Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently came to Mumbai in order to inaugurate the National Museum of Indian Cinema. Attended by the who's who of the film fraternity, as well as Information & Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi among many others, the PM gave an inspiring speech on the occasion.
As much as he praised the film fraternity, he recounted an interesting anecdote which proved the power of India cinema. Recounting an incident involving the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said, "I had gone to Israel recently. I had gone to eat dinner at the house of the Israeli Prime Minister. We started talking and though we had travelled so much, we stayed up till 2:30 at night talking. So, he sang the entire 'Ichak Dana' song. Now the Prime Minister of Israel does not know our language, even I don't know the meaning of 'Ichak Dana' but this is the power of cinema."
As the delighted audience applauded and cheered, he shared one more such anecdote, this time from South Korea. "A while back, I had gone to South Korea, so there the President organised a performance by kids during a feast. So these school kids sang the 'Haathi Mere Saathi' song, with actions. I met these kids and asked if they understood what they were singing and only some knew the meaning of 'Haathi'. This is the effect of our industry. Then I took the song, dubbed it in Korean and sent it back to those school kids. This is your strength!"
The honourable PM also narrated a similar incident which happened with the Prime Minister of Vietnam as he marvelled over the power of Indian cinema on the global platform. Other than PM Modi, the event also witnessed a speech from Union Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore who spoke at length about the various schemes that the government has introduced in order to facilitate Indian cinema.