'Half Girlfriend' Review: Arjun-Shraddha Shine In This Love Story

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Updated: Fri, 19 May 2017 16:59:32 IST Updated: Fri, 19 May 2017

Half Girlfriend
Starring: Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor
Director: Mohit Suri
Ratings: 3.5

When a book is adapted into a film, the risks are higher and challenges greater for a director. He has to please the book's loyal fans and also appeal to those who haven't read the book. The task is, however, easier when it comes to a Chetan Bhagat novel since it already has all the masala ingredients of a typical Bollywood film. 

As a novel, Half Girlfriend is a quintessential campus romance with the necessary heartbreak and reunion. So, the filmmakers too have played it safe and not made many changes to the novel. And they have a winner in their hands.

The story revolves around Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) from Simpur, a small village in Bihar, who is studying in St Stephen's college in Delhi. He's a basketball champ and falls head over heels in love with the college hottie, Riya Somani, who's also a basketball player and closet singer.

But while Madhav is in love with Riya, she wants to take it slow and coins a new term for their relationship by calling herself his half girlfriend. Madhav forces Riya to get intimate but she refuses and after a brawl, they go their separate ways. And while Riya is all set to get married, Madhav is left heartbroken. 

Two years later, they meet again in Patna, where a divorced Riya is a working woman and Madhav is seeking funds for his new school from the Bill Gates Foundation. Love rekindles between them as Riya begins to teach Madhav English. But she soon leaves him again saying that she has blood cancer and has only three months to live. You need to watch the film to know what happens next.

The film is clearly Arjun and Shraddha's show. Shraddha looks stunning throughout the movie. Anaita Shroff Adajania's styling is truly commendable. Whether it's playing the rich girl dealing with messy parents or as a singer (which comes quite naturally to her), Shraddha owns this Mohit Suri film.

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Equally, the film rests on Arjun's shoulders. His act as the simpleton Madhav Jha is excellent. Although his Bihari accent is not up to the mark at times, he gets under the skin of his character. Watch him in the scenes where he takes Shraddha for a movie for the first time or when he tries to kiss her. Arjun should definitely do more love stories.

Vikrant Massey, who plays Arjun's friend, also needs special mention. Seema Biswas as Arjun's mother does what she's best at - playing a whining mother and we're not complaining.

As director, Mohit has played his cards smartly. He has got the right cast, has only made slight changes to the novel, and once again, he has a winning musical score. Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga and Thodi Der Aur Theher Jaa are brilliant. Mohit has almost got another Aashiqui 2 in the film.

Overall, watch Half Girlfriend over the weekend. There may be nothing new in the story but there's still that something special that you don't want to miss.

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'Tubelight' Opens To 50% Occupancy On Day 1

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:42:32 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Salman Khan's eagerly awaited Eid release, Tubelight, is finally here. Now, it's not just the superstar's many fans but trade pundits also who look out for his films because they know that he can create havoc at the box office. Tubelight, however, has only managed to open with 40 per cent to 50 per cent occupancy in its morning shows today.

The film has released in approximately 4,300 screens. According to trade experts, a 50 per cent occupancy is not a great sign for a superstar's film. Nevertheless, they expect Tubelight to cross the Rs 100 crore figure in its opening weekend. And with Eid being on Monday, the collections should only rise next week. 

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The film has also got mixed reviews from critics. While some of them have loved the film and called it the best film of Bhaijaan's career, others have panned it for being slow and over-dramatic. Of course, movie reviews don't usually affect a Salman Khan film. But this is a Kabir Khan film and the fact that it has still got mixed reviews is a disturbing sign, feel the trade pundits. It remains to be seen if the early flicker from this Tubelight will light up the box office eventually.

 

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Sonam and Rhea Kapoor’s Fashion Brand Rheson Wins A PETA Award

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:41:08 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor and her sister and film producer, Rhea Kapoor, launched their high street fashion label, Rheson, recently. And now, Rheson has won the Compassionate Business Award from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The award is for its bags which are made from non-leather materials.

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Of course, Sonam has had a long association with PETA and has often taken a stance against cruelty to animals. So, she was crowned PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2016. In 2015, she wrote a letter to the minister of environment, forest and climate change and urged him not to revoke the ban on classroom dissection for life science and zoology students in universities.

Before that, in March 2010, the actress had sent a letter on behalf of PETA to the then Maharashtra home minister, RR Patil, urging him to extend the ban on glass-coated manja beyond Mumbai to the rest of the state. She also donated “kind kites” to prevent injuries from manja among children in 2011.

 

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to star in third 'Tiger' film

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:41:08 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's fans are already eagerly awaiting their film, Tiger Zinda Hai (TZH) this December. It's a sequel to their 2012 hit, Ek Tha Tiger, and the former lovers are expected to recreate their magic on the big screen once again. But now, according to a report in DNA, talks of a third film are already taking place within Yash Raj Studios.

Salman and Katrina will continue to play their respective roles in the third part as well. According to the report, "Aditya Chopra and Salman have spoken about taking forward the Tiger franchise and end it with a third part. The main team remains the same. As of now, the plan is for Ali Abbas Zafar, who’s directing TZH, to helm the third part, too.” 

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The third sequel will continue the story from where TZH will end. “The ending of TZH is being designed in a way that it leaves room for another, most probably the final sequel. It will be a fresh story with newer characters and a bigger adventure, and will culminate the series,” said the report. 

Of course, given Salman's tight schedule, it may be a while before the third film is actually made.

 

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Alia Bhatt to begin shooting for Meghna Gulzar's 'Raazi' next month

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:41:08 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Alia Bhatt is all set to begin shooting for director Meghna Gulzar's espionage thriller, Raazi, this July, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror. Alia will play the role of a Kashmiri girl who is married to a Pakistani army officer in the film. Vicky Kaushal will play her husband.

Raazi is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka's novel, Calling Sehmat. It is being produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions. The novel explores the story of a Kashmiri girl, who provides invaluable information to the Indian intelligence during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. 

Meghna told Mumbai Mirror, "I am trying to do something in a new space, recreating India and Pakistan of the ’70s on sets and real locations. A lot of research has gone into getting the period and dialect right. There are some action pieces too. Its work in progress with workshops and reading sessions."

The filmmaker was also excited about working with Alia. She felt that Alia had landed a challenging role that was unlike any character that she had played so far. As for the film's title, Meghna said: "It’s only when you agree to something that you eventually end up doing it and live with the consequences. ‘Raazi’ is a synonym of ‘sehmat’, which also means agreeable.” 

Meanwhile, Priti Shahani, president, Junglee Pictures, said in the report: “We are very excited with the entire team that has come together with us to tell this story. It’s the first time we are collaborating with Karan Johar who has a very keen understanding of connecting stories with the audience and brings immense creative value to storytelling."

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She added: "Alia has showcased her acting prowess in every film and right from start we saw her as our Sehmat. As for Meghna, it’s like homecoming for us post Talvar and she is the perfect person to tell this story.”

Raazi will be extensively shot in Punjab and Kashmir from July with a small portion being shot in Mumbai. 

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