The president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), John Bailey, is on a visit to India, along with his wife, Carol Littleton, an editor and member of the board of governors at the AMPAS.
Academy president John Bailey voices support for 'more Indian representation', open to office in Mumbai
Mumbai - 27 May 2019 15:00 IST
Updated : 30 May 2019 10:52 IST
John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, trumped for a better representation of Indian cinema at the upcoming Academy museum in Los Angeles, during his visit to Mumbai.
Bailey, along with his wife, editor Carol Littleton, is on a visit to India, and was part of a masterclass held at the Yashwantrao Chavan auditorium in Mumbai on Sunday, 26 May. The couple also visited the National Museum of Indian Cinema.
On being prompted by cultural affairs minister, Vinod Tawde, to look at Mumbai as a prospective office for the Academy's expansion, Bailey suggested that the idea was 'logical'.
He said at the press conference, "We have an office in London and in New York. India is the largest filmmaking country in the world. India makes up to 1,800 movies a year, which is more than four numbers of times that we [Hollywood] make in the US. It's an excellent idea... Mumbai would be such a strong connection to all of south-east Asia. It makes a lot of sense."
Was such a honour to interview John Bailey Sir the president of #Oscar @TheAcademy also a great Cinematographer,film maker & his Film Editor wife Carol Littleton with the lovely @sonalikulkarni.It was a enthralling session for students of cinema in #Mumbai 🎥 pic.twitter.com/CGSDonhGBH— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) May 27, 2019
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome John Bailey, President of the Academy Awards (#Oscars) in Mumbai, the home ground of Bollywood! India’s entertainment capital has opened its doors and GoM has proposed to establish Oscars office in Mumbai, representing Asian Film Industry! pic.twitter.com/5NnSYYWAgu— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) May 25, 2019
IANS quoted Bailey as saying, "Last year, the Academy accepted 928 new members from 56 countries... The Academy is expanding and we understand that our preservation and history is tied into the rest of the world. The Academy is not just a Hollywood bubble and we want to connect (with) as many cultures as we can, including that of India."
In addition, Bailey added the suggestion of including a bronze bust of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, in the museum as a representative of the Indian cinema industry.
The Ministry has also proposed a suggestion to erect a bust of The Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke in the upcoming @TheAcademy Museum of Pioneers. Discussion also touched upon organising international festivals to provide a global platform for Marathi Film Industry. pic.twitter.com/tJNmzBhUKH— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) May 25, 2019
Bailey later attended the Maharashtra Rajya Chitrapat Puraskar where he presented an award to actor Paresh Rawal.
The 56th Maharashtra Rajya Chitrapat Puraskar was a grand celebration of Maharashtra’s legacy of cinematic excellence. With Mr. John Bailey as the esteemed guest, new zeniths were envisioned to provide Marathi cinema the international recognition it truly deserves! pic.twitter.com/hro7szP7ci— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) May 26, 2019
Bailey and Littleton are expected to leave for New Delhi, where they will hold an interactive session at the Siri Fort Auditorium later this week.