Chetan Bhagat says producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra 'drove him close to suicide'
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Popular commercial writer Chetan Bhagat on Tuesday revealed shocking details of the ordeal he was forced to face, as he was denied a prominent place in the rolling credits for all-time-blockbuster '3 idiots' (2009) which was mostly based on his 2004-novel 'Five Point Someone'. In a series of tweets, while underscoring the point that film critics should write sensibly in the wake of Sushant's 'last' film release this week, Bhagat said that they (critics) have 'ruined enough lives'.
Chetan, while quoting film-critic Anupama Chopra's tweet, alleged that Chopra's husband Vidhu Vinod Chopra publically bullied him and eventually drove him close to suicide. Chetan’s response got huge support from Netizens who applauded the 'One Indian Girl' writer for standing up against unfair treatment Bhagat allegedly faced in the entertainment world.
Ma'am, when your husband publicly bullied me, shamelessly collected all the best story awards, tried denying me credit for my story and drove me close to suicide, and you just watched, where was your discourse? https://t.co/CeVDT2oq47— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) July 21, 2020
"Many know this, for those new here. 1) 3 Idiots was based on my novel Five Point Someone and my story. 2) The film won every story award that year. 3) I was not given any of those story awards. They took them all. 4) As a powerless newcomer I was bullied and was deeply affected," Chetan explained further.
'3-idiots', an all-time blockbuster starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, R Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi was released in 2009, and became the Hindi film industry's one of the biggest cinematic phenomena of the 2000s. The film was based on Chetan Bhagat’s 2004-novel 'Five Point Someone: What not to do at IIT', which had reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide.
Bhagat, however, did not get 'a prominent place in the rolling credits'. Back then, Chetan, in a blog post had said that he was not shown the final script and in response '3 idiots' makers had reportedly threatened him to sue for defamation in the wake of his allegations.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma