Filmmaker Karan Johar is gearing up for the release of the upcoming season of Koffee With Karan. In a recent podcast called Be a Man, he opened up about his struggles with his sexuality. He also added that Shah Rukh Khan was a great support system during that time.
He got candid about SRK and his equation, especially in view of accepting and understanding his sexuality:
“He was born and brought up in a very progressive environment. He comes from theatre. He had worked with all kinds of people. My parents, perhaps, weren't able to understand things. My feminine side that was coming out so strongly was only met with laughter or with being made fun of. And then when I grew a little older, people got a little quieter about it. But I could tell whether there was a slight chitter-chatter about the way I was walking or speaking. I remember Shah Rukh Khan was the first, kind of like, man that didn't make me feel lesser for some reason.
"I feel like he accepted what in those days were considered being pansy, being effeminate or walking funny. He was just so cool about anything. He even had a lot of open chats with me. Whenever I had to say the biggest thing about my personality and sexuality, I spoke to him first. He was that one sense of support. Even he doesn't realise what he's been to me,” he added.
Meanwhile, he recently released his film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani. The film starred Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh.