A delegation of young Hindi film actors Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and filmmakers Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday to discuss how the entertainment industry can contribute to nation building.
The 'Prime Minister's Squad' -- as Shetty put it -- also included Ekta Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.
Ayushmann Khurrana captioned: Thanks to the honourable PM Sh
@narendramodi ji for his time and the endeavour to nurture creative energies of Indian cinema.
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Powerful and timely conversations can bring about change and this was one of what we hope will become a regular conversation. Meeting the Honorable Prime Minister @narendramodi today was an incredible opportunity. As a community, there is a huge interest to contribute to nation building. There is so much that we want to do. And can do and this dialogue was towards how and what ways we can do that. When the youngest country (in demography) joins hands with the largest movie industry in the world, we hope to be a force to reckon with. Together we would love to inspire and ignite positive changes to a transformative India. The film industry would also like to send a huge thanks for the GST reduction in movie ticket prices that was implemented recently! Thank you so much for your time, Sir!
Karan called the meeting an "incredible opportunity".
"As a community, there is a huge interest to contribute to nation building. There is so much that we want to do, and can do. This dialogue was towards how and in what ways we can do that...
"Together we would love to inspire and ignite positive changes to a transformative India," Karan wrote on Instagram alongside a squad selfie with Modi.
Karan thanked the government on behalf of the film industry for the GST reduction in movie ticket prices that was implemented recently. Movie tickets costing more than Rs 100 were brought down from 28 to 18 percent -- a move that was hailed by the industry. It was a result of two meetings held with the PM last year.
While their past meetings drew ire for zero women representation, this time Alia, Ekta, Ashwiny and Bhumi lent the woman power.
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It was honour to meet our honourable prime minister #NarendraModi ji with inspiring lovely friends.An interaction that takes storytelling to new heights.Building a better society through our entertainment industry. Thank-You for the GST reduction which will enhance the economics of movie making & also forming a creative space to connect thoughts which are truly #Indian for the world.
Tiwari, who directed NIL BATTEY SANNATA, said in a statement, "It was honour to meet our honourable prime minister #NarendraModi ji with inspiring lovely friends. An interaction that takes storytelling to new heights. Building a better society through our entertainment industry. Thank-You for the GST reduction which will enhance the economics of movie making & also forming a creative space to connect thoughts which are truly #Indian for the world.."
Bhumi tweeted: "Thank you for your time honourable Modi sir. Truly a moment to be remembered."
Ranveer was all smiles as he posed while hugging Modi. "Jaadoo ki Jhappi! Joy to meet the Honourable Prime Minister of our great nation," tweeted the PADMAAVAT star.
Rajkummar wrote, "It was an honour to join my fellow industry mates in this special discussion with our honourable prime minister
@narendramodi ji. Thank you sir for this insightful meeting."
While URI actor Vicky was "happy and honoured" to meet the PM, he wrote, "Happy and honoured to meet Honourable Prime Minister
@narendramodi ji along with friends and colleagues "
Sidharth wrote: "Thank you Narendra Modi sir for an enriching and insightful conversation. It was an honour to meet you today and we are grateful for your support towards the film industry."