Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with members of the film industry on Saturday in the Capital, and several of Bollywood’s top stars were present at the event.
The focus was on inviting the film industry to create films and television shows that popularise Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhism, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
“Gandhi is synonymous with simplicity. His thoughts reverberate far and wide. The power of creativity is immense, and it is essential to harness this spirit of creativity for our nation. Several people from the world of films and television have been doing great work when it comes to popularising the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi,” Modi said during his address.
Our film and entertainment industry is diverse and vibrant.
Its impact internationally is also immense.
Our films, music and dance have become very good ways of connecting people as well as societies.
Here are more pictures from the interaction today. pic.twitter.com/711sKni29l
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2019
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for bringing us all together, that too for a cause such as this. I feel we need to re-introduce Gandhi ji to India and the world. The film industry can get self-obsessed and it is important we create work that is not only about business,” said Shah Rukh, about the need of the industry to come forward and make films on Gandhi that can help in the nation-building process.
Thank u @narendramodi for hosting us & having such an open discussion on #ChangeWithin & the role artistes can play in spreading awareness of the msgs of The Mahatma. Also the idea of a University of Cinema is extremely opportune! pic.twitter.com/kWRbNk3xzo
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 19, 2019
Said Aamir, about the interaction session with the Prime Minister: “It was a wonderful interaction we had with the Prime Minister today. He was very inspiring, very warm and very deep in what he had to say. I want to appreciate the PM for thinking about this effort. As creative people, there is much we can do, and I assure the PM that we will do even more.”
Few pictures from the event started circulating social media and many slammed the actors for blindly feeding the premier’s lies.
I have scoffed at, condescended to, and lectured people for so much as uttering a word about Bollywood. It is low art. It is an assault on one's intelligence and refinement.
It is also a vehicle for India's colonial project in Kashmir, its rabid jingoism, and Hindutva fascism. pic.twitter.com/BDTzokNDGs
— Zeeshan Khan (@IbnKhayyam) October 19, 2019
you can search through the entirety of Bollywood and still not find a single spine https://t.co/9KadrgWYY5
— spookywara (@KiwiShake_) October 19, 2019
Which Mahatma? 'Father of the Country' Modi? https://t.co/dlWQWrFjIO
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) October 19, 2019
I knew SRK was a sellout but seeing Aamir Khan here as well broke my heart in half. https://t.co/9u0RwsVEM1
— • علیزا • (@aliza_sukhera) October 19, 2019
3 veterans of Acting https://t.co/XtHRnnOao2
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) October 19, 2019
The same SRK and Aamir Khan who were abused and asked to go to Pakistan not too long ago have now become 'the pride of India' for the RW.
How cute! https://t.co/9g79LA07F3
— Sania Ahmad (@SaniaAhmad1111) October 19, 2019
Veer should’ve been locked up in a Pakistani jail forever tbh https://t.co/7MqElclyu6
— AFRIDAI. (@afridaiiii) October 19, 2019
anjali should have chosen aman smh https://t.co/z4WmiOlqEK
— crackbaby (@sxhyr) October 19, 2019
What a letdown. https://t.co/oXnYjjuc74
— Catty Stark. (@CatWomaniya) October 19, 2019
But last heard, Aamir Khan had security concerns living in India, no? What changed? https://t.co/hZWicGb6kS
— Aman Malik (@PatrakaarPopat) October 19, 2019
Spotted at the occasion were several eminent stars and filmmakers, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez, Imtiaz Ali, Ekta Kapoor, Anurag Basu, and Boney Kapoor.
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