PM Modi meets Bollywood: Stars express honour, PM responds

Lawrence Kim
October 21, 2019

"And, I assure the PM that we will do even more", Aamir Khan said.

Highlighting the impact of Mahatma Gandhi in the present day, PM said that if there is one thought, one person, who can establish a connect with people all over the world, it is Gandhiji.

Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and other celebs applauded the efforts of Modi government in this direction. The attendees include some big names in Hindi cinema like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Ekta Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karan Johar and others.

"I am happy to share that we have addressed them to ensure more people can see the brilliant work done by our film personalities", the Prime Minister's Office said in a series of tweets quoting him.

In bid to counter global outcry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now looking towards Indian film industry to bolster his world image. "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 for the industry to come forward and make films on Gandhi that can help in the nation-building process. PM Modi spoke extensively about the power and influence Indian film industry wields across the globe.

Prime Minister urged the film and entertainment industry to channelize its energy to make entertaining, inspiring creatives that can motivate the ordinary citizens. "Nobody has recognised the soft power of art and artistes in the country before", said Kangana.

Telugu star Ram Charan's wife Upasana took to Instagram and raised a question about how PM Modi has neglected South Indian Film Industry and that it's extremely painful.

After the session with the PM, producer Ekta Kapoor said she felt that "for the first time it seemed like there is someone who knows our industry better than us".

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali said the session was very informal and the film industry understands the informal language the best. "Our films, music and dance have become very good ways of connecting people as well as societies", the prime minister added.

Kangana is also calling for the revival of Khadi, the fabric that is dearly associated with Gandhi, and making it popular again.

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