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 byTushar Hiranandani
Ishita Moitra
Screenplay byTushar 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]
Budget58 crore[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.

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 (Arjun Kapoor) arrives at the former apartment of Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor), 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 recording. The video shows Riya helping Madhav prepare for an English language speech. As Riya asks Madhav to speak in English, the story is retold in flashback when Madhav was asked by professors at St. Steven's College to speak English during interview.

Madhav is a rustic, rural young boy and good basketball player who cannot speak English well. He gets acceptance into University based on a sports quota. At campus, he meets Riya Somani, an upper class young girl who is allowed temporary admission also based on a sports quota. Madhav helps Riya to train and win her trial, securing her place at the University. They become good friends and play basketball every evening in the college court. When Madhav tells his roommate Shailesh (Vikrant Massey) and friends about Riya, they push him to ask Riya out for a date. Next day, Madhav asks Riya out and they both go for a movie. In the theater, Madhav tries to get close to Riya but she stops him and asks him to just be a friend. Later that day, Madhav discusses the incident with his friends, who still encourage him to pursue Riya in the hopes that she will eventually date him.

Madhav attends Riya's birthday and questions her about the nature of their relationship. Uncomfortable, Riya says that she is not his girlfriend, but they can maybe reach a compromise, and she offers to be his "Half Girlfriend". Excited, Madhav, tells his friends about this latest development. However, they mock him and insist that she is just using him. They tell Madhav that he should ask Riya to sleep with him.

Confused, Madhav decides to follow his friends advice, and asks 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. Uncomfortable, Riya runs away, however she is confronted by many of Madhav's friends who jeer and laugh at her. Riya keeps her distance and the pair do not meet for a long time.

One day, Madhav receives an invitation to the wedding of Riya from her childhood friend, Rohan Chandak. Broken hearted, Madhav graduates and returns to his hometown without sitting in for placements.

Some years later, while helping his mother in the school she runs, Madhav realizes that the school does not admit girls due to the lack of toilet facilities. The local government is unable to help financially, so they decide to approach Bill Gates, who is visiting India. While visiting the Chanakya Hotel, to meet with the UN delegation, Madhav meets Riya who is there for a job interview.

The story returns to the present, when Madhav reaches New Delhi to give Riya's belongings to her mother. Riya's mother is shocked and says that she has not been in contact with Riya for some time now, since her divorce from Rohan. Madhav recalls that she wanted to become a local singer in New York. Unprepared, Madhav goes to New York to visit his friend Shailesh. There, he begins his search for Riya, to no avail. Shailesh asks Madhav about Riya, and he recalls the incident when he met her at Chanakya Hotel.

Through a flashback, Madhav and Riya's meeting at the hotel is shown. Madhav tells Riya that he has to prepare a speech to present before Bill Gates, and Riya agrees to help him. Madhav is successful and Bill Gates awards a large cash donation to the school. After the celebrations end, Riya leaves suddenly and leaves a letter behind. In the letter, she confesses that she loves him, but is unable to tell him because she is afraid of love due to her brutal past.She believes that every relationship ultimately leads to pain and unhappiness. She writes that when they first met, the time was not enough for them, and now Riya creating a false excuse that she has a terminal illness and will die within three months.

In the present, Madhav tries to find Riya for three months continuously, and his time runs out. Shailesh tries to distract Madhav by introducing him to Anshika (Rhea Chakraborty), however he is not interested in her. Madhav's internship with United Nations finishes and his friends throw a farewell party for him. While sitting at the bar, he overhears a song which sounds familiar to one which Riya used to sing. He then finds out the singer is indeed Riya. The pair meet and it is implied that Riya faked her illness in order to escape from her past and as she didn't want to be a burden for Madhav and his mother.

A flash forward to the future shows Madhav has decided to build another school in a neighbouring village and decided to build of schools at nearby areas. The couple are now married with a daughter.


The two main leads, Arjun Kapoor as Madhav Jha & Shraddha Kapoor as Riya Somani.

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 12 crore on its opening day and 10.4 crore on second day. On its first weekend, the total collection was noted as 32 crore. On its second weekend, the total collection of the film stood at 54 crores. Its lifetime worldwide gross is estimated to be 86–90 crore, with 72–77 crore earned domestically and 13–14 crores 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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