November 16, 2011 02:25:09 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
UTV Motion Pictures has acquired the movie rights of Chetan Bhagat's latest bestseller Revolution 2020. Revolution 2020 will be made into an epic drama with strong roles for the lead cast. Chetan's new novel has notched up sales of 800,000 copies in just a month since its release and it's already on track to become the largest selling book of all time by an Indian author in English. The book has great roles for its key protagonists, as it narrates the story of three central characters - Gopal, Raghav and Aarti whose destinies are intertwined.
Speaking on the development, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures Siddharth Roy Kapur says, "We have been in discussions with Chetan for a while to do something together. When he shared his latest book with us even before it was published, we read it cover to cover in a single sitting. It's simply unputdownable. He has crafted such a dramatic plot with such sharply defined characters, that you're constantly wondering how things will play out. The issues he deals with in the book are those today's youth will instantly relate to and identify with. We're very excited to work with him on making a great film from what we all believe is a great book."
Excited about this development, Chetan Bhagat says, "Yes, UTV finally managed to seduce me. A great offer, immense excitement about the story and a wonderful team with a track record makes me feel they can do justice to Revolution 2020, a story very close to me and the readers' hearts."
Every book authored by Chetan so far has been optioned for movie rights. Rajkumar Hirani's 3 IDIOTS (the biggest grosser of all time in Indian cinema) was based on Chetan's first novel, Five Point Someone; and his later works like 2 States and 3 Mistakes of my Life are also slated to be made into movies by leading production houses. Social Networking sites are already abuzz with speculation about who would be the best casting for the lead characters of Gopal, Aarti and Raghav, but according to UTV, it is a little early to speculate on casting.