Writer Chetan Bhagat has now turned a producer. Yes, Chetan Bhagat who first stepped into Bollywood with his book 'One night @ The Call Center' being adapted as the film Hello, will soon be producing a movie based on his upcoming book Half Girlfriend.
Chetan Bhagat on his official Facebook page announced that his next book Half Girlfiend which will be adapted as a film by Mohit Suri, will witness the writer as a producer.
"A producer is one of the highest credits in the context of a movie. And today, we announced the Half Girlfriend film with Mohit Suri (Aashiqui 2, Ek Villain), Ekta Kapoor (gazillion top tv shows, Dirty Picture, Ek Villain) and myself as co-producer," said Chetan Bhagat on his Facebook post.
While, Chetan Bhagat expressed his happiness for receiving all credits that he always wished for, it seems the writer still remembers a bitter episode that he apparently mentioned in the post.
It is to be recalled that Chetan Bhagat had a scuffle wih the makers of 3 Idiots five years ago. While, the movie 3 Idiots directed by Rajkumar Hirani received all round appreciation, Chetan Bhagat alleged that the film was copied from his bestseller 'Five Point Someone' and thus, the writer then claimed its credit.
However, the makers of 3 Idiots clearly denied the allegations and the director even warned to sue the writer.
Apparently recalling the bitter episode, Bhagat says, "This is in contrast to around five years ago, when I had to beg for proper credit after helping deliver the biggest hit in Bollywood history. I had to face public humiliation on a film based on my book that I had taken years to write. I was called a liar, publicity-seeker and shameless. People debated my intentions on national TV. I remember how shaken I was. However, I went back to work. Life happened. Abhishek Kapoor gave me Kai Po Che. Abhishek Varman gave me 2 States. Sajid Nadiadwala gave me a chance to work on Kick. All three films became big hits.So when I announced my next book, I gave a draft to Mohit Suri to read, one of the most talented directors in recent times with back-to-back hits. He read the manuscript and said he wanted to make the film. He brought along Ekta, whom he had just worked with on Ek Villain, and she was equally excited about the book. Then both of them offered me something unthinkable - apart from the writing credit, they asked me to join them as producer. The film is as much yours as ours, they said. That was then. And this is today."