Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attended an event Thursday evening with Bollywood stars and senior industry figures who included producers, directors, actors and actresses.
Among those attending were Karan Johar, Amitabh Bachchan, Sara Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
“The rise of Bollywood is part of the rise of India as a global power, and this coincides with the rise of Israel as a global technological power,” Netanyahu told the gathering.
“This innovation is not only in IT, or in agriculture, or in medicine, or in space, or in cyber. It’s also in the arts. And in the digital age there are endless possibilities for creativity. And I think that if we join forces, magic happens,” he said.
“We can do things that are not even imagined. And these things are happening at a rapid rate. We know, you know. Let us do it together.”
Netanyahu asked the stars, directors and producers at the gathering to join him on stage for a “selfie” so that, as he said, “a few hundred million people can see the great friendship between our two countries.”