First, the buzz was around its title and now, it is about the content! Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘Half Girlfriend’ has landed in trouble.
As reported by Hindustan Times, Chandra Vijay Singh, a scion of the erstwhile princely state of Dumraon (Bihar) has slapped a Rs.1 crore defamation suit on author Chetan Bhagat. He claimed that male members of the royal family were maliciously portrayed as alcoholics and gamblers in his bestselling novel ‘Half Girlfriend’.
Chandra claimed that references to his family in Chetan Bhagat’s book are “false and derogatory in nature”. Chandra Singh is the eldest son of Maharaja Bahadur Kamal Singh, the last ruler of Dumraon before its accession to the Indian union in 1952.
Besides Chetan Bhagat, Rupa Publications, the publisher of ‘Half Girlfriend’, has been named as a respondent in the defamation suit.
Not only this, Chandra Singh has sought a permanent injunction restraining Bhagat, Rupa Publications and all others from further publication, sale and circulation of ‘Half Girlfriend’ in its present form “with immediate effect”.