Filmmaker Karan Johar said that he used to have sleepless nights over the fact that he was different from other children.
Karan attended the Jaipur Literature Festival. The 46-year-old filmmaker released his biography, An Unsuitable Boy. "I hated the word 'Pansy' and I was called that as a child. I was effeminate as a child and I used to have sleepless nights over the fact that I am different from other children," said Karan.
Karan also said that his parents were a big support system.
"Even when I weighed 150 kgs, my mother said that I was the best looking child in the world and my father told me that once I lost a little puppy fat, I can be a hero in Hindi films," added Karan.
When Karan was asked about the negative portrayal of homosexuals in his movies, he said that he was the first Bollywood director who discussed the issue in films.
"Whether it's Kal Ho Na Ho or Dostana, I discussed the issue in the mainstream. I received so many letters from youngsters saying that my movies helped their parents identify their sexuality. Now there are so many films on LGBT and I am proud that I started it," said Karan.
Karan also spoke about the hard times, which his family had faced.
"When my father had a few flop movies, we had to sell our jewellery and house. He was not invited for launch parties and it was a terrible time," said Karan. (Also Read: 'Shah Rukh Khan Will Always Be a Part of My Family', Says Karan Johar)