Hollywood vs. Bollywood: Netanyahu Goes Ellen DeGeneres With Indian Superstar Selfie

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu and some of Bollywood's biggest superstars.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu and some of Bollywood's biggest superstars.Credit: @netanyahu / Twitter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled an Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, tweeting out a selfie alongside his wife Sara Netanyahu and some of the biggest stars of Bollywood, India's film industry.

"Will my Bollywood selfie beat  @TheEllenShow Hollywood selfie at the Oscars? @SrBachchan @juniorbachchan @rajcheerfull @imbhandarkar @vivek_oberoi," the prime minister wrote.

The selfie features Indian superstars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Bachnan's son, Abhishek Bachchan, and the younger Bachchan's wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhur Bhandarkar and Vivek Oberoi.

Netanyahu's Bollywood selfieCredit: @netanyahu / Twitter

In March 2014, DeGeneres broke Twitter records with her selfie showing a gaggle of her fellow a-list stars at the Academy Awards ceremony. 

Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey made it in the shot. Bradley Cooper, who lost out on the Best Supporting Actor award to Jared Leto, took the photo.

In under an hour, the star-studded selfie had 871,000 retweets and 210,000 favorites, passing the previous record-holder, former U.S. President Barack Obama. A photo of the president embracing his wife, Michelle, when he won the election in 2012, was retweeted 777,000 times.

Netanyahu landed in New Delhi, the capital of India, last Sunday as part of a six-day visit marking the 25th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The trip follows a visit to Israel about six months ago by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Netanyahu's visit focused on business ties between the two countries, and the prime minister's entourage included about 130 Israeli businesspeople representing some 100 companies. Netanyahu held several meetings with Modi, as well as with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

The prime minister is expected to return to Israel on Friday.

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