Thodi Der

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"Thodi Der"
Song by Farhan Saeed & Shreya Ghoshal
Released25 April 2017 (2017-04-25)
RecordedPhatbox Recording Studio, Mumbai [1]
GenreLove song, Filmi
LabelZee Music Company
Composer(s)Farhan Saeed
Music video
"Thodi Der" on YouTube
Shreya Ghoshal won several awards and nominations for the song.

"Thodi Der" (English dub: Stay a Little Longer) is a popular song from the soundtrack of the Bollywood film Half Girlfriend. The song was composed by Pakistani singer Farhan Saeed, who originally performed the song (titled "Tu Thodi Dair"[3]) with established Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal.[4][5]


The version heard in Half Girlfriend is revamped from the earlier tune by Pakistani singer Farhan Saeed, while the leader of Jal Band. It was originally composed in Punjabi language.[4] Later on, in the movie Half Girlfriend, the English-dubbed version "Stay a Little Longer" by Anushka Shahaneya is performed.

Release and Lyrics[edit]

The song was released on 25 April 2017,[1] and Half Girlfriend came out on 19 May 2017.

The original version sung by Farhan Saeed received an overwhelming response from the public, with the music video on YouTube garnering four million views in a single day.[4] As of June 2017, the song's music video has garnered 23 million views.[1]

The version sung in Half Girlfriend has reached 50 million views as of September 2017.[3]


Farhan Saeed
Shreya Ghoshal
  • Singers – Farhan Saeed & Shreya Ghoshal
  • Music – Farhan Saeed
  • Lyricist – Kumaar
  • Keyboards by Ali Mustafa


  • Electric Guitar by Ankur Mukherjee
  • Harmonium by Aditya Oke
  • Sarangi by Murad Ali Khan
  • Music arranged And programmed by Dj Phukan

Co-arranged by Assista Madhab Deka

  • Recording Engineer's – Pankaj Borah & Bhaskar Sarma
  • Song Mixed & Mastered By Eric Pillai (Future Sound Of Bombay)
  • Assistant Mixing Engineers Michael Edwin Pillai & Lucky.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Critics generally gave Thodi Der positive reviews, describing the song as "soulful" and that "Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor’s chemistry does full justice to the latest track"[6] described the song as "extremely soothing", and "the Sarangi played by Murad Ali Khan adds to the charm to the song"[2] Its sister song, "Stay a Little Longer", was described as "a combination of western and Indian music."

In a critique of the song, did not comment on the song itself, but described it as an insensitive production of Bollywood, questioning why the two instruments of the tabla and dafli were included in the video without seeming to be played, and pointing out the music video as being shot in front of Humayun's tomb in Delhi.[7]


Year Award Nominee Category Result Ref.
2018 Screen Awards Shreya Ghoshal Best Female Playback Singer Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Playback Singer [8]
2018 Filmfare Awards Best Female Playback Singer [9][10]
2018 Mirchi Music Awards & National Film Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Won [11][12]
Sony Mix Audience Music Awards Best Female Playback Singer [13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Thodi Der Official Music Video". Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Praachi Kulkarni (10 May 2017). " Half Girlfriend music review". Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Zee Music Company (25 April 2017), Thodi Der | Half Girlfriend | Arjun Kapoor & Shraddha Kapoor | Farhan Saeed & Shreya Ghoshal |Kumaar, retrieved 7 August 2017
  4. ^ a b c "Farhaan Saeed Shreya Ghoshals song Thodi Der becomes instant hit". Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  5. ^ Praying.D. "Thodi der song from half girlfriend is for all the hardcore romantic in you". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Half Girlfriend: Thodi Der Song & Review | Thodi Der Half Girlfriend". Mango Bollywood. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Half Girlfriend's New Song Thodi Der is Out But There's a Major Problem In It". News18. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2018: Winners & Nominations". Zee Cine Awards. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Nominations for the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018". Filmfare. 18 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Winners of the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018". Filmfare. 21 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Nominations for the 10th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards 2017". Mirchi Music Awards. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Winners of 10th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards 2017". Mirchi Music Awards. 29 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Shreya Ghoshal wins Sony Mix Audience Music Awards for Best Female Playback Singer 2017". Sony Mix. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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