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Half Girlfriend Review by Indicine
The story of failed love has been explored a lot recently with movies such as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Meri Pyaari Bindu, and while those were subtle treatments of the topic, Half Girlfriend is a full blown commercial entertainer which explores that area. Mohit keeps proceedings brisk and flowing very quickly through the first half but starts losing the plot a bit in the second half. But the movie works simply because he seems very certain about the content he is dealing with. The story is not very high brow and elements such as Bill Gates’ weird digital face imposter and the lead character chilling atop India Gate doesn’t do the realism chasers any favours. It does test your logic because of the stupidity of the lead characters, but eventually it makes for a satisfying movie watching experience if you ignore the stalkerish nature of the male protagonist.
Half Girlfriend Review by Bollywood Hungama
In a bid to redefine modern relationships, HALF GIRLFRIEND tries to explore a concept that is a tad bit confusing in its own way. Besides that, unlike 2 STATES that clearly defined the quirks of two different communities, the script of this film looks half-baked. While the makers continue to claim the film to be a ‘romantic’ drama, let us tell you that the explanation of ‘half girlfriend’ continues to remain ambiguous even as the film ends. Furthermore, the screenplay written by Tushar Hiranandani is way overdramatized for the young Indian audience and that is the biggest flaw of the film. The screenplay fails to keep the audience engrossed in its entirety. Though the story is coming of age, adult romance, the romance shown between the lead characters is not effective and entertaining and does not keep the audience engaged as it should. There is hardly any scene in the movie which establishes an emotional connect or touches the chord of your heart.
Half Girlfriend Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
The first half breezes through, but post interval proceedings hang; in tandem with the hangdog expression worn by the hero. Arjun is sincere, but seems too urban for an ideal `Bihari’ fit. And Shraddha, who looks her loveliest here, lacks gravitas.
Half Girlfriend Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
The chemistry between these two is crackling. They seem like a natural fit together and though you have seen similar rich girl-meets-regular boy love stories before, the actors breathe life into a jaded story. Kapoor’s simpleton act doesn’t grate either. It’s the second half that gets a tad dramatic. Madhav’s borderline obsessive behaviour to get Riya back into his life isn’t always a pleasant watch.
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
Half Girlfriend primarily works because of its lead pair and the conviction they bring to their characters. Arjun goes beyond the nuances of the accent and body language and digs deep to find a place he can reach to make Madhav believable. You sort of lose track of the cool and hip Arjun in the innocence and even rage of the rural Madhav. Despite the dramatic lines and phrases, Arjun uses his silence and speaks the most in the pauses when he’s fumbling to communicate his feelings to Shraddha. Shraddha, despite delivering hits with Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra, manages to have a genuinely likeable and convincing chemistry with Arjun. Her scene where Madhav tries to force himself on her is terrific. Mohit’s technique of creating stand out scenes that blend in with the overall plotline is commendable. The music of Half Girlfriend is already a rage and the songs do play an important part in taking the story forward. Vikrant Massey in the role of Madhav’ s roommate is terrific.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Director Mohit Suri, known for films like Ek Villain and Aashiqui 2, fumbles the ball big time with this film. The screenplay is not gripping at all and the dialogues are quite unmemorable. As mentioned above, because the chemistry between the lead pair is ineffective, the whole film falls flat on its face. Ohh and before I forget, the filmmakers have created Bill Gates through VFX for a sequence and the results are atrocious, to say the least. What works against the film is that it lacks a soul and thus, fails to make viewers relate to anything that is happening on the screen. Riya roamns Delhi with adhav, sings songs with him, holds hands with him and even kisses him, but then insists on being only a half-girlfriend’. What does that mean exactly? No explanation. Madhav insists on being with the girl who would rather feign death than hang out with him, which says a lot… but then, love is blind and what not, eh? Anyway, to sum it up, Half Girlfriend is not worth the watch..
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Arjun Kapoor does earnest and facetious pretty well but in Half Girlfriend his spontaneity is caged inside a single-minded goal and an accent that isn’t his natural one. The uneasiness shows. Meanwhile, Shraddha Kapoor confuses Riya for a pretty zombie and blankly reads out her dialogues. It’s such a staggeringly vacant performance; a life-size standee could have done the job.
Review by Sonil Dedhia on Mid-Day India
The film lacks two essentials. First, there is no visible chemistry between the leading actors. Their journey of falling in love is cut rather abruptly. Second, the love story isn’t palpable enough. It’s no wonder then that the convoluted mess, which goes on for over two hours, fails to tug at one’s heart. The leading actors fail to lift the tempo of this snail-paced film, although Vikrant Massey, as Madhav’s friend Shailesh, shines.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
There is a bit of lag in the screenplay in the second half because of the inherent slowdown in the story. Mohit has tried to camouflage it with the usage of songs but you can’t escape it entirely. Production values could have been better. The VFX of the film, especially, is an embarrassment. The entire Bill Gates portion could have been designed better, considering it’s a part of one of the most crucial scenes in the film. Instead it brings on laughs. Go for it and savour the romance. Experience the cracking chemistry of Arjun-Shraddha.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Arjun Kapoor tries his best to step into the shoes of Madhav Jha, but thanks to the story of Half Girlfriend, there’s nothing much he can do. His half-girlfriend in Half Girlfriend, Shraddha Kapoor, seems to be excelling at the art of distancing the viewer from her on-screen avatar. So much so by now, that there’s nothing that makes you feel for Riya Somani. She might be laughing, crying her heart out, dying, living, and all you can do is yawn.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
On the whole, ‘Half Girlfriend’ is too bad a film for human eyes. Unless, of course, you still like to watch love that is not only mushy, but also cringe-worthy, all at once. The film is definitely not worth your ticket price.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
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.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Adapting from literature is always a challenge. Will the words find a suitable form? Will the visuals establish an appropriate tone and mood? Will the characters live up to the mental image their description conjured in prose? But these concerns can be put to rest as this is based on Chetan Bhagat’s excuse for a love story by the same name. When below average writing meets overenthusiastic hamming, it’s like being simultaneously inflicted with a leg wound and a throbbing headache — you’re reeling in pain from head to toe but can’t tell which is more debilitating.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Nothing connects in this prolonged bore. The writers just follow the book. It’s a weak, timid adaptation that lacks the emotional punch and the romantic connect. The chemistry between Riya and Madhav is not felt as it doesn’t get established on screen. Mohit Suri’s direction is strictly routine. Music fails to hold though technicalities are better. Production values are first rate. Arjun Kapoor tries very hard and his efforts are seen. The limitation of Arjun as an actor makes the effort visible. Shraddha Kapoor is strictly okay. Vikrant Massey is fine. Rhea Chakraborty shines. It’s sad to see a talent like Seema Biswas getting wasted as Arjun Kapoor’s mom.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
This film leaves you puking a little inside as you watch it because there’s zero chemistry between the lead actors Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor and even less acting skills, no earthly reason why it rains in Delhi at college admission time (peak summer!), no reason why he believes she is still alive… There’s no reason at all why you should go see this film.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Half Girlfriend is fast-paced but is not that good to make us miss the absurdities of the screenplay. Characters forget how they were talking in the previous scene. There is an absolute lack of intensity between the lead actors and everything is so clichéd. India’s dominating, high society father to Bharat’s strong and silent mother, you have seen it all.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on News18
For a love story as complicated, one’d expect a chemistry as strong, but no. Don’t. You won’t feel a thing – neither the romance nor their confusion. The two hardly ever appear to be on the same page except for one or two scenes. The only performance that’s worth mentioning is that of Vikrant Massey. He’s probably the only actor who justifies his character of Madhav’s saviour roommate. Also, his Bihari accent, even if not perfect, is a relief from Arjun’s constant forced blabbering. Apart from the disappointing performances, the film has quite a few unrealistic moments. Just like a person has a go-to person, they also have a go-to place. But for Riya, this go-to place happens to be India Gate. And no, not the India Gate we know. It happens to be India Gate’s terrace. Like it’s pretty normal to fool guards and climb up and just chill. Of course.
Half Girlfriend Review by Indiaglitz
Director Mohit Suri fails to extract decent performance from his lead actors and struggles hard to establish the feel of the film.Arjun Kapoor’s talent is highly missing in this movie. Seema Biswas is wasted. ‘Half Girlfriend’ is a less than half-hearted attempt which will work only due to its star and music power but will end up disappointing the audience for sure.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
The love story works because the two Kapoors’ play the adoring and the adored with a hangdog heft and a haughty grandeur, respectively. The rest of the cast gets swathed in a scriptural haze that they don’t deserve. I wanted to see more of Vikrant Massey and Seema Biswas playing Madhav’s best friend and mother. And I certainly wanted to see more of the stunning Rhea Chakraborty who shows up at the end as Madhav’s blind date.It’s the role of the woman who loses love even before she finds it.
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