Half Girlfriend (film)

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 lead roles.[5] The film also places Vikrant Massey and Rhea Chakraborty in pivotal roles. It performed moderately well at the box office despite receiving mixed to negative feedback from critics.[6][7]

Half Girlfriend
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMohit Suri
Written byScreenplay:
Tushar Hiranandani
Ishita Moitra
Story byChetan Bhagat
Based onHalf Girlfriend
by Chetan Bhagat
Produced byShobha Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor
Mohit Suri
Chetan Bhagat
StarringArjun Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byDevendra Murdeshwar
Music byScore:
Raju Singh
Tanishk Bagchi
Rishi Rich
Farhan Saeed
Ami Mishra
Rahul Mishra
Balaji Motion Pictures
Chetan Bhagat Entertainment
ALT Entertainment
Distributed byNH Studioz
Coconut Movies (India)
Zee Studios (Overseas)
Release date
  • 19 May 2017 (2017-05-19)
Running time
130 minutes[1]
Budget35 crore[2]
Box office97.7 crore[3]

Principal photography commenced in June 2016 and filming locations include Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Dumraon, Varanasi, New York City and Cape Town.[8] The film was released worldwide on 19 May 2017.[9]

Plot edit

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

One night Madhav and Riya hang out together. Madhav picks her up from her house, and after spending the evening together, when she returns 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." One afternoon after a game Madhav asks Riya if she would like to rest in his room in a boys only dorm, where (goaded by his peers and feeling humiliated by Riya's uncertainty) Madhav tries to force himself upon Riya. Upset and hurt, a few days later, Riya tells Madhav that she is leaving college and getting married. Madhav tries to stop her but she leaves.

After completing college, Madhav goes back to his village where Madhav's mother runs a school where only boys study because there are no girls' toilets. 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 is living in the hotel and works for CloseUp. They hang out for some time, and Madhav learns 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. At the time of preparing Madhav for the speech in English, Riya falls in love with Madhav which she does not tell him till the end. One day, he takes her to his house, where Madhav's mother asks her about her marriage. She acts rudely after discovering that she is a divorcee. A few days before the speech, when Riya has to go back to Patna, Madhav's mother asks 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 ends, a young girl from the school hands a letter from Riya to Madhav. The letter says that Riya has been diagnosed with 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. Madhav is seen going to Riya's house to deliver her belongings to her mother, who starts crying on learning about Riya's disease. 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 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, until 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 him for being a part of her life. In this video, Madhav sees a blurred picture of Riya singing in a cafe. He runs to the café and finds Riya and understands that she had lied to Madhav about being sick as his mother didn't want Riya, a divorcee to be with her son. They reconcile and consummate their relationship.

A few years later, Madhav is seen talking to his mother about opening a new school, and Riya helps their daughter Tvisha Jha learn to play basketball, but she is unable to do it. Riya tells her daughter to never give up.

Cast edit

  • Arjun Kapoor as Madhav Jha, a Bihari boy who hardly knows to speak English and ends up attracted towards Riya Somani and becoming husband of Riya and Tvisha's father
  • Shraddha Kapoor as Riya Somani Jha a rich Delhi girl who comes from an entrepreneur background. A singer, she loves to enjoy her own company and sings at a bar in New York.Later She becomes Madhav's Wife and Tvisha's mother
  • Vikrant Massey as Shailesh Khanna, Madhav's colleague who is protective of him.
  • Rhea Chakraborty as Anshika Patel, who loves Madhav but lets him go for Riya.
  • Seema Biswas as Rani Sahiba, Madhav's Mother, who runs a school in Bihar.
  • Shree Dhar Dubey as Hemant the estate agent.
  • Anisa Butt as Rutvi, Sailesh's Wife
  • Jiten Lalwani as Basketball Coach
  • Adam Davenport as Bar Owner in New York City, USA
  • Dalip Sondhi as Mr. Somani/Riya's Father
  • Sujata Sehgal as Mrs. Somani/Riya's Mother
  • Tvisha Shah as Tvisha Jha/Daughter of Riya and Madhav
  • Kashvi Kothari as Shabnam/a village girl
  • Vikas B Mandaliya as Rohan Chandak/Riya's childhood friend and Riya's ex-husband

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

Production edit

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.[10] Around 200 students from different colleges were roped in to play extras as some of the scenes demand Delhi University students in the film.[11] The trailer was released on 10 April.

Box office edit

The film was released on 20 May 2017 worldwide alongside Hindi Medium. 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][12]

Soundtrack edit

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 [13]
Best Playback Singer (Male) Ash King Nominated [14]
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 [15]
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Music Album Various Music Album Nominated [16]
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 [17]
Listener's Choice Song of the Year Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Won
Male Vocalist of The Year Arijit Singh Nominated [18]
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 [19]
Best Music Direction Mithoon Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga Nominated
2 May 2018 Mix Music Awards Best Song Tanishk Bagchi Baarish Won [20]
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

References edit

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