Karan Johar: I was teased in my childhood as I had very girlish voice

Karan Johar, the head honcho of Dharma Productions, started his career with a small cameo in DDLJ which starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
Post which there has been no stopping, from being a director, producer by making films like KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, KABHIE KHUSHI KABHI GHUM, he also was one of the producers of BAAHUBALI franchise. KJo has also been a good host with his catty chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ and also dabbled in acting.
He is one of the most sought-after & viable director and producer, from launching star kids he has craved a niche for himself. In fact the veterans too desire to work with him.
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.
Karan says, “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 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."
The makers of Rani Mukerji’s HICHKI are promoting the film uniquely by asking prominent personalities to share their untold weaknesses and how they eventually converted them into massive strengths. Karan explains that with changing times, hiccups imposed by societal and public perception don’t matter as much today, and that, he would have lived with his hiccup more comfortably.
He says, "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.”
Apart from Karan Johar, Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif too shared their hiccups with Rani.