On the sidelines of Aero India 2023 in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met members of the Kannada film industry including KGF star Yash and Kantara star Rishab Shetty.
Karnataka BJP tweeted, “Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi met Karnataka film stalwarts in Bengaluru. He discussed their contributions to culture, new India, and the progress of Karnataka (sic).”
ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಶ್ರೀ @narendramodi ಅವರು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದ ಪ್ರಮುಖರನ್ನು ಭೇಟಿಯಾದರು. ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ, ನವ ಭಾರತ ಮತ್ತು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಪ್ರಗತಿಗೆ ಅವರು ನೀಡಬಹುದಾದ ಕೊಡುಗೆಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಚರ್ಚಿಸಿದರು. pic.twitter.com/XMjNLdMXB0
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) February 13, 2023
However, it was the presence of an Instagram influencer Shraddha aka Aiyyo Shraddha — known for making millennial-friendly viral humorous content — that caught everyone’s attention. She later shared that the Prime Minister knew of her and greeted her with the word “Aiyyo” which is how her name is prefixed on her social media properties. She was taken aback by the fact that the Prime Minister was aware of the content she put out on social media. “Namashkar, yes, I met the Honorable Prime Minister of our Country. His first word to me was ‘Aiyyo!’. I am not blinking, that’s my ‘O My Jod, he really said that, this is really happening!!!!’ look. Thank you @PMOIndia!,” she tweeted.
Namashkar, yes, I met the Honorable Prime Minister of our Country. His first word to me was ‘Aiyyo!’.
I am not blinking, that’s my ‘O My Jod, he really said that, this is really happening!!!!’ look. Thank you @PMOIndia! pic.twitter.com/zBYexcy1I2
— Aiyyo Shraddha (@AiyyoShraddha) February 13, 2023
Kantara and KGF have been two of the highest-grossing pan-India hits, last year that firmly put Kannada cinema on the map of the entertainment industry. Down South, it’s Telugu cinema that has dominated the pan-India market. But with KGF, and Kantara doing exceptional business across India, Sandalwood – the colloquial way of addressing the Kannada film industry has also shown a lot of potential in terms of creating cutting-edge and profitable content.
Meanwhile, PM Modi inaugurated the 14th edition of Aero India 2023 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru today. The theme of Aero India 2023 is “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities’ and will witness participation by more than 80 countries along with 800 defence companies including around 100 foreign and 700 Indian companies. In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’, the event will focus on displaying indigenous equipment/technologies and forging partnerships with foreign companies.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that Bengaluru sky is bearing testimony to the capabilities of New India. “This new height is the reality of New India, today India is touching new heights and transcending them too”, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said that Aero India 2023 is a shining example of India’s growing capabilities and the presence of more than 100 nations at this event shows the trust that the entire world shows in India. He noted the participation of more than 700 exhibitors including Indian MSMEs and startups along with the well-renowned companies of the world. Throwing light on the theme of Aero India 2023 ‘The Runway to a Billion Opportunities’, the Prime Minister expressed that the strength of Atmanirbhar Bharat keeps on growing with each passing day.
Referring to the Defence Minister’s Conclave and CEO Roundtable that is being organized along with the show, Shri Modi said that active participation in the sector will enhance the potential of Aero India.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance of Aero India taking place in Karnataka which is the hub of India’s technological advancement. He said that this will open new avenues for the youth of Karnataka in the aviation sector. The Prime Minister called upon the youth of Karnataka to deploy their technological expertise in the field of defence to strengthen the country.
“When the country moves forward with new thinking, new approach, then its systems also start changing according to the new thinking”, the Prime Minister said as he highlighted that Aero India 2023 reflects the changing approach of New India. The Prime Minister recalled when Aero India used to be ‘just a show’ and a window to ‘sell to India’ but the perception has changed now. “Today, Aero India is India’s strength and not just a show”, the Prime Minister said as he stated that it not only showcases the scope of the defence industry but also showcases the self-confidence of India”