Thrilled about Berlin Movie pageant going ‘gender-neutral’ for its efficiency awards, the actor hopes award features in India additionally ‘take a step in direction of having a extra progressive society’
Up to date: Sep 06, 2020 21:03 IST
For ages, movie award features have seen trophies being handed over to actors – male in addition to feminine individually – based mostly on their gender. However now, the distinguished Berlin Worldwide Movie Pageant has turned the prevailing apply on its head by deciding that its efficiency awards shall be gender-neutral for subsequent 12 months’s version. As an alternative of awards for the most effective actor and actress, Silver Bears (an award for the Berlin Movie Pageant for achievements in route, appearing, and for finest quick movie) shall be awarded for finest main efficiency and finest supporting efficiency.
Again in India, Ayushmann Khurrana – who has been fairly vocal about normalizing gender conversations within the nation – is “thrilled” [with the news]. Says the actor: “I wholeheartedly laud the Berlin Movie Pageant’s determination to award gender-neutral recognitions and I hope all movie festivals the world over and India observe go well with. On the finish of the day, we’re all actors, and gender divisions solely spotlight the lengthy prevalent divisive nature of societies. Thus, it can be crucial that gender-neutral awards ought to develop into the norm on the subject of adjudicating the most effective work in a 12 months.”
Khurrana, who’s at present stationed in his home-town, Chandigarh, along with his household as a result of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, feels movies in addition to movie stars can play an lively position in kicking off related conversations, in a bid to attain gender parity within the Indian society. He explains: “Gender divisions are too deep rooted and the movie business can actually do their bit to champion change. Based on me, ‘gendered awards’ are completely outdated and must be scrapped.”
The Andhadhun actor feels it’s time for all of the award features in India to even have a critical have a look at the “inevitable pattern.” As he places it: “I severely hope that each one award features in our nation additionally take a step in the best route and do what’s the most evident factor, in direction of having a extra progressive society. For me, good performances are good performances, and they need to be seen with out the gender lens.”
Work-wise, Khurrana – who final starred in Shoojit Sircar’s OTT launch, Gulabo Sitabo – will subsequent be seen in filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor’s yet-untitled subsequent that can see him play a cross-functional athlete. It’s believed that he’s present process a “large bodily transformation” for a similar, however is maintaining all of the prep below wraps. Plus, he’s additionally presupposed to characteristic in Anubhav Sinha’s subsequent, reportedly an intense political drama.
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