Ayush­mann is against boxes for di­rec­tors

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Al­most every Friday nowa­days is packed with mul­ti­ple re­leases. But the month of Au­gust stands out, with close to 10 big-ticket films ready to hit the the­atres, in­clud­ing Ash­winy Iyer Ti­waridi­rected Bareilly Ki Barfi. Is lead ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana wor­ried about the ex­ces­sive com­pe­ti­tion? “If the pro­duc­ers have cho­sen Au­gust 18 as the re­lease date, there must be a thought be­hind it,” he says.

“Our film is com­pletely dif­fer­ent as far as the genre is con­cerned vis-à-vis the other films re­leas­ing on the same day,” he adds. “May both the films do well, in­clud­ing Shrad­hha Kapoor’s next [film].”

Bareilly Ki Barfi will also see Ayush­mann team up with a woman direc­tor, Ash­winy, for the sec­ond time (af­ter Nupur Asthana in Be­wakoofiyaan, 2014). Is there a dif­fer­ence between work­ing with a male direc­tor and a fe­male one? “I don’t think so. We shouldn’t type­cast fe­male di­rec­tors just be­cause they’re sup­pos­edly bet­ter with emo­tions or be­cause we think they can’t do action films etc. I only be­lieve that they’re di­rec­tors and [are] good at their job,” replies the ac­tor-singer. Cat­e­goris­ing di­rec­tors as male or fe­male will be “stereo­typ­ing a gen­der.”

“You just can’t do that,” he says em­phat­i­cally. “Every per­son — re­gard­less of their gen­der — is dif­fer­ent. I think we’ve made our own rules that women should do this or men should be like this. That’s not the case at all.”

We shouldn’t type­cast just be­cause fe­male di­rec­tors are sup­pos­edly bet­ter with emo­tions or be­cause we think they can’t do action films AYUSH­MANN KHUR­RANA, AC­TOR

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