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Chat works, soap doesn’t

Karan Johar's season 3 of Koffee With Karan is a hit. While Ekta Kapoor's Indian version of Twilight series, Pyar Ki Yeh Ek Kahani, is a miss. Know more about the shows.

tv Updated: Nov 10, 2010 18:21 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Show: Koffee With Karan 3
Channel: Star World
Time: 9 pm, Sundays
Cast: Karan Johar and celebrity guests

Even as you’re watching Koffee With Karan, you realise you want to see more of the show than just the one episode each week. It is undoubtedly one of the best chat shows on Indian television right now.

Host Karan Johar is different from how he was in Lift Kara De, his first ever Hindi chat show with a social message and comes across as comfortable and chilled out.

Karan JoharHis questions, personal and professional, are asked in such a tone that they don’t embarrass the guests, instead giving way to fun conversation. Shah Rukh Khan’s opening speech in the first episode was a pleasant surprise.

Usually, most shows undergo a change in format once they enter season two and three. But here, only the set has been revamped to resemble a drawing room of sorts. There’s no coffee wall this time but it’s mandatory for the guests to sign an autograph on the coffee cup.

Thank God for that since the format is just right for an interesting tête-à-tête. The idea of running 10-second promos of the forthcoming episodes is cool because it actually leaves the audience asking for more. Here’s to Karan and the team!

Rating- ****

What we like
The informal chat between celebrities
The good ol’ rapid fire round
Johar as the warm and well-spoken host

We don’t like
The set in previous seasons appeared friendlier.
Shah Rukh Khan’s absence from episode one.

Show: Pyar Ki Yeh Ek Kahani
Channel: Star One
Time: 8.30 pm, weekdays
Cast: Priya Wai, Vivian D’Sena, Sukirti Khandpal

It takes some bravado to Indianise the Twilight franchise on a channel whose shows are targeted at the urban youth. So, hail to producer Ekta Kapoor. But unfortunately, this work of fiction is not up to the mark.

The special effects are at best on par or a few notches better than a Ramsay movie. The story isn’t gripping enough, but the casting has been done pretty carefully.

The faces look apt for their parts but as far as acting is concerned, everyone needs to brush up their skills. The kind of campus and hostel life shown is too childish.

On the plus side, purely the selection of actors and the overall dark appearance of the show may work. But the second you see special effects, you’ll be impelled to switch the channel.

Rating- **

What we like
Brave attempt to Indianise the Twilight series

We don’t like
The production values, the special effects and sometimes, even the performances of the cast.

First Published: Nov 10, 2010 15:03 IST