Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have been snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reasons best known to him, but the affable leader met the king of Bollywood and ‘Dangal’ Khan on Tuesday in Mumbai.
Shah Rukh, who is currently working on his next film, Zero, met Trudeau after the latter arrived in the financial capital of India with his wife Sophie Gregoire, daughter Ella-Grace and sons Xavier James and Hadrien. Also meeting the visiting Canadian PM was Bollywood’s Mr perfectionist, Aamir Khan.
Shah Rukh was dressed in his famous black suit while Trudeau was attired in golden sherwani. The Canadian PM’s wife and children too were wearing the traditional Indian outfit. Shah Rukh meeting Trudeau assumes significance in light of the lonely picture that the latter has been forced to cut during his India tour.
Trudeau later thanked both the stars for ‘for joining us to celebrate a brighter future for the film industry in both our countries.’
Known for his bold stance to hold liberal values and promote communal harmony, Trudeau was greeted by a junior minister from the Modi government when he arrived in Delhi last Saturday. This was in sharp contrast with how Modi greeted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and former US President Barack Obama.
Modi had done away with the standard protocol and travelled to the airport to personally greet them.
Modi simply could not care much about the allegations of crimes against humanity that Netanyahu faces across the globe. The Israeli prime minister has also been notorious for disregarding the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions against the blatant violations of human rights of innocent Palestinians by brutal Israeli forces.
When Netanyahu arrived in Mumbai last month, several Bollywood artists including Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Imtiaz Ali were seen awestruck being in his company. The photo of a mesmerised Bachchan clicking selfie with a man, widely accused of leading a terror factory in Israel, had gone viral. None of these artists were seen displaying the same enthusiasm to meet the Canadian PM on Tuesday.
Trudeau has already been to Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi ashram in Gujarat before arriving in Mumbai. During his previous stopovers, the respective BJP governments chose to send low level government officers to greet Trudeau. One of the reasons why Modi has been circumspect in according a high profile treatment to Trudeau is allegedly due to his support for Sikhs and Muslims, two important ethnic population groups of Canada.
While in Mumbai, Trudeau also met Mahindra chairman Anand Mahindra, MD and CEO ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Here are some of the photos of Trudeau’s stopovers in India.