Indian actors Kajol, Suriya, and several Indian filmmakers are among the new members of the Academy

Aneil Karia, a British director of Indian descent, is also on the directors branch's list of invited guests.

Indian actors Kajol, Suriya, and several Indian filmmakers are among the new members of the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences situated at Beverly Hills, California. (Source: Official website of Oscars)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences welcomed 397 new members this year, among whom are Indian actors Kajol and Suriya, as well as the directors Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas, Reema Kagti, and Pan Nalin.

The Academy in a press statement on its website said that the list comprises artists and executives who have already established themselves by their services to theatrical motion pictures. The selection of members is associated with career qualifications and a continued emphasis is placed on representation, inclusion, and equity.