Netanyahu woos B'wood stars

Shalom. I used to think I was a big deal, and then I found out that Amitabh Bachchan has 30 million more Twitter followers than I do. and let’s just say that you guys are a big deal. The reason for that is that the world loves Bollywood. And Israel loves Bollywood — I love Bollywood,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said to a hall full of actors and filmmakers gathered at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom in Mumbai Thursday evening.

Prior to his visit to India to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic ties between India and Israel, Netanyahu’s initiative to invite Bollywood to shoot films in Israel was well known and advertised. In December, a delegation from Bollywood, including filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, visited Israel on a trip organised by their foreign and culture ministries. And at Shalom Bollywood, an event organised to showcase Israeli locations to some of Bollywood’s movers and shakers, Netanyahu spoke about “putting money where our mouth is”.

Before PM Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, just two weeks before, we passed in the government several resolutions cementing ties with India. begin with. And by the way, gentlemen, congratulations, you used up not all of it, there’s still some left. And I want to make a pledge tonight: if you come and you need more, we’ll put in more. We want Bollywood in Israel,” he said.

This was good news for the attendees and the media that endured security checks running longer than an average Bollywood film. Advani, who was addressed by Netanyahu in his speech.

Nikhil, ever hear of Homeland, P. O. W? That’s an Israeli format. I don’t need to watch it, I live it, all the time,” he said. vani’s 2016 award-winning TV show on Star, P. W, was an adaptation of Israeli series Hatufim; it also inspired HBO’s Homeland.

Amitabh Bachchan, who grimaced when an enthusiastic announcer described him as the “Superstar of the Millennium”, was one of the first celebrities to arrive on time. delivered a short speech, highlighting the soft power of the Hindi film industry. India produces more than 1,500 films every year — that’s four times more than what Hollywood produces and twice as much that comes out of China. 36 billion tickets are what Hollywood sells. India sells approximately 2. 6 billion tickets,” said Bachchan. These figures are precisely why Israel’s tourism ministry presented a video of places such as Haifa, Eilat, Masada and others, in addition to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and screened it immediately after the actor’s speech.

By setting aside funds for Bollywood productions, and handing out tax breaks, Israel is positioning itself as the next destination for an industry that possibly leads the world when it comes to set-jetting — the trend of travelling to destinations that are first seen in movies. Before he addressed the room, Netanyahu presented Johar and Apoorva Mehta of Dharma Productions with a memento to commemorate Bollywood’s first outing in Israel. Johar’s next production, Drive, directed by Tarun Mansukhani and starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez, features a song shot in Tel Aviv last year.

Social media was on Netanyahu’s mind all evening. At the end of his speech, he invited Bachchan and the rest to come up on stage for a group selfie, inspired by the famous Oscar selfie in 2014. Let’s all tag this photo so that a hundred million people can see the great friendship between our two countries,” he said. the tallest celebrity in the room, it fell to Bachchan to take the picture.

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'India and Israel are an alliance'

India and Israel are an “alliance”, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his inaugural address at the annual Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The two countries officially hold each other as “strategic partners,” a stand reiterated in the joint statement of Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a day before.

In a speech outlining the sources of national power, Netanyahu said democratic values were the “most important” source of power. f we are to live in a world that protects democratic norms,” he said, countries such as India and Israel needed to form an “alliance to secure our future. e also underlined the challenge of “radical Islam and its terrorist offshoots” to the “quest for modernity”.

He said Modi spoke often of the need to secure democracy. We have discussed how we can strengthen relations of our two countries in security, in civilian areas and every area,” he said, before ending with the line “god bless the India-Israel alliance.

Earlier in his speech, Netanyahu described India as “one of the great powers of earth”. cited military capability as the first requirement of national power, noting that in Israel’s case this included considerable investment in intelligence to “compensate for our size.

Military and intelligence, however, was expensive and therefore this required economic power. This in turn required education. Israel’s own defence forces, he said, were a “giant education machine. ut to convert innovation into economic might needed a free market environment that allowed firms “to do business and add value to the economy. He cited the growing convergence of big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence. Countries that seize the future are those that innovate along these lines,” he said.

He spoke of “political power”, “the ability to build relationships and alliances with other countries” before citing values and democracy as the fourth pillar. d Israel’s long struggle to survive had led it to understand a lesson: “The weak don’t survive, the strong survive. noted that “you make peace with the strong, you make alliances with the strong, you are able to maintain peace by being strong.

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Anoushka Shankar and husband Joe Wright split up?

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Darkest Hour director Joe Wright and his wife Anoushka Shankar have separated.

A representative for Wright confirmed the news in a statement issued to the New York Post's Page Six column on Friday (12Jan18), revealing the former couple is focused on the "welfare and happiness" of its two children.

They ask that their privacy be respected," the statement reads. No further comments will be made on this matter.

Shankar is the daughter of legendary musician Ravi Shankar and the half-sister of singer Norah Jones.

Three days ago she posted a stunning solo shot on Instagram which hinted at the separation. Alongside it she wrote: “I said I loved you, and you heard me say you were not enough… you asked me to hold you tighter, and I heard you say I was not enough… how could we be enough for each other when we were never enough for ourselves? album idea scribblings #lyrics #newmusic #latenights.

The director wed Shankar in 2010 in London. They share two young sons, named Zubin and Mohan.

Wright previously directed 2007's Atonement, for which he earned multiple Best Director nominations, and 2005's Pride and Prejudice. He was briefly engaged to one of the film's stars, Rosamund Pike, but the pair's wedding plans were abruptly halted in 2008.

Wright was with his Darkest Hour leading man Gary Oldman when he picked up a Best Actor honour at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on Thursday night (11Jan18). It was Oscars favourite Oldman's second big acting prize of the week - he claimed his first Golden Globes win for the film on Sunday.

The film was also nominated for the Outstanding British Film of the Year when the BAFTA nominations were announced this week (ends12Jan18).

Oldman started his speech at the Critics' Choice Awards by heaping praise on Wright, revealing he had forgotten to mention his director in his Globes acceptance speech at the weekend.

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Anoushka Shankar and husband Joe Wright split up?

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Darkest Hour director Joe Wright and his wife Anoushka Shankar have separated.

A representative for Wright confirmed the news in a statement issued to the New York Post's Page Six column on Friday (12Jan18), revealing the former couple is focused on the "welfare and happiness" of its two children.

They ask that their privacy be respected," the statement reads. No further comments will be made on this matter.

Shankar is the daughter of legendary musician Ravi Shankar and the half-sister of singer Norah Jones.

Three days ago she posted a stunning solo shot on Instagram which hinted at the separation. Alongside it she wrote: “I said I loved you, and you heard me say you were not enough… you asked me to hold you tighter, and I heard you say I was not enough… how could we be enough for each other when we were never enough for ourselves? album idea scribblings #lyrics #newmusic #latenights.

The director wed Shankar in 2010 in London. They share two young sons, named Zubin and Mohan.

Wright previously directed 2007's Atonement, for which he earned multiple Best Director nominations, and 2005's Pride and Prejudice. He was briefly engaged to one of the film's stars, Rosamund Pike, but the pair's wedding plans were abruptly halted in 2008.

Wright was with his Darkest Hour leading man Gary Oldman when he picked up a Best Actor honour at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on Thursday night (11Jan18). It was Oscars favourite Oldman's second big acting prize of the week - he claimed his first Golden Globes win for the film on Sunday.

The film was also nominated for the Outstanding British Film of the Year when the BAFTA nominations were announced this week (ends12Jan18).

Oldman started his speech at the Critics' Choice Awards by heaping praise on Wright, revealing he had forgotten to mention his director in his Globes acceptance speech at the weekend.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu's India visit: Here's his itinerary

Six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Israel, first ever by any Indian prime minister to the Jewish nation, his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu is arriving in India today for a six-day state visit.

The Israeli Prime Minister, who is the second Prime Minister from his country after Ariel Sharon to visit India in the last 25 years of a diplomatic relationship, will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.

Later in the day, he will call on External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj.

The visiting dignitary, on Monday, will be given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Netanyahu will also meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and hold delegation level talks. The two sides will sign agreements and also issue a joint press statement. The Israeli Prime Minister will call on President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, will leave for Agra to see Taj Mahal. On the same day, he will visit Delhi and participate in the Raisina Dialogue, where he is scheduled to deliver an inaugural speech.

Netanyahu will leave for Ahmedabad on the fourth day of his tour and visit Sabarmati Ashram. The minister will also attend an event at the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate). He will later visit the Centre of Excellence, Vadrad. On the same day, the minister will leave for Mumbai.

On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a power breakfast with Indian CEOs and attend a business seminar. He will also lay a wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House - Chabad Centre.

He will also reach out to Bollywood personalities in an exclusive 'Shalom Bollywood' event, that aims at exploring business opportunities for Indian filmmakers in Israel.

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