Hirani clarified that once Chetan Bhagat had given the rights to make a film on his book and agreed to the contract, there shouldn't have been any percentage issue. Hirani also stressed on the fact that the basic plot of the movie was different from Five Point Someone. An assertive Hirani said that there were certain similarities with the book which the 3 Idiots team wasn't denying and it was for the same reason that they had brought the rights of the book. He concluded by saying that there might be a motivation to create the controversy so that people read the book.
The row between the makers of 3 Idiots and the author of Five Point Someone, Chetan Bhagat might soon take an ugly turn. Director Raj Kumar Hirani is stupefied by Bhagat's allegation that Aamir Khan starer 3 Idiots was copied from his book without giving him due credit. Hirani said that it was a clear case of defamation and they may take legal action against Bhagat for flouting the contract. He added that Bhagat was contractually bound by the producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the team was already consulting lawyers.