HYDERABAD: Amidst raising a toast to the United States and the promise of a ‘friendship forever’ between India and the US, the celebrations of the 242nd anniversary of the independence of the US began in the city on Friday. This is the 10th year that the US Consulate General of Hyderabad is celebrating the event. Consul General Katherine Hadda said the theme this year was ‘Hollywood to Tollywood’ and the fact that Telugu movies are loved and watched in the US is an indication of the cultural exchanges between the nations.
She elaborated on the people-to-people ties between the countries and spoke about how they worked together in tackling problems such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. “The Global Entrepreneurship Summit last November in Hyderabad shows the power of partnerships,” she stated.
Governor ESL Narasimhan, the chief guest of the event, echoed Hadda’s sentiments about cultural exchanges between India and the US.
“The relationship between the two countries is a relationship of humanity at large as it is about spreading peace and how we together can fight the menace of terrorism. Today, our friendship is at its best and it has to grow, has to be preserved and be forever,” he concluded.
Talking to City Express on the sidelines of the event, Hadda mentioned about how American firm AMD had a ‘role’ in Baahubali as the firm had made a special six-lens camera for the epic movie. She also quipped she would become a Tollywood buff if Telugu movies had English subtitles.
The event took place at Hotel Park Hyatt and saw the who’s who of Hyderabad marking their attendance. The venue sported quirky and colourful decor depicting stills from Telugu movies, as Dheevara from Baahubali played in the backdrop.