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SRK says no to Koffee with Karan finale

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 31, 2014
First Published: 18:50 IST(31/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:07 IST(31/3/2014)

Shah Rukh Khan won’t appear on good friend Karan Johar’s chat show finale this season, despite much anticipation.

We now have information that the filmmaker will end this season with an ­episode ­featuring actors Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra instead.

Although speculations suggest that Karan and SRK’s equation may have soured of late, sources close to the show insist that the plan couldn’t work out due to “timing issues and nothing else”.

“Both Shah Rukh and Karan couldn’t take out time to shoot the episode. There’s no animosity,” says a source. Interestingly, this year, the other Khans — Aamir and Salman — appeared on the show.  KJo remained ­unavailable for comment.

In the past, SRK has appeared in the opening episodes of the show — in season one, with Kajol; in season two, with Kajol and Rani Mukerji. In the third edition, he appeared solo.

Johar had ruled out personal differences in an earlier interview: “You can never take away the fact that Shah Rukh and I share a 20-year-long professional and personal history…it’s sad that I have to explain my immense closeness to him on a daily basis," he had said.

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