Koffee with Karan's past guests we missed this season: Throwback thursday
With the Koffee Awards episode scheduled to air this Sunday, filmmaker Karan Johar's chat show Koffee with Karan Season 5 is heading towards a wrap.
Just 19 episodes long, this has been the shortest season in the 13 year long history of his show.
Also, this season was full of film promotional activities and a majority of the guests remained guarded in their opinions throughout the show, barring a few like Kangana Ranaut who accused Johar of nepotism. Whether it is the alleged nepotism or logistical inability to accommodate more episodes on this season, a lot of celebrities remained conspicuously absent from the show.
Here's our pick oh who we'd have liked to see this season:
The Bachchan Family
Amitabh Bachchan's towering personality remained missing from the last two seasons.
In the first three appearances, he shared the couch with Abhishek Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan respectively, but the family never graced the couch together. In the final episode of Koffee with Karan Season 1, Johar recreated a reel life family moment from his 2001 film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham when he hosted Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh, Jaya and Kajol on the show. With the new addition of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, he could have invited the entire Bachchan family for a memorable episode this season.
After all, wasn't it all about loving your family?
Rishi's episode with his siblings was adjudged as the Best Episode of Season 2 in the Koffee Awards back then. Just like Johar, Rishi also poured his heart out in an autobiography earlier this year.
Johar could have conveniently picked up from some uncensored anecdotes in the book and asked Rishi to dwell more on the same. In fact, the combination of Rishi and Amitabh would have been a Koffee coup, given Rishi's recent candid confessions of jealousy towards Amitabh in the 1970s. They also shared the screen space in Johar's favourite Yash Chopra film, Kabhi Kabhie.
A little known fact is that Padukone made her Koffee debut back in Season 2 alongside Shah Rukh and Farah Khan on the verge of the release of her debut film Om Shanti Om. But back then, a reserved Padukone could speak only a few words as she was eclipsed by the other two, both Koffee veterans.
However, she took the entire industry by storm in Season 3, when she shared the couch with the outspoken Sonam Kapoor. She proved to be what Katrina Kaif was in this season - a revelation. Her unhinged comments on former beau Ranbir Kapoor are still being talked about today. That episode sent her back to her guarded self in the next season, until Priyanka Chopra popped the invisible bubble to let it all out again.
Here is another actor who has shared the Kouch with all his family members, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Zoya Akhtar, respectively. It would have been an overdose of wit and humour had these four shared the couch in this season. We would have also got to know whether their family is as dysfunctional as the one shown in Zoya's Dil Dhadakne Do.
Between her appearances in Season 3 and Season 4, Vidya Balan had won the three Filmfare Awards in a row for Paa, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani. Though her journey since Season 4 has not been as fast-paced and praiseworthy, she still commands truckloads of respect for managing to get female-oriented films like Kahaani 2 and Begum Jaan after a dry spell of over four years. It would have been interesting to get a glimpse into her low phase and more importantly, her rise to the top, on the show.
Whatever we know of the public battle between Hrithik and Kangana, most of the information has come from the latter. We haven't really heard it from the horse's mouth in case of Roshan, which would have been an interesting perspective to learn, especially if it was shot after Kangana's episode. Also, several other issues like his divorce with Sussane Khan or the risky brain injury that he underwent could have been touched upon had he been on the show this season.
Other Noteworthy Mentions
Rani Mukerji is all set to return to the silver screen. We wished she had returned to the Koffee couch as well.
Preity Zinta has turned a producer, an IPL team owner and a wife since her last appearance on the show. Recap?
Madhuri Dixit can still give the current leading ladies a run for their money, even on the Koffee couch.
But we do know why a certain Koffee veteran missed a season for the first time.
(All images are screen grabs from Hotstar)