The movie is the adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s 2014 bestselling novel Half Girlfriend. It’s only an adaptation of name and the characters, the movie follows its own twists and turns and the final outcome is Director Mohit Suri’s idea, which is not so great.
Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor), a rural boy from Bihar, who can’t speak English so well, luckily gets admission to the prestigious St. Stephens College, through sports quota. Madhav falls for Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor), a rich girl from the college. Soon, Madhav befriends Riya and conveys his feelings for her, but Riya declines the proposal of being his girlfriend but decides to be his half-girlfriend. Shailesh (Vikrant Massey) advises Madhav to keep a physical relationship with Riya. Madhav tries to do so, but she is offended an rejects it . Thus, Riya starts ignoring Madhav.
A year later, Riya gets married and settles in London. Madhav, on the other hand, tries to help girls get admission to his mother’s school but is unable due to the poor toilets for girls in the college. Madhav tries unsuccessfully to raise funds until Bill Gates arrives to help them to raise funds.
Problem is that Madhav ka haath English mein kamzor hai! He still can’t speak English! Riya comes into the scene once more with a much different impact in his life…. and disappears.
The story has several twists and turns leading to New York, but falls short of a tight story line like in Two States, that could keep your interest alive right till the end.
What’s Bad –
The Director Mohit Suri takes way too many liberties with a good script and ruins it by making it a very long and boring narrative.
Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor have zero chemistry between them. Somehow I felt both of them were doing their roles very half-heartedly.
For people who have ever read Half Girlfriend this movie will leave you aghast and for those who have not please don’t even bother.
Rating: 2* out of 5