The beautiful country of Israel has always been an important ally of India. Both countries have had many similarities. They also got close after the ghastly 26/11 Mumbai terror attack when Nariman House, run by an Israeli couple, was attacked. The couple was gunned down by Pakistani terrorists. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic visit to Israel in July 2017 and it was very fruitful. Now it was the turn of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take a tour of India. He arrived in the country on Monday January 15 and is expected to stay here for six days.
After touring Delhi and Ahmedabad, Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Mumbai on Thursday. He had a power breakfast with business leaders the same day. In the evening, he met with members of the Bollywood fraternity at an event called ‘Shalom Bollywood’. It was held at a five-star hotel in South Mumbai and easily was one of the star-studded events of the new year. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu and called Mumbai ‘the entertainment capital of India’. He was followed by Colors TV CEO Raj Nayak and later Amitabh Bachchan, who addressed the audiences, speaking about Indian cinema and its growth.
But the highlight of the evening was the selfie comprising of Benjamin Netanyahu along with prominent Bollywood celebrities. Amitabh Bachchan is the one clicking the selfie using a selfie stick. Besides Benjamin Netanyahu, the selfie comprises of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Raj Nayak, Ronnie Screwvala, Madhur Bhandarkar, Tanuj Garg Imtiaz Ali, Prasoon Joshi, Vivek Oberoi, Karan Johar and Managing Director and CEO of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Neeraj Roy.
Benjamin Netanyahu was so impressed and happy with this selfie that he even posted it on his Twitter handle. He drew comparisons with the legendary selfie clicked on Ellen DeGeneres’s phone during Academy Awards in 2014. His tweet read, “Will my Bollywood selfie beat @TheEllenShow Hollywood selfie at the Oscars?” Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted his tweet and wrote “Wonderful bonding, Prime Minister!”