Chetan Bhagat

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Chetan Bhagat
Chetan Bhagat, India.jpg
Bhagat at photo shoot.
Born (1974-04-22) 22 April 1974 (age 40)
Delhi, India
Occupation Writer
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan
IIT Delhi
IIM Ahmedabad
Genre Fiction, management, humour
Notable works Five Point Someone
2 States
Spouse Anusha Bhagat
Children 2

Chetan Bhagat (About this sound pronunciation ; born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter and speaker. Bhagat is the author of bestselling novels, and Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), What Young India Wants (2012) and Half Girlfriend (2014). All the books (except for Half Girlfriend, not yet released) have remained bestsellers since their release and four have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit films 3 Idiots, Kai Po Che! and 2 States). In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history".[1][2] Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.[3]

Bhagat, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author.[4] Bhagat writes op-ed columns for popular English and Hindi newspapers, including The Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth, career[5] and issues based on national development.[6][7] Bhagat voices his opinion frequently at leading events.[8][9][10] He quit his investment banking career in 2009, to focus on writing. He debuted as a screenplay writer with the 2014 film Kick.His new book Half Girlfriend has created quite a buzz before its release.

Early days[edit]

Bhagat was born in Delhi to a middle-class Punjabi family.[11] His father was an officer in the army (Lt Col) and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department.

Bhagat's education was mostly in Delhi. He attended Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi (1978–1991). He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) (1991–1995) afterwards, done MBA from the [Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad] (1995–1997). After MBA from IIM - A, he worked in [Goldman Sachs] and Deutsche Bank for 11 years (1997 - 2008) before shifting to Mumbai to pursue his passion for writing.[citation needed] He has written 7 books, all of which are bestsellers. His first 2 novels were written by him while he was still working.[citation needed]

List of works[edit]


Bhagat has his columns in The Times of India and Hindustan Times.[12]


Bhagat was a judge on the Voice of India Star Anchor Hunt.[13] Chetan Bhagat also hosts 7 RCR on ABP news, which began airing 11 January 2014. The show features a series of biographies of India's prime ministerial candidates.[14]


Among his other activities, Bhagat is known to deliver speeches at programs organised by corporates, educational institutes, newspapers and media houses like Dainik Bhaskar, The Times of India and at other conclaves apart from writing columns for the same.[15]

  • "SPARK" speech given at the orientation program for the new group of MBA students at Symbiosis, Pune.[16]
  • "Becoming One With the World" speech given at the HT Leadership Summit Delhi.[17]
  • motivational speech given at DISHAYEN state level educational & career oriented program ( Annual function 2013-14) for the students at Dr. CV Raman University Kargi Road Kota Bilaspur (C.G)
  • "life" "love" "risk" "time" use 24 hours, do something during this 24 hours

Books & movie adaptions[edit]

Book Film adaptation Release year Language Cast Production Director Film Remarks
Five Point Someone
3 Idiots 2009 Hindi Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani Vidhu Vinod Chopra Rajkumar Hirani Blockbuster
Nanban / Snehithudu 2012 Tamil / Telugu Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Sathyaraj, Ileana D'Cruz Gemini Film Circuit Shankar Blockbuster
One Night @ the Call Center
Hello 2008 Hindi Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Eesha Koppikhar, Gul Panag, Amrita Arora Atul Agnihotri Atul Agnihotri Average
Hello 2 2014 Hindi Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Nargis Fakhri, Gul Panag, Celina Jaitly
The 3 Mistakes of My Life
Kai Po Che! 2013[18] Hindi Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao, Amrita Puri, Amit Sadh UTV Motion Pictures Abhishek Kapoor Hit
2 States: The Story of My Marriage
2 States 2014 Hindi Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt Dharma Productions Abhishek Verman Super-hit
Revolution 2020
2014[19] Hindi Rajkummar Rao, Myra Karn, Arjun Kapoor UTV Motion Pictures Raj Kumar Gupta
What Young India Wants
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Bhagat has written only the Screenplay for this film Kick 2014 Hindi Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Sajid Nadiadwala Blockbuster
Half Girlfriend
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3 Idiots versus Five Point Someone[edit]

A dispute developed a few days after the release over the fact that Chetan's credit, "Based on the Chetan Bhagat BooksFive Point Someone appeared in the closing credits rather than in the opening ones.[20] At that time, Bhagat stated that he "was expecting an opening credit and I was quite surprised on not seeing it. They had bought the rights, made the payment and committed to a credit in the contract. It's there, but it's not about it being there, it's about the placement and the prominence."

[check quotation syntax]According to him, the film had taken more from the book than the filmmakers had led him to believe[citation needed]. Director Rajkumar Hirani said that Bhagat has been given his due credit according to contract.[21] Hirani threatened to take legal action against Bhagat. Bhagat also accused Hirani of not showing him final script as per contract, but Hirani denied that.[22] Protagonist of the film Aamir Khan initially said that the screenplay was original,[23] but later he kept himself away from this controversy.[24]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Society Young Achiever' award in 2004[25]
  • Publisher's Recognition award in 2005[25]
  • Bhagat in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People 2010[26]
  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay 2014- Kai Po Che

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greenlees, Donald (26 March 2008). "An Investment Banker Finds Fame Off the Books". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's much-anticipated novel will be released this October". Asia Pacific Arts. 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Time 100 most influential people in the world list 2010. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  4. ^ "Chethan Bhagat on 2G scam". Times of India (19 February 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  5. ^ Chetan Bhagat in Kathmandu Rejuvenates Youth Potential. (20 July 2010). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  6. ^ Bhagat, Chetan (19 August 2011). "Anna Hazare's fight for change has inspired millions of Indians". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Columns. Chetan Bhagat. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  8. ^ CIOIN. (9 March 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  9. ^ "Open letter to Sonia Gandhi from young India". The Times of India. 13 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Becoming One With the World. Chetan Bhagat (21 November 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  11. ^ "Writing 2 States helped me forgive my father: Chetan Bhagat". The Times of India. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Columns". Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Judges for Anchor hunt: Chetan Bhagat". 19 March 2010.
  14. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's '7 RCR' to go on air Jan 11". IANS. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  15. ^ Chetan Bhagat at PROTON Academic Conclave 2009. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  16. ^ Sparks. Chetan Bhagat (24 July 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  17. ^ Becoming One With the World. Chetan Bhagat (21 November 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  18. ^ ""Kai Po Che!" to be released in 2013". IBNLive. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's 'Revolution 2020' to be on silver screen". Times of India. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Interview:Aamir Khan". Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "Chetan Bhgat unhappy over due credit". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Hirani Planning of legal action against Chetan Bhagat". Times of India. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "ScreenPlay is original says Aamir". Times of India. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "Amir distances himself of controversy". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  25. ^ a b Biodata of Chetan Bhagat. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  26. ^ "Search Results for Chetan Bhagat". Time. 21 April 2011. 

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