Chetan Bhagat

  • 'Process of writing a script is not as lonely as writing a novel,' says Chetan Bhagat about his scripting experience with 'Kick' 6 days ago

    Mumbai: Investment banker turned wildly successful novelist Chetan Bhagat is now taking a career turn in Bollywood, with a screenplay he says will tackle social issues in the same vein as the books that made him a youth icon. Bhagat shot to fame with his coming-of-age tale 'Five Point Someone' in...
  • 'My boss told me I don't deserve to be promoted': Read author Chetan Bhagat's message on Facebook to haters, it actually makes a lot of sense 6 days ago

    Author Chetan Bhagat is no stranger to bile - deserved or not - from complete strangers on Twitter and Facebook. To his credit, he normally deals with online abusers with courtesy and humour. The main grouse of social media users against Bhagat is against his writing style. But over the...
  • 'This is the only way sometimes terrorist organizations learn to behave': Chetan Bhagat's tweets on Gaza unleashes abusive trolls July 17, 2014

    Author Chetan Bhagat, whom most Indians on social media love to hate, sparked off a bitter Twitter onslaught of bile with an opinion on Israel's Gaza offensive that he later defended with a subsequent series of tweets. Bhagat is no stranger to aggressive trolling. From comments on Bollywood to the...
  • There's definitely a shortage of writers and good scripts: Chetan Bhagat July 16, 2014

    Mumbai: Author Chetan Bhagat, who has penned the screenplay of Salman Khan-starrer "Kick", finds that the film industry suffers a dearth of good scripts and writers. "There are talented people in this industry. We have some good writers here. I feel there are some movies being made out of books,...
  • Is the Budget Selfie going to be a 'thing' now? Author Chetan Bhagat clicks a selfie with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley July 10, 2014

    "What better day to tweet a #finmin #selfie than the budget day. All the best!" tweeted bestselling author Chetan Bhagat on Budget day. This was just before Jaitley was due to deliver the Budget speech in Parliament. Bhagat had earlier clicked a selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his...
  • Rajkummar Rao thrilled to be part of 'Revolution 2020', an on-screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's bestseller June 12, 2014

    Mumbai: After being part of 'Kai Po Che', an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's bestseller 'The 3 Mistakes of My Life', Rajkummar Rao is exciting about "Revolution 2020", another film based on the author's book. "I'm thrilled to be part of 'Revolution 2020'. We will start shooting by September and I am...
  • Rajkummar Rao to play the lead in the screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's book 'Revolution 2020' June 12, 2014

    Mumbai: After being part of 'Kai Po Che', an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's bestseller 'The 3 Mistakes of My Life', Rajkummar Rao is exciting about 'Revolution 2020', another film based on the author's book. "I'm thrilled to be part of 'Revolution 2020'. We will start shooting by September and I am...
  • '2 States' enters the Rs 100 crore club, earns Rs 102.13 crores in four weeks May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Debutant director Abhishek Varman's '2 States' has entered the coveted Rs 100 crore club in its fourth week of release. The film has earned Rs 102.13 crores since its 17th April release. Produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala, the film is based on Chetan Bhagat's best selling novel...
  • 10 years of Chetan Bhagat's 'Five Point Someone', possibly the world's only most-read book everyone has denied reading May 7, 2014

    No author in literary history has polarised readers as much as Chetan Bhagat since the release of his first semi-autobiographical book 'Five Point Someone' that touched a nerve with readers debating both his style and the quality of his prose. Bhagat is not a literary elite but no other author has...
  • '2 States' collects over Rs 75 crore within two weeks of its release April 28, 2014

    New Delhi: '2 States' is yet to complete two weeks at the box office and it has already collected over Rs.75 crore on home turf. The Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starrer has earned Rs.76.3 crore in the country, say sources. Said to be made on a budget of approximately Rs.45 crore and...
  • '2 States' continues to draw audience; rakes in over Rs 70 crore April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starrer '2 States' is in its second week and it has raked in about Rs.70 crore at the domestic box office. Close on its heels is 'Revolver Rani', which came out this weekend. 'Samrat & Co.' and Subhash Ghai's 'Kaanchi' haven't struck the right chord...
  • IBNLive Movie Awards: Team 'Kai Po Che' gets the nod for Best Screenplay April 23, 2014

    Gujarat and its culture came alive in Abhishek Kapoor's 'Kai Po Che' and got the nod from the readers for its detailed screenplay. With 45% votes, Pubali Chaudhari, Supratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat were adjudged as the big winners in the Screenplay category for the film 'Kai Po...
  • I'm a Punjabi and I think Arjun Kapoor in '2 States' is the wimpiest Punjabi guy I have ever come across April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Where do we get our ideas about how people belonging to different communities behave, think and react? We learn it by observing our friends, colleagues, also neighbours, but it is Bollywood that has a big influence. Take for example Abhishek Varman's '2 States' which is based on Chetan...
  • On Chetan Bhagat's birthday, these are 10 life lessons we learnt from his books April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: He may have received criticism for his writing time and again, but there is no denying that Chetan Bhagat is one of India's most successful writers. The former investment banker who turned 40 on Tuesday is perhaps the only author who has had all his books adapted into...
  • 'Dear Chetan Bhagat, many happy returns of the day': Narendra Modi shares selfie the '2 States' author clicked with him April 22, 2014

    More power to the selfie. It's a wonder BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi knows what a selfie is, leave alone taking the time out of his busy campaigning schedule to click one with one of India's best-selling authors Chetan Bhagat ahead of his birthday on April 22. The veteran...
  • Snapshot: Narendra Modi, Chetan Bhagat's selfie April 21, 2014

    Best selling author Chetan Bhagat met Bhartiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and had a discussion over job creation. Posting a picture on Facebook, Chetan Bhagat said, "Met NaMo (Narendra Modi). You know a leader has the youth pulse when he can discuss job creation at length and...
  • Alia Bhatt-Arjun Kapoor's '2 States' collects Rs 38.06 crore in opening weekend April 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Abhishek Varman's debut directorial '2 States' managed to collect Rs.38.06 crore in its opening weekend. The audience is loving it for its slice-of-life portrayal of two lovers from different states of the country. While it made Rs.12.42 crore on its opening day April 18, '2 States' managed a business of...
  • Chetan Bhagat: Hitting the right notes with Bollywood April 20, 2014

    New Delhi: He churns out bestsellers which tempt filmmakers to lend them to big screen adaptations. The success ratio of Hindi movies inspired by Chetan Bhagat's books has so far been high, and with the promising response to '2 States', he seems to be cementing his space in the Bollywood...
  • 2 States: Why Alia Bhatt has more to her than the 'Bhatt' tag April 20, 2014

    New Delhi: One wouldn't have thought much of Alia Bhatt's acting prowess if one had judged her debut performance in the ostentatious college romance 'Student Of The Year' back in 2012. She played a rich brat who wore Prada and Gucci to a make believe college created by Karan Johar...
  • Movies help me reach out to more Indians: Chetan Bhagat April 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Four of Chetan Bhagat's five novels have been adapted for the big screen - the latest being '2 States', based on his book '2 States: The Story Of My Marriage'. The author says movies help him expand his reach among Indians. In an interview, he shares his experience with '2...
  • '2 States' review: It's a long, indulgent film that wears you out May 2, 2014

    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt Director: Abhishek Varman Madrasis are dark, Punjabis are cash-obsessed, and never the twain shall meet. Those familiar prejudices make for a legitimate movie pitch, but '2 States', directed by first-timer Abhishek Varman, is a frustrating case of a promising premise that doesn't fully fructify into a compelling...
  • '2 States' stereotyping of North and South India: I am from Karnataka and I find nothing wrong in laughing at myself once in a while April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: There are many pointers by which you can tell whether a person is from northern, or the southern part of the country. By the amount of butter he/she slaps on her paranthas or the dexterity with which a person can eat rice with bare hands. Lungis, kurtas, turbans,...
  • Chetan Bhagat was a clown in campus; I'd crack up at his jokes, says wife Anusha April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Over a decade ago, Tamilian girl Anusha Suryanarayanan fell for Punjabi boy Chetan Bhagat on the campus of Ahmedabad's Indian Institute of Management (IIM). And yes, she didn't like Chetan for his love for books and huge intellectual aspirations. Instead, it was Chetan's sense of humor and...
  • '2 States' tweet review: Tends to drag in parts, but it's enjoyable April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Chetan Bhagat's best selling novel '2 States' finally comes on the big screen. Ever since the book released, which was a few years ago, there have been speculations about which director and actors will be part of the project. Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt play Krish and Ananya, who...
  • '2 States': 10 amusing North and South Indian stereotypes to watch out for April 18, 2014

    What do you mean, south Indians don't only eat idlis and dosas? And we have NEVER heard of a small-scale Punjabi wedding. Many cross cultural stereotypes like the ones mentioned above, are the chocolate filling in a warm, light croissant that is Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor's dramedy '2 States'. Based on...
  • Alia-Arjun have done justice to my story: Chetan Bhagat April 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Chetan Bhagat's '2 States' is ready to release and the author feels both Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have done justice to his story about two state-crossed lovers. Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Bhagat, the film produced by Karan Johar and directed by Abhishek...
  • My wife Anusha was so cute that many guys in campus wanted to try their luck with her: Chetan Bhagat April 18, 2014

    How does one introduce an author whose literary works are read by virtually everyone in small towns and metropolitan cities in India? Chetan Bhagat. Yes, the best-selling author needs no introduction, courtesy his works that not only leave an indelible impact on the mind but also touch the heart. An...
  • Haven't read Chetan Bhagat's '2 States: The Story of My Marriage'? Here's all you wanted to know about the bestseller April 16, 2014

    Whether it is the hard to miss off-screen camaraderie, the on-screen chemistry, or the kissing sequences of actors Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, their upcoming film '2 States' has been making headlines for multiple reasons. For the uninitiated, the film is based on Chetan Bhagat's popular novel '2 States -...
  • Meet Vidya, Neha, Ananya, Priyanka: A complete guide to the absolutely terrific women in all of Chetan Bhagat's books April 15, 2014

    Delhi: Pretty, long hair, jhumkas, or sexy toes. The women character in author Chetan Bhagat's novels have always been feisty, interesting and independent. Most of his damsels have been vocal about their sexuality and have had a modern outlook towards life. Be it the the fashion designing student, the call centre...
  • Arjun Kapoor stole my heart and made me weep during '2 States': Mahesh Bhatt April 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who watched his daughter Alia Bhatt's third film '2 States', is happy to see her playing a different role. But it's her co-star Arjun Kapoor who stole the filmmaker's heart. "Alia is fantastic in a startlingly different role. But it is Arjun who stole my heart and...