What was once a guilty pleasure, Koffee With Karan, now seems like a couch used to justify movies like Kabir Singh!
Over the years, Koffee with Karan has been one of those shows I go back to over and over because it felt like the video version of reading a gossip magazine. Not only did it feel comforting to know that the fabulous lives of celebrities were just as messed up as mine, but it also served as entertainment I didn't quite know I needed. As I evolved with time, thankfully, so did some content across most platforms, and as happy as I am with celebrities becoming a little aware and mindful of how their statements can come a full circle, this guilty pleasure doesn't seem like a mindless fun watch anymore.
In yesterday's episode, we had Kiara Advani and Shahid Kapoor talking about their relationships, the friendship the two actors share, the boost that Kabir Singh gave to their respective careers, and more. And Shahid Kapoor and Karan Johar were lowkey justifying the movie. While I'm all for actors playing different characters who have their own flaws, movies need to be made more responsibly because whether we like it or not, people are impressionable, and a movie that glorifies toxic men and toxic relationships doesn't need 20 minutes of screen time across two episodes on Koffee with Karan, over and above the 2 hours 53 minutes of that film.
As an audience, we don't consume content mindlessly anymore. We're very aware of what doesn't fly with us and Koffee with Karan now feels like the stage people use to justify movies, course correct, and refrain from making statements that don't get them in trouble.
Justifying a movie three years after its release is a sign that the makers and the cast were waiting for an opportunity to clarify themselves, and Koffee with Karan felt like the best platform for the same. Clearly, the show is becoming a redemption or a cribbing platform for celebrities, and not to forget the number of movie promotions happening this season.
IMO, Koffee with Karan needs to begin with a disclaimer, given the direction it's heading in. This leaves me wondering, can problematic content be consumed today without using our minds? I'm leaving you with some food for thought!
You can watch Koffee with Karan S07 on Disney+ Hotstar, every Thursday!
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