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By Subhash K. Jha, January 4, 2010 – 14:18 IST

Chetan Bhagat Those multitudes who have read Chetan Bhagat’s book novel Five Point Someone would agree there are uncanny resemblances between the novel and Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The film apparently set out to adapt Bhagat’s novel and then decided to go its own way, for whatever reason. Chetan Bhagat shouts foul as he finds his name missing from the opening credits of 3 Idiots, instead they are in the rolling credits in the end. On the other hand, the producers of the film claim that it was mentioned in the contract that Chetan had signed. Hurt and amused Chetan reacts.

You must be very upset by the latest proceedings?
You’re a writer. You should know how it feels to have credit taken away from you. And it’s not something only I’m saying. It’s out there. The book is there. The film is there. They’ve tried to take away from my contribution. My name is at the very end of the credit titles after the junior artistes and still photographers. From the time they started making the film, they’ve been stressing that their product is different. It’s like a systematic effort (to underplay my contribution). If you read the book and saw the film, you’ll see the similarities.

My name is at the very end of the credit titles after the junior artistes and still photographers

So would you say 3 Idiots is an adaptation of your novel?
3 Idiots is a total adaptation of my book. Some things are direct lifts, others indirect adaptations.

Aamir thinks you are trying to take away credit from the film’s writer Abhijat Joshi?
I heard his comments. But then he says he hasn’t read the book. There’s no denying Abhijat has done the screenplay. What Abhijat has done with my book can only be known if you’ve read it. If Aamir is so concerned about Abhijat not getting the publicity, he should let Abhijat talk. I very much respect Aamir. He’s the reason I thought the project would have a lot of integrity. I know for a fact he was told not to read my book because they told him it’d affect his understanding of his story. I was told it was a different script.

Even dialogues about matar-paneer and Maruti 800 cars are from my novel. The novel was set in the 1990s. Aaj Maruti 800 kaun bolega?

How would Aamir’s perception have been affected if he read the book?
I don’t know. I’m on a firm footing with the facts. See the film, read the book. And judge for yourself. The whole plot-structure narrative, even dialogues about matar-paneer and Maruti 800 cars are from my novel. The novel was set in the 1990s. Aaj Maruti 800 kaun bolega? I mention 42 exams and 16 broken bones in my body. They have kept the same numbers in the film. Kareena’s brother committing suicide on the railway tracks…so many other things in the film; it’s all there in my novel.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir have accused you of trying to make mileage out of their movie?
If I didn’t take up the issue properly, I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself. If someone else goes and collects the award for best story at the awards functions how will I feel? Only once I met Aamir. When I landed at Bangalore where they were shooting 3 Idiots they said, ‘Don’t come we’ve too many visitors.’ They prevented me from going on the set. The book has been selling for six years. There’re lakhs of fans of the book. It’s not about Chetan being naraaz and Aamir being naraaz. My issue is not with Aamir. When the other film Hello based on my novel One Night At The Call Centre came, did I say one word against the characterizations or treatment? I was credited properly for that. I haven’t been credited for 3 Idiots.

When I landed at Bangalore where they were shooting 3 Idiots they said, ‘Don’t come we’ve too many visitors.’ They prevented me from going on the set.

Have you become embittered towards Bollywood?
You could make up any kind of contract. But is there any contract that stops people from being petty? My last novel Three Mistakes Of My Life is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor. I am co-scripting it. There’s a lot of interest in adapting my latest novel 2 States: The Story Of My Life. I don’t think there would be any problem with future project. With 3 Idiots, I know I’m in the right. I’m just telling people to see the film and read my book. I know Aamir is a very powerful person. But finally the truth has to prevail, no? I’m no great artiste. But there has to be fair play. I’m being accused of trying to get mileage.10 lakh copies of the book have been sold. The book has been read by 1 crore readers. Wouldn’t they know the truth?

Chetan Bhagat What do you intend to do?
The makers of 3 Idiots are busy with their victory tours all over the country. They’re naturally being asked about the similarities between my book and the film. Sorry I spoilt their celebrations. The truth had to be told. I’ve been told by them, ‘You’re just a writer. You don’t realize how big we are.’ Maybe I don’t realize how big they are. Main kya karoon? But the truth is above everything. Aisa nahin ke pura Bollywood kharaab hai.

Do you think you’ll be ostracized by Bollywood after this incident?
I’m not dependent on Bollywood for my livelihood. I’m a big Krishna bhakt. I’ll follow the right path. If I’m wrong I’ll leave writing and join ISKCON. What does a writer want? That his words should make a change in society. Maybe by taking up this issue I hope to bring about a change in the way writers are treated. Vidhu Vinod Chopra assured me that he would treat me like a king. Kahan ka raja?

Vidhu Vinod Chopra assured me that he would treat me like a king. Kahan ka raja?

What do you hope to achieve?
When they go to pick up the story award I want people to know whose story it is. When they make eye contact with their children they should know they’re lying. We’ve to show that truth comes before everything else. I don’t write for money or glamour. I just need paper and pen. Lord Krishna takes care of the rest.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

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Amisha Patel is suffering from a gastro infection

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 08, 2009)

Amisha Patel is suffering from a gastro infection and has been feeling down. Presently, she is undergoing treatment at a suburban hospital.

Incidentally, the same doctors are treating her who treated Amitabh Bachchan when he was admitted two years ago.

Amisha Patel, in her weak state, said, “I was to digest food due to a gastro infection. I went to meet Dr Barve who also treated Mr Bachchan and Saif, who suffer from a similar problem.

Thankfully, my problem is not severe. My family doctor Dr Gadhval advised me to take some treatment by Dr Barve. I had to undergo CT scans and a couple of other tests. Right now, I am being careful and am on a liquid and pure vegetarian diet.

I am feeling weak but on the road to recovery. My condition is not so serious that I need to be admitted to the hospital. The doctors are fantastic.”


His film Return Gift has been put on hold as he is suffering from stomach cancer

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)


Sourabh Narang, director of horror film Vaastu Shastra, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Consequently, the shoot of his film Return Gift, starring Rajeev Khandelwal, has been stalled indefinitely as Sourabh is currently undergoing treatment in Delhi.

The unit of the film along with Rajeev was scheduled to head to Himachal Pradesh for the shoot on November 15 when they heard the bad news. The film is being produced by UTV Spotboy.

A source says, “It is very unfortunate that Sourabh is so ill. Shooting for the film was to start on November 16 but now Sourabh is in Delhi undergoing chemotherapy. He is a brave man. He told his film’s cast and crew that it is a small problem and he will be back very soon to make a rocking film.”

Rajeev Khandelwal says, “Yes, Sourabh is unwell because of which the film has been put on hold. I am not the right person to comment any further.”

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)


Character artiste and comedian Sanjay Mishra has a new lease of life, thanks to Sanjay Dutt. A few months ago, Mishra was admitted to a hospital where he underwent treatment for pus formation in the intestine caused due to excessive consumption of pan masala. Even then, Mishra couldn’t quit until Dutt advised him to give up.

Mishra got addicted to pan masala in 2001 when he began acting in the popular TV show Office Office. “My character (Shuklaji) in Office Office required me to consume a lot of pan masala. Slowly but surely, I got addicted to it,” said Mishra.

Ironically, it was Dutt who gave Mishra several pouches of pan masala last year. Mishra said, “We were shooting for Chattur Singh in South Africa. Wahan pan masala nahi milta tha. Dutt saab had some with him and he gave it to me.”

However, later when the two met on the sets of All The Best, Dutt asked him to kick the habit as he too had stopped eating pan masala. “Dutt saab’s advice worked. I feel so nice and fresh these days. I even got married last month (to Kiran Pant),” added Mishra.

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 9, 2009 – 15:24 IST

Lisa Ray Lisa Ray, the stunning beauty from Toronto (Canada) who made a stunning debut in Bollywood with Vikram Bhatt’s Kasoor, has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer of the bone marrow.

In her blog, Lisa has revealed that she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd and started her first cycle of treatment on July 2nd. The actress, who keeps shuttling between Canada and India for work, started experiencing the early symptoms such as fatigue and exhaustion. After a series of blood tests and other procedures she was diagnosed with Myeloma.

Unfortunate as it may sound; Multiple Myeloma is a rare and incurable type of cancer which affects a large number of people each year. However, Lisa is not the one to give up hope so easily. She is determined to fight this disease.

We at Bollywood Hungama pray for her speedy recovery.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


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