Ayushmann Khurrana admits he declined gay community’s event invitation in college, says he has evolved: ‘There was no malice for them’

Ayushmann, who has made a career of doing films about taboo subjects and marginalized communities, opened up about the debate in an interview with Film Companion’s Anupama Chopra.

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Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest film, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, has sparked a conversation about the transgender community’s representation in Bollywood. While some have praised director Abhishek Kapoor’s film for the sensitive, nuanced way in which it presents the queer community, others decry its commercial sheen and the fact that the transgender character is played by a cisgender woman, actor Vaani Kapoor.

Ayushmann, who has made a career of doing films about taboo subjects and marginalized communities, opened up about the debate in an interview with Film Companion’s Anupama Chopra.

He said that he became aware of the Trans community when he was 13. He recalled an incident when a girl who identified as male was referred to a gynecologist by his father. But the doctor shunned the girl, and suggested that she seek psychological help instead. The girl eventually went to Mumbai, underwent sex reassignment surgery, and is now living a happily married life.

Ayushmann said that he gradually evolved as a person, when it comes to understanding Trans and larger LGBTQ issues. “Empathy was always there, since childhood. But yes, it takes time to… you know, we’ve grown a lot. We’re learning every single day. We’ve evolved so much as a society.”

He then said that when he was in college, he was invited by the gay community for an event. “I just said no, but there was no malice for them. There was that fear ‘ki mere sath kya karenge’ (I was afraid what they’ll do to me). I am a straight guy. ‘With due respect, I can’t come’.”

“But I was not shunning them,” Ayushmann insisted.

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