Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

PM Narendra Modi and stars discuss Gandhi

PM Narendra Modi and stars discuss Gandhi

The idea was good", he said with the Prime Minister by his side during an interaction with the celebrities from the creative and entertainment industry to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi."So I truly believe that Gandhiji needs to be re-loaded. He met celebs including Kangana Ranaut, Rakul Preet Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Director Anurag Basu and Imtiaz Ali. Take a look at some candid pictures from the event. The event was a part of PM Narendra Modi's new initiative called "Change Within" to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.

"I feel it's important to create work, which sends out messages in an engaging and entertaining manner", Shah Rukh Khan said.

The Prime Minister shared with eminent film personalities that their work has reached all corners of the world. "Several people from the world of films and television have been doing great work when it comes to popularising the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi", PM Modi said.

In an interaction with them at his official residence here, the prime minister said as India celebrates its 75th Independence Day in 2022, the entertainment industry should showcase the inspiring stories of the country's freedom struggle from 1857 to 1947 and the nation's growth story from 1947 to 2022, a statement from his office said.

For Kangana, the effort underlines the fact that Prime Minister Modi has recognised the power of the film industry.

A great way to involve everyone, says @iamsrk.

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- PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 19, 2019 The mood is upbeat.

The evening saw PM Modi using the occasion to the fullest and talking about the "global influence" of films.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan thanked him for bringing the industry together for such a cause.

In his speech, Prime Minister Modi also appealed to the gathering to pay a visit to the museum made in Dandi, the place where Gandhi completed the salt march.

The event was attended by the members of the Indian film and entertainment industry including Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Kangana Ranaut, Anand L Rai, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sonam Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Nigam, Ekta Kapoor, members of Tarak Mehta group, ETV group.

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