Honoured, humbled: Alia Bhatt, Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya on being invited to join AMPAS

MUMBAI: Actor Alia Bhatt, documentary makers Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya, and casting director Tess Joseph, who are among the 12 Indian names to have received invitations to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), said they felt honoured to be included in this year’s batch of members.

Other homegrown talent to be included in the 819 new members line-up are actor Hrithik Roshan, costume designer Neeta Lulla, casting director Nandini Shrikent, documentary filmmaker Nishtha Jain, visual effects supervisors Vishal Anand and Sandeep Kamal, writer Sabrina Dhawan and V Senthil Kumar, co-founder of digital services provider Qube Cinema Technologies.

In her Instagram post on Thursday, Bhatt said she is grateful to the Academy for the invitation.

“I feel honoured and humbled. There is a deep satisfaction in seeing that the voice of Indian cinema is finding a very well-deserved platform on the world stage. Every year more actors, filmmakers, technicians from India are recognised by the Academy and Indian cinema continues to reach the hearts and homes of people all over the world,” the actor, whose last movie “Gully Boy” was India’s official entry for best international feature category at the 2019 Oscars, said.

Bhatt believes that cinema is like water because it knows no race, class, border, or geography, it just flows freely. (AGENCIES)