Half Girlfriend music review: The album for Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s romantic drama is tailored for the heart

Half Girlfriend

Half Girlfriend

If you hear that Mohit Suri is making a movie, one thing you will quite sure about it – it will have a killer soundtrack that’s high on melody. Be it Kalyug, Zeher, Aashiqui 2 or Ek Villain, it’s the songs that touched out hearts first before the actors and the plot made its way. Even the movies of his that didn’t work, like Awarapan and Hamari Adhuri Kahani, also had some fine songs. So you know that when he directs Half Girlfriend, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel by the same name, there will be songs in the movie that are aimed straight at your heart. Starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead, a couple of tracks from Half Girlfriend have already made it to the musical charts by now. So how does the entire album fare? Here’s our review…

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Baarish

Ash King is a singer, who for some reason, is not much used by the composers despite having such a great voice. Baarish, the first song of the album, uses his dulcet tones to the best effect, giving Half Girlfriend the right kind of mellifluous start. He is joined by Shashaa Tirupati who is equally good. Baarish is commendably composed by Tanishk Bagchi, though the lyrics by Arafat Mehmood and Tanishk Bagchi are kind of okay, nothing pathbreaking as such.

Thodi Der

Farhan Saeed composes and sings the second song of the album, along with the Junior Nightingale of Bollywood, Shreya Ghoshal. Any song with Ghoshal’s voice is already a winner for me, and the accomplished singer doesn’t let me down, leading the vocals here. The song about a girl asking a loved one to wait for some more time will surely touch the right chord with all the romantics out there, with Kumaar’s lyrics being the added advantage. Loved Thodi Der!

Tu Hi Hai 

Tu Hi Hai is another song in the album that is both sung and composed by the same man, in this case, Rahu Mishra. Tu Hi Hai is about how a guy yearns for his sweetheart who has left him, and how it is driving him nearly mad. This is the kind of song you will definitely find in a Mohit Suri movie, as it reminds you of Tera Mera Rishta Purana from Awarapan and Banjara from Ek Villain. A decent song that would be more effective when the movie comes out.

Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga

Mithoon joins the album with a song that has brand Mithoon written all over it. Another song about a man who would continue to love his dear one, even if it means till its death. Though the pattern of content is becoming predictable by now, the variety offered is being different, so we don’t mind Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga. Of course, it has Arijit Singh too behind the mike so that makes it a chartbuster. One thing that works for the song is the slow pace that Mithoon maintains throughout, and the instrumentals that lie between the vocal portions. Shashaa Tirupati joins the song later, and she is okay. There is a reprise version, called Pal Bhar, which is equally decent.  Is it me or does the song remind you of AR Rahman’s So Gaye Hain from Zubeidaa?

Lost Without You

Another song about separation and pain, that interests you at first thanks to the English portions sung so interestingly by Anushka Shahaney. For a movie that is about a girl who wants to be a singer, we do need a song that is female-led. Lost Without You is a fine song, but the pattern of being loved and lost will make you miss Badshah at one point. Oops…did I just say that?

Stay A Little Longer 

Farhan Saeed composes the next heart-wrencher in the album, which is completely Stay A Little Longer, that’s sung by Anushka Shahaney with lyrics written by her. While Anushka impressed me in the previous song, here the English lyrics sound a bit awkward as if the lyrics have been hastily written to suit the slow beats, that would be better off as a Hindi song. It attempts to be the underrated English song from Neil n Nikki, I Just Wanna Spend My Life With You, but falls flat at times.

Mere Dil Mein

Rishi Rich’s Mere Dil Mein may come out like a much-required change in pace after the last few sombre songs, with its playful beats. It’s the title track of the movie, and Veronica Mehta and Yash Narvekar render it well. However, despite being different from the rest of the album, it is not a standout piece, but mostly is an enjoyable affair while it lasts. There is a dialogue version too.

Half Girlfriend theme

The last to be reviewed in the album is the haunting instrumental piece by Mithoon that plays around Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga.

Our verdict

Half Girlfriend‘s album is tailored purely for the heart, with most of the songs about love, longing, and separation. There is a hardcore set of listeners waiting for such an album, and Half Girlfriend’s album will definitely appeal to them. Though I must say this is not one of Mohit Suri’s best albums – that honour lies in favour of Ek Villain and Awarapan, for the sheer variety and that one standout song.

Our picks

Baarish, Thodi Der, Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga

Rating:3.0 out of 53.0 Star Rating

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