Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar is all set to play host to Bollywood’s most loved couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan on his talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’. Gearing up for its third season, which kick starts this Sunday has given KJo an iconic status of Oprah Winfrey in India. B-Towns biggest names will make an appearance on the show, making it one of the most glamorous and high-class talk shows on the idiot box.
While expressing his thoughts to a news daily on returning to the small screen after a long break, KJo said, “It feels good. ‘Koffee with Karan’ is not work for me. It is an extension of my personality. People read books, listen to music, I host talk shows. For me this is a lot of fun. I like getting into the head space of film celebrities and making them come across as real people. It`s a challenge."
The best friend of the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ Shah Rukh Khan, Karan got quite candid while talking to the daily. KJo had sought his friends’ opinion before venturing into TV as a show host. Some of his friends believed it was a good idea while the rest of it thought it a bad decision. He said, "There was this huge divide. Some said go ahead, they felt I would have fun. But others advised me against this and said, `You are a filmmaker. Why are you attempting to do a talk show? It will come across as frivolous.` But I am glad I went with it because the show has contributed in a large way to my identity as a filmmaker and as a human being. Wherever I go in the world, this role of mine follows me. I love the fact that I am almost more identified with my talk show than with my cinema. Loads of filmmakers have since then debuted on Indian television. I think that is great. Why should filmmakers just stand behind the camera? Be in front of it if you can and if you want to."
And Karan does not get deterred by the presence of a host of Tinsel Town giants on TV. With none other but Amitabh Bachchan playing host on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, to Akshay Kumar hosting ‘Master Chef India’ and Salman Khan presenting ‘Bigg Boss’, KJo doesn’t feel insecure about his position on small screen. He also says that the idiot box is almost dominated by the B-Town stars.
"There was this myth that people from the movies should not be on television. However, with Amit uncle doing ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ everything changed. Today the small screen is virtually dominated by the biggest Bollywood names. Of course, I am not even in that space. I`m doing my own little thing by hosting this English talk show. Having said that, I would say that television is a great way of connecting to people. ‘Koffee with Karan’ gives people a voyeuristic feeling of almost overhearing a lounge chat between friends. You feel you are eavesdropping on a conversation between celebrities and that is the USP of the show”, Karan said.
Here’s wishing Karan Johar all the very best for the third season of his celeb talk show.