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Smart Idiots

At one side, a born gifted artist who is famous for creating publicity stunts and controversies for promoting his movies and on the other side a prominent author who claim “He has made Indians read never like before”.
When I heard about all this controversy (3 idiots and five point), initially I was surprised. First of all Bollywood is an industry which is famous for cut-copy, Xerox copy, stealing, inspiration, plagiarism, etc (not only story, plot but also songs). And here in this case at least they brought all the rights from him and already acknowledged the plot is based on his book (and also producer of the movie stated that “in the agreement between the producer and Bhagat, it was clearly mentioned that the author’s name would be
put in the closing credits”. Anyways after seeing the movie, again I got confused that, why chetan made such a big scene (he claimed that movie was 70% of the book). But I felt that they lifted just the characters and also few incidents (that to not a straight lift).I enjoyed the book and the movie properly. Because of this controversy both chetan and producers where equally benefited. The movie is already one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Bollywood and according to the leading bookstores there is almost 35 percent increase in this book’s sales after the movie release. Few days back one of my friend (she is a big movie buff and haven’t read even a single book in her lifetime) whether I have got the ‘five point someone….’ and she also asked me whether I have got his other books also. We can imagine like her how many people would have brought this book just to kill the curiosity and after they heard about chetan (which is obliviously coz of the success of 3 idiots and all these controversy) .And also many of those who read the book also would have gone the movie to check, how the book got shaped up as a movie. So it is damn sure both side were equally benefited. After all (because of this controversy or not) chetan, vidhu vinod chopra are already laughing all the way to the bank. I guess if all this was not for a publicity stunt, then they all could have sit together for few hours and resolved all those confusions ,complaints in a decent manner rather than spicing up everything before the public. After all media and public got a ‘hot’ topic to gossip for few days. So at the end of the day I think everyone is equally happy about all these

P.S: I’m neither against the movie or book and also I’m against plagiarism. But I felt here things are a little different and wanted to write my views about the same (especially after seeing Vidhu chopra’s statement about the end credits).As I said earlier, I properly enjoyed the book and the movie

January 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm 28 comments

Chetan Bhagat’s ‘ Two states: The story of my marriage ‘

As a hardcore fan of chetan bhagat’s books, I was waiting for this book for a long time. The one thing I like in chetan’s work are, all his characters have shades from our lives as well as the people we come across in our day to day life. I canceled an outing with my friends and a movie ticket on diwali weekend (no regrets now, in skipping blue), just to read this book.

The novel is inspired from the real story of the author and his wife .Like his other novels it is the story about the Indian youth with a message. Well, the plot is a Punjabi boy (Krish) fall in love with a Chennai girl (annanya) in the backdrop of IIMA and there struggle to get permission for there marriage from there respective parents. The story is explained in five Acts. One thing I loved about this novel is, it genuinely portrayed the cultural difference between north and south Indians. One flaw I found with this book was unlike his earlier books, storyline is very predictable (and sometimes I felt like reading his personal diary).
As a hardcore fan of his earlier works (five point… tops in my top 10 list), I was a bit disappointed with this book (may be because of my high expectations).Still I will say it is a book that worth your time and money. Chances are there for you to enjoy it, unless you read his earlier works. As he said in an interview with Hindu metro plus, don’t expect a Salman Rushdie or Arundhathi royi work from his books. After all Chetan is a writer for masses not for classes

Pros: Casual style, Message, breezy and simple narration, genuineness, youth centric, though we boast about unity in diversity of our country, this book reminds and make us think about cultural and religious boundaries in India
Cons: predictable, clichéd at parts

October 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm 33 comments


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