Chetan Bhagat

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Chetan Bhagat
Chetan Bhagat, India.jpg
Bhagat at Shaadi.com photo shoot.
Born (1974-04-22) 22 April 1974 (age 39)
Delhi, India
Occupation Writer
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan
IIT Delhi
IIM Ahmedabad
Genres Fiction, management, humour
Notable work(s) Five Point Someone
2 States
Spouse(s) Anusha Bhagat
Children 2

www.chetanbhagat.com

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, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), and What Young India Wants (2012). All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and three have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit films 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che!)[citation needed]. In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat "the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history".[1][2] 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.[3] Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.[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.

Early days[edit]

Bhagat was born in Delhi to a middle-class gujarati 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) before graduating from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (1995–1997)[citation needed]. After graduation he worked in Hong Kong. He had been working in Hong Kong for 11 years before shifting to Mumbai to pursue his passion for writing.[citation needed] He has written six books, all of which are bestsellers. His first two novels were written by him while he was still working.[citation needed]

List of works[edit]

Columns[edit]

Bhagat has his columns in The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar and Asomya Pratidin.[citation needed]

Television[edit]

Bhagat was a judge on the Voice of India Star Anchor Hunt.[12] Chetan Bhagat also hosts 7 RCR on ABP news, which began airing January 11, 2014. The show features a series of biographies of India's prime ministerial candidates.[13]

Speeches[edit]

  • "SPARK" speech given at the orientation program for the new group of MBA students at Symbiosis, Pune.[14]
  • "Becoming One With the World" speech given at the HT Leadership Summit Delhi.[15]

Speaker[edit]

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.[16]

next protagonist[edit]

For his next novel's protagonist comes from a remote village who comes to learn Spoken English in Patna for which he visits British Lingua, a spoken English Skills training Institute in India.[17]

Movie adaptions[edit]

Book Film adaptation Release year Language Cast Production Director
Five Point Someone 3 Idiots 2009 Hindi Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Boman Irani, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi Vidhu Vinod Chopra Rajkumar Hirani
Nanban /Snehithudu 2012 Tamil / Telugu Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Sathyaraj, Ileana D'Cruz Gemini Film Circuit Shankar
One Night @ the Call Center Hello 2008 Hindi Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Eesha Koppikhar, Gul Panag, Amrita Arora Atul Agnihotri Atul Agnihotri
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
2 States: The Story of My Marriage 2 States 2014 Hindi Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt Dharma Productions Abhishek Verman
Revolution 2020 TBA 2014[19] Hindi TBA UTV Motion Pictures Raj Kumar Gupta

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 Someoneappeared 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."

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

References[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. ^ "Chetan Bhagat on 2G scam". Times of India (19 February 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  4. ^ Time 100 most influential people in the world list 2010. Time.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  5. ^ Chetan Bhagat in Kathmandu Rejuvenates Youth Potential. Ekendraonline.com (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. Cio.in (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. ^ "Judges for Anchor hunt: Chetan Bhagat". staranchorhunt.com. 19 March 2010.
  13. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's '7 RCR' to go on air Jan 11". IANS. January 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  14. ^ Sparks. Chetan Bhagat (24 July 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  15. ^ Becoming One With the World. Chetan Bhagat (21 November 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  16. ^ Chetan Bhagat at PROTON Academic Conclave 2009. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  17. ^ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2014-01-30/patna/46827336_1_chetan-bhagat-british-lingua-learning-english
  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". Glamsham.com. 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. Delhispider.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  26. ^ "Search Results for Chetan Bhagat". Time. 21 April 2011. 

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