Ambassador Steiner on visit to Gujarat
German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, is on a 3-day visit to Gujarat wherein he met with Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Minister for Transport, Water Supply, Labour & Employment, Vijay Rupani, Chief Secretary of the state of Gujarat, D J Pandian & inaugurated Beiersdorf's first Nivea India production site in South Asia.
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Lebe jetzt - Kal Ho Naa Ho
Traditional diplomacy was about government-to-government relations. Modern diplomacy is more about people-to-people relations. And culture is central here.
This is why Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India, and Salman Khurshid, former Foreign Minister of India, without taking themselves too seriously, plunged into uncharted waters. Together with Eliese Steiner and under the direction of Sumit Osmand Shaw, they pay homage to the Indian film by reenacting one of its most famous music videos - thus connecting people across borders.
The original video from 2003 - featuring Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and the “King of Bollywood” Shah Rukh Khan - was filmed in the USA. This remake, instead, has been shot in India. It is an Indo-German tribute to Bollywood movies, which have a huge fan base not only in India, but also in Germany.
The title says “LEBE JETZT” because, in German, it means exactly what the wonderful song “KAL HO NAA HO” asks us to do: Live right now to the fullest!
Watch the video
Ambassador Michael Steiner let the cat out of the bag on Friday, 24 April: He launched the surprise project “Lebe jetzt!” – a remake of the famous music video “Kal Ho Naa Ho” starring his wife Eliese Steiner, former Foreign Minister of India Salman Khurshid and himself - in the Residence Garden. Bollywood celebrities Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Javed Akhtar as well as academic writer Madhu Kishwar graced the event with their presence. Karan Johar and Sonu Nigam sent video messages from New York and Mumbai, respectively. The more than 700 guests were mesmerized with the Indo-German tribute to Bollywood. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the best moments of the evening.
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Call for Entries
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