Years Of Celebrating The Mahatma

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met personalities from the Indian film 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 on 'ways to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi'. PM Modi hailed the entertainment industry for helping popularise the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi through films and other creative mediums.

Among those present in the meeting were Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, directors Rajkumar Hirani, Rajkumar Santoshi, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Nitesh Tiwari and producers Ekta Kapoor, Boney Kapoor and Jayantilal Gada.

The PM released four cultural videos marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in an event organised at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.

"Gandhi is synonymous with simplicity".

Referring to Gandhi, he said the power of creativity is vast and it is essential to harness this spirit of creativity for the nation.

"From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the entire film industry, I thank our prime minister and the things that he has said about propagating Gandhi philosophy and his way of live and values we will make sure we get something concrete from that", Ranaut added. "I feel we will see results in a year's time", Anurag Basu said.

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

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In his speech, Prime Minister Modi also appealed to the august gathering to pay a visit to the museum made in Dandi, the place where Gandhi completed the salt march. "He used to be very warm, intriguing, and in fact very deep in what he needed to instruct", the actor added.

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

Talking on the event, actor Amir Khan mentioned, "It was a wonderful interaction that we had with the honourable Prime Minister and it was lovely to hear his thoughts. You have digitalized everything", he said with Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his side during the event.

"No one has given the industry so remarkable admire earlier than and recognised the soft vitality and energy of it".

Aanand L Rai said, "We are accustomed to being known as representatives from the world of entertainment. Also, the idea of a University of Cinema is extremely opportune", Shah Rukh said in a post on Twitter late on Saturday night.

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali noted the tone of informality about the session helped.

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