Friday, September 2, 2011

'Don't obsess about film adaptations'

It's showtime for Chetan Bhagat again as he gets ready with his fifth book, Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition that will hit stands this October. The bestselling author talks to Subhash K Jha about the new book and his earlier works being turned into films.

Your new book is called Revolution 2020. The title suggests an epic quality to the tale. Is this your most 'epic' book to date?
It is a somewhat grand title, and at some level it represents the grand aspirations of one of the characters. However, it still is, at its heart, a love story about individuals. Yes, compared to my other books, it is somewhat larger in scope.

The novel's theme suggests a triangular love tale against a socio-political backdrop. What has prompted you to try this format?
I became involved with national issues, especially when I started to write columns two years ago.  Education and Corruption became the two causes I wrote about the most in my opinion pieces. As I delved deeper into understanding India, I felt a revolution was inevitable. To explore that idea more, I had started writing Revolution 2020 two years ago, even before the revolution in Egypt. Quite amazingly, the book is coming out at a time when we have some early signs of a revolution in front of us.

You are also a social thinker and columnist. How much of the socio-political upheavals outside influences your fiction?
It is inevitable that some of my thoughts about social issues will creep into my stories. However, I am very strict about not indulging in social messages too much. A story needs to be entertaining and be able to connect with the readers foremost. If a social thought can fit into that, I incorporate it.

Full interview here Rediff

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