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April 25, 2014 www.indiapost.com
HIT BOOK; HIT FILM Extraordinary successes of Chetan Bhagat
e churns out bestsellers which tempt filmmakers to lend them to big screen adaptations. The success ratio of Hindi movies inspired by Chetan Bhagat's books has so far been high, and with the promising response to 2 States, he seems to be cementing his space in the Bollywood circuit. "My readers' silent support is my biggest strength. Today you displayed it to the nation. Thank you for the phenomenal opening. 2 States," Bhagat had posted Friday, the day when 2 States hit the screens to houseful theatres across India.
The movie is based on his bestseller 2 States: The Story Of My Marriage about a couple coming from two different Indian states. It was an instant hit in 2009. Said to be inspired by the reallife story of the north Indian author and his wife who is from Tamil Nadu, the book found a connect with youth and elders alike. Now, the movie seems to be working its magic with viewers of all age groups and managed an opening day collection of over Rs.12 crore "commendable", according to trade analysts. Cast on screen in the roles are Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, two of the most talented actors from the young lot. Like several youngsters their age, the two actors also have their memories attached to the book. While Alia had read it before it was getting made into a film and found it to be "beautiful", Arjun has said that the bestseller occupies a space on his late mother Mona
Shourie Kapoor's bookshelf till date. Whether 16 or 60, people of different sensibilities, generations and ideas are flocking to the theatres to watch the movie, about two states,
Even celebrities have loved it. Commenting on the movie, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has said: "2 States...I like. All aspects just so correct - writing, directing,
inspired by his One Night @ the Call Center did not get a great reception. Nevertheless, following the success of Kai Po Che! last year, it
different cultures and families and one love story.
music and performances." Actor Vivek Oberoi tweeted: "In my opinion Chetan Bhagat is by far the most successful contemporary Indian writer of our times! His individual fan following is epic. He has an incredible ability to communicate, especially with the youth." No wonder then that Bhagat's waltz with Bollywood seems to be just getting better with every novel that's turned into a movie. 2 States is the fourth out of his five works to get a film version. Two managed to paint a successful box office story - 3 idiots (based on Five Point Someone) and Kai Po Che! (based on The 3 Mistakes Of My Life), while Hello,
was only natural for viewers and readers to have high expectations from the Abhishek Varman-directed 2 States. In times when remakes and sequels are swarming the Bollywood scenario, Bhagat is among the few new-age authors whose books have been constantly picked by filmmakers for the big screen. It works in his interest too! Bhagat, in a recent interview, said: "I like to reach more Indians, and movies help me do so. The bigger the audience I have, the more likely they are to read my non-fiction columns on national issues or be interested in my views."
Rani, Adi marry in Italy
ctress Rani Mukerji has confirmed that she married Aditya Chopra, the head of Yash Raj Films in Italy on April 21. Among the select guests at the wedding was filmmaker Karan Johar, who directed Rani in her breakthrough film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and thereafter in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. "It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us. The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me," said the 36-year-old star in a statement. She added, "I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God's
grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life - the fairy-tale continues." Rani, star of films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Black and Bunty Aur Babli allegedly began dating
Adi Chopra, 42, in 2008. He is divorced. Chopra, son of legendary Bollywood film-maker Yash Chopra, has directed blockbusters like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, and Mohabbatein.
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