Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s love saga has released today to mixed reviews. The Mohit Suri directorial promised to bring back the college romance on big screen and then pull at your heartstrings with a bevy of emotions throughout the film. The film follows the story of Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) who is a Hindi-speaking simpleton from Bihar and Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) who is a rich sophisticated Delhi girl. They bond over basketball but their friendship and fondness for each other transcends the court boundaries.
While Madhav is head over heels in love with Riya, she is not completely sure of her feelings towards him. She wants to take things slow and therefore offers to be his Half Girlfriend till they reach a better space to take a decision about their future together. Fair enough, isn’t it? The various twists and turns in their journey are relatable to any other love story. But what makes this stand apart is the way both these characters approach their love life and their self-worth while in a relationship. (ALSO READ: Sonakshi Sinha reviews ex boyfriend Arjun Kapoor’s Half Girlfriend- Watch video)
Here are three important love lessons that one can learn from this Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor drama.
You are as important as your partner: Shraddha Kapoor’s character is someone who refuses to commit or walks out of the relationship too often. While you may mistake it as her commitment phobia, trust us, she has a legit reason. Each time Riya Somani feels that she is not being respected or being given a chance to live life on her own terms or when her opinions are not being considered, she decides to put a full stop to it. As Riya Somani, she’s the epitome of today’s liberated, independent, strong woman who doesn’t want to just ‘settle’ for anything but the best. (ALSO READ: Half Girlfriend movie review: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor’s love saga is half-baked yet appetising)
Love is not = sex: In one of the crucial scenes in the film, Arjun Kapoor is advised by his friends that the only way to turn the Half Girlfriend status into a Full Girlfriend is by getting intimate with your girl. He tries his luck and is politely turned down. But he doesn’t take this lightly! It hurts him ego and also makes him question the relationship status! Here, this Bihari boy ‘from the village area’ associates sex to love. Yes, while it is an important part of a love relationship and all couples graduate to that level eventually. However, it cannot be the only way to measure someone’s feelings towards you or judge true love.
Move on like a boss: Madhav is in love with Riya and is looking to get clarity on their relationship status. But Riya decides to go her separate way. The Half Girlfriend song Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga might have you believe that the man will continue stalking her, pestering and reminding her of his true love and feelings for her. But surprise! He doesn’t! He moves on, while still harboring love for her in his heart! Heartbreak breaks a lot inside you. Your self-confidence, your self-worth, your will to live and achieve in life… but instead of brooding over his love life, which didn’t go the way he imagined, Madhav picks himself up each time his lady love decides to take some more time before taking a step further. (ALSO READ: Half Girlfriend hero Arjun Kapoor reveals all about his relationship status)
Madhav Jha is a far cry from Devdas, who fails to get a grip on his life after a failed attempt at uniting with the love of his life. Arjun Kapoor as Madhav can be an inspiration for every young person in love. There is no problem in giving your all to the person you love, but that doesn’t mean you waste yourself and life if your plans about your ‘ideal’ love life doing fall through.