This film is a very good adaptation of the popular Indian author Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘Half Girlfriend’. It speaks about the wide and growing chasm between the growing Hindi speaking populace and the universal language English speaking society and workforce. Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) is a small town Bihar boy who comes for admission in Sociology in the prestigious St. Stephens college in Delhi and he impresses the admission panel with his honesty and wit and charm and the panel headed by Bugs Bhargav grant him admission as he wants to change the face of Bihar and help it gain its former glory with the help of his loving mother (Seema Biswas) who runs a school and is troubled by the fact that not many girls come for admission into schools because of lack of sanitation facilities. Madhav’s campus life is propelled into loving glory with the advent of a rich beautiful girl Ria Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) and she becomes Madhav’s basketball partner and later into a movie date and then a cozy girlfriend but Madhav is warned by his friend Vikrant Massey that she is too much a high society girl for him and he should stay away from her but Ria confesses that she can only be a half girlfriend for Arjun just like the half back court of the basketball game played by them and when she invites him for her birthday he realizes that socially she is much beyond him and it is only because of her quarrelsome parents that she seeks solace in him but soon Ria is engaged to a rich society boy and Madhav returns to his hometown where he is under severe stress and faces the pangs of separation from Ria but soon lands a job in New York with the Melissa Gates foundation started by the richest man in the world and a great philanthropist Bill Gates for the betterment of schools in Indian villages and though he is weak with the English language he manages the foundation to make a contribution for his mothers school and there in a quick dart of fate he meets Ria who is divorced and she strikes up her relationship with Madhav again and Madhav wants to continue his relationship with her but she returns to Patna to see his mother and her school but suddenly goes to New York confessing to Madhav in a letter that she has only three months to live because of blood cancer and a distraught Madhav goes to his friend Vikrants house in New York where he and his pretty wife Rutvi (Anisa Butt) help him to get into a relationship with a divorcee Rhea Chakraboraty but Madhav is hell bent on finding Ria and he knows about her dream of singing songs through the night in a club in New York and so he searches all the bars and clubs in town and finally manages to find her. This sequence reminds one of Dustin Hoffmans ‘The Graduate’ and the train sequence resembles ‘Jab We Met’. What happens next? The film is appealing and Mohit Suri’s direction is very good. He manages to draw out fine performances from Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor who must rate this film as their best yet. Seema Biswas, Vikrant Massey, Rhea Chakraboraty, Bugs Bhargav, Anisa Butt, lend good support. The music by Mithoon is soothing but there are too many songs which hamper the pace of the film. Amit Mishra’s lyrics are good. The beautiful locations of New York, Patna, South Africa, Delhi, are beautifully shot with the camera by Vishnu Rao caressing every frame beautifully especially the rain sequences. The editing By Deven Murdeshwar is good though it could have been good to have a linear narration. Overall a film worth watching.
At the box-office
The film has taken a great start and looks like to keep its investors more than happy.