New Delhi, June 17: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is presently on a three-day visit to India, called on his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House here on Friday.  Both leaders led delegation-level talks after the meeting.  “Together with Thailand. PM @narendramodi receives Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha at Hyderabad House for talks,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.(Also Read: Narendra Modi to hold talks with Thailand counterpart)

“Enhancing a wide ranging partnership. The two Prime Ministers lead the #IndiaThailand delegation level talks,” Swarup said in another tweet. Boosting maritime ties and enhancing cooperation on combating militancy are likely to feature prominently during the talks.  The discussions on education, science and technology and people-to-people contacts are also expected to figure during the bilateral engagements.  The Thai Prime Minister earlier met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after being accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

“A Rashtrapati Bhvn recep’n for the visiting dignitary. Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is welcomed by PM @narendramodi,” Swarup said. Accompanied by his deputy, five senior ministers and a 46 -member business delegation, the Thai Prime Minister arrived in New Delhi yesterday for a three-day visit aimed at reviewing bilateral relations.  The Thai Prime Minister, who was received by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on his arrival, is visiting the country on the invitation of Prime Minister Modi.

Prayuth will also address events organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).  The Thai Prime Minister will also visit Bodh Gaya, a prime Buddhist pilgrimage, before heading back home on Saturday. This is Prayuth’s first visit to India. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had visited India in January 2012 when she was invited as chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations.

Film: “Luv U Alia”; Director: Indrajit Lankesh; Cast: Ravichandran, Bhumika Chawla, Chandan Kumar and Sangeetha Chauhan; Rating: *  Released originally in Kannada in 2015 — and you just have to see how original this concoction of gaudy construction is — “Luv U Alia” now comes in a Hindi version to prove what film lovers already know. Bad commercial films in any language are equally bad.  There are no redeeming qualities in this banal, cheerless, sloppy, clumsy and distinctly dumb rom-com about a shifty marriage counselor Kiran (Chandan Kumar) who gets the hots for a girl named Alia (Sangeetha Chauhan) only to realise that her father Ravi (V. Ravichandran) whom Kiran suspects of being a slimeball with a stethoscope, is actually an angel in a doctor’s coat.  Whoever thought this spindly rom-com would actually work needs to be honoured for optimism.  The second half of the abominably sickening, over-sweetened and corny confection has Kiran winning over his future father-in-law by pretending to be a nurse, a female nurse, let me hasten to clarify. Ha ha. What follows is clunky comments on broken marriages conducted by a director who has serious problems escaping the multi-coloured toys of his childhood that seem to have chased his filmmaking aspirations into adulthood.  The film looks like a cross between a 8-year old child’s drawing-book image of a lavish lifestyle and a 20-something year old’s most outlandish porn fantasy.  One of the film’s highpoints is the hero in drag pretending to seduce his girlfriend’s father. If this strikes you as distastefully incestuous, then be warned. Good taste is not a strong quality in this colourful romp.  The sets and locations are as garish as Lego buildings constructed by a child who favours red green and purples.  If “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” fell on its head and suffered serious injuries, this film could be the end-result. The performances are beyond atrocious. Everyone has the licence to act goofily without fear of repercussions.  In the second-half, the long-missing Bhumika Chawla who once tolerated Salman Khan’s weird hairstyle in “Tere Naam”, shows up to tolerate the hero’s weird….everything!  This is no country for the discerning. Stay away.