For a long time I have been thinking of reading the "Devdas: A Novel" by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, which had been the raw material for so many movies of the same name. However I had watched only Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2002 movie with Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. Even without reading the novel I found the movie badly made. After seeing "Parineeta" I found that both the novels - "Parineeta" and "Devdas" very much similiar in incidents and treatment, so I thought that Sarathchandra had written same story with two names. But when I got the chance to read this "Devdas" flying in air, I found that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had adapted the story (read as mixed with Parineeta) to mount it in a lavish scale at the cost of its soul.
What happens when your the film rights of your earlier books were lapped up instantly? You concieve your subsequent novels as movies itself. That's what has happened with Chetan Bhagat. Since his ONACC & Five Point Someone had been adapted as movies and with '3MOML' being converted into screenplay, Chetan's next novel had become "Bollywood" ready. Seems like Chetan will incorporate romantic songs into his next novel making it "screen" ready. The love story of a Punjabi boy & Tamil girl is so cliched and predictable through out. We, Tamilians have been subjected to the headache of viewing the same story thrice around the same time in "Poovellam Kaettuppaar", "Jodi" and "Minsara Kanna". Unfortunately this "2SOMM" will make the fourth version, so similiar is the incidents and screenplay. In the Chetan Bhagat's books there used to be an element of sarcastic humour but here it steps into racist arrogance at times. Example - When Krish gets down at Chennai Airport he finds everybody dark and pot bellied. And Chetan Bhagat fills with his cliched premarital sex episodes (so many sex scenes) and blackmailing the boss. Don't know when CB will come out of these repetitive stuffs. However the saving grace is his simple vocab, fluid writing style that never never you off at any point. Supposedly based on CB's own love story, I didn't like / enjoy what I read in the 260 pages but it might appeal some people.
Oflate I had given up my policy of reading a book over a week / 10 days because I get only the weekends for reading, so let me use the same to fullest. This weekend saw me catching up the Chetan Bhagat's best seller "One night at the Call center (ON@TCC)", which I bought for my friend Renuka on her request but couldn't meet her after that. This movie was made as Bollywood movie "Hello", starring Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Gul Panag, Eesha Khoppikar, Amrita Arora and Salman Khan in the Guest Appearance, directed by his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri. The best part about Chetan is his simple yet fluid writing style that makes the story flow smoothly. His vocabulary is not intimidating instead is arresting and captivating the reader's thoughts. ON@TCC works well for its approach towards the Indian youths and ends with a positive attitude. Not to miss in the whole book is the Chetan's male chauvinist humour, sarcasstic take on woman behaviour at various instances.