Chetan Bhagat evolved as the beacon for a new breed of authors, who may not have that literary prowess but possessed the knack skills of a storyteller.
Chetan Bhagat’s emergence as a people’s author brought cheer to both readers and aspiring authors. He not only converted millions of non-readers into readers but also opened a new world of possibilities for aspiring writers, who initially did not fit in the stereotype literary bracket of quintessential authors. Chetan Bhagat evolved as the beacon for a new breed of authors, who may not have that literary prowess but possessed the skills of a storyteller.
At the same time, his light-hearted everyday stories were available at quite affordable prices, which might have left little margins for the publishers but made up for the same through increased sales, touching millions first time in the history of Indian publishing. And, that is when, in 2008 to be precise, The New York Times regarded Bhagat as “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history”.
Let us have a sneak peek into the books that made him a mass writer. Though the critics dismissed him as a pedestrian writer, he was least bothered as long as his books were hitting the million mark. While readers loved him for his simple writing style and day-to-day stories, filmmakers adapted his stories on celluloid.
Of seven novels by Chetan Bhagat – Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014), and One Indian Girl (2016) – five (except for Revolution 2020 and One Indian Girl) have been exhibited on the 70 mm screen.
Five Point Someone
Five Point Someone is Bhagat’s debut novel that took the publishing industry storm. Published in 2004, the novel sold over a million copies worldwide. Raju Hirani’s alltime blockbuster 3 Idiots is based on this amazing book, which many consider his best work till date.
One Night @ the Call Center
One Night @ the Call Center is a 2005 novel by Chetan Bhagat, second in the list after Five Point Someone. The novel tells the story of six call center employees, who stories are interconnected in some or other day. The book was also adapted for a Bollywood film titled Hello in 2008. As of 2013, the novel had an estimated to have sold 2.5 million copies.
The 3 Mistakes of My Life
It is the third novel by Chetan Bhagat, which is based on the lives of three friends interwoven between two major historic events in Gujarat – earthquake and riots. The 3 Mistakes of My Life has reportedly sold 10 lakh copies in just 10 months. The book has been adapted for celluloid as Kai Poche, the movie that marks the Bollywood debut of talented Sushant Rajput.
2 States: The Story of My Marriage
2 States: The Story of My Marriage is a 2009 novel by India’s highest selling English novelist Chetan Bhagat. It is based on a couple from two poles-apart states in India, who had the hardest time of their life convincing their parents to approve of their marriage. Bhagat produced this intriguing novel after quitting his job as an investment banker.
Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat is a 2011 novel, a love triangle, laced with the elements of revenge, corruption and self-admiration. Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat is a love triangle, set against the backdrop of rampant corrupt engineering coaching industry.
Half Girlfriend is the sixth novel by Chetan Bhagat. The novel, set in rural Bihar, is the story of Madhav, a Bihari boy. He can’t speak English but that doesn’t stop getting admission in a prestigious college in Delhi, thanks to his dribbling and shooting skills that get him the seat in sports quota. Half Girlfriend has been dubbed as a Bollywood with the same title, released on 19 May 2017. Directed by Mohit Suri, the movie stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. It is the first film that was also produced by Bhagat.
One Indian Girl
One Indian Girl is first-of-its-kind novel among the existing works of Chetan Bhagat. This time, the author has narrated the novel from a feminine perspective. It is still ruling the bestselling charts and on the the HT-Neilson’s bestselling list for past few months.