Half Girlfriend first look: Shraddha Kapoor-Arjun Kapoor play Chetan Bhagat's Riya and Madhav
Author Chetan Bhagat revealed the first look of the film adaptation of his book Half Girlfriend today. Starring Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles, the Mohit Suri directed film is all set to release on 19 May 2017.
We see Shraddha Kapoor playing basketball with a fellow teammate in the first look. The author-producer tweeted, "Totally engrossed in the game. @ShraddhaKapoor's exclusive still from #halfgirlfriend. Don't miss the cool sporty hair-do!"
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) March 27, 2017
Arjun Kapoor had previously shared these stills from the set:
Chetan Bhagat's book follows the romance between Madhav Jha, a non English speaking prince from Bihar and Riya Somani, a basketball playing girl from Delhi. The two meet on a college campus in Delhi University and a (sort of) romance blossoms between the two.
A big chunk of the film is set in Delhi University's North Campus and the protagonists (played by Shraddha and Arjun Kapoor) are ace basketball players reports Mid-day.
Mohit Suri talked about Shraddha Kapoor's transformation into a basketball player for the role. "Shraddha would train for hours on end every day for over a month. While Arjun is a basketball pro, Shraddha was supposed to play a university girl, who is damn good at it. It was important for her to get the basics right. She is a quick learner and also receptive to feedback. The DU girls, who play basketball, would play a game or two while we weren't shooting," he recalls, adding special women coaches from NBA flew down from the US to train Shraddha. "International coach Natalia Andre and her team were always present on set to help her."
Taran Adarsh also tweeted a new look of the film today:
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 28, 2017