Chetan Bhagat Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography & More

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Wife: Anusha Suryanarayanan Bhagat
Age: 50 Years
Hometown: New Delhi

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Profession(s)Author, Columnist, Screenwriter, Motivational Speaker
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 64 kg
in Pounds- 141 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 April 1974 (Monday)
Age (as of 2024)50 Years
BirthplaceNew Delhi, India
Zodiac signTaurus
SignatureChetan Bhagat signature
HometownNew Delhi, India
SchoolThe Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan
College/University• Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
• Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
Educational Qualification(s)• B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
• MBA in Marketing
DebutWriting (Book): Five Point Someone (2005)
Five Point Someone book cover
Screewriting: Kai Po Che! (2013)
Kai Po Che poster
TV (As a judge): Nach Baliye Season 7
FamilyFather- Not Known (Retired Army personnel)
Mother- Not Known (Government employee in agricultural department)
Brother- Ketan Bhagat, Anchor & Novelist (Younger)
Chetan Bhagat younger brother Ketan Bhagat
Sister- N/A
AddressWaheeda Building, Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai
HobbiesReading, Playing the Piano, Travelling
Controversies• Following the release of Aamir Khan starrer '3 Idiots' in 2010, Chetan Bhagat expressed his displeasure over not getting due credit for the story of the film, which was apparently inspired by his novel- Five Point Someone.

• Back in 2011, Bhagat took a dig at Infosys chairman, N R Narayana Murthy, with the following tweet:
Chetan Bhagat Infosys controversy

• At the Annual Rendezvous 2014 festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, Chetan Bhagat made a comment that did not go down well with some people and media outlets. He had said, "Educated girls don't want to date a guy who doesn't speak English and this is what I have tried to bring out in my novel, The Half-Girlfriend".

• In April 2015, Chetan Bhagat and actress-turned-writer Twinkle Khanna indulged in a war of words on Twitter. It all started when Twinkle took a jibe at Bhagat, who at that time was judging the dance reality show- Nach Baliye. Check out the funny banter in the following snapshot:
Chetan Bhagat Twinkle Khanna controversy

• In July 2015, after facing enough of trolling on his social media accounts, Bhagat posted an article titled 'Anatomy of an Internet troll', wherein he referred to Narendra Modi loyalists as "sexually frustrated people". The article further added, "There is an over-riding sense of shame about being Hindu, Hindi speaking and/or Indian. Deep down they know that Hindi-speaking Hindus are among India's poorest."

• In 2018, during the MeToo campaign, a girl named Anusha shared a few WhatsApp screenshots that indicated that Chetan Bhagat was flirting with her.
Chetan Bhagat Whatsapp Chat

• In November 2022, while speaking at a literary event organised by a media house, Chetan Bhagat attracted controversy when he mentioned Indian social media star Urfi Javed's name while asserting that youth were spending a lot of time on Instagram. He said, "Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Urfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed's photos hiding in their blankets." Later, Urfi Javed took to Instagram to slam the author and wrote, "Men like him will always blame the women than accept their own shortcomings. Stop promoting rape culture you sickos out there. Blaming women's clothes for the behaviour of men is so 80s Mr Chetan Bhagat." [1]NDTV
Authors/NovelistsErnest Hemingway, George Orwell, Charles Dickens
Actor(s)Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Woddy Allen, Rob Reigner
Book(s)Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/Girlfriends Anusha Suryanarayanan Bhagat
Wife/SpouseAnusha Suryanarayanan Bhagat (m.1999-present)
Chetan Bhagat with his wife Anusha and sons Ishaan (left), Shyam (right)
ChildrenSon- Shyam Bhagat, Ishaan Bhagat
Daughter- None
Style Quotient
Car CollectionFord Endeavour
Money Factor
SalaryRs. 7-8 Lakh (Per motivational speech)

Chetan Bhagat writer columnist

Some Lesser Known Facts About Chetan Bhagat

  • Does Chetan Bhagat smoke: No
  • Chetan Bhagat began his career as an Investment Banker in a company named Goldman Sachs. Grabbing the job wasn’t an easy task for him as he had to give as many as 27 interviews as part of the selection process. He worked for almost a decade in the company’s Hong Kong office.
  • While in Hong Kong, Bhagat felt that there was something missing in his life, and thus in order to fill this void, Bhagat started laying more focus on his hobby- writing.
  • Every work of Chetan Bhagat has been a bestseller. Moreover, almost all of his books have been adopted into commercial Bollywood films. While ‘Hello’ and ‘3 Idiots’ were based on ‘One Night At The Call Centre’ and ‘Five Point Someone’ respectively, ‘Kai Po Che!’ and ‘2 States’ were inspired from ‘The Three Mistakes of My Life’ and’2 States (novel) respectively.
  • He considers his book, 2 States, as a partial autobiography. In an interview, he revealed that the love story showcased in the book has been inspired by his real life as Bhagat is a Punjabi and his wife, Anusha, is from the southern part of the country, who fell in love with him during their IIM days.
  • In 2008, The New York Times, a leading American daily, cited Bhagat as “the biggest-selling English-language novelist in India’s history”. Additionally, Bhagat was among Time magazine’s  World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010.
  • Also a prolific columnist, he has written numerous columns for English newspapers like The Times of India and Hindustan Times.
  • He was one of the screenwriters of  Salman Khan starrer Kick (2014).