R Madhavan and Chetan Bhagat got into a war of words as actor says 3 Idiots was ‘better than the book’

It seems that actor R Madhavan and writer Chetan Bhagat have got into a heated argument on Twitter. Ironically, this was apparently just a publicity stunt for their new Netflix show, Decapled. Madhavan, who portrays India's second best-selling author, is constantly competing with Chetan in the series, who plays himself. The feud erupted when Chetan tweeted in response to a question about film vs. books: “My books, and the movies based on them.” To this R Madhavan replied that he prefers books. Chetan replied happily, “Have you ever heard anyone ever say the movie is better than the book?”


R Madhavan and Chetan Bhagat got into a war of words as actor says 3 Idiots was ‘better than the book’

It seems that actor R Madhavan and writer Chetan Bhagat have got into a heated argument on Twitter. Ironically, this was apparently just a publicity stunt for their new Netflix show, Decapled. Madhavan, who portrays India’s second best-selling author, is constantly competing with Chetan in the series, who plays himself. The feud erupted when Chetan tweeted in response to a question about film vs. books: “My books, and the movies based on them.” To this R Madhavan replied that he prefers books. Chetan replied happily, “Have you ever heard anyone ever say the movie is better than the book?”

On this occasion, Madhavan said, “YES! 3 Idiots,” – the film based on Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Simon and in which Madhavan played the role of Farhan, an engineering student. Chetan Bhagat told Madhavan not to ‘try to preach to the choir’. Not backing down, Madhavan was ready for an effective comeback. He asked the author why he worked in Decoupled if he was partial to books.

Chetan couldn’t stop laughing. “HAHAHAHAHA, How bad is the plug, maybe it’s just me, I prefer Pulitzer on the Pan Masala Branded Awards show, “said Chetan, while Madhavan replied“Well I prefer the 300 Crore Club over Bestseller.”

Continuing the war of intellect, Chetan proudly said that he preferred to go by his own name in this film as compared to Farhan. Madhavan’s beautiful response to this melted our hearts. He wrote, “I’m not known just as Farhan. I’m also known as Manu from Tanu Weds Manu, Kartikh from Alaipayuthey, and my favourite, Maddy kyunki mein rehta hoon sab ke dil mein.” The last part was a reference to his first Bollywood film ‘Rahna Hai Tere Dil Mein’.

Both the personalities ended their small talk with interest. Chetan wrote, “WOW, if this was your writing test, I’d say you passed. But honestly what did you think about my Netflix debut?” Playing with his earlier jokes, Madhavan said that the author was “better on the big screen” like his books, but added that he was “brilliant” on the show.


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