Karan Johar, all set for the seventh season of his talk show Koffee With Karan, made some big revelations about the absence of certain stars on the couch. In an interview with NDTV on the sets of the show, Karan Johar confessed that celebrities do get into trouble for statements they make on the show, even though they might well say the same things elsewhere with no consequences.. "Actors may say the same thing somewhere else but they don't get the kind of backlash when they say it on my show. People are waiting to attack them because they said something on 'Koffee With Karan' I am doomed by the reputation of my show."
Karan Johar also said he has not been able to "pull" any of the three big Khans - Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh - in this season and even Ranbir Kapoor has excused himself as a preventive measure. "The three Khans are not coming on this season, I don't have the power to pull them. I can get them for a party but not on my show. I can't manage two also out of the three Khans. Ranbir told me 'I am not coming'. He said 'I will say something and I may be in some trouble so I don't want to come."
It isn't just the celebrities who appear on Koffee With Karan who have struggled with backlash later; Karan Johar himself has not been able to shake off the fallout after the word 'nepotism' was first invoked on Season 5. "Nepotism is a topic that started on this show and it's never left me till now or the industry. I am trolled for it and abused for it and now and now I am not bothered by it," Karan Johar told NDTV.
Karan Johar, 50, also sees a huge difference in the way he hosts the show now than he did when he started out hosting Koffee With Karan. "In season 1, I was this innocent child asking questions trying to be prim and proper in my delivery and very correct in the portrayal of myself. Over the seasons, there is a lot of unabashedness and ease. Now I'm not bothered - how I am looking or whether my expressions or too much or whether I am laughing loudly, I have become more myself now by season 7."
Koffee With Karan premieres on July 7 on Disney+ Hotstar with Karan Johar's Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani stars Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh as the first guests.