Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family are on a week-long visit to India and met with Bollywood celebrities during an event held yesterday (20 February).
Two of the biggest stars in Bollywood Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan were present at the event. Trudeau tweeted pictures of meeting the Khans thanking them for their support in increasing new co-production opportunities between Canada and India.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 21, 2018
Rock On star Farhan Akhtar said Trudeau’s discourse for ending gender discrimination was a constant inspiration for all.
Was an honour & a pleasure to meet the Hon. Prime Minister of Canada, @JustinTrudeau & his lovely wife, Sophie.
Sir, your leadership in the discourse for ending gender discrimination serves as constant inspiration to us all. pic.twitter.com/BfzrEsL6wB
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 20, 2018
Anupam Kher also met Trudeau and said he was impressed with the Candian PM’s conversation skills.
It was such a pleasure to meet the Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau & his family. What a charming & great conversationalist he is. Talked about people, culture and of course cinema.:) #Canada #India #lndianCinema #BendItLikeBeckham #SilverLiningsPlaybook pic.twitter.com/YqQO5qOdoB
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 20, 2018
According to reports in the Indian and Canadian media, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sidestepped his Canadian counterpart over the Trudeau administration’s perceived support for Sikh separatists and dealings with Sikh groups in Canada.
Canada is home to roughly half a million Sikhs and a significant number appear to back a decades-long Sikh campaign in India´s northern Punjab state for an independent homeland of Khalistan.
Trudeau was received by a junior minister when he arrived at New Delhi airport on Saturday and by district officials when he visited the historic Taj Mahal monument in Agra the next day.
Modi often meets leading heads of government at the airport with bear hugs and cheerful photo-ops.
He was again missing however when Trudeau visited Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Monday.
The social media-savvy Modi, who has 40.4 million Twitter followers, is also yet to tweet a welcome message to Trudeau as he does customarily for other leaders.