Karan Johar and the Fight Against Femininity

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Karan Johar and the Fight Against Femininity

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ost boys don’t want to be caught dead playing with a Barbie doll. Neither did Arjun.

Back when I lived in Cochin as a fourth-grader, I would play with my tall, chubby, and immensely kind friend every evening. But Sunday afternoons were really special. Arjun would come over to play with my collection of dolls. By then, I’d already lost my fascination for Barbies, but for Arjun, it was almost new. He’d dress them up, give them names, and play with them like any little girl. And he made me promise that I would tell no one about it.

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