MUMBAI: By now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have landed back on his home soil Israel after his early morning flight Friday morning. The previous evening he captured his love for Bollywood for ever in his famous selfie with Bollywood stars. Minutes after the selfie, he tweeted: Will my Bollywood selfie beat @TheEllenShow Hollywood selfie at the Oscars? The selfie was clicked on Netanyahu’s request by none other than Amitabh Bachchan , the tallest of all among the guests present including filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Madhur Bhandarkar, Karan Johar, Nikkhil Advani, Abhishek Kapoor and Subhash Ghai and actors like Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi, among others.
The event, Shalom Bollywood, was designed to reach out to Bollywood, the Israeli prime minister seemingly also had a business perspective on mind to encourage Bollywood to shoot more films in Israel, in turn exposing Israel to the world as a tourist destination. This one, he said, would have a message, talking about the selfie. Israel has “great technology for businesses and big ideas”, he pitted in support of his contention of Israel as a film shooting destination. “The world loves Bollywood, Israel loves Bollywood and I love Bollywood. We are putting our money where our mouth is,” he said.
Meanwhile, 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg’s visit to Chabad House, where his parents lost their lives, was an emotional visit for him. Indian media’s love for Bollywood seems to have overshadowed the emotional journey of Baby Moshe, with all major newspapers and TV channels outplaying Netanyahu’s Bollywood outing. He stayed there for about two hours along with his family and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who opened a memorial at the Nariman House for the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people including Moshe’s parents.