New Delhi: Actor R Madhavan and author Chetan Bhagat recently had a Twitter spat in which the former claimed that his hit film ‘3 Idiots’ was better than Chetan’s book ‘Five Point Someone,’ on which the film was based.
Despite the fact that the recent Twitter feud appeared to be a promotional stunt for the two’s recently released show ‘Decoupled,’ it appears that some members of the Twitterati enjoyed it.
Chetan plays himself in ‘Decoupled,’ a film starring Madhavan as a misanthropic author who is India’s second best-selling author.
The Twitter war began when Netflix India’s official account posted, “Let’s settle this. “Do you prefer books to movies or vice versa?” “My books, and the movies based on them,” Chetan replied, along with a red-heart emoticon.
“Hey Chetan…,” Madhavan replied to his tweet.
“Have you ever heard anyone ever say the movie is better than the book?” wrote the 47-year-old author in response to “My bias is movies > books.” “YES!” Madhavan replied. “Three Idiots,” he said, adding laughing emoticons to the mix.
The blockbuster film ‘Five Point Someone,’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani, was based on Chetan’s book. “You’re flaunting three idiots to ME?” Chetan responded. Instead of preaching to the choir, perhaps you should read my books.” Meanwhile, Madhavan questioned the author about why he acted in ‘Decoupled’ if he was a book aficionado.
“Perhaps it’s just me, but I prefer a Pulitzer over a pan masala branded award show,” Chetan said, while Madhavan responded, “Well, I prefer the 300 Crore Club over Bestseller.” Chetan stated that he prefers to be known by his given name rather than “Farhan from that one movie,” to which Madhavan replied, “I’m not known just as Farhan.” Because I live in everyone’s hearts, I’m also known as Manu from Tanu Weds Manu, Kartikh from Alaipayuthey, and my personal favourite, Maddy kyunki mein rehta hoon sab ke dil mein.” Madhavan made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein.’
“WOW, if this was your writing test, I’d say you passed,” Chetan said on Twitter, as the two concluded their Twitter feud. But, to be honest, how did you like my Netflix debut?” Madhavan responded with a witty remark, saying that while the author is “better on the big screen,” he was “brilliant” in the show.
‘Decoupled,’ directed by Manu Joseph, also stars Surveen Chawla and Apara Jariwala of ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.’