AR Rahman becomes BAFTA Breakthrough India ambassador

Mumbai: Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer AR Rahman has been selected as ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough initiative in India.

“I am happy to be working with BAFTA to discover some of the amazing talent that India has to offer in film, games and television,” Rahman said.

“This is a unique opportunity for promising artistes to be supported by a world-renowned organisation, to not only make connections with other talented creatives across the world but to be mentored by BAFTA-winners and nominees. I am looking forward to seeing the brilliant talent chosen from India to be showcased on a global stage,” he added.

The initiative marks BAFTA’s first steps into India. The talent hunt initiative will enable the Academy to identify and nurture up to five talents working in film, games, or television in India. The exercise, known as BAFTA Breakthrough initiative, is part of the Academy’s year-round effort to support new talent, operating alongside their Awards ceremonies.

BAFTA Breakthrough has been running in the UK since 2013 and in China since 2019, but this year marks the first time the initiative is recognising talent from India. The jurors for Breakthrough India are still to be announced.

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