MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has expressed her gratitude after being invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The actress took to Instagram to share how “honoured and humbled” she is on receiving the invitation. “I thank The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for inviting me to be a member of the Academy. I feel at once honoured and humbled,” she wrote.
The Academy, which hands out the Oscars, been pushing for diversity over the past few years and has extended its membership to 819 people this year including Bollywood celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Alia Bhatt.
“There is also 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 and technicians from India are recognized by the Academy and Indian cinema continues to reach the hearts and homes of people all over the world.”
Alia also shared cinema is a medium that brings people of different class, race and geography together no matter what opinion one holds of a particular film. She said those spreading hate on social media platforms might divide people but movies will always bring them together.
She concluded, “In a world that can be unsure and fragmented, at a time when the very social media that is meant to connect people ends up dividing them, movies are the glue that binds us.”
On the work front, Alia Bhatt will be seen next in her father Mahesh Bhatt’s comeback film Sadak 2 also starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt.