#ChangeWithin - PM Narendra Modi Comes Together With Bollywood
By Gagandeep Sokhey .
21st October 2019 12:57pm
October 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday organized an event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which took place at his residence in Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi. He has invited Bollywood celebrities at the event where he interacted with them to popularise Mahatma Gandhi's ideals through the medium of the creative and entertainment world.
Being a huge admirer of Bollywood Cinema, Modi has always supported the film industry and thus have brought forward an initiative called "Change Within"
The Prime Minister has launched the campaign #ChangeWithin with a short ad film made by Rajkumar Hirani and shared that Indian film industry wields power and influence across the world. The ad video showcases Gandhi's life, teachings, and values and features well-known actors like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ali Bhatt and other.
The Prime Minister shared that India will be celebrating its 75th Independence Day in 2022, so the Entertainment Industry should showcase stories that inspire the country's freedom struggle from the period 1857 to 1947, and Indian nation's growth from 1947 till 2022.
As earlier, PM Modi interacted with the Chinese President at Mamallapuram, he said that XI Jinping has admired Indian films like 'Dangal' and its popularity in China. He also mentioned about popularity of 'Ramayana' in South East Asia regions.
Narendra Modi also told the gathering that they do a great job but are still unaware of its global influence.
On this note, the actor Aamir Khan said "as creative people, there is much we can do and I assure the PM that we will do even more"
After the interaction with the Prime Minister, Shah Rukh Khan thanked him for bringing the industry together for such a cause with this campaign and added
“I feel we need to re-introduce Gandhiji to India and the world. The film industry can get self-obsessed and it is important we create work that sends out messages. It should not always be about business but in an engaging and entertaining manner, everyone should be involved.”
PM Modi shared the pictures on Twitter and said: "interaction with leading film personalities and cultural icons was fruitful". "The members of the film industry came with a lot of suggestions. I am happy to share that we have addressed them to ensure more people can see the brilliant work done by our film personalities."
October 2 marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat.
Prime Minister Modi in his speech have also appealed to the gathering to pay a visit to the museum made in Dandi, the place where Gandhi completed the salt march.