From ‘Three mistakes of my life’ to Kai Po Chhe, ‘One night @ call center’ to Hello, ‘2 States – A novel’ to 2 States – Movie and again, Half Girlfriend, Now it’s like a trend that Chetan Bhagat’s novels are converting into Bollywood movies one by one. First talking about Novel, when Chetan Bhagat revealed this title two years ago setting this book as Diwali release, title created huge attraction among youngsters and Book was also a huge success though story was quite similar like Revolution 2020 and other typical Bollywood film.
When Ekta Kapoor announced a film based on this Novel, Mohit Suri come up as a director and that made expectation high for the film. Previous two directional venture of Mohit Suri was musical success Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villian was pure hit. When the film announced, Shraddha Kapoor was the first choice of the director for the character of Riya and SushantSinh Rajput was approached for the character of Maadhav. As SSR went for Raabta, Arjun Kapoor – on screen Chetan Bhagat replaced SSR in movie for the character in Half Girlfriend.
Maadhav a Bihaari boy comes to Delhi for education with good sport talent, Riya a rich Delhi girl met Maadhav and they join hands for Basketball match every day and that’s where Maadhav falls in love with Riya. Story continues and stuck when Riya calls her as Maadhav’s half girlfriend, now what will Maadhav do, will Riya love him back are the moments to watch out.
Talking about the movie, director Mohit Suri found story suitable and didn’t make much changes in the story what writer has written in Novel, Shraddha as Riya Somani is the most powerful character of the story on which whole screenplay rotates. Arjun Kapoor as Maadhav had given good hard work to the character but fails somewhere and looks poor overacted character in some scenes. Especially his poor English and Bihari accent make his work look like an act, one cannot portrait any character always nodding just head and smiling unnecessarily. Shraddha as Riya is perfectly chosen character and no one could replace her in the movie, also her acting and singing is the heart for the movie and the one will witness best moments when Shraddha on screen. She is cute, she is sexy, she is sweet, she is beautiful and she is the heart of movie.
Talking about the making, first dressing of the movie is well presented and shorts of Shraddha is well selected, dressing of Maadhav is also well presented and make him look like Bihaari Villager boy. Hair style department is the one which fails to impress, Shraddha’s hair styles was poorly designed when she plays basketball and also there is no change in the look of Arjun Kapoor. Movie lifts up when one witnesses wonderful supporting cast in reference of Maadhav’s friend, his mom, his mates in NYC, all supporting cast did wonderful job and all were eye-catching on screen.
Talking about direction, Mohit Suri did all hard work to present the whole story on screen and quite successful in that, he fails in some scenes specially covering Arjun Kapoor and St. Steven’s in first half. Screenplay of the movie is poorly written somewhere and one didn’t found any logic when Shraddha starts walking in rain, she dreams about getting on India gate every now and then and Maadhav’s English remains poor till the end. It is hard to believe when just first basketball meeting leads them to proposal of game and a movie, some gestures in first half is poorly placed and Kiss between Maadhav and Riya misplaced in screen and hard to believe for viewer. Screenplay of the movie is the most disappointing work for me. Dialogues are also not up to that level and not memorable, some good written work also flushed out in poor screenplay. Cinematography in first half is average somewhere and it seems camera moves too fast, but it solved in second half and well presented in rest of the film. Editing of the movie is also average and some scenes in first half are cut out which is there in the novel.
Talking about music, the best departmental work of the film, and it has to be when Mohit Suri is directing, it must be a musical chartbuster film. All songs in the film are well composed, well singed, well written and well presented in the movie, it is right if we say music saves the whole movie. Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga, Baarish & Stay a little longer are soulful to hear and eye-catching to watch. Background music of the film is also well composed and well used the composition of good songs. Music wins it all the way for the film. Choreography is average but good songs cover it all for film.
Ultimately it seems the producers bought novel from writer and presented on screen without making much change, without wasting much time and without wasting much money. As it is a love story, it is good to watch but fails to impress what we expected and what Karan Johar makes like larger than life love story. Makers used half word too much in the movie and movie impresses half only and also giving half rating to the movie – Half Girlfriend.