Arjun Kapoor to play basketball player in ‘Half Girlfriend’

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Arjun Kapoor to set to play basketball player Madhav Jha in Mohit Suri’s ‘Half Girlfriend.’

In Suri’s upcoming romance-drama, which is a screen retelling of Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name, Kapoor plays Jha, a young basketball player from Bihar. And while the 31-year-old actor underwent dialect training for his part, his preparation to play the athlete was particularly arduous, reports Times of India.

“It was important to get the nuances right and for the sport to look as authentic as possible on screen. In order to achieve that, Arjun was required to become a basketball player instead of just enacting the part. He went through rigorous training for three months for which top NBA coaches were flown down from the US,” Suri reveals.

The filmmaker further informed that the sport sets the scene for the relationship of the leads in the movie. Shraddha Kapoor plays Arjun’s love interest. He said the sport breaks the language barrier and brings the protagonists, who hail from different classes and backgrounds, together.

Queries about how long Arjun took to get the game right are met with a smile, “Arjun has played basketball in school so he was familiar with the sport. But to portray a character like Madhav, who is a national level player, he put in a lot of hours to bring finesse to his game. He picked up tricks, worked on technique, even learnt to score baskets from half court,” Suri confidently said.

‘Half Girlfriend’ is due for release 19th May.

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