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Ayushmann Khurrana thrilled about Berlin Film Festival going Gender-Neutral


In the film industry, awards are handed over to male and female actors separately. However, now the renowned Berlin International Film Festival has turned the tables. They have declared that they are going gender-neutral for next year’s edition. In addition, Silver Bears will now not be awarded to best actor and best actress, instead it will be awarded for best leading performance and best supporting performance. Ayushmann Khurrana has been quite vocal about gender related talks. He strives with small steps in this direction. Now, the news of Berlin International Film Festival turning to be gender neutral has thrilled the actor.

Ayushmann Khurrana thrilled by gender-neutral policy adopted by Berlin Festival:

Ayushmann Khurrana

The actor shared his excitement to a news portal. He said, “I wholeheartedly laud the Berlin Film Festival’s decision to award gender-neutral recognitions and I hope all film festivals across the world and India follow suit. At the end of the day, we are all actors, and gender divisions only highlight the long prevalent divisive nature of societies. Thus, it is important that gender-neutral awards should become the norm when it comes to adjudicating the best work in a year.”

Public figures like Bollywood celebrities have risen to such a position because they hold a power amongst the public. They enjoy a position where they can influence and make change in the society. Talking about the same, Ayushmann shared, “Gender divisions are too deep rooted and the film industry can really do their bit to champion change. According to me, ‘gendered awards’ are totally outdated and should be scrapped.”

The actor also added, “I seriously hope that all award functions in our country also take a step in the right direction and do what is the most obvious thing, towards having a more progressive society. For me, good performances are good performances, and they should be seen without the gender lens.”

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