Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are among the Indians invited to be a part of Oscar Academy’s ‘Class of 2017’. Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra along with directors Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Gautam Ghose also making it to the elite group. Shockingly, Shah Rukh Khan is missing in the list.
“We’re proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, said in an official statement on the Oscars website. Irrfan Khan, who has acted in a number of Hollywood films, and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, are also among the film personalities included in the 774-member list, IANS reported. Shekhar Kapur, who has directed films like Bandit Queen, Elizabeth, Mr India and Masoom, was missing from the list.
Shah Rukh Khan’s omission is indeed shocking as the actor is a global superstar with several commercially successful films to his credit. Not only in India, he is also a known face abroad. Having made his debut with Deewana in 1992, he recently completed 25 years in Bollywood. Although his 2016 release Fan bombed at the Box Office, King Khan received accolades for his performance. The 51-year-old actor also won praises for his role of a therapist in Dear Zindagi. His fans will be disappointed as they had expected him to be among the members.
Other prominent celebrities from around the world include Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadcot, Chris Pratt, Dwayne Johnson, Margot Robbie, Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart and others. Last year, a total of 683 members were included in the club. Now, the total strength of the elite group stands at a whopping 8,500. Elle Fanning, who acted in 20th Century Women, whereas The Proposal Betty White makes it to the list at the ripe age of 95.
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