Karan Johar is undoubtedly one of India’s most celebrated talk show host and a very successful filmmaker. Karan who is well known for his show Koffee with Karan, revealed that he had dealt with an incredible Hichki in his life, before becoming what he is today. Karan disclosed that he used to feel like a ‘lesser’ person as a child because he used to have a feminine sounding voice.
In a promotional interview with Rani Mukerji, Karan said, "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 voice when I was a child. I had a very squeaky voice and I used to get teased a lot.”
He went on to add that sometimes he used to be teased by people in his building or in school by his seniors or times when he went over to other schools for 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 first I should never be ashamed of who I am,” said Karan.
Mr Nazareth designed a course for Karan. For three years, Karan would head over to his house three times a week. Mr Nazareth and his wife would give Karan 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 added.
The makers of Rani Mukerji’s Hichki are promoting their film in a unique manner. They are asking celebrities about their weaknesses which they converted into strengths. Previously it was Katrina who spoke up about her problems in dancing, Shah Rukh Khan mentioned that the greatest Hichki moment of his life was the death of his parents.
Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, Hichki is set to release on March 23.