Opinion: Half Girlfriend
I didn’t like the novel itself written by the man who actually is the pioneer of modern commercial English novels revival revolution in India. I loved his 1st book, Five Point Someone and even his third, Three Mistakes Of My Life but since then all his books are same routine romances which are less like books and more like the screenplay for films. Better he stops writing books and opts to be a full-time screenwriter. Anyway, I also didn’t like 2 States the book but the film made on it was better more because of Alia Bhatt I guess, so with the hope that Half Girlfriend will be better than the book I went to watch it and let me tell you the film is not even half baked. Mohit Suri is no Imtiaz Ali who can touch our souls through his romantic films and the result is a drag, boring and torturous product. The cherry on the top is an incompetent actor like Arjun Kapoor shouldering the entire film. He irritates to the hilt and every time he utters dialogues in Bihari, I only heard ‘I am a miscast, I am a miscast’ from his mouth. Comic lines from his mouth seemed even dead. Shraddha Kapoor is fine in the film but her performance is soulless.
Suri is a smart man, his songs attract the masses and this time also he did the same but I feel despite being good the songs are overused in the movie. Tushar Hiranandani’s screenplay and film script adaptation is very predictable and monotonous. The basic Idea behind the concept of ‘Half Girlfriend’ is also hollow and gimmicky both in the book and the film. The direction of Suri is just about Okay and he tries too hard to make an intense film but fails miserably.
The VFX is damn poor and laughable, the scene where they have pasted the face of Bill Gates over a man is a joke in itself. A Large part of the story takes place in Patna but the actors are pasted over the places of Bihar’s capital rather than going actually there to shoot the scenes. Sound cinema goers will feel sick while watching the film but I still feel college kids and masses of small cities will see it and in fact have seen because in last three days it has made 33 Crores at the box office and that’s what Mohit Suri wanted. Vikrant Massey plays the sidekick of Kapoor shines more than him as a performer. Rest it is a film we have seen, done far nicely than this in the past many times. If you are expecting something good then strictly avoid or else go and sit in the corner with your Half/Full Girlfriends/Boyfriends in the corner seats and bear this one with popcorns and soft drinks. I’ll go with 2 stars out of 5.