If you are a fan of Chetan Bhagat’s novel, Half Girlfriend then you’ll be aware of how lead protagonists are basically ace basketball players in it. So when Shraddha Kapoor was cast in the film adaptation as the main lead many had expressed their concern over the same, due to her girl next door image. But, if director Mohit Suri, who has directed her in two films in the past in Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain, in the past is to be believed then Shraddha is a quick learner. He told mid-day, “Shraddha would train for hours on end every day for over a month. While Arjun is a basketball pro, Shraddha was supposed to play a university girl, who is damn good at it. It was important for her to get the basics right. She is a quick learner and also receptive to feedback. The DU girls, who play basketball, would play a game or two while we weren’t shooting,”

He also added that special women coaches from NBA flew down from the US to train Shraddha. “International coach Natalia Andre and her team were always present on set to help her.”

Some of Shraddha’s teammates in the film are actual players of DU’s basketball players. Mohit, who is now busy with the film’s edit, says he is content with how her character has shaped up. “There’s a lot of conjecture around how Shraddha’s character has been adapted from the book. She has worked hard to become the high society Delhi girl — we have gone all out to glamorise her — and is nothing like the girl-next-door that you have seen so far.” Also read: Shraddha Kapoor found it challenging to shoot for Haseena and Half Girlfriend simultaneously

Releasing on May 19, 2017, Half Girlfriend is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s best seller and stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead. The film is directed by Mohit Suri and is produced by Ekta Kapoor.