On Wednesday, filmmaker Karan Johar was reported as saying that celebs are “guarded” on the ongoing fifth season of his popular TV chat show, Koffee With Karan. “They’re speaking less because they are so aware that there is some ‘.com’ sitting on their heads, which is literally uploading and hanging on to every word they say,” said KJo. The 44-year-old believes, “Not every word (on the show) should be whacked or over-analysed… I don’t think anyone sitting on the couch means to offend anyone.”
Karan’s not the only one who thinks so. His long-time friend, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan — who made his seventh appearance on the show, last month — says the sense of humour is diluting, and hence, the show isn’t as “free flying” as it was when it started in 2004.
But it’s not like SRK, who was a guest with actor Alia Bhatt, isn’t fond of the show anymore. “I (still) think it’s brilliant... (But) Now, it’s a little held back. Even Karan has noticed that,” says the 51-year-old, blaming celebs of being “wary” of opening up.
Previous seasons of the show have seen stars spilling the beans on their love life, and addressing rumours and controversies in Bollywood.
“At this point in time, there’s no differentiating one media from another. You say a word — it can be talked, published, reported in any way. So, everybody is wary,” says Shah Rukh, who longs for things to be different. “I wish we had times when we could just have fun. I think sense of humour is diluting a little bit. At times people take themselves too seriously.”
The actor, however, adds that KJo handles situations well. “He is aware that he, too, has to hold back. Even if you really screw up on Karan’s show, he himself would turn around and say this is something he’s not going to use on television. He doesn’t do it for enticement or any kind of vulgar display of TRPs. He does it with lot of dignity and respect. It may not come across like that because we’re having fun but there’s an understanding among everyone.”
Shah Rukh also credits Karan for the show’s popularity. “He’s wonderful. He loves everyone who comes on his show and everybody loves him back. That comfort makes the show beautiful. Even if held back (in a way), it’s one of the most open shows because everybody loves each other,” he says.