Half Girlfriend (film)

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Half Girlfriend
Half Girlfriend Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMohit Suri
Produced byShobha Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor
Mohit Suri
Chetan Bhagat
Written byScreenplay:
Tushar Hiranandani
Ishita Moitra
Story byChetan Bhagat
Based onHalf Girlfriend
by Chetan Bhagat
StarringArjun Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor
Music byScore:
Raju Singh
Tanishk Bagchi
Rishi Rich
Farhan Saeed
Ami Mishra
Rahul Mishra
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byDevendra Murdeshwar
ALT Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date
  • 19 May 2017 (2017-05-19)
Running time
130 minutes[1]
Budget580 million[2]
Box office97.73 crore[3]

Half Girlfriend is an Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat.[4] The film is directed by Mohit Suri and stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in title roles. The film also places Vikrant Massey and Rhea Chakraborty in important roles.

Principal photography commenced in June 2016 and filming locations include Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Dumraon, Varanasi, New York City and Cape Town.[5] The film was released worldwide on 19 May 2017.[6]


Madhav Jha arrives at the former apartment of Riya Somani, to collect her belongings since she has moved out and left no forwarding address. Whilst on the train to Riya's home in New Delhi, Madhav finds Riya's cell phone amongst her belongings, which contains a video that shows Riya helping Madhav prepare for an English language speech. As Riya asks Madhav to speak in English, the story is retold when Madhav was asked by college professors to speak English during the interview.

Madhav is a good basketball player who cannot speak English well. He gets acceptance into University based on a sports quota where he meets Riya Somani, an upper-class young girl who is allowed temporary admission also based on a sports quota. They become good friends and play basketball every evening in the college court. When Madhav tells his roommate Shailesh and friends about Riya, they push him to ask Riya out for a date but she stops him and asks him to just be a friend. Madhav's friends still encourage him to pursue Riya in the hopes that she will eventually date him.

One day Madhav and Riya hang out at night. Madhav picks her up from her house and after spending the night, when she comes back home, she kisses Madhav, before entering her house.

When Madhav attends Riya's birthday he questions her about the nature of their relationship. Uncomfortable, Riya says that she is not his girlfriend, but they can maybe reach a compromise since they have reached halfway and she offers to be his "Half Girlfriend".

Shailesh is angry with Madhav for reaching the compromise since he deserves it all. Shailesh and his two other friends advise Madhav to invite Riya to come to his room, to know whether she really likes him. Madhav decides to ask Riya to visit him in his room. He tries to get intimate with her and they end up having a heated argument in which Madhav accidentally pushes Riya. Riya keeps her distance and the pair do not meet for a long time.

One day, Riya texts Madhav to meet her and on meeting Madhav receives an invitation to the wedding of Riya with her childhood friend from Riya. Heartbroken, Madhav graduates and returns to his hometown without sitting in for placements.

Madhav's mother runs a school in their village where only boys study because of the absence of toilets for girls. Madhav learns that Bill Gates is coming to Patna and will be funding grants to schools. Madhav decides to apply for a grant, for which he goes to Chanakya hotel in Patna.

After the meeting, Madhav meets Riya who was residing in the hotel and works for Closeup. They meet and hang out for some time, where Madhav comes to know that Riya has divorced because her husband and his mother tried to beat her. As Madhav needs to give a speech in English for Bill Gates, Riya helps him prepare for it. One day, he takes her to his house, where Madhav's mother asks her about her past- her marriage. She acts rudely with her upon knowing that she is a divorcee. A few days before the speech, when Riya had to go back to Patna, Madhav's mother requests her to stay away from Madhav. She, however, attends Madhav's speech where he is successful in getting a grant from the Bill Gates Foundation. After the speech had ended, a small girl from the school hands her a letter by Riya for Madhav. He learns from the letter that Riya has been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer and will die in three months. She requests him not to search for her as she herself does not know where she will go. Back in the present day, Madhav is seen going to Riya's house to deliver her belongings to her mother, who on learning about Riya's disease starts crying. Madhav recalls that she wanted to become a singer at a bar in New York. Unprepared, Madhav goes to New York to visit his friend Shailesh.

Shailesh and his wife Rutvi learn about the whole incident and try to deviate Madhav's attention from Riya. Rutvi tries to set him up with Anshika, her friend. They spend some time together. Madhav tries to find Riya for three months continuously, and his time runs out. On the last day, when he was attending his farewell party, he sees a video where Anshika, who had fallen in love with him, thanks to him for being a part of his life. While she thanked him over a song while sitting at a bar, Madhav sees a blurred picture of the singer who somewhat looked similar to Riya, and the song was the same as the one which Riya sang. Desperate, he runs for the café, amidst falling snow, and without any transport. Upon reaching the café, he requests the guard to allow him to enter. He enters the bar and finds out the singer is indeed Riya. Riya and Madhav reconcile and consummate their relationship.

A few years, Madhav is seen talking to his mother about opening a new school and Riya is helping their daughter to learn to play Basketball, who is unable to do it. Riya tells her daughter, never to give up.


Additionally, a digitally superimposed likeness of Bill Gates appears in the movie in scenes where he comes to visit Madhav's village in Bihar.


The film went into production in March 2016. Prominent shooting locations included St. Stephen's College in New Delhi and Times Square and the UN Headquarters in New York City. It is the first Bollywood movie to be shot at the UN headquarters. The basketball action in the film is by Rob Miller, NBA and the ReelSports team.[7] Around 200 students from different colleges were roped in to play extras as some of the scenes demand Delhi University students in the film.[8] The trailer was released on 10 April.

Box office[edit]

The film was released on 20 May 2017 worldwide. The film collected ₹120 million on its opening day and ₹104 million on second day. On its first weekend, the total collection was noted as ₹320 million. On its second weekend, the total collection of the film stood at ₹540 million. Its lifetime worldwide gross is estimated to be 86–90 crore, with 72–77 crore earned domestically and 13–14 crore outside India.[2][9]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient Work Result Ref.
30 December 2017 Zee Cine Awards Song of the Year Tanishk Bagchi Baarish Won [10]
Best Playback Singer (Male) Ash King Nominated [11]
Arijit Singh Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Nominated
Best Lyricist Manoj Muntashir Nominated
Best Playback Singer (Female) Shreya Ghoshal Thodi Der Nominated
Best Music Director Farhan Saeed Nominated
Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Nominated
3 December 2017 Star Screen Awards Best Background Music The "Love Theme" Nominated [12]
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Music Album Various Music Album Nominated [13]
Best Male Playback Singer Ash King Baarish Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal Thodi Der Nominated
28 January 2018 Mirchi Music Awards Female Vocalist of The Year Won [14]
Listener's Choice Song of the Year Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Won
Male Vocalist of The Year Arijit Singh Nominated [15]
Ash King Baarish Nominated
Song of The Year Tanishk Bagchi Nominated
Lyricist of The Year Nominated
Music Composer of The Year Nominated
Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Nominated
Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year Anushka Shahaney Stay a Little Longer Nominated
3 March 2018 Bollywood Journalist Awards Best Supporting Actor (Male) Vikrant Massey Nominated [16]
Best Music Direction Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Nominated
2 May 2018 Mix Music Awards Best Song Tanishk Bagchi Baarish Won [17]
Best Playback Singer (Male) Ash King Nominated
Arijit Singh Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Nominated
Best Lyricist Manoj Muntashir Won
Best Playback Singer (Female) Shreya Ghoshal Thodi Der Won
5 July 2018 Gaana Users Choice Awards Best Music Composer Tanishk Bagchi Baarish Nominated
Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Won
Best Playback Singer (Male) Arijit Singh Won
Ash King Baarish Nominated
Best Album Various Nominated


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  7. ^ "Shraddha Kapoor learns to play basketball for her next". The Times of India. 28 January 2017. Archived from the original on 13 February 2017.
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  10. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2018 complete winners list: Secret Superstar, Golmaal Again and Toilet Ek Prem Katha win big". 20 December 2017. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
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  12. ^ "Screen Awards 2017 nominations announced". Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
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  14. ^ "10th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards: Complete list of winners – Times of India". Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
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