Karan Johar shares photograph from meeting with Narendra Modi in New Delhi, says 'we hope to be a force to reckon with'

Press Trust of India

Jan 10, 2019 16:58:31 IST

Major Bollywood stars such as Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan landed in the capital city on 10 January for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rohit Shetty, Ashwiny Iyer, Ekta Kapoor and actors Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Sidharth Malhotra were also part of the contingent.

Karan Johar shared a photograph from the meeting and revealed that they had discussed how the film community has and can contribute to nation building.

"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," he wrote. He also thanked Modi for introducing reduced GST rates in film ticket prices for which the PM had met with a delegation of Bollywood producers on 19 December.

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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!

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After the 19 December meeting with PM drew flak on social media for not having any female representation on the panel, inclusion of names such as Alia and Bhumi is a step up. Actors-producers Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar,  Johar, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Ritesh Sidhwani and others were censured by internet users for not including any women in the panel.

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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Updated Date: Jan 10, 2019 19:30:26 IST