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Ali Fazal on being part of Academy Awards team: Indian cinema is out there now, on the world stage

Actor Ali Fazal has taken up the invitation by the Academy Awards organisation to be a part of the membership.

bollywood Updated: Jun 26, 2018 14:39 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Ali Fazal,Academy Awards,Victoria and Abdul
Actor Ali Fazal became popular in the international market with the film Victoria and Abdul where he starred with Judi Dench.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has extended invitation to 928 artists to be part of the Oscars membership. Besides senior actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and many more, actor Ali Fazal too, has been invited to be part of the batch. “I feel exhilarated, honoured and humbled to be included in that list of beautiful people,” says Ali, who got his big international break with the Indo-British film Victoria and Abdul, which also starred actor Judi Dame Dench.

“With Victoria and Abdul, we finally broke the stigma around an Indian artist to get a lead role in a Hollywood movie. And now, with the inclusions in the membership, it makes me feel a part of the family and a rather big one, I would say. So, yes Indian cinema is out there now, on the world stage,” he adds.

Apart from many actors, producers Aditya Chopra and Guneet Monga, and music artistes Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar have also been sent the invitation.

Being part of the Oscar Academy Class 2018,will give the actors a chance to not only vote but screen the films nominated at the Academy awards from around the world. Does this change the way Ali would start looking at films now?

“I always looked at cinema as a global entity. So, nothing changes the way I look at films. It might change the way I work towards certain things. I believe it is one world and one order. And cinema is the key to unite people from all over the world. The academy is a standing example of that and I hope I serve well in the forthcoming years of entertainment,” says Ali, who will soon be seen in another international film, a Hollywood biopic.

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First Published: Jun 26, 2018 14:35 IST