A letter from Chetan Bhagat: From a little boy to a best selling author to a Producer


Chetan Bhagat

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share a little story with you.

Once upon a time, there was a boy in middle class Delhi. He didn’t have any remarkable quality about him. He was neither good at sports, nor did he play music well. His marks in class were better than average, but he didn’t top the class or came anything close to that.

The only thing he did a bit different was how he looked at the world. He liked to observe people, and then his head would cook up stories based on what he saw in real life. He liked making up stories – and telling them to whoever would listen.

Of course, nobody paid much attention to his desire to tell stories. After all, boys in middle class Indian families study, and that’s all they do to get ahead in life.

So this boy did just that. Family circumstances were difficult. There was little money. Somehow he went on, focusing on his studies.

But he didn’t give up on his dream.  One day he decided to write again, and somehow finished his first book.

But then they told him he couldn’t write.

“We can’t publish this,” said one. “You can’t tell such stories,” said another. “I don’t think you have it in you,” said a third.

But he didn’t give up and kept going. Until one day someone decided to publish his story about three boys in an engineering college. The book came out and slowly travelled with word of mouth. It became a bestseller, and then the highest selling English novel in India.

After a while, someone even made a movie. The movie made history. And then came the controversy.

They told the boy he didn’t do that film’s story.  They called him a publicity seeker. They said he didn’t deserve proper credit. Other well wishers of the boy told him to let go of Bollywood, as it isn’t the place they welcome outsiders.


But the boy didn’t give up and kept going. He continued to write. More books. More movies. More bestsellers. More box office hits. His readers remained with him. His audience continued to support him.

And then one day, he became producer. They said he could even have a logo before the movie begins and everything. He made the logo, and it was time to share it with those who mattered the most to him.

Well, in case you hadn’t guessed already, I am the boy in the story above. And today is a big moment in my life that I wanted to share with you: the lauch of my logo as a producer. As for the first time, I am a co-producer, in the movie Half Girlfriend.

None of this would have happened if it were not for you guys.

You guys made me who I am, kept my izzat, and continue to support me. Hence, when this big moment to launch my logo came, I was clear in my head I wanted to share it first with you.

It is just a ten second video, but it means a lot to me. And it is a result of all the love you have given me. Thank you. This one is dedicated to you.

Watch Video

And do come to the theatres on May 19, 2017 to see this logo, and my first production, or rather OUR first production – Half Girlfriend!

And whatever happens in life, never give up.

“haaro mat, haar ko harao.”


Chetan Bhagat

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