SANJU at La Trobe University with IFFM

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Hear from the creators of India’s 2018 blockbuster movie, SANJU, in their only Australian university appearance at La Trobe University. To be followed by an exclusive screening of SANJU as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

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Monday 13 August 2018 04:00 pm until Monday 13 August 2018 08:30 pm (Add to calendar)
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Presented by:
La Trobe University with the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public
$10 General / $7.50 Alumni & Staff/ $5 Students

Schedule of activities

Indian cultural activities: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
In conversation with stars of SANJU: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Screening of the film SANJU: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Students and wider community are invited to join an exclusive discussion with the film’s critically acclaimed director Rajkumar Hirani and writer Abhijat Joshi. Leading the conversation will be La Trobe’s Hindi Language, Cinema and Literature Lecturer, Dr Ian Woolford.

India, discover how today’s filmmakers find themselves not only acting as cultural ambassadors, but as champions of diversity and inclusion.

After hearing from SANJU’s director and writer about the making of the film, guests will enjoy an exclusive screening. The biographical film, follows the hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of actor Sanjay Dutt’s life, his battle against his own wild self and the external forces trying to crush him.

Don’t miss all the glitz and glam of this event. With limited seats available, book early to avoid disappointment.

All proceeds from ticket sales will support the La Trobe Scholarship Fund. Scholarships provide access to life-changing education that may have benefits for generations to come.

La Trobe's SANJU event has been produced in conjunction with the Indian Students Club - La Trobe University and their cultural program for Indian Independence Day.


Dr Ian Woolford

Dr Ian Woolford is the Director of the Hindi language program at La Trobe University. He also teaches subjects on Indian culture and cinema. He holds a PhD in Hindi literature, and has lived for some time in the Indian state of Bihar, where he has conducted research on village folksong traditions.


Rajkumar Hirani, Director

The magician with the midas touch! Rajkumar Hirani is a name synonymous with blockbuster cinema that mixes commerce with content. His films Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, P.K. and 3 Idiots stand testimony to his creative ingenuity and his understanding of the Indian masses. His latest offering ‘Sanju’, a biography, which stars Ranbir Kapoor in the role of the controversial actor Sanjay Dutt (a long-time collaborator of Mr. Hirani) is due for release later in June, 2018. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that his films breathe a fresh lease of life and flavour into the vast and dynamic expanse of Bollywood cinema.

Abhijat Joshi, Writer
Abhijat is a National award-winning writer behind successful blockbusters like Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and PK. He has a background in literature and is a professor in the English department at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Together with Rajkumar Hirani, he wrote the script for the upcoming biopic, Sanju. He also wrote the script for Broken Horses, the English-language remake of Parinda, starring Vincent D’Onofrio. He resides in Central Ohio with his wife and daughter.

For more information on La Trobe University’s support of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Indian cultural events please see below.

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