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Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974) is a screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker, known for his Indian-English novels about young urban middle class Indians. Bhagat also writes columns on youth, career development[1] and current affairs[2][3] for The Times of India (in English) and Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). Bhagat's novels have sold over seven million copies. In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history".[4][5] Bhagat was included in Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People in 2010.[6]

Chetan Bhagat
Bhagat in 2012
Bhagat in 2012
Born (1974-04-22) 22 April 1974 (age 45)
New Delhi, India
LanguageEnglish (novels and columns), Hindi (novels and columns)
EducationArmy Public School, Dhaula Kuan
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (B. Tech)
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (MBA)
Period14 years
GenreErotica, romance, realistic fiction, non-fiction
Notable worksFive Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, Revolution 2020, What Young India Wants, Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl, The Girl in Room 105
SpouseAnusha Bhagat

Bhagat's screenwriting has included the dramedies Kai Po Che! (2013), 2 States (2014), the action-superhero movie Kick (2015), and Half Girlfriend (2017). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 59th Filmfare Awards on January 2014.[7]

He moved to Amazon Publishing on April 27, 2018 from Rupa Publications as per the news resources, and his first novel with Westland is The Girl In Room 105.


Early lifeEdit

Chetan Bhagat was born in New Delhi, India, on 22 April 1974. His father was an Army officer, and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department. His younger brother Ketan is also a novelist.

He completed his college years at The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1995 and his MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1997. Bhagat recounted in an interview with Newslaundry that he applied after his studies to the investment banking company Goldman Sachs, where he was finally selected after 27 internal interviews.[8]

Bhagat worked for Goldman Sachs in their Hong Kong office as an investment banker for nearly a decade and wrote Five Point Someone while in Hong Kong. He then moved to Mumbai to focus full-time on his writing career while working at Deutsche Bank.[9]


Chetan Bhagat is the author of bestselling novels Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), What Young India Wants (2012) (speeches and columns), Half Girlfriend (2014), Making India Awesome (2015), One Indian Girl (2016) and The Girl in Room 105 (2018).

All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and five have inspired Bollywood films (the hit films Kai Po Che!, 2 States, 3 Idiots, Half Girlfriend and Hello). In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as "the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history".[4][5]

Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010.[10]

Bhagat voices his opinion frequently at leading events.[11][12][13] He quit his investment banking career in 2009, to focus on writing. He debuted as a screenplay writer with the 2014 film Kick.

Bhagat has columns in The Times of India and Hindustan Times.[14]

Bhagat also worked on TV as well as scripted several Bollywood movies. He was a judge on the Voice of India Star Anchor Hunt.[15] He also hosts 7 RCR on ABP news, which began airing 11 January 2014. The show features a series of biographies of India's prime ministerial candidates.[16]

Chetan Bhagat at the premiere of 2 States (2014)

Bhagat was interviewed on Comedy Nights with Kapil[17] and also on The Kapil Sharma Show by Kapil Sharma while he was promoting the film Half Girlfriend in 2017.

Among his other activities, Bhagat is known for delivering speeches on programmes organised by corporations, educational institutes, newspapers and media houses like Dainik Bhaskar, The Times of India and at other conferences apart from writing columns for the above.[18]

He was the judge of the dance reality show Nach Baliye.[19]

He was featured in Forbes India magazine as one of the top celebrities of India in 2016. He was listed 40th out of 100.[citation needed]

Plagiarising controversyEdit

Bhagat was accused of plagiarising One Indian Girl from a short story written by Anvita Bajpai. The court granted a temporary injunction on sales of the book in April 2017 and vacated it in June 2017 for the legal trial to proceed. The matter is pending before Civil Court Bangalore.[20][21] Bhagat was also accused of plagiarising Half Girlfriend.[22][23]


Awards and recognitionEdit

  • Society Young Achiever award in 2004[24]
  • Publisher's Recognition award in 2005[24]
  • Named on Time magazine's list of World's 100 Most Influential People 2010[6]
  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay 2014: Kai Po Che
  • CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Entertainment in 2015


  1. ^ Chetan Bhagat in Kathmandu Rejuvenates Youth Potential Archived 4 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (20 July 2010). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  2. ^ Bhagat, Chetan (19 August 2011). "Anna Hazare's fight for change has inspired millions of Indians". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  3. ^ Columns. Chetan Bhagat. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  4. ^ a b Greenlees, Donald (26 March 2008). "An Investment Banker Finds Fame Off the Books". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b "Chetan Bhagat's much-anticipated novel will be released this October". Asia Pacific Arts. 20 September 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Search Results for Chetan Bhagat". Time. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Winners of 59th Idea Filmfare Awards". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Interview with Chetan Bhagat 15 October 2016". News laundry. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  9. ^ Greenlees, Donald. "Investment banker becomes best-selling author in India".
  10. ^ Time 100 most influential people in the world list 2010. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  11. ^ CIOIN Archived 5 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (9 March 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  12. ^ "Open letter to Sonia Gandhi from young India". The Times of India. 13 February 2011.
  13. ^ Becoming One With the World. Chetan Bhagat (21 November 2008). Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  14. ^ "Columns". Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Judges for Anchor hunt: Chetan Bhagat" Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine. 19 March 2010.
  16. ^ "Chetan Bhagat's '7 RCR' to go on air Jan 11". IANS. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Chetan Bhagat in Comedy Nights".
  18. ^ Chetan Bhagat at PROTON Academic Conclave 2009. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-06-19.
  19. ^ "Chetan Bhagat to dance for the Nach Baliye Season 7 finale". India Today.
  20. ^ "One Indian vs Chetan's Indian Girl". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Chetan Bhagat accused of plagiarism, court stalls sale of 'One Indian Girl'". Entertainment Times. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Half-Girlfriend plot: Chetan Bhagat accused of plagiarism by Bihar scholar". Firstpost. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Chetan Bhagat slammed for plagiarism by English scholar". India Today. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  24. ^ a b Biodata of Chetan Bhagat. Retrieved on 2014-03-28.

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