Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan hail Narendra Modi on Gandhi initiative

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PM Modi interacts with Bollywood celebs; SRK, Aamir hail govt initiative to popularise Gandhi’s ideals

Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan met PM Narendra Modi at an event celebrating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi.

The focus was on inviting the film industry to create films and television shows that popularise Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhism.

The Prime Minister also released a video directed by Rajkumar Hirani which featured multiple Bollywood celebrities including Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Vicky Kaushal. The event took place at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi. "His thoughts reverberate far and wide", Modi was reported as saying.

Referring to Mahatma Gandhi, he said the power of creativity is enormous and it is essential to harness this spirit of creativity for the nation. "And, I assure the PM that we will do even more". Thanking the Prime Minister for creating a platform for all the film fraternity to come together and work towards a cause, Shahrukh Khan said that such initiatives will re-introduce the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi by presenting Gandhi 2.0 to the whole world. We in the South of INDIA admire you & are Proud to have you as our Prime Minister. "He is very inspiring, very warm".

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"First and foremost, I want to appreciate PM for thinking about this effort [further popularising the ideals of Bapu]".

Yesterday, we saw many Bollywood personalities mark their attendance at the Change Within meet organized by PM Narendra Modi.

She put this concern in front of the PM via social media tagging him explaining how the South Indians are felt that he only promotes the representatives and icons of the Hindi Industry per se and the others are neglected badly. "Nobody has recognised the soft power of art and artistes in the country before", said Kangana.

Upasana Konidela, who is also married to Telugu actor Ram Charan, questioned why the southern film industry was "neglected".

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Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali said the session was very informal and the film industry understands the informal language the best.

Kangana is also calling for the revival of Khadi, the fabric that is dearly associated with Gandhi, and making it popular again.

"When we make films, there are moments we wonder why are we doing this?" Today, we got a reason, a direction. All the creative people here are extremely upbeat after the session.

We are eagerly waiting to see the fruits of this discussion.

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