Addressing the ‘Namaste Trump‘ event at the Motera Stadium, the US president said people “take great joy” in watching Bollywood films and understanding Indian culture through them.
“This is the country that produces nearly 2,000 movies a year from the hub of genius and creativity known as Bollywood,” he told the gathering of about 100,000 people at the stadium.
“All over the planet people take great joy in scenes of bhangra, music and dance, romance and drama, and classic Indian films like ‘DDLJ’ and ‘Sholay’,” Trump said.
While the 1975 multi-starrer ‘Sholay’ is an action-adventure film that has stood the test of the decades, the 1995 Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol-led ‘DDLJ’ is an out and out romance.
Not only did DDLJ take the top spots in social media trends, but also gave way to hilarious memes. While some shared filmy Gifs of Shah Rukh reacting to the mention, others morphed the faces of the President and the First Lady into the iconic train scene.
Take a look:
DDLJ @iamsrk right now after #Trump #Ddlj praise https://t.co/7aLVdMfUB3
— Shadab شاداب (@shadabazmi01) 1582539896000
Who did this ? #DDLJ https://t.co/LxG0EiKfVi
— SuperStar Raj (@NagpurKaRajini) 1582534345000
@iamsrk when @realDonaldTrump mentions a great bollywood movie as #DDLJ in his speech. #NamasteyTrump… https://t.co/Sg9ck1I4Qp
— Mayank (NOT Mahatma) Gandhi (@_MKGandhi) 1582534160000
When @realDonaldTrump mention #DDLJ and @iamsrk #shahrukkhan #TrumpInIndia https://t.co/56ufxiFPbN
— Rehan imhra (@rehanimhra) 1582540037000
@realDonaldTrump mentions #ddlj @ReallySwara / @RanaAyyub : https://t.co/jrYT6TIbB0
— Swapnil Kumar (@eknagrik2020) 1582533544000
When @realDonaldTrump mentions #DDLJ in his speech @iamsrk #TrumpInIndia https://t.co/qArIn6bhCf
— Mayank (NOT Mahatma) Gandhi (@_MKGandhi) 1582533607000
This is not the first effort by the US president to use pop-culture to strike a chord with movie-loving Indians.
Ahead of his maiden visit to India, Trump shared a video in which his face was superimposed on the hit movie-character Baahubali.
“Look forward to being with my great friends in INDIA!” Trump tweeted on Saturday alongside the 81-second clip.
Before that, Trump praised Ayushmann Khurrana‘s latest release “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”.
On a tweet complimenting the movie for celebrating a same-sex love story on the celluloid, Trump last week commented “great”.