- 'Half Girlfriend has a strong start,' tweeted Taran Adarsh
- The film clashed with Hindi Medium at the box office
- Half Girlfriend marks Arjun and Shraddha's first film together
#HalfGirlfriend has a STRONG START... Fri Rs 10.27 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 20, 2017
The two met around a basketball court and their story of friendship-turned-love took off. While Madhav continues to remain in awe of Riya, she declares: "Main tumhari girlfriend nahi hoon. But I can be your half girlfriend?" Arjun, afraid of losing Riya, agrees to the complicated relationship status but cannot handle it for long.
In his review for NDTV, Raja Sen writes: "Riya is visibly fond of Madhav and loves being with him, but, at 19, is wary of the girlfriend tag and what it may entail. All systems seem go: She's making him meet her folks, she's using the word 'us' to describe them, she's initiating the first kiss, she's singing lovesongs to him across a crowded lawn. This warmth is countered by bewildering bouts of insecurity from the otherwise devoted but semantically obsessed Madhav, who disregards her affectionate requests to take things slow by manhandling her, and snapping that she should bed him or buzz off. She chooses the latter."