Half Girlfriend, the adaptation of a bestseller by Chetan Bhagat (3 Idiots, Kai Po Che, 2 States) is directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Ekta Kapoor and is the second collaboration between Mohit and Ekta after Ek Villain. After the commercial failure of his drama Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Mohit Suri returns with the romantic comedy genre which offered him some of the biggest successes of his career.
At the casting, the director finds Shraddha Kapoor for the third time after the big successes that were Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain with Rhea Chakraborty. The main male role is Arjun Kapoor, who returns to the big screen a year after the commercial success of Ki & Ka. Co-produced by Ekta Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat and Mohit Suri, the film is highly anticipated among young audiences. It will also be necessary to closely monitor the album composed among others by Mithoon.
Indeed, Mohit Suri has always been known for its quality soundtracks, and what matters the genre to which it tackles. Shraddha Kapoor will be able to recover from his last complete failures at the box office? Will Half Girlfriend confirm the immense success of Bhagat's adaptation to cinema? Here's part of the answer with this first trailer:
Half Girlfriend reveals a rather average trailer, an almost half trailer, neither excellent nor bad. First of all, the title is repeated and explained to us too abusively and confusingly. The transition between comedy and drama seems to be too fast and we see moments that could increase the viewing pathos which was already the major reproach made to Hamari Adhuri Kahani.
Moreover, the history seems not really to present a profound originality, contrary to the adaptations of Bhagat quoted above. Hopefully on the side of the originality the film will have surprises for us. However, the trailer remains entertaining. The aesthetics of Mohit Suri are recognized on several well-worked planes. Arjun Kapoor is certainly the real surprise of this promotion.
If it starts with its usual half sleeping character game that does not have light on all floors, it surprises in the second part with a role that seems more intense and that could finally get him out of his comfort zone. As previously announced, the music seems to be there again a major point of the film and the sad song that accompanies all the second part of the trailer looks very beautiful.
In the end, it's a mixed record for this trailer, waiting for the album to live up to the expected buzz. As for the story a small town boy from Bihar falls in love with a girl from the big city. In fact, it tells the conflict between Bharat and India. The two India's living together.
Bharat represents India of small towns, connected to the land and not influenced by the West. They are more connected to the roots with traditional culture whereas in modern India they can dress like Americans, use a different jargon as in those restaurants where you are served Indian food but with an Americanized accent that is one of the aspects of present-day India.
One of the aspects of present-day India is people respect a person who speaks English, which is not his mother tongue, and despises a person speaking Hindi or his local language. This reality is weird! There is a tendency for the press in English to become more influential than the press in the local language. There is a love story between these people coming from two realities. They allow themselves to be caught up in these relations of archaic and modern coexistence and this takes place in the south of Delhi.
The movie contains a powerful romantic spring. The music, prepared at the bottom of a garage tend to have more feelings, as they were composed for a broken love story, a lover, a very joyful deep moment. Half Girlfriend will release in theaters on May 19, 2017.