Indo-Americans request Academy to enroll more members from Bollywood

      Indo-Americans have requested American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to enroll more members from Bollywood and other Indian film industries. According to renowned Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, India has the largest film industry in the world and thus it deserved more representation at the Academy. The effort would bring more credibility to Academy and its Oscar awards also in the international arena. Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors and is limited to those who have achieved distinction in the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Film composer-record producer-musician-singer A.R. Rahman and sound designer-editor-mixer Resul Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire) have recently been inducted as Academy members. Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, said that Indian cinema is based not only in Mumbai but also various regional centres. It apparently produces much more films and drew much larger audience globally than Hollywood. The Academy was launched in 1927 and is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. It has over 6,000 artists and professionals as honorary members, including actors like Jack Nicholson (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), directors like Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List), executives like Steve Jobs (Pixar), musicians like Elton John (The Lion King), writers like Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (A Room with a View), etc.

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