Chetan Bhagat

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Chetan Bhagat
Bhagat in 2011
Bhagat in 2011
BornChetan Prakash Bhagat
(1974-04-22) 22 April 1974 (age 49)
New Delhi, India
LanguageEnglish, Hindi
Alma mater
GenreRomance, realistic fiction, non-fiction, suspense, thriller
Years active2004–present
Notable worksFive Point Someone, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, The 3 Mistakes of My Life
Anusha Suryanarayan
(m. 1998)

Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974)[1] is an Indian author, columnist, and YouTuber. He was listed in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People in 2010.[2] Five of his novels have been adapted into films.

Early life and education[edit]

Bhagat grew up in a traditional Punjabi Hindu family. His father served as a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, and his mother worked as a scientist in Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He was schooled at the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan.[3] He claims to have been an average student at 15.[4][5] His love for writing began during his school years. He used to write articles for the literary magazine of his school and seeing his name printed on the magazine as a writer encouraged him to continue writing.[6]

Bhagat graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1995.[7]

Bhagat pursued a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and graduated in 1997.[8][9] In June 2018, IIMA awarded him the "Young Alumni Achiever's Awards 2018" in the Art & Entertainment category.[10]



After graduating with a masters of business administration degree (MBA) in 1997, Bhagat was placed through his campus at Peregrine Investments Holdings in Canada. However, he lost this job within six months as the company closed its operations in 1998. His next job was as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs at their Hong Kong office. Despite being unhappy with his boss, he stayed and kept him in mind when he characterized the villain in his second novel One Night @ the Call Center.[11] He spent most of his time at the Goldman Sachs office in writing, completing and revising drafts of his first novel, Five Point Someone. After two years, Rupa Publications accepted his manuscript and offered to publish it.

By 2006, he was vice-president of Strategic Investment Group, Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong.[12] His second novel, One Night @ the Call Center, was published in 2005 and became a best-seller. In March 2008, Bhagat moved back to India with his wife and three-year-old twin sons. He joined as a director in Deutsche Bank's distressed-assets team in Kodak House, Mumbai. The same year his third novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, was published and sold seven lakh (700,000) copies in three months.

In 2009, he quit his banking career to write full-time.[13]


Bhagat started writing his first novel "Five Point Someone" when he was working at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong in the early 2000s. In an interview, he said he wrote about 15 drafts of the novel and also sent the final manuscripts to several publishers. The manuscript was finally accepted by the publishing house Rupa Publications in Delhi and was published in 2004. The novel narrates the story of three IIT students who consider themselves to be below-average students among other students there. The story was adopted by film director Rajkumar Hirani into a film named "3 Idiots" starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, and Kareena Kapoor. It became one of the most successful Bollywood movies of all time.[citation needed]

After the success of his first novel, he started working on his second book "One Night @ the Call Center" which was published in 2005. The novel was also a success. In the first three days of its release, almost 50,000 copies were sold. It became India's fastest-selling book of its time.[citation needed] The book was also adapted into a movie named "Hello"; Chetan and Atul Agnihotri wrote the script for the movie.

Bhagat decided to make writing a full-time career. His third novel, "The 3 Mistakes of My Life", published in 2008, also was a bestseller. The Bollywood movie "Kai Po Che" is based on this novel.

Bhagat's fourth novel "2 States", published in 2009 was inspired by his relationship with his wife. The novel is about how he fell in love with a South Indian girl and the troubles he faced in his love life. The book was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt and became a success.

Bhagat's later novels, "Revolution 2020", "Half Girlfriend" and "One Indian Girl" also gained commercial success.

His novels, "The Girl in Room 105", published in 2018, "One Arranged Murder", published in 2020 and his latest novel "400 days", published in 2021 were bestsellers.

Screen presence[edit]

Bhagat was a celebrity judge along with Marzi Pestonji and Preity Zinta on the dance reality show named "Nach Baliye" season 7 that aired on the Indian television channel Star Plus.

Bhagat was also seen in Netflix's series Decoupled, which stars R. Madhavan in the lead role. In the show, Madhavan plays the second bestselling author in India, while Bhagat plays himself as India's bestselling author and Madhavan's rival.


For Kai Po Che (2013) based on his novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, Bhagat was one of the four screenplay writers.[14] The film was a commercial success and Bhagat, along with Pubali Chaudri, Supratik Sen and Abhishek Kapoor, won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 68th Filmfare Awards.


Bhagat is also a YouTuber. His YouTube channel provides motivational tips to young Indians.[15]

He launched a podcast show Deeptalk with Chetan Bhagat where he invites accomplished guests for a conversation about how they made it big in life.[16]


Five of Bhagat's novels have been adapted into films:[17]





  1. The Girl in Room 105 (2018)
  2. One Arranged Murder (2020)
  3. 400 Days (2021)


Awards and accolades[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Bhagat married Anusha Suryanarayan in 1998. He met her during their college days at IIM. One of his novels, "2 States" was inspired by his real-life love story. They have two twin sons named Shyam Bhagat and Ishaan Bhagat.[6]


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