Mumbai: 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.
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.”
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 18, 2018
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.”
It was great attending presentation on history, culture and geodiversity of #Isarel along with film fraternity and had a pleasure interacting with Hon. PM of #Israel @netanyahu and the first lady.🙏 #ShalomBollywood #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/0aRwQQRD3M
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) January 18, 2018
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.
What an incredible pleasure it was meeting you sir! You are an amazing ambassador for Israel, you won our hearts today! Looking fwd to visiting your beautiful country and experiencing the rich Israeli culture very soon! @netanyahu @IsraeliPM #NetanyahuInIndia pic.twitter.com/7Rff4JLpaK
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivek_oberoi) January 18, 2018
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 that master of ceremony Mandira Bedi did not use the word “Bollywood” in her speech, nor did Amitabh while welcoming Netanyahu.
“They 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?”
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 18, 2018
To that, Modi wrote: “Wonderful bonding, Prime Minister!”
Wonderful bonding, Prime Minister! https://t.co/byIO1EjLkH
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 18, 2018