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Chetan Bhagat writes the 'closing remarks'

By: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
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Chetan Bhagat seems to have made up his mind and called for truce with the 3 Idiots team including Aamir Khan, Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In his latest blog titled Closing Remarks Chetan writes “Once again, thank you so much for your support. Yesterday, I was on CNN-IBN"s Face the Nation, on a general panel discussion on the Education System. However, I used the opportunity to give a few closing remarks from my side on the issue. While we maintain our stance on the issue, me and my fans want to move on, and we have."

He also added “While totally not obligated to answer any more allegations, just to clarify on the Raj Kumar Hirani, no I wasn"t given the script. A top level oral narration is something else and anybody in the film industry will tell you is very different from actually giving the written script. Notice they keep saying he has 'heard" the script, not 'read" it. In the oral narration, they told me the changes only. Please also note NDA he flashes which has a date of Oct 3, 2007, the so-called narration date. The adaptation deal was done in September 2005. Raju said it took Abhijat '3 yrs and 2 months" to do the script in other interviews."

Chetan adds “Hence, even if Abhijat started on the deal date, the script was finished in November 2008. So, how could RH narrate it to me in Oct 2007? Go figure. Also, please listen to my full Bollywood Hungama interview they are quoting from, I maintain that my story is the base. Anyway, what matters is the final film vs book. Also, they did not buy rights of the book – they bought the rights to adapt the book – a basic error they continue to make – whether out of lack of knowledge or to evade the issue. And yes there is a contract to adapt the work – but it doesn"t mean they can claim authorship of the story. You can buy a painting, not claim you painted it – basic copyright law. My points are valid, and I am not a liar."

He concludes by saying “Anyway, like I said, we"ve moved on."It remains to be seen if Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Hirani also move on with their respective business.

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