Several prominent Indian actors and actresses have received invitations to become members of the Actors Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Aamir Khan, Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan, and Deepika Padukone are among 774 industry professionals, 106 of whom are actors, to receive membership into Hollywood’s most exclusive club: the voting body that decides the winners of the prestigious Academy Awards.
The 2017 class of invitees is the biggest and most diverse in the organization’s 90-year history. This is the second such round of invitations following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, when the Academy’s overwhelmingly white, male voting body failed to nominate a single person of color in any of the Oscars’ major categories. The social media campaign that followed prompted a commitment from AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to double the amount of women and minorities invited to join the Academy.
The Academy’s newest members come from 57 different countries, with women making up 39% of new recruits, and people of color representing 30%. As of now, the share of women and people of color in the Academy stands at 28% and 13%, respectively.
The Bollywood actors who are among this year’s invitees join acting mainstays like Betty White, Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Maggie Cheung, Viggo Mortensen, Phylicia Rashad, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Donnie Yen in the 2017 class. Young Hollywood was also heavily represented, with membership extended to Kristen Stewart, Elle Fanning, Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Zoe Kravitz, Elizabeth Olsen, and Chris Hemsworth, among others.