When you watch films like 3 Idiots and 2 States, you come out of theatres with a certain joy. That joy lies in feeling a sense of place and people in movies based on his novels. Though Chetan Bhagat’s stories aren’t exactly innovative, but they are filled with little, fine details that make them delightful to read. Most of them have been extracted from either his observations or from his own life. So when you watch 3 Idiots, you identify with the apathy and anger of a student in this country. You feel the texture of student life in our universities, colleges. What’s more, you get to listen to inside jokes of student life. You become familiar with the vernacular of campus life.
When you watch 2 States, you instantly make a connection. On a surface level, 2 States had nothing new to tell. It was a story of two individuals trying to get married against their parents’ wishes. But then the movie was based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel. You place the same two individuals in prestigious IIM campus, make one of them a hardcore Punjabi and the other a conservative Tamil Brahmin and you have got a perfect cocktail of entertainment. The same old story suddenly feels new, trendy and very youthful. Few writers in the country know the pulse of youth as Chetan Bhagat does. When you watch movies based on his novels, you know that you are somewhere dealing with same little frustrations and problems. These are the small joys of watching Chetan Bhagat novel-turned-movie. Finding that instant connection that most Bollywood movies fail to provide.
So when we saw the trailer of Half Girlfriend, we were kind of shocked. A girl being followed and craved for and then things suddenly go upside down and everything becomes gloomy and dull. There are threats of losing relationships and one fine morning, you end up lying depressed on your bed. Isn’t this what we hear everyday? Then what is so new about this movie? All we can do is wait till 19th May to know more. May be the on screen chemistry of Shraddha and Arjun might work out but we are sure this is again a stereotypical theme of a rich hot girl and a village nerdy boy. Well! Mohit Suri, we hope you have made sure to add something worth watching in this movie.