Student Of The Year director Karan Johar is quite famous in Bollywood because of his family, drama movie. He has known as a gossip box of tinsel town. No one can beat him in Bollywood when it comes to masala scope. Well this is very common thing about Karan Johar, but recently we come to know that the director Karan Johar had done voice therapy at the age of 15 because he sounded like a girl.
On the chat show of We the Women Asia, Karan Johar was in conversation with the Veteran Journalist Barkha Dutt and there he revealed this secret about his life.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director Karan Johar says growing up he was called “pansy” and was so tormented at one point that, he thought of adding a baritone to his voice because people said he sounded like a girl.
Karan also said it is problematic when people start putting things in boxes and use phrases like “don’t cry like a girl” or “Be a man.”
Masculinity or Feminist is being comfortable in your skin. You would not put things in boxes. It’s like I would not tell my child to not cry like a girl because that’s ridiculous. If he wants to cry, he should cry. I wouldn’t tell him, ‘Don’t walk or dance like a girl.’
“I was told these things in my school, by my teachers. They are all stuck in boxes. You are meant to be in a certain way. I have been tormented to a point where I went to a speech therapist to change my voice, to bring a baritone,” the director said
Karan said he was 15-year-old when he went to the speech therapist as he was in that “awkward age” and his voice was “squeaky“.
“Everybody would say, ‘You sound like a girl.‘ I heard that like a million times and I told the therapist, ‘Can you make me sound like a boy?‘ It was not fun I did it for three years. That gentleman gave me voice exercises. It was embarrassing and torturous.
“I used to tell my father that I was going to a tuition class because I did not want to say I was going to ‘become a man.’ I should not have been put through that. If I was sounding a certain way, it should have been okay,” he added.
“I thought my parents were absolutely cool. My father was as Punjabi as it can get. But he never thought I was doing something unusual or different but it did make a deep impact on me as I thought I was different and I was told I was different,” he added.