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Oscars 2025: SS Rajamouli, Shabana Azmi Invited To Join Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 487 new members, including well-known Indian personalities like Ritesh Sidhwani, Shabana Azmi, Rama Rajamouli, and SS Rajamouli, have been invited to join the Class of 2024.

Nineteen of the 71 Oscar nominees and winners are among these invited guests. Apart from the aforementioned luminaries, invites were also extended to filmmaker Rima Das, choreographer Prem Rakshith for Naatu Naatu, and cinematographer Ravi Varman.

Over 9,000 of the invitees will be able to vote, bringing the Academy’s total membership to 10,910 if everyone accepts the invitations.

According to The Academy’s press release, the Class of 2024 comprises 44% women, 41% from underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and represents 56 countries and territories outside the US.

The Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang expressed their excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome this year’s class of new members to the Academy. These remarkably talented artists and professionals from around the world have made a significant impact on our filmmaking community.”

Those invited across multiple branches will need to select one branch upon accepting membership.

On the work front, SS Rajamouli’s next directorial project features superstar Mahesh Babu in the lead role and is said to be a jungle adventure. He also directed RRR which created history by winning the Best Original Song for its track Naatu Naatu at the Oscars 2023. The film starred Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn.

On the other hand, Shabana Azmi was last seen in Ghoomer. She also starred in Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani which hit theatres in 2023. Starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh in titular roles, the movie also starred Jaya Bachchan and Dharmendra.

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