Half Girlfriend, starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is set to release on Friday, May 19. A special screening was held for the Bollywood industry ahead of the film's release. The movie garnered mixed reviews from Bollywood critics and celebrities alike.
Critics have been raving about Arjun and Shraddha's performances and the melodious music album of the film. Arjun and Shraddha's chemistry also looks impressive. However, they claimed the movie failed to leave an impact on viewers and is tad slow. On the other hand, celebrities like Emraan Hashmi, Soni Razdan and others heaped praises to the entire cast.
The plot revolves around Madhav Jha (Arjun's character), who falls deeply in love with Riya Somani (Shraddha's character). While Madhav wants to marry Riya, the latter doesn't agree and settles to be his 'Half Girlfriend.'
Half Girlfriend is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's best-selling novel by the same name and will explore today's relationships. Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, Mohit Suri and Chetan Bhagat, Half Girlfriend is directed by Mohit.
There is a lot of hype and expectations from the film, since Mohit and Shraddha's collaborations have earlier worked wonders. Their previous outings, Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain, were box office hits.
Check the trailer of Half Girlfriend here:
Below are some of the reviews of Half Girlfriend by celebrities:
Soni Razdan: "There is nothing halfhearted about Half Girlfriend.it's full on heart and soul. ❤️ed it ! @mohit11481 @chetan_bhagat Congratulations!"
Emraan Hashmi: "Kudos 2 the team of half girlfriend 4 making such an emotional and entertaining film!! @shraddhakapoor @mohit11481 @arjunk26 @chetan_bhagat"
Ruslaan Mumtaz: "Really enjoyed #HalfGirlfriend. Well written and directed. @arjunk26 is really good and sincere.Good story n characters @chetan_bhagat"
Here's the critics reviews of Half Girlfriend:
Anita Iyer of Khaleej Times said: "You don't connect with any of these characters and that is where the problem starts. They come, do their scenes and exit without leaving an impact on you. The film lacks real emotions - however hard they try, you aren't able to get involved in the narrative. After enduring the pointless movie for 2 hours and 15 minutes, I am glad I didn't waste my time reading the book. The million dollar question remains - if the book didn't really get good reviews, why would anybody make it into a film in the first place? Watch the film if you have absolutely nothing to do this week or are an Arjun, Shraddha Kapoor fan."
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: "The chemistry between these two is crackling. It's the second half that gets a tad dramatic. Madhav's borderline obsessive behaviour to get Riya back into his life isn't always a pleasant watch. Watch this film if you are in the mood for a romance punctuated by a generous dose of drama, tears and heartache.You may not become any wiser in love with this film, but you are not going to die of boredom either."
Meena Iyer of the Times of India said: "The first half breezes through, but post interval proceedings hang; in tandem with the hangdog expression worn by the hero. Arjun is sincere, but seems too urban for an ideal 'Bihari' fit. And Shraddha, who looks her loveliest here, lacks gravitas."
Sarita A Tanwar of DNA said: "Mohit Suri is in fine form at what he does best – the combination of melancholy and music. The imperfections of the lead characters is what's most appealing. Mohit uses his songs to carry his story forward. This is also his most polished film so far - tremendous effort by cinematographer Vishnu Rao. There is a bit of lag in the screenplay in the second half because of the inherent slowdown in the story. Mohit has tried to camouflage it with the usage of songs but you can't escape it entirely."
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