US President Donald Trump sent Twitter into a frenzy when he mentioned Bollywood classics Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Sholay in his speech at Motera stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday afternoon. He also showered praise on the film industry. Earlier, former US President Barack Obama had referenced the film on his visit to India.
"This is the country that produces 2000 movies a year from the hub of genius and creativity known as Bollywood. All over the planet, people take great joy in scenes of bhangra, music, dance, romance and drama, and classic Indian films like DDLJ and Sholay," Trump, who is on his maiden visit to India, said.
While the audience erupted into loud cheers at Trump's references to Hindi films, Twitteratti also went into a frenzy. Fans of Shah Rukh Khan, who plays the lead role in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, were particularly elated.
Yash Raj Films, producers of the iconic film, also reacted on Twitter. "DDLJ trumps!" their tweet read.
Trump is here for the Namaste Trump event, which is on the lines of the Howdy Modi programme that was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his trip to Houston last September. Around one lakh people gathered for the event. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, Governor Acharya Devvrat and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly were also present at the stadium.
In the evening, the US President is scheduled to depart for Agra to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal with his family.