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

Bradley Fernandes


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.


Sonam Kapoor’s beau Anand Ahuja picked her prismatic saree at Cannes

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Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017 17:39:41 IST Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017

Sonam Kapoor is Bollywood’s legit fashionista as she proved once again with her appearances at Cannes. Sonam started off her run at the film festival in a chic prismatic saree. But it wasn't just her sister, Rhea Kapoor, who styled her entire look at Cannes. There was another hand involved in picking out Sonam’s first attire. And it was none other than her alleged boyfriend, Anand Ahuja, who chose the saree. Now, isn't he turning out to be the perfect boyfriend?

“It was Sonam’s beau Anand Ahuja who put Sonam and Rhea on to the designers — Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar. Anand knew them as he’s in the garment business himself. He recommended them to the Kapoor sisters. Sonam likes to promote local Indian work so she decided to wear the Shimma Saree. Anand was pleased as punch that the Kapoor sisters had liked his choice,” said a report in DNA.

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Anand and Sonam have become quite open about their relationship from posting sweet messages for each other on social media to vacationing together. Anand has also been an integral part of Sonam’s family gatherings so much so that he even accompanied her family to London last month to celebrate her mother’s birthday. He even accompanied her to the National Awards ceremony when Sonam won the award for her role in Neerja. And now he’s turned into a fashion guru, who’s giving her styling tips. Now, that says something given that Sonam's quite the trendsetter herself.

So, when will the two make their relationship official is the question that everyone's asking.


Priyanka Chopra drops the F-bomb in 'Baywatch'

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Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017 17:53:54 IST Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017
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Priyanka Chopra is all set to make her Hollywood debut with Baywatch, making it only the second time perhaps that she turns abusive on the big screen. Now, the diva hates using abusive language on the big screen so it came as a shock hear her drop the F-bomb in the Baywatch trailer.

But then, she plays a badass in the film. So, she naturally had to break her quintessential heroine mould and her pledge to never use inappropriate words on screen. Indeed, she admitted that her experience while shooting the film was quite "scary" in an interview with Mumbai Mirror.

Said Priyanka: “Dropping the F-bomb was scary! The first time I did, I turned red with embarrassment. During Kaminey, Vishal sir (director Vishal Bhardwaj) kept telling me, ‘Ek gaali de do na’, but I refused. I’m really self-conscious about abusing on screen but this time, I was aware that Baywatch is an R-rated film and it was my job to fit into my badass character. It's a great summer film but don’t take your kids.”

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Well, PeeCee is certainly breaking the stereotype and carving out a path for herself in Hollywood. And we can’t wait to watch her as Victoria Leeds in Baywatch.









Saif Ali Khan to reunite with Dinesh Vijan for ‘Go Goa Gone’ sequel

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Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017 17:35:39 IST Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017

After taking a break in 2016, Saif Ali Khan seems to be on a film signing spree this year. The actor, who was last seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, has three films -- Chef, Kala Kandi and Baazaar -- in the bag already. He has also signed Vipul Shah's next film reportedly. And now, he may give his nod to yet another film -- a sequel to his zombie comedy of 2013, Go Goa Gone.

Saif will collaborate with his former partner, Dinesh Vijan, for the film's sequel. Confirming the news, Dinesh told Mid-Day: "Saif and I are talking about a sequel to Go Goa Gone. He is leading the project and the script is now being developed. It'll be produced under Illuminati Films [which he co-founded with Saif]."

The first Go Goa Gone, which also featured Kunal Khemu and Vir Das in lead roles, didn't fare well at the box office but it was highly appreciated. As Dinesh said to Mid-Day, "The humorous dialogues in the original were appreciated by the audience. We are bringing the original cast together for the sequel."

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Saif and Dinesh co-founded Illuminati Films and produced the super-hit Love Aaj Kal in 2009. They went on to collaborate on Agent Vinod and Cocktail in 2012, Go Goa Gone in 2013, and two average films -- Lekar Hum Deewana Dil and Happy Ending -- in 2014. Later, they parted ways and Dinesh went on to start his own production house, Maddock Films.

Talking about the rumours of his rift with Saif, Dinesh added, "It ended amicably. We met at work and became good friends. Our friendship has always gone beyond work and we have shared a great bond. He has been instrumental in my growth."

Dinesh stated that it was difficult for them to "meet and bounce ideas off of each other" because of their busy schedules. "But I wished Saif before Rangoon's release and when Taimur (son) was born," he said.

Meanwhile, Dinesh is making his directorial debut with Raabta, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon. Calling it his toughest film till date, he said: “We are having a crazy schedule editing the film, but it's fun.”


Watch: Priyanka Chopra picks Ranveer Singh as her dream co-host

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Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017 18:55:51 IST Updated: Wed, 24 May 2017
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Priyanka Chopra has revealed that her dream co-host is the energetic Ranveer Singh because of his "rebellious crazy attitude" during an appearance on the American talk show, Live with Kelly and Ryan. The global star is busy promoting her debut Hollywood film, Baywatch, currently and has been appearing on several international talk shows. In one such appearance on the Live with Kelly and Ryan show, the Quantico star revealed this interesting titbit. 

When host Kelly Ripa asked her what qualities would she want her dream co-host to have and who would be her dream co-host, PeeCee named four actors. First on her list was her Baywatch co-star Dwayne Johnson for his charming personality, followed by Zac Efron for his super sexy abs. Her Quantico co-star, Jake McLaughlin, was her third choice because of his dreamy blue eyes. Finally, she named Ranveer for his "rebellious crazy attitude". Incidentally, even the host thought Ranveer was "adorable". Priyanka and Ranveer have worked in several films like Gunday, Dil Dhadakne Do and Bajirao Mastani

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Baywatch, directed by Seth Gordon, stars Priyanka Chopra, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, among others. The film releases on May 25 in the US.