Bollywood says 'Hello' to Chetan Bhagat!

By First Posted: Feb 23, 2008 Sat 1:21 PM Updated: Feb 23, 2008 Sat 1:30 PM
Bollywood says 'Hello' to Chetan Bhagat!
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From Angoor to Devdas to The Namesake, books have always been a reliable source of film scripts in Bollywood.

Sometimes to make you laugh, sometimes to make you aware, sometimes to make you think and at other times to reach the audience that aren’t very fond of reading… movies inspired by novels are here to stay!

The two novels written by Chetan Bhagat, Five Point Someone and One Night @ The Call Centre is also heading for a filmi future! They too are being made into Bollywood movies by the best of film makers and with the hottest of cast!

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Isha Koppikar, Gul Panag, Amrita Arora, Dilip Tahil, Suresh Menon, Sharat Saxena, Arbaaz Khan… they will all say Hello to you soon in the filmi adaption of One Night @ The Call Centre!

The film, Hello is being directed by none other than Atul Agnihotri and produced by Sohail Khan.

Now, you must be wondering in whose role, among the young and restless call centre employees, will Sallu fit in! Well, he is actually playing the writer himself – Chetan Bhagat! And Katrina Kaif of course, with her heavenly looks, plays the Goddess in the film.

For those who aren’t very fond of books, here’s the story. The Goddess promises Chetan to tell a story on the condition that he will pen the story in the form of a book. The story is narrated through the lines of thoughts of Shyam (Sharman Joshi) who is lost amidst the darkness of a lost love, lost ambitions, lost family affection and pressure to perform at the call centre.

Chetan Bhagat’s debut novel Five Point Someone , the bestseller that literally swept India’s youth off its feet, is also going to Bollywood. Former adman Ritesh Sinha, has decided to take the book to the silver screen!

With a tagline that says “What not to do at IIT” the novel certainly snaps attention! It is based on the experiences of three close friends studying and struggling with life at IIT, Delhi.

According to Sinha , “IITs are an epic institution, a world-wide phenomenon. And the story, in demystifying IITs, becomes relevant for all”. He plans to make the movie in both, English and Hindi.

Bhagat, obviously, is thrilled with these developments! And why not, his first two creations are already going the Bollywood way… and every one knows the potential apna Bollywood has! “I love Bollywood, Ritesh’s mainstream and the money’s good”, the 29-year old investment banker chuckles.

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