Half Girlfriend's new song 'Baarish' is all about love in the time of monsoon and basketball
Baarish is the first song from the Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Half Girlfriend
For Bollywood, the moody monsoon brings with it two things: memories of a lost love or the feeling of falling in love for the first time.
Starting from the classic 'Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si' (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi in 1958) to the contemporary 'Ab Se Sawan' by Subha Mudgal, rain songs have an intertwining history with romance in our cinema.
And couple this with director Mohit Suri's need to fulfil romantic cliches of all kinds, as seen in his films like Hamari Adhuri Kahani and Aashiqui 2, you have the ultimate rain song, 'Baarish' from Half Girlfriend, that pays tribute to love in the rain.
The film is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's book of the same name which has the Bhojpuri speaking Madhav Jha (played by Arjun Kapoor) fall in love with the very elitist Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor).
'Baarish' shows how the college romance between the lead characters begins in the rains, with St Stevens College (which is a fictionalised version of St Stephens in Delhi University) serving as the backdrop for their romance.
It is love at first sight for Madhav, he can't stop looking at Riya throughout the duration of the song. While everyone is diving for cover from the rain, Riya rushes outside to enjoy the 'baarish' and Madhav can't take his eyes off her. These moments are interspersed with them playing basketball.
The two finally make conversation at the end of the song when Riya challenges Madhav to a game of basketball.
The song is a beautiful romantic ballad sung by Ash King and Shashaa Tirupati, composed by Tanishk Bagchi, and written by Arafat Mehmood and Tanishk. Here's the song which might become the next romantic anthem in monsoon:
In an exclusive and candid interview with Arjun Kapoor, he speaks about Chetan Bhagat's books, knowing his place in the film industry and how his characters have always been a priority.
Half Girlfriend has treated the aspect of student life somewhat superficially, and doesn't capture the milieu of Delhi University to its full potential.
Half Girlfriend is strictly for fans of the book or the two leads, because at best it’s quarter tolerable.