‘Koffee With Karan’ Season Five Recap: Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez
Viewers unfamiliar with the daily dalliances of Bollywood stars may have wondered why host Karan Johar chose to pair his protege, Sidharth Malhotra with his co-judge from the ninth season of reality TV dance contest Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Jacqueline Fernandez. It turns out that Malhotra and Fernandez became fast friends during the making of Reloaded, an action movie starring both actors scheduled to be released in August. They have more in common than just being actors who managed to break into the Hindi film industry without any background in Bollywood. They’re both good-looking, amiable people whose charm outweighs their acting talents. On KWK, they gave their host exactly what he wanted by continuously flirting with each other.
Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez gave the best performances of their careers
Increasingly we find that Bollywood stars are choosing to optimise the free publicity gained by appearing on Koffee With Karan by playing to the gallery and ensuring that their episode is discussed for days. Their strategy: be as entertaining as possible without actually saying or admitting to anything of substance. The pressure was clearly on for this pair as Fernandez got so stressed about her KWK debut that a few weeks ago, she cancelled the episode shoot at the last minute after falling ill the previous night. If the mandate was to be as coquettish as possible, then the actors nailed it. It’s not that Fernandez was asked too many hard questions. Johar did not mention her ex, director Sajid Khan even once. While their relationship ended over two years, KJo is after all known to rake up the past. Malhotra on the other hand flat out denied dating alleged girlfriend Alia Bhatt, who had also said she was single when asked about him.
To give KJo credit, at least he tries
Faced with two guests claiming to be single, KJo decided to suggest that something was brewing between the two. That Fernandez went over to Malhotra’s house in Mumbai for script readings, that they play poker together, and that she visited his home in Delhi on her birthday and cut a cake his family bought for her, were good enough reasons for Johar to conclude that Fernandez and Malhotra could possibly be in a relationship. What they haven’t done together is go on vacations abroad, something Malhotra has done with Bhatt.
Fernandez and Malhotra added fuel to Johar’s fire
Malhotra said “of course” when asked if he would potentially date Fernandez, while Fernandez said she finds guys like Malhotra who are quiet “super hot”, “very mysterious and sexy”. He named her as the actress whose alternative occupation could be that of a stripper because he knows she’s learning pole dancing. “I’ve seen some moves,” Malhotra said. “I’d pay for that.” The duo were equally candid in the Koffee Shots With Karan segment, KJo’s twist on the Never Have I Ever drinking game for which he usually enlists Arjun Kapoor. The actor was clearly busy that day as Johar had to settle for his guests gulping down shots of coffee instead. In this segment, Fernandez and Malhotra both admitted that they’re part of the mile high club (though KJo’s criteria for entry is making out, as opposed to having sex, on a plane); had a shower with someone; and had phone sex. For the benefit of their host (and the viewing audience), they sat extremely close to each other at multiple points during the show.
Malhotra and Fernandez really, really like KJo
Fernandez, who has yet to act in a movie either directed or produced by Johar, picked him as the director she’d like to work with next even though his name didn’t figure in the list she was given in the rapid-fire round. Malhotra, who got his break in KJo’s Student of the Year (2012), named his mentor as the person from the film industry whom he would call to say “I love you” to if the world was ending. Despite the aww factor of his response, Fernandez was more successful in winning over the filmmaker as Malhotra lost the rapid-fire round.
Koffee With Karan airs on Star World at 9pm every Sunday.