Entry: Idiot....box Thursday, April 07, 2005

Before I write anything else let me clarify that inter-hostel sharing on our LAN has been disabled these days (since over a month back actually), because of which my access to new movies and TV series has been seriously affected.

With that excuse I hope no one would crucify me for saying what I am going to right now. I have been watching episodes of Koffee With Karan for some time now, whenever someone on my hostel LAN is gracious enough to share new episodes. I watched the first episode in a condition of absolute boredom (which isn't altogether rare for me these days) a few weeks back, and found it better than what I had expected (which was essentially zilch). When I had read about this new series in the newspaper I had imagined an effeminate Karan Johar trying to do another holier-than-thou sugary sweet Simi Garewal show where the guests try their best to smile through idiotic questions. But the show's not that bad. And having been bred on a wholesome and unadulterated diet of Hindi films, it's not as difficult for me to enjoy a Hindi movie-related show as many of my friends.

Anyway, I was saying that the show isn't really as bad as I had expected it to be. In fact, with time, I have begun enjoying it a lot. The first episode that I saw had Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan. Karan Johar, despite his really irritating mannerisms, is a good anchor and doesn't bat an eyelid raking up controversial issues. Being a film-maker that most of the Hindi film industry (or 'fraternity' as Johar puts himself) is dying to work with doesn't hinder his bravado either.

I have this habit of judging how intelligent a public figure is based on his/her TV interview depending on how he/she answers the question, the language he/she uses, and a lot else. Here's what I think of some of the guests that I have seen on Koffee With Karan:
Very intelligent - Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Lara Dutta, Saif Ali Khan
Moderately intelligent - Arjun Rampal, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol, Bipashsa Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukherjee
Trying to appear intelligent, and might actually be so, but I couldn't decide as they were very artificial - Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shobhaa De
Dumb - Preity Zinta, Kareena Kapoor, Uday Chopra

I read yesterday that the finale of the first season will have Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, along with Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Farhan Akhtar and Farah Khan (there was another director whose name I can't recall) joining them.

And KBC is coming back too this summer.


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November 3, 2011   11:23 PM PDT
the xbox is the idiot box! lol
January 21, 2007   05:44 AM PST
how can u put Kareena on ur "Dumb List" She was giving good answers and wasn't being boring like Rani. Kareena was being funny and smart too. Rani was just trying to be intelligent and trying to be mature
July 21, 2005   11:49 PM PDT
I Agree. Shabana Azmi should be categorized a bit higher though. Shes way more briliiant than any of the others. Amazing lady!

Add the munmun sen daughters Riya and Raima sen to the Dumb list. I saw raima sens interview and she was terrible!

April 14, 2005   10:56 AM PDT
Hey, I do this too but only sub-consciously!
April 8, 2005   06:38 PM PDT
Great evaluation. About Lara Dutta, she might be very intelligent but do you realize if she were to marry Brian Lara she would then be called 'Lara Lara' ;-)
April 8, 2005   12:42 PM PDT
if u want to judge their intelligence..I'd prefer u watch "cover story" by Vir Sanghvi , and Powerr trip by Shobha De.
April 8, 2005   12:19 PM PDT
I haven't been brave enough to check up on Karan Johar's show. But does anybody else think that Karan Johar is, seriously, gay? Not that I mean this as an insult to gay people.. But come on folks, the sashaying, the flowery shirts, the awkward lisp, all seem slisha shady!
April 8, 2005   12:08 AM PDT
Koffee with Karan is, indeed, a very interesting show. I don't think I have missed any of the episodes as yet. But I do plan to give the next one a miss. Fat actresses from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi... are going to be on it.
And I think your evaluation of the guests' intelligence was spot on.
April 7, 2005   09:48 PM PDT
gosh..ur posting faster than I can comment!! good analysis..but the whole raking up controversial issues..is just a way of spicing up the interviews..
and u must have noticed how he's built up his own "gang".. and I am bugged of seeing the same faces again and again.
April 7, 2005   07:42 PM PDT
Even I have a strange habit sir, and that is of judging people from their blogs....
and I'd put you in the "very intelligent" categories immediately...

Real cool collection of blogs.
And congratulations for the IIMA call.
April 7, 2005   12:08 PM PDT
my friends call the xbox the idiot box...its so true lol

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