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One more reality show in the bag for Karan Johar

tv Updated: Sep 16, 2012 13:45 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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After judging celebrities on their dance skills on Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa (JDJ), Karan Johar will be seen scouting for unusual talent from across the country on yet another reality show, India’s Got Talent (IGT). Karan says that his job is no cakewalk. “Judging a show is tough when you have to break someone’s heart. It hits you hard when you see

participants breaking down, especially children, when they’re eliminated.”

Thrilled to be part of the new show on Colors, Karan says, “I was offered IGT season one but I couldn’t be part of it then as I was filming. I love IGT and have always watched it. Some of the stories on the show are very heartening, when

participants fight unfortunate circumstances to pursue their passion. I am proud to be an Indian being on this show.”

Karan debuted on TV in 2004 as the host on his celebrity chat show Koffee With Karan. The series was a runaway success and made him a household name. Ask him if TV provides a platform for an instant audience connect, and Karan replies, “I was hosting award shows before I did TV. But I can’t deny that being on TV every week adds to your brand value. I love hosting Koffee With Karan, and judging Jhalak. I wouldn’t be on TV for the sake of it. Money is always a factor but never the driving force. I love being before the camera.”

This year, Karan replaced Malaika Arora Khan in JDJ, while she in turn came on board IGT as his co-judge in place of Sonali Bendre. Does stepping into someone else’s shoes make things awkward, especially when these ‘competitors’ are friends? “No. It’s a job. And such changes happen all the time. Next year, they might not want me in either show. Or tomorrow they might replace me in Koffee With Karan,” he laughs, adding, “Karan Thapar could be hosting the show!”