Release Date: MAY 19, 2017
  • Director: Mohit Suri
  • Genre: Drama/Romance

Half Girlfriend film, which is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel with the same title, is nothing new. The Mohit Suri directional venture follows the same old boy-sees-girl and falls in love concept, which has been tried and tested since ages.

However, there is something in the movie that makes it quite unique and watchable. And, that is the amazing chemistry between the leading actors Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. 

Arjun has done justice to his role as a Bihari boy (Madhav Jha) and, his accent is a delight to the ears. Meanwhile, Shraddha who plays the role of an ultra-rich Delhi girl (Riya Somani) is just a pretty face and doesn’t contribute much to the film.

While the two look absolutely adorable together, they lose connection with the audience in between and that is where the problem starts.  Particularly, the second half of the movie is just too lengthy. Mohit Suri worked just “too hard” it seems, which eventually resulted in nothing but tedious and confusing plot.

If you have read the novel Half Girlfriend, then you will find lots of similarities between the book and the movie. Nonetheless, the big screen version gives you a goofy Arjun Kapoor who can be referred to as the saviour of the otherwise “nothing new to offer” film.

While Chetan Bhagat's novel isn't a piece of pure literature with a great storyline, the director too doesn't get a bigger playground to display his directorial skills in terms of plot. His characters are superficial and fail to keep you engrossed. They just seem to be fleeting in and out of the scene without evoking any emotions in you.

Coming to the music, Baarish is the song that is visually enticing and pleasant to the ears. Stay a little longer song is the most played and probably has much more screen space than the heroine Shraddha. The song comes anywhere in between and sometimes, you even feel whether it was actually necessary or not. 

Watch this film if you are in the mood for a romance punctuated by a generous dose of drama, tears and heartache. You may not become any wiser in love with Half Girlfriend, but you are not going to die of boredom either.

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