Netanyahu Seeks Stronger Israeli Ties to Bollywood Film Industry

Indian dancers perform on May 19, 2008 during 'The Merchants of Bollywood', a dance play based on a true life story, presented at the Theatre of Dance at Durban's International Convention Centre in Durban. Featuring a cast of 40 singers and dancers is set in songs and music from Bollywood …
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The Algemeiner reports:  During his four-day visit to India next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to strengthen the Jewish state’s ties with the Bollywood film industry, according to media reports.

On Thursday, Jan. 18, Netanyahu and his wife Sara will attend an event in Mumbai titled “Shalom Bollywood,” at which they will meet many important Indian cinema figures.

The Indian Express quoted a source as saying, “The Israelis are looking at Bollywood to fight the global BDS movement, which has impacted them… This event is aimed at getting movie producers to shoot in some of Israel’s picturesque locations.” Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister to visit India since the late Ariel Sharon traveled to the subcontinent in 2003.

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