"It was called pansy in those days."
Filmmaker Karan Johar opened up about himself in a new show where he confessed about pretending to love a girl in school.
While this is not the first time that he has opened up about the struggles of his growing years, he also shared how words like ‘pansy’ were used to address him.
He said incidents like these pushed him into a shell.
Karan appeared in the YouTube show, Be A Man Yaar, hosted by Nikhil Taneja.
He said: “I pretended to be in love with a girl in the 10th standard. Her name was Shalaka.”
He also said: “Today what you call ‘gay’, ’fag’ or ‘homo’, said in a derogatory tone, it was called pansy in those days.
“And, it was a word that literally, had really pushed me into a shell.”
Karan Johar went on to praise Shah Rukh Khan: “Shah Rukh Khan was the first man that didn’t make me feel lesser.”
Besides Karan, Amol Parashar, Govind Kaushal, Nakuul Mehta, Naseeruddin Shah, Naveen Kasturia, Vicky Kaushal, Vishnu Kaushal and Zakir Khan also starred in the video.
Karan Johar recently marked his comeback with Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani.
Written by Shashank Khaitan, Ishita Moitra and Sumit Roy, the Delhi-set Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani is a culture clash family comedy-melodrama.
It tackles several subjects including patriarchy, gender stereotyping, body shaming and cancel culture, within the entertaining parameters of a mainstream Bollywood film.
Starring Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi, the film was released on July 28.
Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani was initially scheduled to release in February 2023 and then in April 2023, but was postponed due to shooting delays arising from Alia Bhatt’s pregnancy.
As per the latest report, the film has made a business of Rs. 150 crore in India and $19.2 million overseas.
Speaking about the film, Karan Johar told Variety:
“I believe that the quintessential family entertainer, you’ve seen a gazillion times in mainstream Bollywood.”
“If you had to make that in 2023, if you don’t update the syntax, and don’t put in elements that are relatable, then the film will just flatline.”
Meanwhile, Karan Johar will be backing the big Bollywood debut of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s son Ibrahim Ali Khan.
He is backing the film, under his banner, Dharma Productions.
Titled as Sarzameen, the film will be directed by Kayoze Irani, son of Boman Irani.