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Bollywood stars call on Modi

PM Modi with actors, directors and producers from the Hindi film industry in New Delhi on Thursday, January 10, 2019

PM Modi with actors, directors and producers from the Hindi film industry in New Delhi on Thursday, January 10, 2019   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Bollywood stars such as Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan landed in the capital city on Thursday for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The meeting came weeks after Bollywood producers met him and discussed issues faced by the industry, which led to the reduction in GST on film tickets.

“There is a meeting happening with the PM today with people from the film industry, including actors,” sources close to the development told PTI.

The insider, however, did not disclose the agenda of the meeting.

The delegation, a mix of directors and actors, was organised by filmmaker Karan Johar, the source added.

The line-up from Bollywood also included directors Rohit Shetty and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, producers Ekta Kapoor and Mahaveer Jain, actors Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Sidharth Malhotra.

The inclusion of Bhatt, Pednekar, Tiwari and Kapoor is signficant, as the December 19 meeting with the PM drew flak on social media for not having any female representation on the panel. Actors-producers Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Ritesh Sidhwani and others were censured by Internet users for not including any women on the panel.

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