Mumbai, July 21 -- All his five novels have inspired Bollywood films. Adding another feather to his cap, investment banker-turned-author Chetan Bhagat has turned screenplay writer with Salman Khan-starrer, Kick.
We chat with him about the experience. The film is a remake of a Telugu movie, so what made you work on the screenplay? Sajid Nadiadwala (producer of the film) got to know me and my style of writing after he bought the rights to 2 States. He called me and said that he was directing a film for the first time after 30 years of being in the business, and that it stars Salman Khan. He asked me if I would like do the screenplay. I was quite amazed that they wanted me to be part of this project. It's not a remake so much now. It's an adaptation. We are not duplicating much.
Are we going to see you directing a film soon? I might direct a film, but not right now. Sajid is the only other person who had said this. He asked if I want to direct a film. I have the experience of many films. I think I can do it one day; I am not yet ready for it.
Did the screenplay undergo a lot of changes after you finished writing it? There will be changes. When I write a film, there are actors, producers, directors... and they all have their inputs. In a film, the writer has a supporting role. It's not my film; I am with one of the departments. Even in the screenplay, there are several writers involved, so it's not intended to be my vision completely. It's Sajid's vision, and I am trying to help him achieve it.
Your recent tweet supporting Israel's attack on Gaza received a lot of flak. How would you react to that? Some people didn't like it, but a lot of people did support it. I have my views. I am not here to match my view with everyone else's all time.