HALF GIRLFRIEND: THE MOVIE

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HALF GIRLFRIEND

With 4 consecutive hits, namely 3IDIOTS( 2009), KAI PO CHE (2013), 2 STATES (2014) and KICK (2015), Chetan Bhagat has won over the hearts of Indian audience along with his readers who had been in love with his writing style since five point someone (2004) to his latest bestseller to Making India Awesome (2015). With all his books being a hit, Chetan Bhagat could be considered as Mika Singh for the writing industry (if that exists). Besides a hold over biggest hits of novels, he is also a noted public intellectual, writing for columns about the youth, career development and current affairs in the leading newspapers of both HINDI and ENGLISH. He is also an international superstar as recognized by THE NEW YORK TIMES, citing Bhagat as “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history”, selling over 7 million copies in the city.

Successful screen writing efforts of Chetan Bhagat have always turned out to be a blockbuster hit, snatching away 4 star ratings and the overwhelming love of the movie spectators.   He has also won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for the movie Kai Po Che! (Loosely based on his famous novel, THE THREE MISTAKES OF MY LIFE)

Among his other qualifications, Bhagat is known to deliver speeches at programmes organized by corporate, educational institutes, newspapers and media houses like Dainik Bhaskar, The Times of India and at other conferences apart from writing columns for the same.

He was also the judge of the dance reality show named NACH BALIYE, which made him a part of several controversies of being a judge of a dance show despite of being from a literature background and the fiery rivalry with his co-judges. He has been always a flash in the news for his successful endeavors to his cooked-up controversies linked to famous personalities. Yet, he still continues to straddle on the ladder to fame with much ease. And so are his thrivingly scripted movies highlighting subjects of Rom-com, friendship and fictitious situations based on the reality of life.

To offer yet another treat to his lovely audience, Chetan Bhagat is all set to transcend the new-age Bollywood films with his latest movie, HALF GIRLFRIEND.

For those who have not read his book, the story revolves around two characters Madhav and Riya, battling over the issues of difference in culture, status, linguistic struggle and thoughts on love. The story is well-descriptive and offers imaginary based visuals to its readers. Just like every romantic novel, the story is set on the background of boy falling over the girl who starts to help him in coping up with his poor communication skills, but the girl friendzones him considering it just to be a fling and marries someone else. But Half Girlfriend is not just about that, here, our girl, Riya agrees to his proposal but only the half of it. Yes, she agrees to be his “half girlfriend”. Chetan bhagat quoted the storyline as a “unique Indian phenomenon” as the boy may think he is more than friends with the girl, but the girl is still not his girlfriend. Adding to which he said,” As I thought we needed a term like ‘Half girlfriend’. Because, in India, that is what most men get” (LOL!).

With a unique twist in the tale, even the star cast is a “never before seen” together, namely Arjun Kapoor and Shradha Kapoor. A production of Balaji and Chetan Bhagat himself, the upcoming movie is directed by the SRK of new-era romantic films, Mohit Suri with the two stars, Arjun Kapoor (who has recently posted a photo of him with a basketball, announcing the commencement of his latest upcoming, on Instagram) and the beautiful, Shradhha Kapoor to play the roles of the two protagonists. The film has just commenced its shooting this week and is expected to be realized on 28th April 2017. Expecting a big from the superhero of Indian writers, the movie seems to be one of the most awaited films of the year.

Hope this so called “Indian phenomenon” is largely accepted by the Indian audience and specifically youngsters, who could be or have gone through the similar dilemma of love and friendship.

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