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‘Every time I spoke, people laughed as I had a squeaky voice’: Karan Johar

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Filmmaker 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 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 feminity is being comfortable in your skin. You would not put things in boxes. Like I would not tell my child to not cry like a girl. 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.