Bollywood stars have not only stolen the hearts of a billion Indians, but also of people across the world. This is why among a total of 928 invitations sent to the best people in film industries across the world, 20 are only for India. The list not only includes filmmakers and actors, but also costume designers, sound designers, editors and music composers. [caption id="attachment_40712" align="alignnone" width="1240"] Source[/caption] These include King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, Bubbly Madhuri Dixit Nene, Bengali actress Madhabi Mukherjee, ‘Bridge’ actress Soumitra Chatterjee, Ali Fazal, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah and 'Khalnayak' Anil Kapoor. The invites are sent by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to join Academy Awards body to increase women participation and enhance diversity. [caption id="attachment_40713" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_40714" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_40715" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_40716" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Source[/caption] According to the New York Times reports, it aims to double the number of women in the body by 2020. It also believes that if all the invitees accept to become part of the body, it will increase the number of women from 28% to 31% and inclusion of ethnic minorities from 13% to 16%. According to the reports, it will raise the number of voting participants for the Oscars Film Awards to 9300. After the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal in October last year, people across the globe along with the film industries rose against the discrimination of women and ethnic minorities. Hollywood celebrities stood up for Time’s Up movement and raised over $20 million for its legal defense fund and gathered over 200 volunteer lawyers after #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite movements. [caption id="attachment_40720" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Source[/caption] Filmmaker Aditya Chopra, film producer Guneet Monga, Cinematographer Anil Mehta, Costume designers Dolly Ahluwalia from Haider and Manish Malhotra, sound designers Debajit Changmai and Biswadeep Chatterjee ,production designers Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray, music composers Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalker and film editor Ballu Saluja have also been invited to be part of the Academy Awards body. Last year, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mrinal Sen, Goutam Ghose and Sooni Taraporevala had joined the body behind Oscar awards. This year the invitations have been sent to a total of 59 countries.
It’s interesting that though (past Indian) winners were Indian, it was for their work in international films — largely about India, but not made by India. For a global community like India to be represented on a larger scale, I think it will have to move beyond a single award for all foreign language films. It is very rare to see foreign language films represented in the other categories -Priyanka ChopraFor the latest Pollywood and Bollywood updates, keep reading on Gabruu.com!