Chetan Bhagat is out with his new book, which he claims is an experiment and a new arena where he has ventured. With One Indian Girl, Bhagat has entered into the terrain of feminism and has for the first time written in a first person-account as a woman. In conversation with the IndianExpress.com the writer shared his views on success, life, critics and career.
The author, who is often criticised by many critics that his literary works are not genuine piece of literature, says that after 10 years of writing, now it has become “very boring and doesn’t hurt”, it’s just a “minor annoyance”. He says people who actually understand the work and have earned a respectable place in the field have often praised and acknowledged his work, and that’s what matters. “Whether it’s a Shashi Tharoor, whether it’s a Amitav Ghosh…these are people who praised by books in public without me even knowing them.”
The writer, who’s written seven books and most of which were best-sellers, says he begins every book as if it a fresh start. “Every book I think, what if I was not famous. What if people don’t know my name. Will it be something people would like?” The author attributes his success to hard-work. “I put in as much dedication and I don’t take my success for granted. And I genuinely try to take risks.”
On his films being adopted as films, Bhagat who is also part-producing Half-girlfriend, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, agrees that his books have certain limitation as he writes in English, but through films he can reach out to larger masses. “If my stories have connected in paper form, there is no reason why it shouldn’t connect in movie-form.”
In an earlier interview, Bhagat spoke at length about how he researched for his latest book, and went about getting inside the mind of women.
What is your take on Chetan Bhagat new book, do tell us in comments below.