Season 3 of Koffee With Karan, the celebrity chat show hosted by producer-director Karan Johar on Star World, is expected to return in the last leg of this year or the beginning of next year.
It’s learnt that apart from Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, whose kids Aryan and Suhana will make their first appearance ever on a chat show, the channel plans to bring the four Bachchans, Amitabh-Jaya and Abhishek-Aishwarya together.
When asked, Saurabh Yagnik, general manager and senior vice-president, English channels, Star India, confirms, “The Bachchans are definitely a part of Koffee With Karan 3. As of now, we’re not sure if we’ll get them together since they are very busy. But we’re hopeful because they haven’t made a chat show appearance on national TV together before.”
It was rumoured that the first guests on Koffee With Karan 3 would be Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan with their kids. When asked, Yagnik says, “The guest list is still being contemplated by Karan and the team from the channel. He’s speaking to all of them but nothing has been confirmed yet. We plan to take the show beyond Bollywood stars.”
Rumours about Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra declining to appear on the show together and Johar approaching Salman and Aamir Khan to feature together have been afloat. Without confirming or denying, Yagnik says that the combinations of guests are being worked out.Comfort zones
"We have to keep everyone’s comfort zones in mind, whether it’s regarding their co-guest on the episode, the shooting dates or anything else. It would be unfair to comment on who refused to be on the show with whom and why because it’s unprofessional. However, we’re trying to have lots of guests who’ve never been on the show before," he adds.
Karan Johar teamed up with fashion designer Varun Bahl last year and the two have even displayed their collections at fashion weeks. Would Johar design his look for the show? “That’s a huge possibility this time. He has classy taste and if he designs his own wardrobe for the show, I’m sure he’ll do justice to it,” says Yagnik.
Koffee With Karan tentatively rolls next month. It ran once a week during the last two seasons. The channel hasn’t decided yet whether the show will run once or twice a week and how long the season will be.
The Koffee Wall meanwhile is getting replaced by another setting. Yagnik says, “It’s the design team’s call because they plan to make the set look edgier and more contemporary this time.”