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Anupam Kher, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap And Ritesh Batra Invited To Be Oscars Academy Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on July 1st, released a new list of invitees, among which are 4 renowned Bollywood personalities.

Ace directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Ritesh Batra, along with veteran actor Anupam Kher, are among the 842 members who were invited to be a part of the prestigious Oscars Academy.

Kher, as we all know, has had a substantial career in Bollywood and also managed to make a mark in Hollywood with films like Hotel Mumbai (2018) and The Big Sick (2017.)  The two time National Award recipient is now one of the invitees for the Oscars Academy.

Director Zoya Akhtar, over the years, has carved her niche in Bollywood with films like Gully Boy (2019,) Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011.)  Anurag Kashyap has also been on the top of his game. 

Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter to share his excitement.  “We are the Academy,” his tweet read. 

Javed Akhtar also shared his enthusiasm about his daughter being selected for the Academy.  “I am sure that fellow Indians will be happy and proud to know that my daughter Zoya Akhtar who is a well known writer- director has been offered the membership of Oscar academy which is rare honour (sic,)” he tweeted on Tuesday. 

Along with them, Lunch Box director Ritesh Batra has also been selected for the Academy.   

Other actors and musicians invited to join the Academy include Jamie Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Jennifer Ehle, Tom Holland, Lady Gaga, Barry Keoghan, Tracy Letts, Damian Lewis, Elisabeth Moss, Archie Panjabi, Kevin Pollak, Amanda Peet, Alexander Skarsgard and the two veterans, Jean-Louis Tritingnant and Claire Bloom.

Twenty one of the 842 invitees are Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.  

A point to note is, last year, 20 Indian film personalities were invited to join the Academy, but this year, the number came down to just 4. 

We congratulate Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Ritesh Batra and Anupam Kher for making it to the list of invitees. 

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Kareena Kapoor Khan To Unveil T20 World Cup Trophies

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According to the latest reports, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will, in Melbourne, unveil the trophies for the 2020 T20 World Cup for both men and women.  The 7th ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18th to November 15th, 2020.  Hosted by Australia, the tournament will see 16 countries participating in 45 matches to win the T20 World Cup.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, whose late father in law was the legendary Indian cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, is excited about the opportunity.  Speaking about the ceremony, Kareena Kapoor Khan said, “I am honoured to be a part of this prestigious evening. I would like to encourage all these women out there who are playing for their respective countries to pursue their dreams. It’s truly empowering to see them stand tall on an international platform.”

On the workfront, Kareena Kapoor Khan will next be seen in the comedy Good Newwz.  Directed by Raj Mehta, the film is produced by Karan Johar under his banner Dharma Productions.  The movie, which deals with two couples’ quest with in vitro fertilisation, stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani in lead roles.  Good Newwz is slated to hit theaters on December 27th, 2019.

Kareena Kapoor Khan will become the first Indian actress to unveil the T20 World Cup trophies.

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Akshay Kumar Donates To Flood Stricken Families In Bihar

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Actor Akshay Kumar extended a helping hand to 25 families affected by the floods in Bihar.  The actor announced to donate Rs. 1 crore, which will be used to rehabilitate 25 flood stricken families in Bihar.

Each of the 25 families affected by the floods would be awarded Rs. 4 lakh from the Rs. 1 crore fund.  The families would be given the cheques on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja.

Akshay Kumar said, “A natural calamity reminds us we are nothing in front of it. But there’s one more thing, which is what bit can we do. We should do whatever we can. I am very happy that I got the opportunity to do whatever little I could. It couldn’t get bigger than being able to help those people, who have lost everything, start all over again.”

On the workfront, Akshay Kumar’s latest release, Housefull 4, is doing well among the audience.  Directed by Farhad Samji, Housefull 4 is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Fox Star Studios.  The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles. 

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Housefull 4 – Day 1 Box Office Collection

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Housefull 4, Akshay Kumar’s latest release, was well received by the audience despite having tough competition with Saand Ki Aankh and Made In ChinaHousefull 4, which revolves around the theme of reincarnation, managed to bag Rs. 19.08 crores on its opening day itself.

The movie managed to stay at the top at the box office and is expected to perform well during the Diwali weekend.  Despite the film doing well among the audience, it was not well received by the critics. 

Box Office India stated, “The film did slow in the evening due to pre-Diwali but still is the second highest opening ever for a comedy film and the highest opening for the Housefull franchise despite pre-Diwali.”

Housefull 4, which is the fourth installment in the Housefull series, is directed by Farhad Samji.  Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Housefull 4 is said to be the most expensive Indian comedy film.  The film saw franchise regulars Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh make a comeback.  Along with Akshay and Ritesh, the film also stars Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles.

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Bollywood Stars Celebrate 150 Years Of Mahatma Gandhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined hands with Bollywood stars to release a video celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.  The video follows the theme of “Change Within.”

The video is directed by renowned director Rajkumar Hirani and brings together 8 Bollywood celebrities to share the important teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.  In the video, every actor recites a quote by Mahatma Gandhi about peace, truth and non violence, among others. The video features Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Shah Rukh Khan, Vicky Kaushal and Ranbir Kapoor.

Rajkumar Hirani took to Twitter to write about the video and said, “Deeply honoured to have played a small part in showcasing Mahatma Gandhiji’s greatness. Celebrating and saluting 150 years of the Mahatma #ChangeWithin.

 

Prime Minister also shared his thoughts on Twitter and said, “Spreading the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi through cinema, ensuring more youngsters are well-acquainted with the ideals of Gandhi Ji… We exchanged thoughts on a wide range of subjects. Our film and entertainment industry is diverse and vibrant. Its impact internationally is also immense. Our films, music and dance have become very good ways of connecting people as well as societies.

Prior to the release of the video, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited many Bollywood celebrities to his residence.  The meeting focussed on how TV shows and films have helped popularise Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhism.

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Deepika Padukone Becomes Ambassador For Bharat Ki Laxmi Initiative

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Actress Deepika Padukone, along with Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu, became the face of the Bharat Ki Laxmi initiative.  

The actress shared a video on her social media platform with the caption reading, “Societies grow when women are empowered and their accomplishments are given a place of pride! I support PM @narendramodi ji #BharatKiLaxmi movement. It celebrates extraordinary achievements of extraordinary women of India. This Diwali, let’s celebrate womanhood.”  The video features Deepika alongside P.V. Sindhu, where the duo discuss more about the initiative.

Deepika has been working hard on tackling mental illnesses through her organisation, The Live Love Laugh Foundation.  Recently, she also launched the Closet initiative, where the actress auctions clothes from her personal collection. The entire proceeds from the auction go to her foundation.

On the workfront, the actress will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak and Kabir Khan’s ’83.  While Chhapaak is based on the real life story of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor, in ’83, Padukone plays the role of Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Dev.  Chhapaak will be released on January 10th, 2020, while ’83 is scheduled to hit theaters on April 10th, 2020.

Bharat Ki Laxmi is a new initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which aims to honour Indian women who worked for the betterment of society and had extraordinary achievements.

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