Addressing a gathering of top artistes of the film fraternity at his residence in the national capital on October 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded their contribution in propagating the message of Mahatma Gandhi. He was referring to the short video ‘#ChangeWithin’ produced by Rajkumar Hirani on Gandhi’s key principles. Revealing that it was his idea to do something on the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary, the PM mentioned that Hirani took up the responsibility of bringing together all the artistes for this purpose. Furthermore, he opined that the film industry had an important role to play in shaping human beings.
PM Modi said, “Welcome to you all. I have no connection with your world. But I thought something should be done related to Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Raju took up the responsibility. He gathered all of you and you gave him the time. When the people of the country and the world will experience Gandhi through this film, your contribution is very big, which you may not be aware of.” He added, “We do not want to create robots, we want to create human beings. Your role is crucial in developing a human being.”
Writing on the microblogging website Twitter, PM Modi observed that many youngsters would get to know about the principles of Gandhi via the medium of cinema. Moreover, he mentioned that he had a fruitful engagement with all the personalities on multiple issues. Actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez and filmmakers such as Ekta Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani, Aanand L Rai, Imtiaz Ali, Boney Kapoor, and Anurag Basu were present on the occasion.
Spreading the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi through cinema, ensuring more youngsters are well-acquainted with the ideals of Gandhi Ji.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2019
Today’s interaction with leading film personalities and cultural icons was fruitful.
We exchanged thoughts on a wide range of subjects. pic.twitter.com/2xKTEZrVAJ
Mahatma Gandhi is considered the 'Father of the Nation' for his leading role in India's freedom struggle. His most important contribution was that he ensured the participation of millions of Indians in mass movements such as the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Quit India Movement. Furthermore, he focused on the ideals of satyagraha and non-violence. His 150th birth anniversary was commemorated at the United Nations in a function presided over by the UN Secretary-General and involving other global leaders.