Netanyahu’s ‘Oscar-style selfie’ with Bollywood stars creates buzz in India

Amitabh Bachchan takes selfie with Netanyahu, his wife Sara and other Bollywood personalities in Mumbai on January 18, 2018. (Reuters)

A viral ‘Oscar selfie’ featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Bollywood stars has created a buzz in social media and elsewhere in India.

Hailed as a sign of the “great friendship” between India and Israel, the selfie had some bigwigs rubbing shoulders with the beaming leader.

Amitabh Bachchan, joined by his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, did the honors in the company of directors Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar Randheer Kapoor and actor Vivek Oberoi.

Others around included Sara Ali Khan, filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, Madhur Bhandarkar, Nikkhil Advani, Abhishek Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, lyricist Prasoon Joshi among others.

Speaking on the occasion Netanyahu said: “I want everyone in Indian and Israel to know about the phenomenal friendship between our countries. So I’ve an idea. One of the most viral pictures took place at the Oscars where several celebrities took a selfie together”.

“So I want all the Bollywood actors, directors, producers present here to join me right now for a selfie so millions of people can see the great friendship between the two countries,” he added. The picture was tweeted and shared by several personalities including political leaders.

Netanyahu said that Bachchan has “30 million more followers than me on Twitter” and stressed how if India and Israel come together, “magic will happen.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52