Guwahati, July 2, 2019:

Filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Ritesh Batra, and veteran actor Anupam Kher are among the 842 artists and executives who have been invited as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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As per the official Oscar website, it was mentioned that the artists have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

The 2019 class is 50 per cent women, 29 per cent people of colour, and represents 59 countries. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2019.

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Actress Archie Panjabi, who has Indian roots and has featured in “A Mighty Heart” and “Bend It Like Beckham”, has also been invited to join the Academy, as has Nisha Ganatra, a Canadian actress, film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Indian descent.

Guneet Monga, Ali Fazal, and Reema Kagti were among those who extended congratulatory messages to the new invitees.

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