‘Koffee With Karan’ Season Five Recap: The Koffee Awards

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Ayan Mukerji, Malaika Arora, Neha Dhupia, Karan Johar and Rohan Joshi.

As veteran viewers of Koffee With Karan, we can easily say that season five was the least exciting of them all. Unlike in previous seasons, most stars appeared not to exchange in playful repartee with host Karan Johar but to promote their own films. Though he tried to ask them controversial questions, as Farah Khan said “There’s something on this couch, people sit on it and start lying.” In other words, they flatly denied their alleged relationships the truth about which KJo is obviously privy to. It was the shortest season yet at just 18 episodes including one with actors who appeared in previous episodes. Perhaps this is why Johar decided to pad the season with another round of Koffee Awards, his film awards-style presentation of accolades for his guests. To this end, he enlisted a ‘jury’ comprising model Malaika Arora actress Neha Dhupia, comedian Rohan Joshi and director Ayan Mukerji.

Neha Dhupia has questionable taste in fashion
The first category was Best Dressed Male and we don’t know why Ranbir Kapoor was nominated, considering his white jacket-black polo neck was among the most quizzical sartorial choices of the season. Arora and Mukerji both wondered why too, calling the look “dated” and comparing him to “Hrithik (Roshan) in K3G“. Dhupia, who came dressed in a flowy kaftan – Johar described her as “the first guest who turned up house wear” – was all praise for Kapoor, who she felt carried the polo off with elan. Thankfully, Mukerji and Arora vetoed her, picking instead Shahid Kapoor for his three-piece suit. Dhupia disagreed with their choice saying that Kapoor’s “lining was off setting and it was showing way too much”. Like Joshi, we had no clue what she was talking about. Ultimately, KJo declared the category a tie. In his ‘acceptance speech’, Shahid Kapoor thanked stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania who, if she was watching, might have had a few words to say to Dhupia about her diss.

The jury members inadvertently confirmed some rumours
While going through the nominees for Best Male, after watching Ranveer Singh praise himself as the “best boyfriend in the world”, Dhupia exclaimed how “Deepika (Padukone) or Anushka (Sharma) should be saying it, not him”. Now, it’s an open secret that Padukone and Singh are dating, but Sharma had always maintained that she and Singh were just good friends.

Bollywood folk have a strange sense of humour
For the Best Actor In A Comic Role category, Arora, Dhupia and Mukerji each found Varun Dhawan’s slapstick brand of humour to be the funniest. Dhawan’s antics are the kind that might appeal to those aged ten and under, so we were surprised that the trio thought he was hilarious, especially when the clip they showed wasn’t particularly funny. It featured Dhawan speaking gibberish. Stand-up comic Joshi should have been given veto power for this particular category. He rightfully felt that the award should have gone to Twinkle Khanna whose “hostage video” barb at KJo was the ultimate burn. But Dhawan was chosen the winner by majority vote.

Karan Johar really doesn’t think he’s nepotistic or does he?
As most people who read the entertainment sections of the newspapers would know, KJo and Kangana Ranaut recently exchanged a war of words. Although he didn’t show it while she was on the show, Johar took umbrage to Ranaut calling him the “flag bearer of nepotism” and subsequently accused the actress of the playing “the woman card” and “the victim card”. We suspect that KJo suffers from at least a little bit of a guilty conscience because on the Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput episode, as the season finale helpfully reminded us, when Rajput said that “nepotism” was among the things she doesn’t understand about the film industry, he replied “that might be directed to me”.

We don’t know whether this particular episode was recorded before KJo’s now-infamous talk at LSE, but he no doubt felt he was being gracious by including Ranaut’s quote among the nominees for Best Line of the season. “I’m all about understanding her perspective though I may not agree,” he said after Dhupia elected Ranaut as a potential winner of the category. Ultimately, the gold-plated Koffee cup was given to Sohail Khan for his “One Zero Zero” line, which was not without irony because the head of the jury Arora, who recently separated from her husband Arbaaz Khan, is Khan’s sister-in-law. In other words, it was a gleaming display of nepotism.

Finally when the jury chose the hundredth episode as the best episode of the season, Johar declared it the ultimate proof of his fairness. His personal preference was for the Ranbir Kapoor-Ranveer Singh episode. “I am not nepotistic,” he said with a scowl. “If you noticed even the students didn’t score so how does that make me nepotistic?” The students he was referring to were the leads of his 2012 film Student of the Year. That Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra didn’t win any category and that Dhawan had to make do with just one, was more than enough evidence, in Johar’s eyes, that he’s a paragon of justice.

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