Ayushmann Khurrana has joined the other actors like Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett and director Kornél Mundruczó, who have voiced their support for the change while at this week’s Venice Film Festival, Khurrana who have voiced in support for the change in award categories. The call has been made to adopt gender-neutral acting awards categories.
Khurrana told Deadline, “Gender-neutral awards should become the norm. 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.” The Andhadhun and Vicky Donor actor added, We are all actors at the end of the day 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.
“Gender divisions are too deep rooted and the film industry can really do their bit to champion change. Gendered awards, according to me, are totally outdated and should be scrapped. I seriously hope all award functions in India 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.”
The Berlin Film Festival announced that they will give away the distinction between male and female acting categories. The Silver Bears will be given for the best leading performance and best supporting performance.