PM Narendra Modi met and interacted with the who's who of the Bollywood industry. The aim of this informal meeting with the celebrities was to create films and television shows that popularise Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhiism, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
The PM said, "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,"
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.
Shah Rukh Khan
said, "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 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."
talked about the uniqueness of Modi Ji and stated, "Modi Ji is the first Prime Minister who is so inclusive of art and artists and the film industry. Nobody has recognized the soft power of art and artists in the country before. From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the film industry, I thank the Prime Minister."
Jacqueline said it was "an extreme honour be in the presence of PM Modi Ji, and also to have a Prime Minister who is so willing to lend a helping hand to the film fraternity,".
Not only actors but filmmakers and producers also praised the PM on his efforts to be inclusive of-the-art industry.
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 noted the tone of informality about the session helped. "The best thing about the session was that it was very informal. The film industry understands the informal language the best. The idea to make films on Gandhi Ji will help reintroduce ourselves to Gandhi Ji's philosophy."