Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which presents the prestigious Oscar Awards will open an office in Mumbai, which will be its third in the world. This was announced by the AMPAS President John Bailey and his wife Carol Littleton on their visit to Agra on Monday.
Bailey talked to the media at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai, in the presence of the State Cultural and Educational Minister Vinod Tawde and Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Bhushan Gagrani. Tawde proposed three key plans for the Academy – setting up an office of the AMPAS in Mumbai, installing a bronze statue of Dadasaheb Phalke in the Academy’s upcoming museum and increasing India’s representation in Oscar’s jury.
The AMPAS President also met UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and had an hour long meeting. After the meeting, the President said that Indian films should be dubbed in English for exhibition in the West and Hollywood films must be dubbed in Hindi too. They also discussed on how the film industry could be promoted in UP and the different ways to expand “knowledge exchange”.