Movie: Half Girlfriend
Direction: Mohit Suri
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Rhea Chakraborty
Music: Raju Singh (BGM)
Cinematographer: Vishnu Rao
Editor: Devendra Murdeshwar
Genre: Drama, Romance
What is it about: It’s about a Bihari boy Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) who moves to city for higher studies and falls in love with Riya (Shraddha Kapoor), the conflict which arises during the commitment in their relationship forms the crux of story directed by Mohit Suri adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s Novel of the same name.
Why it’s disappointing: Except for the fact it had two good looking leads, there was nothing much this film could offer in terms of entertainment. It makes you wonder, if the makers really put in thought to give a nice treatment to the adaptation. The screenplay was sloppy with no energy or interest invested in it. It has a monotonous depressing feel throughout which you get really tired by the time end credits roll out.
As I haven’t read the book, not sure if that was an interesting one. But as a movie, it really doesn’t click at all. Most of the characters looked artificially staged with no room for talent.
The lead Arjun and Shraddha lacked the chemistry which was required for the intensity they portray in the film. Seemed like, they got scared by the chops which may be given by CBFC.
What to watch out for: Arjun Kapoor, did a good job, tries a bit hard with the accent, but manages to sail through.
Shraddha Kapoor, looked very beautiful after “Aashiqui 2” in this film. And yeah she did a neat job as well.
The cinematography was delectable by Vishnu Rao and the edit was quite crisp by Devendra.
Music by various artists was a saving grace to an extent in the film. And the background score was neat by Raju Singh.
Verdict: Mohit Suri, couldn’t hold this one together, the film falls apart with weak screenplay and lazed out direction. Can definitely give this one a miss.