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Chetan Bhagat hits out at 3 Idiots team

By: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
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All Chetan Bhagat fans felt hurt when the renowned writer wasn't duly credited by Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra for the blockbuster movie 3 Idiots. Chetan has finally broken his silence in the issue in his personal blog and hit out at the 3 Idiots team which claimed that the movie was 'loosely' based on the book Five Point Someone. Although people who have read the book found 3 Idiots as its screen adaptation, the director, producer and the stars have shied away from crediting Bhagat for the movie.

In his blog Bhagat wrote “ The only reason it has surfaced after the movie"s release is because Five Point Someone has a few million readers, and when you copy a popular story claiming it as 'original" and 'completely different", people are going to find out" He added “The case is as simple as the makers claiming the story as their own, and clearly it is not. Pre-release, the makers made press statements like the movie is only 'very loosely", '2%-5% inspired by the book". After release, those who have read the book and seen the movie find the film to be an adaptation of Five Point Someone. The setting, characters, plotline, dramatic twists and turns, one-liners, theme, message – almost all aspects that make up the story are from FPS"

An upset Bhagat added “ I, frankly, was shocked to see this. This is because I was also fed 'this is an original movie" line a lot. I wanted to see the final script – it was never shown to me. I wanted to see the film before release – it was not shown to me (even though trials had been done for people). What"s more, the makers had called me to their office and pressured me several times to withdraw my 'Based on a novel by" credit, which was by contract. They told me they"d replace it with something like 'initiated by" – a credit that doesn"t exist anywhere in the world. I still told them that if the film is indeed original, I"ll happily withdraw the credit, but somehow the promos don"t tell me so. I asked them to show me the film and they fell silent"

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