Kamal Dandona with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Kamal Dandona with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

NEW YORK: What do presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have in common? They both love Bollywood and have praised the efforts of Kamal Dandona, founder of the Bollywood Awards, in his efforts to bring awareness of Indian cinema to the American mainstream and bridge the entertainment gap between the United States and India.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump was quoted as saying, “I must tell you, it’s a weakness I love the beautiful Indian actresses. There’s nothing like them.” Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has also expressed her gratitude for the unique ways the arts can connect two vibrant countries with two impactful cinematic industries and complimented Kamal Dandona for bringing Bollywood to the US.

“Both the presidential hopefuls have commended my efforts for bridging the US and India through the medium of entertainment – Bollywood Awards,” said Dandona. “It is an undeniable fact that cultural entertainment is a bridge of enhanced understanding between United States and India,” he added.

He is optimistic that US relations with India will continue to improve in the next presidential cycle, regardless of which candidate is elected. A long time resident of New York, Dandona’s latest entrepreneurial venture – Soch Entertainment – is expected to seamlessly link talent agencies, show promoters and new artists worldwide for the first time ever, through a comprehensive online platform.

“Soch Entertainment, spanning over 150 countries will bring the power of cutting edge technology and social media to market your mission to the universal doorways of entertainment. We get your talents and events noticed and get you the attention you deserve from the movers,” he said.

Dandona’s globally televised events have been attended by the likes of Hollywood’s most notable figures like Michael Jackson, Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Bradley Cooper and Tyra Banks as well as Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, A.R. Rahman, Aishwarya Rai – to name a few.

Prakash M Swamy