By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Thursday, November 02, 2006 Lage Raho Munnabhai was the opening
film at the University of Southern California's first-ever Indian
film festival. The film was screened before a capacity audience at
the Frank Sinatra Auditorium on 27th October to a rapturous
Students and faculty of the prestigious university clapped for
minutes after the screening. A lively question and answer session
followed with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat
Joshi, the producer-director-writer trio of the film. Almost all
questions were prefixed with heartfelt praise for the film, with
one member of the audience pointing out that the film was in the
tradition of the great films of Charlie Chaplin in its capacity to
make people laugh and cry.
Gurinder Chadha also attended the screening and spoke glowingly
about the film.