A delegation of Bollywood producers and actors on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on one-day visit to Maharashtra, at Raj Bhavan to discuss the issues being faced by the Indian film industry.
However, the collaborative meeting was not really welcomed by a few. Actress Diz Mirza took to Twitter and slammed the representatives for not including any woman artists in the meeting.
Quoting Akshay Kumar's tweet, she wrote, "This is wonderful! Is there a reason why there were no women in this room? @akshaykumar (sic)"
Producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Karan Johar, Rakesh Roshan and Ronnie Screwwala, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification Prasoon Joshi, president of the Film Producers Guild Sidharth Roy Kapoor, actors and producers Ajay Devgan and Akshay Kumar attended the meeting. According to sources, Ritesh Sidhwani urged the prime minister to look towards treating cinema as an "industry" by acknowledging its contribution to the nation's exchequer and fiscal growth, and in promoting bilateral ties between nations as a global cultural ambassador.
The delegation said the prime minister was 'very receptive' and admitted that at his meetings with delegates from all over the world, Indian cinema has always been a subject of conversation which is discussed in-depth and much appreciated.