Desimartini | Updated - May 19, 2017 8:41 PM IST
Verdict - A one time watch.
What does the catchy title of the movie under review mean? Never heard earlier.Neither the viewers ,nor the principal character( Arjun Kapoor) has any clue about it? A novel written by Chetan Bhagat .What else? To me Half Girlfriend is a metaphor - which means any relationship that's not carried to it's logical conclusion.The midway break up could be incidental,it could be circumstantial,it could be designed.
Some examples from the film.The relationship between Madhav Jha( the Hindi medium Bihari boy selected through the sports quota in St Stephen's college of Delhi University ) and Riya Somani( the urban elite English medium girl in the same college) is destined as an 'half way arrangement' ab initio.Both leave their graduation after the first year itself.Riya's divorce within two year's of her arranged marriage .Girl's being deprived from middle level schooling to study further.Any number of broken promises made by politicians which never get implemented.This includes lack of toilet facilities for the girls to drop out from schools.Not many being
perfect in either the spoken Hindi or English.Using Hinglish in every day usage.
What's the plot ? It begins from a basket ball court in a college in Delhi and ends at a basket ball court in rural Bihar.In the college they are lovers,in Bihar they are the parents and their daughter.
Madhav Jha gets a seat in the sports quota .Riya Somani likewise.Their backgrounds are different but the sport is same (basket ball).The love is one sided.During the first year itself Riya is married to a bit of her parent's choice.Within two year's the marriage is dissolved.The girl never goes back to her parental home.Why? She has a bitter experience of parental discord.Her mother is a victim of domestic violence.She has started to lead an independent life.Until she bumps into Madhav in Patna.By now Madhav has got a Bill Gate sponsored internship in social upliftment .He is busy in improving his English to measure up to the new task.
Rest is how the two unite,get married and be parents if a daughter.
Where does the movie succeed? It focuses on imbalances between the two states ( Delhi and Bihar) vis a vis the education standards,the social infrastructure and the mind set.It emphasizes that the spoken word is important,not the language in which it's spoken.Relationships should not be derailed mid way by man made phobia's.
The scene stealers'? The scene where Madhav is ignored in the birthday party of Riya.The waiters in the party taking selfies with Madhav.The mother( Seema Biswas) putting tough questions to Riya.Madhav getting closer to the other girl ( Rhea Chakraborty) in States.
Where the movie lacks? The drama isn't gripping .Performances are just above average.Both Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor are miscast as first year students of a college.No song is hummable nor brings out the sensitivity of the theme.
All in all,Half Girl friend is a 50-50 movie ,neither extra ordinary nor poor.A half way stuff.
Could be viewed atleast once.