Soundarya R. Ashwin, whose debut directorial â€˜Kochadaiiyaanâ€™ happens to be the countryâ€™s first photo-realistic performance capture entertainer, says gender is no longer an issue â€“ neither within nor outside the entertainment space. She is proud that she brought in new technology in the nationâ€™s filmmaking industry. â€˜Kochadaiiyaanâ€™, featuring Soundaryaâ€™s father and megastar Rajnikanth in the lead, released Friday. When the filmâ€™s Hindi trailer was launched in Mumbai, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan said the project is a mark of women empowerment â€œat its bestâ€. The compliment is â€œetchedâ€ on Soundaryaâ€™s heart. â€œI am proud to be a woman. I think gone are the times when it is about the gender in an industry. Recently, I was at an airport, and people were telling me about how many women captains and pilots are coming up. Itâ€™s not just in entertainmentâ€¦I donâ€™t think it is anymore a question about â€˜why a womanâ€™ and â€˜how a womanâ€™,â€ she told us. â€œWe have reached a time when women are stepping out there, and if I bring pride to women by being the first woman doing a motion capture film, itâ€™s an honor. Iâ€™m glad,â€ added Soundarya, who is Rajnikanthâ€™s younger daughter.