He is India’s most celebrated talk show host and a supremely successful director-producer.
Karan Johar, the man whose cup of coffee gets everyone’s attention, has dealt with a stunning Hichki to come this far in life. In a startling revelation, Karan disclosed that he felt like a ‘lesser’ person as a child because he had a feminine sounding voice.
“When I was a child, there were many Hichki moments. The one that I wouldn’t have changed today, is that I had a very girlish child voice when I was a child. I had a very squeaky voice and I used to get teased a lot.”
“Sometimes in my building, or at school by seniors, or when I went to inter-school competitions, I would get teased that I am a pansy and that, I sound like a girl. So when I began college, I went into public speaking. A gentleman, who used to conduct public speaking classes, Mr Nazareth, told me that you are very conscious of your voice. When I told him that I used to feel awkward about my voice, he said that firstly I should never be ashamed of who I am. And then to improve my voice (it’s texture), he worked out a course. So for three years, I would go to him and his wife, thrice a week and they gave me speech training. It helped me speak and project and train my voice to find baritone. But I just feel like today, I would not change how I sounded. I wouldn’t do what I did and I wouldn’t make my children do the same.”
He concluded by saying:
“At those times, societal pressures were such that it (my voice) was a big hichki. I felt lesser and I was made to feel abnormal. And I felt like I needed to overcome this to be the person that I wanted to be. But today, times are different and we are all more evolved. I hope that if this kind of a hiccup comes in people’s lives that they shouldn’t change their core persona. But I did.”
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Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, Hichki is set to touch the hearts of audiences when it releases on March 23.