NEW DELHI, AUGUST 16: La Trobe University Australia recently hosted two of the biggest names from the Indian Film Industry, Director Rajkumar Hirani and Writer Abhijat Joshi. The two shared their expertise at an exclusive screening of their blockbuster movie Sanju.
Following an interactive discussion with the stars of Sanju – led by La Trobe’s Hindi Language, Cinema and Literature Lecturer, Dr Ian Woolford – the movie was screened as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Hirani said he was grateful to the University for throwing such a fantastic and inclusive event. “It’s always an enriching experience when people of different diaspora watch our films,” Hirani said.
Hirani said, “I’m grateful to have been a part of this special screening for the students at La Trobe. It was such an interesting experience to be able to see, first hand, the reactions of those who are almost alien to Hindi films and the life of Sanjay Dutt – who this movie is based on.”
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said the University has had a strong history with India and the Indian community since the late 1960s. “I’m very proud of the long partnership La Trobe has had, and continues to build, with India,” Professor Dewar said.
“Just last year, we strengthened our relationships with some of India’s leading Institutions including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Amity University and O.P. Jindal Global University, Lovely Professional University and Chandigarh University.