Dear Karan Johar, you’ve given us some great movies. You’ve given us some beloved characters. You’ve recently given us an inspiring book. However, the greatest gift you’ve given us is your talk show, “Koffee With Karan.” [No offense “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” you’ll still always be my jam].
When the talk show, Koffee With Karan, began in 2004, you brought some much-needed breath of fresh air to Indian television. You were basically BFF’s with almost all of your celebrity guests, giving you the unique power of questioning and chatting with them freely and boldly. Let’s face it, you weren’t going for the Simi Garewal seriousness or Javed Shaikh nostalgia. This was outright funny and cutesy stuff, ripe for the taking. It worked for you for the first few seasons.
So then, I ask, what the hell went wrong this time around? The fifth season, which aired in late 2016, was on a whole other level of WTF.
Koffee With Karan – Season 6
One of the major things that stood out was just how sincerely you repeated the most boring questions. Lord help me if I have to hear these words again: “Rank in order of preference: Deepika, Priyanka, Alia, Katrina, Sonam.” That’s why here’s a list of a few things you can fix to make next season work.
1. It’s Time to Bring a New Slew of Guests, Kya Pata, Kal Ho Na Ho.
*PS: this doesn’t mean getting Arjun Kapoor on as many episodes as you can because he probably lives next to where you film or something.
We love our Khans and Kapoors. All the ‘Koffee With Karan’ episodes with SRK are basically your main selling point. You, obviously, love getting your movie babies on the show. Alia Bhatt did two rounds in the last two seasons and her co-star Varun Dhawan followed suit. And then there’s the usual cream of the crop, aka Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan. YAWN.
Good for you that in the last season we saw TV favorite Kapil Sharma on the couch. Twinkle Khanna made her KWK debut and she nailed it! Expand on this idea. How about Irrfan Khan? Nimrat Kaur? Radhika Apte? Ayushman Khurana? Or, hey, we know you can go international because you snagged Richard Gere. Who wouldn’t love to see you jab with Mindy Kaling?
To quote John Abraham’s answer to one of your rapid fire questions from Season 3, “you’re very clan-ish.” Time to change that.
2. Retiring Boring AF Rapid Fire Questions
Ranking other celebrities might sound like fun to you but it’s quite demeaning when repeated every. single. time.
It’s okay to have choices and to like one more than the other, but really, as soon as the rapid fire begins, your predictable questions make your audience collectively roll their eyes. There used to be something unique about this segment but I swear on SRK’s iconic mandolin from “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,” it’s just not the same anymore. I say it’s time to update your list of questions to make them more fun and less annoying.
3. Ditch the MANY Games in Favor of Other Actors/Fan Messages about Your Guest
Yes, yes, the Koffee with Karan Quiz is all fun and games but that bit is already covered in the rapid fire. So, why not shake things up? For the first three seasons, towards the end of the episode, you had fans of the guests record their messages for them. Or, better yet, industry colleagues would share stories and memories they have. Stories and memories that we, your audience, haven’t heard before. It added a more personal touch to your otherwise gossipy show. How many times can Alia Bhatt not know who the President is being recycled?
4. Ask Questions that Matter
Nope, not trying to sound preachy at all when I say this: use your platform wisely. You know you have thousands of viewers just waiting to watch the show. It’s mainly for the gossip and entertainment angle but there’s a way to do that while also being actually meaningful. A great inspiration for this? Ellen DeGeneres. The daytime host not only interacts with her big time guests but also with her audience. There’s musical guests, games, charity work, prizes and what not. There’s usually some social cause as part of the agenda. It’s not easy to do in India, of course. But bits of this can be used as inspiration in shows like Koffee with Karan.
So, let’s do this. I expect a way more amusing and relevant season 6.