Karan Johar’s talks show Koffee With Karan is undoubtedly an all-time favourite when it comes to celebrity chat shows. His appeal, especially among millennials, have ensured high ratings for every season. However, much before Karan Johar, it was Simi Garewal who introduced audiences to the world of celebrity talk show. Her Rendezvous with Simi Garewal was iconic and even today, its interviews with top notch celebs from the world of Bollywood, industry and sports are fondly remembered.
Interestingly, Karan Johar and Simi Garewal apparently have had a love-hate relationship, arguably due to the competition between the talk shows. They have been intermittently, sniping at each other in print and in private, the one claiming to have been outdistanced by the other. And now it looks like Simi, who, it must be admitted, began the cult of glamorous chat shows way before anyone else did, has just started another round of ego wrestling with KJo.
In an interview to a Mumbai tabloid Ms Garewal has announced she is coming back with another season of her popular Rendezvous With Simi Garewal, and that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have “promised” to do their first post-marriage interview with her. The news predictably was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm among fans and even social media greeted the news warmly.
However, in the same interview, Simi goes on to make clear digs at Karan Johar, stating “People resort to games (on their talk show) when they cannot make conversation. It is an easy way out. No research is needed.”
Anyone who has seen Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan and experienced its format, would know where Ms Garewal’s comments are coming from, and where they are going. Of course, it could also apply to other shows like Neha Dhupia’s BFF with Vogue which has similar games and fun along with conversation.
Meanwhile, Karan Johar is getting ready to do another season of his popular talk show. And the guests in the opening episode are rumoured to be none other than Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone! Now unless Ms Garewal can get Priyanka Chopra and husband Nick Jonas to kick-start her talk show’s new season, she is in for some serious competition right from the word go.
Oh, the games celebs play!