Entertainment Show or Status Symbol: Koffee with Karan

For Saturday evenings, I have a fixed schedule. I switch to the Star World on television and watch the talk show Koffee with Karan. Not just me, but I think most of the people who can understand English have the same routine.

An entertainment show, hosted by bollywood director Karan Johar, coming on the coffee couch has become a symbol of honour for the celebrities. In a recent episode, actor Ayushmann Khurrana said that he hasn’t watched much episodes of the show because he used to feel bas that he was never invited.

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Why didn’t Ayushmann come earlier? Why wasn’t he invited? He’s being working for so long in the industry. His first movie Vicky Donor was released in 2012.

And how did Sara Ali Khan make her debut on coffee couch with her father Saif Ali Khan before her first movie?

Is Koffee with Karan just an entertainment show or behind this entertainment is hidden status and class?  

Coffee not tea

I love coffee contrary to my parents who love tea. My dad often says, ‘You have your coffee. English people. We like tea only.’

Don’t know why but people consider coffee superior to tea. You can find tea stalls in almost all streets for just 10-20 rupees. The situation with coffee is little different. You may not find it in all streets. You may have to spend 100 to 200 rupees to have it.

As per the FSSAI website, though people in India consume more tea than coffee in the southern part of the nation, consumption of coffee is high.

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On one hand, we can argue that Koffee in the title of the show is done to connect it with Karan but on other hand, it can also be argued that ‘Koffee’ is used so as to establish a status symbol.

English Talk Show

Recently Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh and Badshah were seen on the coffee couch. Karan was fluent in English with Badhshah who is also a graduate from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi.  However, during the conversation Diljit Dosangh frequently used Hindi instead of English Even when the Comedy Kapil Sharma came on the coffee couch; the episode started discussing his weak command over English. In the starting only he made himself clear that he’ll interact in Hindi. Kapil Sharma also added that he didn’t understand the word ‘Apology’, he said, and “When we have sorry word in our market, what was the need to bring the word Apology.”

According to 2011 census, only 2 Lakh 60 thousand people are fluent in English language in India. This means the show is of no use for the people who can neither read nor understand the language. The medium of interaction limits the viewers.

Success or Access?

As mentioned earlier Aayushman khurana did not watch much of the episodes because he always used to feel bad that he was never invited.

On other hand actresses like Janvi Kapoor and Sara Ali khan were invited after their 1st movie only. Similarly, the debut of Anil Kapoor’s son Harsh Vardhan Kapoor can also be questioned with his sister Reah Kapoor.

In this regard it can be argues that family background also plays an important role apart from the success of the films.

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Oh yeah, nepotism.

So keep watching the entertainment (and probably status) talk show Koffee with Karan.


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