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Keeping up with the desi Kardashians

tv Updated: Jan 31, 2012 15:43 IST
Poonam Saxena
Poonam Saxena
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Indian television has to keep up with the Joneses, or rather, the Kardashians. UTV Bindass’s new show, the Khan Sisters, is so similar in concept to Keeping Up With The Kardashians that it could only be a ripoff. For those whose knowledge of TV shows is non-existent (as in, people who think Sopranos is a documentary series about opera singers), Keeping Up With the Kardashians is an American TV reality show that follows the lives of members of the Kardashian family.

Why would one be interested in following the fortunes of a family whose name they can’t pronounce? It’s a good question, but the bald answer is that the show was a hit in America almost from the beginning and spawned many spin-offs. One of them is the Khan Sisters in faraway India.

The next question I hear you ask is: who are the Khan sisters? Are they any relations of Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman, Saif, Fardeen, Zayed (have I forgotten any other Bollywood Khan?) Good question, and after some research I have the answer: none of the above. Both sisters are on the fringes of the showbiz world — Gauhar Khan had a role in a film called Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year, she also had a role in the stage musical Zangoora. Nigaar Khan has apparently done some TV and movies, but no one seems to know what.

When I caught up with the show the two sisters had just landed in Dubai where they met their brother and two older sisters and got enmeshed in a family squabble. Sister Zakia, to, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Bindass also showed the F1 after parties where Arjun Rampal inaugurated the proceedings by announcing grandly, “Today is the day we show to the world our Indian parties!” And then all we saw were foreign dancers and foreign deejays. There were some Indian guests, though. And there was a performance by Lady Gaga. Now that was good.

Later Lady Gaga was interviewed by Shah Rukh Khan which made for fun viewing. She was wearing a sari (so she said, though the garment had only a passing acquaintance with what we would consider a sari) and came across as astonishingly normal and nice. She even cried when shown a video with Indian fans singing one of her songs. Shah Rukh taught her Hindi words, flirted with her, hugged her, asked her about stardom and spirituality, went down on his knees and sang Tujhe dekha to yeh jaana sanam, and confided in her that he’d be a hero in his daughter’s eyes now. Nice.