Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review : Revolution 2020 by chetan bhagat

Here is another disaster from chetan bhagat. When a writer writes a novel and a director inspires to make movie on it, that indicates success of novel but when novelist write a novel and expecting somebody (Aamir Khan) will make a movie on it; the garbage will be the output. This is the same scenario for the 'Revolution 2020'.

I have read all other novels of Chetan bhagat (except one night at call center I couldn't finish it  ...even though I tried many times. I liked five point someone, two states and 3 mistake of my life was ok, but revolution 2020 is total failure.I will not recommend anybody.

A good novelist writes a novel based on their area like fiction , non-fiction, sci-fi, romantic etc. They dont target people and write according to people. But I feel Chetan bhagat targets first the readers(obviously his easy catch are engineers and MBA... choice is based on his own connection and reputation to these communities), then writes novel to please those. Another thing is, he not only chooses target (readers) based on popularity and mass but also he chooses the topic too based on popularity like IIT engineers, Call centres, Cricket, Gujrat riots, love marriages and corruption (which is hot topic of India at present) and writes the stories around it. All things are preplanned to make it a huge success. Chetan bhagat is doing another mistakes, he is copying himself. Just like when one actor copies himself again in again in all his movies, people get fed up (good examples are Sharukh Khan, Yash Raj movies.....), same problem is with Chetan bhagat. Many of his novel scenes seem so much repeating, even the dialogues. Sometimes he even gives references to one his character of previous novel. What the hell, are we watching STAR TV daily shops that one TV serials characters are coming into another TV serial to attain one marriage function.

Revolution 2020 has a very normal story. As taken from the book back cover page 'Once upon a time, in small-town India, there lived two intelligent boys. One wanted to use his intelligence to make money. One wanted to use his intelligence to create a revolution. The problem was, they both loved the same girl. A story about childhood friends Gopal, Raghav and Aarti who struggle to find success and love in Varanasi.However, it isn’t easy to achieve this in an unfair society that rewards the corrupt. As Gopal gives in to the system, and Raghav fights it, who will win? ' Revolution 2020 is nothing but the name of newsletter/newspaper. Which is already been stopped publishing in the mid of story. So you may even forget, why the novel titled as 'Revolution 2020'. Another thing is what targeted people (readers) want in novel - easy English/vocabulary, high end drama, love, sex, money...... Chetan bhagat's  novels never fails to fulfill these desires. The simple motto of him is 'Jo mangta hain wahi milega tum ko (we will provide only things which you want)'
So from my side it big thumb down novel. I expect in future we will get something good like two states or five point someone.

Happy Thinking Naturally..........