Chetan Bhagat’s fourth book, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, was launched by by Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, on October 9, 2009.
The book is already getting Bollywood offers. Bhagat’s previous three books have all been adapted for movie versions.
His first book, Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT (2004), is being adapted as Three Idiots by Rajkumar Hirani, starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
His second, One Night @ Call Center (2005) was adapted as Hello starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Gul Panag.
Chetan Bhagat’s third book, The Three Mistakes of My Life (2008), will be adapted by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment, and directed by Rock On director Abhishek Kapoor.
2 States: The Story of My Marriage is the author’s autobiographical take on inter-community love marriages.
The book revolves around Krish and Ananya who fall in love but face opposition from their parents because they belong to different communities. The situation is unique to Indian societies where the young lovers set about to convince their parents to bless the wedding.
‘Indian love marriages are not easy. It’s not just the boy and the girl who fall in love. Everyone – both their clans – have to fall in love. In the end, the boy and the girl start questioning whether there’s anything more left to it and even fight. But it’s important – at least for me – what parents think of your marriage,’ Bhagat was quoted as saying in an IANS report.
The book draws from Bhagat’s own marriage to a Tamil Brahmin. Chetan Bhagat has said that he had dedicated 2 States: The Story of My Marriage to his in-laws.
The book, published by Rupa, will be available in book stores for Rs.95.
If 2 States: The Story of My Marriage is adapted for a movie version who is most likely to pick it up? Karan Johar or Aditya Chopra? Better be Karan Johar, else the two states will turn out to be two villages in Punjab.