Mumbai, April 17 -- Akshay Kumar's last release, Baby, fared well at the box office this year.
Now, the film has reached an international milestone as its screenplay has been shortlisted to be included in the Core Collection at the Oscar library, in the USA.
"Once the Oscar library adds the screenplay to its collection, it will be accessible to students, film-makers, writers, actors and others from the field, for the purpose of research and development. The library has some of the best works in cinema from across the world and, each year, only a few films make it to the collection," says an insider.
When contacted, director Neeraj Pandey, who wrote the film's story and screenplay, said, "This is an honour for our film and I am happy that it has been recognised in international markets as well."
For producer Bhushan Kumar, it's an "overwhelming" moment. "I am overwhelmed that the screenplay has been selected by the library. It feels good when people not only in India, but also overseas recognise and appreciate your work, and use it as material for cinema study," he says.