Kajol has become the most recent Bollywood actor to be invited to join the Oscars committee, which as of now has AR Rahman, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan, and Salman Khan among others as its members. Kajol was named in the list of attendees for the Class of 2022 released by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, and is the only actor from the Hindi film industry invited to become a member this year.
Kajol, who will complete 30 years in the film industry one month from now, was among the 397 new members invited this current year to the Oscars committee. On the off chance that she accepts the invitation, she will be eligible to vote for the 95th Academy Awards next year. However Kajol has not yet responded to the news, her fans offered her congrats on the news, with one penning, “So proud of you.”
Aside from Kajol, 5 more members from the Indian film industry have been invited to join the committee. Suriya, whose new movies Soorarai Pottru and Jai Bhim got a global acknowledgment, became the first Tamil actor to be invited to the committee. Screenwriter and director Reema Kagti, who co-wrote the script for movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Talaash, and Gully Boy with Zoya Akhtar, has gotten a an invitation from the writers’ branch.
Filmmakers Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas, and Pan Nalin are also among the new invitees. Sushmit and Rintu, whose project Writing With Fire was nominated in the best documentary feature category at this year’s Academy Awards, included in the documentary branch. Pan, known for helming movies like Angry Indian Goddesses and Last Film Show has been invited from the directors’ branch.