When the list of Academy memberships came out, it surprised many. From Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan to Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone, and even filmmakers like Goutam Ghose, almost everyone was invited to join the Academy and vote in on the Oscars. However, it was King Khan whose name did not make it to the list.
The announcement was made when Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences officially told the Oscars’ website, “We’re proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it. It’s up to all of us to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard, and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us.”
Hollywood biggies like Gal Gadot, Adam Driver, Riz Ahmed, Domhnall Gleeson, Warwick David, Adam Driver, Riz Ahmed, Domhnall Gleeson, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Margot Robbie, Channing Tatum, Shailene Woodley, Ruth Negga, Rupert Grint, Warwick David and others have been invited as well. While Betty White, 95, is the oldest member, Elle Fanning, 19 is the youngest.
Despite the fact that 774 invitations were sent out, we wondered why SRK wasn’t qualified for the same? It goes without saying that SRK rules millions of hearts and him not being invited will create a ruckus on social media. After receiving tons of criticism, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally released a statement to an online portal which will palpably shoot people’s BP up!
Here’s what the statement said, “The basic requirement is that a candidate must have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures.”
Can you believe something like this being said for a man who changed the wave of Indian cinema? The Badshah of Bollywood is popular all around the globe. He is one of the most respected Bollywood actors and was recently invited to attend the TED Talk.
This statement just makes us say, ‘Are you kidding us?’ When Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan can make it to the list, why isn’t a global star like Shah Rukh not on the list.
Well, all we can say is that this won’t go well with his fans. Expect some backlash soon enough.