The Berlin International Film Festival has declared that performance awards will be gender-neutral from next year, and Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has praised the decision. He says gender divisions only highlight the long-prevailing divisive nature of societies.
The Berlin International Film Festival last month announced they have decided to make all awards in acting categories gender-neutral.
Ayushmann said: “I wholeheartedly admire the Berlin Film Festival’s decision to award gender-neutral and I hope all film festivals across the world and India follow the same. We are all actors at the end of the day and gender divisions only highlight the long prevalent divisive nature of societies.”
Ayushmann feels films and stars can do their part to keep such discussions alive and help achieve gender equality in society.
“Gender divisions are too deeprooted and the film industry can really do its 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 Gendered awards, according to me, are totally outdated and should be scrapped.”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 towards having a more progressive society. For me, good acts are good acts and they should be seen without the gender lens,” he said.