Chetan Bhagat may be a poster boy of the BJP and Bihar’s RJD-JDU government would be be the most unlikeliest of ally for for him to be accorded the red-carpet treatment.
But, if the report published in The Hindu, is anything to go by, Lalu Yadav’s son and the state deputy chief minister, Tejaswi Yadav, has gone out of his way to support RSS-supporter writer for the shooting of his novel Half Girlfriend.
Jointly produced by Ekta Kapoor and Bhagat, the movie is expected to be shot in the state later this year.
Yadav has decided to throw his weight behind Bhagat even though the novel had caused huge controversy as the erstwhile royal family of Dumraon in Bihar served a legal notice to the writer for allegedly using ‘derogatory language and making references to the family without their permission’ in the novel.
“Please be assured, our government will offer full co-operation and in case you need any help or assistance, you can coordinate from my office… All the concerned departments of Bihar government would be more than willing to go the extra yard to make sure that your crew’s stay and working in the state remains a smooth and fulfilling experience, Yadav said in his letter to Bhagat, which the latter posted on his Twitter account.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 11, 2016
Tejaswi, for his part, hoped that Bhagat may serve as a cue to the rest of the Bollywood.
His tweet read, “Chetan Bhagatji hopefully your crew’s experience in Bihar will serve as cue to the rest of the Bollywood. We heartily welcome you.”
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) April 11, 2016
Sharing the “supportive letter”, Bhagat tweeted, “Delighted Bihar govt. so welcoming and responsive.”
The lead protagonist of Half Girlfriend, Madhav, is from a backward region of Bihar but aspires to meet an English-speaking to be his girlfriend.