“The plot line was same – people meet at ragging, the first class with definition of machine, the friends separate, Alok (Raju) moves with Venkat (Chatur), Ryan (Rancho) helps Alok"s father, Alok rejoins group etc etc. From Alok (Raju) jumping to stealing the papers and calling out from Cherian (Virus") office – the book came alive on screen. I was surprised and happy that FPS has made it in such a grand way. However, my family had not spotted my credit in the beginning (there was none) and they were feeling let down. A screenplay associate credit to VVC had a prominent upfront placement. The story credit was not shared with me. And yes, all the office talk of a 'king treated like king" was a white lie"
Knowing the drastic consequences of taking on the bigwigs in the industry he writes “ Some people have told me that I should keep silent. I did try to be silent but didn"t work. Also, people say this is how Bollywood works. Sorry, I disagree. Not all Bollywood works like this. There are a lot of good people too. And every event like this helps change things for the better. And that is what I am all about anyway. Like I said, I don"t need anything. Even if I have no more movies made on my stories or nobody wants to read my books and columns, I"ll happily join ISKCON and dedicate my life to Krishna. But I will not shy away from the truth – ever"
Raj Kumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir Khan will have to do a lot of answering on the issue.
Story first published: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 10:47 [IST]