Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently increased his engagements with Bollywood celebrities as he met them again in Mumbai on Sunday, prompting the stars from the entertainment industry to post their selfies and ‘backfies’ with him. Prime Minister’s intense social media activity on Sunday led netizens to conclude that, aside from Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami, here exited one more person, who was a fan of Modi’s sense of humour.
This was after Bollywood celebrities such as Kapil Sharma, Kartik Aryan, Ekta Kapoor, Asha Bhosle and Divya joined took to Twitter to express their proud moments of having met the prime minister. Many of them had already met him in Delhi when they landed in a chartered plane ahead of the release of Uri: The Surgical Strike earlier this month.
Comedian Kapil Sharma’s social media post highlighted the sense of humour that Modi had. While posting a selfie with the PM, Kapil wrote, “Respected pm Sh @narendramodi ji,it was nice meeting u n great knowing ur inspiring ideas and progressive views about our film industry and our nation. N sir I must say u have a great sense of humor too! regards.”
Being true to himself, Modi responded with lightning speed to thank Kapil for the compliments. He wrote, “When
@KapilSharmaK9 appreciates somebody’s humour, it sure makes that person happy and I am no exception. 🙂 Thank you for the kind words Kapil.”
When @KapilSharmaK9 appreciates somebody’s humour, it sure makes that person happy and I am no exception. 🙂
Thank you for the kind words Kapil. https://t.co/SHVTH6vI8p
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2019
No sooner had Modi replied to Kapil, the comedian’s appreciation of the prime minister’s sense of humour became of a butt of jokes on social media.
Journalist Kamlesh Singh wrote, “At least two people have complimented Narendra Modi for his sense of humour: Kapil Sharma and Arnab Goswami.”
At least two people have complimented Narendra Modi for his sense of humour: Kapil Sharma and Arnab Goswami.
— Kamlesh Singh (@kamleshksingh) January 20, 2019
One user wrote, “Our sense of humour is praised internationally.” This was in reference to the recent Science Congress meeting, where some of the so-called Indian scientists were seen making bizarre claims in a bid to please the BJP government at the Centre. Another user wrote, “The best being ‘ghar me shadi hai, paisa nahin hai hahahaha…'” This iwas n reference to Modi’s famous comments making fun of people’s misery immediately after his controversial noteban announcement in 2016.
Another user wrote, “You have a great sense of humour: Kapil Sharma on meeting PM Modi But his jokes have been on us … the 130 crore Indians.”
Arnab Goswami, in his previous avatar as the Times Now editor-in-chief, was granted an exclusive interview with the prime minister in July 2016. His interview had come under immense scrutiny as many accused Goswami of losing his voice in front of Modi.
Another aspect of his interview that had gained traction on social media was Goswami complimenting Modi for his sense of humour. He had said, “I thought it was impromptu. It was a wonderful moment when you were speaking… You should not lose your sense of humour Mr PM.” As expected, Goswami’s praise had brought a cute smile on the prime minister’s face. Similar expression was seen on Modi’s face last year, when lyricist Prasoon Joshi praised him for being a fakeer (saint).