Bhagat's 'Half Girlfriend' that tells the love story of heterosexual-couple Madhav and Riya as they bond over their love for basketball, has sold over 1.5 million copies since its release in 2014. Much like his preceding 4 titles, 'Half Girlfriend' had been a runaway bestseller.
Balaji Motion Pictures who acquired rights from Bhagat, sent the film into production sometime last year. With Director Mohit Suri calling the shots, Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor are playing the leads in the film that's slated to release in 2017.
It was reported that Suri is handling the film as a very ambitious project and plans to break into new territory as far as filmmaking is concerned, with 'Half Girlfriend'. Also making news is the fact that in a bid to explore his creativity, Mohit Suri has cut the author out of the cinematic adaptation of his own book. Director Suri has also gone on to confirm the speculations.
In the past several years, authors have either been denied any role in the feature film adaptations of their books or have been thoroughly disappointed with how the films have turned out. Stephen King had been very critical of 'The Shining' based on his title of the same name and so was Roald Dalh of 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory'. PL Travers was disregarded by the makers of Marry Poppins when he insisted on his own inputs. It remains to be seen what kind of dynamics Mohit Suri's decision creates among different contributors, from author to director to actors.
Reportedly Bhagat, author of the novel that the film is based on, was slated to play a key role as the narrator. But as luck would have it, Mohit Suri decided to cut Bhagat out of the screenplay. However, Suri additionally confirms that there's no animosity between director and author and that the latter has gladly surrendered the cinematic decisions to his director.
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