Filmmaker Karan Johar has called out the mindset of people who question the legitimacy of accounts of sexual abuse survivors by saying they don’t have enough proof.
One of the many ways the survivors of sexual harassment are shamed, after they come out with their stories, is by being questioned for proof of the abuse that they have faced.
During a session on masculinity at We The Women conclave on Monday evening, Johar criticised this mentality and said when a woman shares her story with the world, she must be believed.
“When I read so many of those narratives and stories, they broke my heart. It made me realise we cannot be complicit to this and you have to wake up, smell the coffee and be active about it. Every woman, who has a voice, has to be respected, applauded for coming out, and it is essential to believe every given voice. You cannot say there’s no proof. That is a lame, masculine thing to say. When a woman comes out, she expresses her heart out, she is right and you believe her,” said the director.
In the video Karan shared on Instagram, we can see him talk about the myths of masculinity and he sums up in the end by saying, “Masculinity or femininity is being comfortable in your own skin.”
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Karan Johar also revealed that he would never raise Yash or Roohi with the stereotypes about masculinity. He mentioned, “If my girl wants to wear shorts, she shouldn’t be called a tomboy; she should be called sporty. I would not say things like, a girl must wear pink! No. My son likes pink, let him wear pink.” In this interview, he also mentioned that since he was the only child to his mother, he has been a daughter and son to his mother. He went on to say, “Many a times, I have been a son & a daughter; my mother chose whatever part she needs.” Karan Johar has always been candid and open about his opinions.
On the work front, Karan Johar is all set to produce the Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson starrer 2 point 0 in Hindi. He is also ready to go behind the camera for his next that is titled ‘Takht’. It stars Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in main roles. The movie is slated to release in 2020.