Israel PM showcases love for B-town, as the pictures says it all

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Recreating the viral ‘Oscar selfie’, which featured several Hollywood stars in one picture, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Thursday night, posed with Bollywood actors as a sign of the “great friendship” between India and Israel.

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

Netanyahu took the opportunity to reveal that he is a big fan of Indian movies and that the same was true for people back home as well. “World loves Bollywood, Israel loves Bollywood, I love Bollywood,” he said.

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.

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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!”

He signed off the memorable Shalom Bollywood event with a “Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra, Jai Israel”.

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