Overwhelmed by the response from fans and audiences globally, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has decided to send his latest release Lago Raho Munnabhai as an independent entry to the Oscars.
Ken Naz of Eros International, US will prepare the application to seek entry for the film at the Oscars in the foreign film category, Mr Chopra said.
Speaking about his decision, Mr Chopra told mediapersons that the record number of fan mails that he has received from across the world have supported his belief and inspired him to send the film to the academy as an independent entry.
''We strongly believe that Lage Raho Munnabhai is a film that should be screened at all international film festivals,'' he added.
''Our belief has been further strengthened by an invitation by the University of South California for a special screening of Lage Raho Munnabhai on October 27, which has been organised by their cinema students and the Press from Hollywood. USC is one of the top film schools in North America. Many notable filmmakers like George Lucas, Ron Howard, James Ivory and Walter Salles, among others have graduated from here."
Early this week, UTV's Rang De Basanti trounced Lage Raho in the race to be selected as India's official entry into the foreign film category at the Oscars.