I haven’t read Chetan Bhagat’s book, but that surely doesn’t disqualify me from judging the trailer of Mohit Suri’s upcoming film Half Girlfriend based on Bhagat’s novel.
The story seems to be unabashedly aimed at the average Indian teenager or college-goer, particularly the guys from the Hindi belt, who land up in capital city and dream of dating the pretty, chic, urbane, English-speaking Delhi girl. Basically, imagine a Deshbandhu evening college student from a village in Bihar looking to score with a Miranda House girl from Greater Kailash. Yes, aspirational and how.
So, you have Arjun Kapoor playing the bumbling under-confident Madhav from Bihar who says things like, “I feeling ki...”
Madhav falls for the beautiful, stylish and sophisticated Riya Somani
Bumbling Bihari boy inevitably meets suave Delhi girl
Much fun ensues...
With more of these done-to-death cliched scenes...
Till the done-to-death cliched question pops up, “Hum aapke hain kaun...?”
Only to be met with...
So Riya’s like “I’ll be your half girlfriend...” and Madhav is like “WTF?!” and there in lies the conflict.
Change of location to the US of A, where Riya seems to have become a pop star (all that basketball playing was an eye-wash) and Madhav is remorsefully running on the streets of NY like he’s being chased by Chetan Bhagat haters.
Cue a solo track by Arijit Singh at the right places and you have a totally drab and uninteresting narrative, a cliched conflict and a predictable resolution that you can see coming from a million miles away.
Add to this Mohit Suri, the man behind the recent mind-numbingly mediocre films like Aashiqui 1, Ek Villain, Hamari Adhuri Kahani, and you know that Half Girlfriend is something you’d definitely give a miss.
With a very affected lead pair, the only spark in Half Girlfriend seems to be Vikrant Massey who plays Madhav’s best friend. We hope the film manages to surprise, but if the trailer is anything to go by, then this is just another celebration of unimaginative mediocrity.