Chetan Bhagat

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Chetan Bhagat
Bhagat in 2012
Bhagat in 2012
BornChetan Prakash Bhagat
(1974-04-22) 22 April 1974 (age 48)
Delhi, India
LanguageEnglish, Hindi
EducationIndian Institute of Technology, Delhi (B.Tech)
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (PGP)
GenreRomance, realistic fiction, non-fiction
Notable worksFive Point Someone, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl

Chetan Bhagat [1] (born 22 April 1974)[2] is an Indian author, columnist and youtuber. He was included in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People in 2010.[3][4]


Bhagat graduated in mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi a PGP at IIM Ahmedabad.[5] He started his career as an investment banker but left it after a few years to pursue writing. He has written ten novels and three non-fiction books. His first novel, Five Point Someone, was published in 2004.

Early life[edit]

Chetan Bhagat grew up in Naraina Vihar, West Delhi in a traditional middle-class Punjabi Hindu family. His father served as a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army and his mother worked as scientist in Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi. He was schooled at the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan.[6] He claims to have been an average student at 15.[7][8]

Bhagat graduated with a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1995 as a 9+ pointer.[9]

Bhagat then went on to do an master's of business administration degree in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and graduated in 1997.[10][11] In June 2018, IIMA awarded him the "Young Alumni Achiever's Awards 2018" in the Art & Entertainment category.[12]


Five of Chetan Bhagat's novels have been adapted into Bollywood films like Hello in 2008 (based on One Night @ the Call Center), 3 Idiots in 2009 (based on Five Point Someone), Kai Po Che! in 2013 (based on The 3 Mistakes of My Life); 2 States in 2014 (based on his novel of the same name) and Half Girlfriend in 2017 (based on his novel of the same name). Bhagat has also written the scripts for Bollywood films like Kick in 2014 and adapted his stories for the movies Kai Po Che! and Half Girlfriend.[13] Bhagat won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 59th Filmfare Awards in 2014.[14] He is also often found in controversies on Twitter.[15] His latest novel 400 Days which is based on a missing child and forbidden love was released on 8 October 2021.[16]

After graduating with a master's of business administration degree in 1998, Bhagat was placed through his campus at Peregrine Investments Holdings in Hong Kong. However, Bhagat 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 on and kept this boss in mind when he characterised the villain in his second novel One Night @ the Call Center.[17] Bhagat 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.

Bhagat quit Goldman Sachs and joined Deutsche Bank. By 2006, he was vice-president, Strategic Investment Group, Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong.[18] 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 five lakh (500,000) copies in three months.

In 2009, he quit his banking career to write full-time.[19]

Bhagat is also a popular motivational speaker and has spoken at more than 300 organizations in 50 cities around the world.[20]


Five of his novels have been adapted into movies. Regarding the film 3 Idiots released in 2009 (based on his novel Five Point Someone), Bhagat alleged that the makers of the film had not given him adequate credit.[21] For Kai Po Che! (2013) based on his novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, Bhagat was one of the four screenplay writers.[22] 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 59th Filmfare Awards.


Bhagat has been criticized for his writing skills.[23] He was accused of plagiarism in 2017 for his novel One Indian Girl, which he denied.[24][25]

In April 2017, the University of Delhi's decision to include Bhagat's novel Five Point Someone as part of the English literature syllabus was criticised.[26][27][28]

In September 2017 the university announced that they had kept this decision on hold.[29][30] Sweta Kaushal from the Hindustan Times wrote an article requesting Bhagat to stop writing books and just focus on Bollywood.[4]

Chetan Bhagat talked about the "-isms" in society during a session held by FICCI FLO city chapter. Bhagat, who also unveiled his new book 400 Days at the event, was candid about his stories, his idea of nationalism and English language elitism.[31]




Awards and accolades[edit]

  • Featured on Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People of 2010 in the Artists category[3]
  • Listed '47' among the "100 Most Creative People 2011" by the Fast Company American business magazine and business media brand[34]
  • Won the "CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014" award in the Entertainment category[35][36]
  • Ranked No. 82 on the 2017 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.[37]


  1. ^ "Trial court told to hear Chetan Bhagat's plea plagiarism case". The New Indian Express. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  2. ^ Kalita, S. Mitra (17 May 2008). "Chetan Bhagat | The five-point formula: keep it simple". Livemint. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b "The 2010 Time 100". Time. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Chetan Bhagat, please stop writing books, concentrate on Bollywood instead". Hindustan Times. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  5. ^ The Long Video 6 | My lessons from IIM Ahmedabad, retrieved 22 August 2021
  6. ^ "An Interview With Chetan Bhagat". Forbes India. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Chetan Bhagat tweets his CBSE Class 10 mark-sheet – shares how an aggregate 76% cannot define your future". Times Now. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  8. ^ "People | Q & A with Chetan Bhagat". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Tale of the lucky hostel room". Hindustan Times. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  10. ^ Desk, India TV News (21 October 2013). "25 best quotes by Chetan Bhagat on career, education, love and success – IndiaTV news". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  11. ^ "The Sunday Tribune – Books". The Tribune. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  12. ^ Desk, IBT News (26 June 2018). "IIM Ahmadabad celebrates alumni success with YAAA 2018". International Business Times, India. Retrieved 24 November 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Every time Chetan Bhagat made it to Bollywood – A Bollywood Hit!". The Economic Times. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Filmfare Awards Winners From 1953 to 2020". Filmfare. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  15. ^ "5 times Chetan Bhagat brought the house down with his tweets, and got trolled". The Economic Times. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's Latest Novel". Archived from the original on 8 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  17. ^ Ganguly, Dibeyendu (22 August 2008). "Chetan Bhagat: Novelist turn rock star". The Economic Times. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  18. ^ "People | Q & A with Chetan Bhagat". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Chetan Bhagat: From investment banking to Bollywood scripts". Dawn. AFP. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Top 10 Motivational Speaker in India". Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Chetan Bhagat miffed with 3 Idiots makers". Livemint. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Chetan Bhagat talks about Kai Po Che, the film based on his book". The National. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Why I gave Chetan Bhagat the 'nastiest review'". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Chetan Bhagat accused of plagiarising his latest bestseller, One Indian Girl". Hindustan Times. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Sales of Chetan Bhagat's 'One Indian Girl' stopped by injunction, on plagiarism charges". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  26. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone in Delhi University English literature syllabus". Hindustan Times. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone To Be Part Of DU's English Literature Syllabus". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  28. ^ "Five Point Someone in DU syllabus: Let's stop blaming Chetan Bhagat and start rueing the state of Indian readership". The Indian Express. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  29. ^ MP, Team (24 September 2017). "'Five Point Someone' not part of DU curriculum this session". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  30. ^ Malavikka (25 September 2017). "DU's Proposal To Add 'Five Point Someone' in Curriculum Reconsidered". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  31. ^ "Language clearly divides society, says Chetan Bhagat". The Tribune. Chandigarh. 13 November 2021.
  32. ^ Bhagat, Chetan (2015). Making India awesome: new essays & columns. OCLC 919909800. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  33. ^ "Book Review: India Positive, Chetan Bhagat". Deccan Herald. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  34. ^ "47. Chetan Bhagat". Fast Company. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  35. ^ "List of winners of Indian of the Year 2014". News18. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  36. ^ "Chetan Bhagat Receives the Indian of the Year Award in the Entertainment Category from IBN". Desimartini. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  37. ^ "Chetan Bhagat: Writing For Millennials". Forbes India. Retrieved 30 May 2020.

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