A Bihari Prince’s Guide to Finding a Half Girlfriend

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A Bihari Prince’s Guide to Finding a Half Girlfriend

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


ack in 2014, India’s shrewdest troll Chetan Bhagat pulled a Shashi Tharoor when he sent the whole country scurrying for Google after dropping a new word in the lexicon of Indian bros just starting to come to terms with their horniness. Turning the concept of love, and dating on its head, Bhagat struck down “friendzone”, and devised the term “Half-Girlfriend” for testosterone-fuelled Romeos. With it, Bhagat defined the menace of girls wanting to be “dost se thoda zyaada aur girlfriend se kaafi kam”.

Three years later, Bhagat’s seminal piece of literature has been adapted on celluloid by Mohit Suri as Half-Girlfriend. Starring Arjun Kapoor as Madhav Jha, aka the most nationalistic Bihari prince ever, and Shraddha Kapoor as Riya Somani, aka the most basketball player ever, it is an incisive, eye-opening account highlighting the unfortunate reality facing innocent, emotionally vulnerable “non-English” types populating small towns in India, looking for somebody to love. Half-Girlfriend also drops a truthbomb like no other: Boys wearing their heart on their sleeves are the real victims in 2017. After all, they’re the ones getting mistreated and being left heartbroken by girls who have only recently been bestowed with the power of saying no.