Chetan Bhagat

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Chetan Bhagat
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Born (1974-04-22) 22 April 1974 (age 41)
New Delhi, India
Language English (Novels and Columns), Hindi (Columns)
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Punjabi
Education Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi(IIT Delhi) (B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad(IIM A) (MBA)
Genre Fiction, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Non-fiction
Notable works Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, Half Girlfriend, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, Revolution 2020, 2 States (screenplay based on the novel)
Spouse Anusha Suryanarayanan Bhagat (m. 1998)
Children twin boys: Shyam and Ishan

Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker, known for his English-language dramedy novels about young urban middle-class Indians.

A noted public intellectual, Bhagat also writes for columns about the youth, career development[1] and current affairs.[2][3] for The Times of India (in English) and Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi).

Bhagat's novels have sold over a total of seven million copies. In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history".[4][5]

Bhagat's screenwriting efforts have included the dramedies Kai Po Che! (2013) and 2 States (2014) and the action-superhero movie Kick (2015). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 59th Filmfare Awards in January 2014.

Early life, education and early career[edit]

Chetan Bhagat was born in Delhi in a Punjabi family,[6] his father was an army officer and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department.

He completed his school career from The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1995 and his MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1997.

He worked in Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong as an Investment Banker for nearly a decade, and wrote Five Point Someone while still in Hong Kong, before moving to Mumbai to focus full-time on his writing career.

He is married to Anusha Suryanarayanan in 1998, who hails from Tamil Nadu and who was his classmate in IIM Ahmedabad.[7]


Chetan 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), What Young India Wants (2012) (speeches and columns), Half Girlfriend (2014) and Making India Awesome (2015). All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and four have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit films Kai Po Che!, 2 States and Hello). In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history".[4][5] Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.[8] Bhagat voices his opinion frequently at leading events.[9][10][11] He quit his investment banking career in 2009, to focus on writing. He debuted as a screenplay writer with the 2014 film Kick.

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

"2 States" fame Chetan Bhagat for an interview of "Comedy Nights with Kapil"

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

He was also the judge of the dance reality show Nach Baliye.[16]



Year Film Screenplay Story Notes
2008 Hello Yes
2009 3 Idiots Yes
2013 Kai Po Che! Yes Yes Won Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
2014 2 States Yes Yes
2014 Kick Yes
2016 Half Girlfriend Yes Yes

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Society Young Achiever' award in 2004[17]
  • Publisher's Recognition award in 2005[17]
  • Bhagat in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People 2010[18]
  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay 2014- Kai Po Che
  • CNN-IBN Award in the field of Entertainment for the year 2014

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chetan Bhagat in Kathmandu Rejuvenates Youth Potential. (20 July 2010). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  2. ^ Bhagat, Chetan (19 August 2011). "Anna Hazare's fight for change has inspired millions of Indians". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Columns. Chetan Bhagat. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  4. ^ a b Greenlees, Donald (26 March 2008). "An Investment Banker Finds Fame Off the Books". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b "Chetan Bhagat's much-anticipated novel will be released this October". Asia Pacific Arts. 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Writing 2 States helped me forgive my father: Chetan Bhagat". The Times of India. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Time 100 most influential people in the world list 2010. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  9. ^ CIOIN. (9 March 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  10. ^ "Open letter to Sonia Gandhi from young India". The Times of India. 13 February 2011. 
  11. ^ Becoming One With the World. Chetan Bhagat (21 November 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  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. ^
  17. ^ a b Biodata of Chetan Bhagat. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  18. ^ "Search Results for Chetan Bhagat". Time. 21 April 2011. 

Half girlfriend [1]

External links[edit]

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