Rating: 3/5 Good

Half Girlfriend Review

by Rajat Srivastav

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Mistake 1:


Lack of Preparation for Madhav Jha - 
Preparation is a powerful word. Success is when preparation meets opportunity and the same is true when your are looking for a universal hit. If I say Arjun kapoor pitches in an earnest performance I may not be wrong but it's certainly nowhere near his previous Bhagat adaptation 'Two States'. So where was the preparation not only in terms of acting and dialect workshops but in terms of physicality except the beard He looks the same from 19 to maybe 27. But since Aamir and co have raised the bar why should he also not look like a 19 year old ??

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Mistake 2:


Remorseful a.k.a Mohit Suri Way
None of Mohit Suri characters are happy as they have a long drawn suffering. But he forgets that happiness grows under one's feet. He can bring in tears but can he bring the smile back after tears is the question here ? Entertainment value is a bit amiss and so is the happiness quotient ! Nor is any song about love or happiness. Moments which bring you smile or half-Smile are few.

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Mistake 3:


English ... Much ado about nothing -


It's so much into the fabric of the movie that you feel sorry for the lack of ability of a boy who is being celebrated as an attitude of never giving up. But when it comes to English even India's best college Stephens couldn't teach him to speak one correct line throughout the movie. Even his interview at the US embassy is cut short for his less than Half- English. And then you get him to speak in front of believe-it-or-not Bill Gates himself ( A half hearted visualization again)

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Five high points ?

1. Performance of Arjun Kapoor - handled the role with dignity and maturity
2. Performance of Shraddha - though she's skillful to play girl next door or even tomboyish characters - she looks classy in the movie as a high class English speaking rich south Delhite.
3. Support cast - Vikram Massey ; dependable as ever , Seema Biswas adds natural tadka to the dal she serves to Arjun and Shraddha and Rhea Chakraborty who looks amazing but her half-baked character kills the impact.
4. Songs are such a delight and do not hinder the engaging narrative
5. The narrative is engaging and you flow with the principal characters. Some moments are cherishing.

Would still go with three stars but could have been much better than this had it been a lot more on preparation , entertainment and covertly dramatic. Still no harm spending some time on it !




3 Stars..

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Half Girlfriend review from other sources

BollywoodHungama 2/5

The dialogues written by Ishita Moitra are extremely dramatic and too filmy even for Bollywood. The editing by Devendra Murdeshwar too could have been a lot crisper considering that there were many scenes that could have been done away with it. Cinematographer Vishnu Rao doesn’t do anything to improvise the situation either. On the whole, HALF GIRLFRIEND comes across as an overtly dramatic piece of cinematic work that fails to create the desired impact. At the box office, it will struggle to survive post the opening weekend.

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TimesOfIndia.com 3/5

Finally, half girlfriend or boyfriend is that person many of us have encountered on campus. However, do we really want to relive those memories? It depends entirely on the mood.

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Glamsham.com 1.5/5

Ruined by a bland, by-the-numbers plot and mediocre performance, HALF GIRLFRIEND is a painful adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel. Yes we have had engaging adaptations like KAI PO CHE!, 2 STATES and the modern cult 3 IDIOTS (inspired) from Chetan Bhagat's work but we also had ONE NIGHT @ THE CALL CENTRE and now we have HALF GIRLFRIEND to give a full company. 

Dekho but at your own risk.

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NDTV 1/5

Half Girlfriend is about two halfwits who belong together. It is a film that claims to celebrate romance and undying passion and gates both Bill and Indian, but all it does is applaud a spoilt man who believes he's a scapegoat. He is not. He is, in fact, a man who hands the woman he loves a butcher knife, gets down on all fours, sticks his neck over a earthen pot of biryani and goes baaaaa. Off with his head.

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filmibeat.com 2/5

Director Mohit Suri seems to have taken the 'half' in the film's title a tad too seriously when it came to big screen. Mediocre performances and sluggish pace play a major spoilsport here. The film has a couple of instances where Riya (Shraddha) is seen crooning 'Stay A Little Longer'. Wonder if that was meant for the restless lot of us who were waiting for the end credits to roll soon!

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Half Girlfriend

  • Mohit Suri
  • Shobha Kapoor
    Ekta Kapoor
    Mohit Suri
    Chetan Bhagat
  • Mithoon
    Tanishk Bagchi
    Rishi Rich
    Farhan Saeed
    Ami Mishra
    Rahul Mishra
  • Vishnu Rao
  • Devendra Murdeshwar
  • Tushar Hiranandani
  • Ishita Moitra
  • Raju Khan
    Tushar Kalia
  • Chetan Bhagat
  • Javed-Aejaz
  • Aki Narula
    Anaita Shroff Adajania
  • Balaji Motion Pictures
  • May 19, 2017
  • Hindi