Oscar Academy Invites Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor As New Members

New Delhi: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, TV and film producer Ekta Kapoor and her mother, Shobha Kapoor (joint owner of the production house Balaji Telefilms) to join the US-based prestigious film body as new members.

The three Indian names were revealed in a list of 395 new members from across 50 countries invited by the Academy to join the “Class Of 2021”.

The Academy recognition for Vidya Balan came for some of her best known films such as the 2012 mystery thriller ‘Kahaani’ and 2017 family drama ‘Tumhari Sulu’, NDTV reported.

Her impressive resume as an actress also includes films such as ‘Paa’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Parineeta’, ‘Bobby Jasoos’ and ‘Shakuntala Devi’ among others. She also won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2011 movie ‘The Dirty Picture’.

Producers Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor were recognized by the Academy for backing films such as ‘Dream Girl’, ‘Once Upon a Time In Mumbai’, ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’.

Last year, Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Hrithik Roshan were invited to become new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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