This is how Mohit Suri’s Half Girlfriend starts: Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor), a student from Bihar, struggles to speak English during his college interview. Later he feels only half as good as the fancy Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor), who he adores.
while watching these scenes, it occurred to me that Half Girlfriend is something of a companion piece to Hindi Medium (this week’s other release). At their core, both films have a class and language barrier. But this Mohit Suri adaptation of the (nauseatingly titled) Chetan Bhagat book is the love story of two people who breach the language hurdle and bond over basketball.
Half Girlfriend seems to be one of those films which tries to encash the youthful University romance..Interestingly, it works..