In its latest drive to become inclusive, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have invited Indian directors Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and veteran actor Anupam Kher are among the 842 new members invited as members for the Oscar Awards.
The Academy, which is behind the annual Oscar Awards, has invited members from 59 countries and half of them are women.
As Anupam Kher has an extensive career in both Hindi cinema as well as Hollywood films such as Hotel Mumbai and The Big Sick while Akhtar, has been invited in the directors category, most recently directed Gully Boy. Kashyap has been invited in the Short Films and Feature Animation category. Lunchbox writer-director Ritesh Batra is also a part of the new invitees list, so are Indian origin actor Archie Punjabi and Late Night director Nisha Ganatra.
In the Visual Effects department, Sherry Bharda of Hichki fame and Srinivas Mohan, best known for his work on 2.0 and Baahubali: The Beginning, have been invited.
Among the invited, 8,42,21 are Oscar winners, while 82 member are Oscar nominees. The organisation had invited 928 new members in 2018 which included Indian names such as Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Tabu and Madhuri Dixit.