Box office clash: ‘Hindi Medium’ vs ‘Half Girlfriend’

It’s a battle of cultural clashes this Friday in Bollywood, with Hindi Medium’s weeklong delay pitting it against Half Girlfriend, a movie based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat.

Both films are about the conflict between traditional and modern India, with Half Girlfriend exploring the ambiguity of relationships in India while Hindi Medium deals with intellectual snobbery in the education system.
Half Girlfriend

Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, Mohit Suri and Chetan Bhagat, Half Girlfriend is a cinematic adaptation of Bhagat’s novel of the same name. Directed by Mohit Suri, the film is slated to have a low key release and is mainly targeting the youth market.

The pre-release activity by the producers has created a decent buzz for the film, with attention being drawn to the title and how it reflects a popular boy-girl dynamics in India. Bollywood celebs highlighted their half girl/boyfriends on social media.


Co-star Se zyada… Lover Se Thoda Kam @ranveersingh .. My #HalfGirlfriend Now tell me about your #HalfRelationship

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Thanks @imouniroy love ur #halfrelationships these r mine @krystledsouza @anitahassanandani

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The trailer for the movie can be found below. Half Girlfriend is set to entertain its audience and lighten their hearts.

Hindi Medium

Hindi Medium is catering more to the family audiences in their 30s and 40s, especially the ones with kids who are going to school. The movie has already received rave reviews from critics who especially are all praise for Irrfan Khan’s performance.

Hindi Medium poster
Photo courtesy: T Series

The promos indicate that this is a farce about the problems with the Indian, and specifically New Delhi’s, school system. A minor controversy over similarities in plot with the 2014 Bengali film Ramdhanu might hurt the film, but it has widened the pool of people interested in watching the film.

Hindi Medium revolves around a couple (Irrfan and Saba Qamar) trying to seek admission for their child in a good school, and the (comic) lengths they resort to for their goal.