You won our hearts: Bollywood celebs thank Netanyahu

You won our hearts: Bollywood celebs thank Netanyahu
Amitabh Bachchan takes a selfie with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Bollywood personalities during ‘Shalom Bollywood’, an evening to celebrate Israeli and Indian Bollywood relations during his visit in Mumbai on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

 

Mumbai, January 19 (IANS) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bonding here with film celebrities — who have described it an honour and privilege to meet him — was lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “wonderful”.

 

Netanyahu met the celebrities at a gala “Shalom Bollywood” evening here on Thursday night.

 

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Imtiaz Ali, Prasoon Joshi, Randhir Kapoor, Ronnie Screwvala, Raj Nayak and Sara Ali Khan were among some of the names from the film fraternity present at the event.

Aishwarya along with producer Ronnie Screwvala welcomed the prime minister and the first lady, Sara Netanyahu. (Image: Reuters)
At the event, Bachchan gave the keynote address where he spoke about how, from a time when acting in films was looked down upon, today Bollywood has become a parallel culture. (PTI Photo)

Karan tweeted a series of photographs of himself with Netanyahu, saying: “A complete honour and privilege to meet with the honourable Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu… Such a wonderful evening with friends of the fraternity.”

 

Bhandarkar said it was “great attending presentation on history, culture and geodiversity of Israel along with film fraternity and had a pleasure interacting with Honorable Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu and the first lady.”

 

Vivek said it was an “incredible pleasure” to meet Netanyahu, who welcomed Bollywood to feature Israel’s natural beauty in its movies.

 

“You are an amazing ambassador for Israel, you won our hearts! Looking forward to visiting your beautiful country and experiencing the rich Israeli culture very soon,” Vivek tweeted.

 

Ghai was touched by the “delightful scene” when Netanyahu invited celebrities for a selfie and Amitabh helped him to take the selfie.

 

“A pleasant evening indeed,” he said, adding that he was glad Amitabh did not use the term Bollywood while welcoming Netanyahu.

 

“Used the word Hindi cinema — a real title of pride for Indian and Indian cinema,” Ghai added.

 

On Netanyahu’s wish, the celebrities posed for an Oscar-like selfie.

 

Netanyahu shared the photograph on his Twitter page, writing: “Will my Bollywood selfie beat Hollywood selfie at the Oscars?”

 

To that, Modi wrote: “Wonderful bonding, Prime Minister!”