Chetan Bhagat has run into another controversy in Bihar. Half Girlfriend might have landed him a film deal even before the book was officially launched but it looks like author Chetan Bhagat seems to have ruffled quite a few feathers with it.
The buzz is that the Dumraon Royal Family have threatened to sue Chetan Bhagat for their allegedly disparaging portrayal, an English scholar from the state has accused him of plagiarism.
Now if this is not enough, the Dumraon Royal Family is also demanding recall of every copy of the book that is yet to be circulated and have also pressed for the complete removal of the objectionable passages from the book.
They also burnt copies of Half Girlfriend as well as effigies of the writer.
Earlier, Doctor Birbal Jha, director of British Lingua, a spoken English institute in Patna, has alleged that Bhagat had lifted the plot of his latest novel, Half Girlfriend, from his bilingual play, Englishia Boli.
Chetan Bhagat had visited Doctor Birbal Jha in Patna in January this year and interacted with the students who were enrolled there. He even attended one of the classes there to observe things from close quarters. Doctor Birbal Jha stated that he had presented Chetan Bhagat set of books which he had written for students seeking to improve their knowledge of spoken English.
His gift of books to Bhagat included his play called Englishia Boli.
“This is an educational social drama which was written in the drama form basically to educate the poor students of Bihar who had problems in speaking English with ease. The main character of my book, Chandra Prasad, is a talented youth belonging to a small town of Bihar. He goes to Delhi but faces problems because of his inability to converse in English.” stated the professor.
Doctor Birbal Jhaalleged that Bhagat had taken the same theme for his Half Girlfriend. Oops!!
Half Girlfriend is turning to be more of a nightmare than a dream deal and come to think of it Chetan is planning to turn producer with this one.
Investors who are planning to put in their moines in this movie beware, cause this one looks jinxed!!
Chetan Bhagat has run into another controversy in Bihar. Half Girlfriend might have landed him a film deal even before the book was officially launche...0.5