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Karan gets cracking

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View Koffee with Karan - Picture GalleryWatching Karan at his wittiest, chattiest best, there’s no doubt that the director has found himself the perfect alternate profession of an anchor of his celebrity chat show Koffee With Karan. “I love talking to people, everywhere -- at social events, on the telephone, at home etc. so it's wonderful that I'm getting paid for it,” says Karan. In the same breath he adds, movie making is still very much on the cards, but only once he’s done with his cuppa!.

For the time being, though, he will continue to produce films. “I am producing my assistant Tarun Mansukhani’s next film which will go on the floor in the middle of the year. We are in the process of ideating and finalising the screenplay,” he reveals. Other than that, there’s also an animation film in the pipeline. “I’m hoping this animation film starts in the next two months. And once I’m done with the second season of Koffee…, I'll work on my own script towards the end of the year.”

But presently, it’s coffee and conversations over it are taking up most of his mind. “People think it’s easy because it’s my friends I’m talking to,” he says. “But it’s very difficult to ask a dear family friend a question before a camera in a semi-formal set-up, instead of asking him the question over the phone. Sometimes it’s strange because you know the answer to the question and yet you’re asking them the question. And though they’re not giving you the accurate information you still have to keep a straight face,” he laughs.

Elaborating further on this, he says: “Rani once told me that the thing that bothers her about coming to my show is that she knows what I’m thinking when she answers my question, when she could give that answer to any other talk show host and he wouldn’t know better. While I know you the actual answer.” He also adds how he gets to know the pstche of a person during his Rapid Fire round. “While asking Raju Hirani a question in the rapid fire, I learnt a lot about his psyche, and the way his mind operates, something I had not known till then.”

Karan maintains that he will never make his friends ‘spill the beans’. “I’m not here to intrude into their privacy. I base my questions only on what has already been reported. Sometimes I even caution my guests when I feel they are being a bit too candid,” he says.

This time round the show will be pretty much the same expect for a few things. “For one, the coffee hamper will be bigger, better and definitely worth winning,” he grins. “We have also given the set a Soho New York kind of look and hidden the camera in slits in the walls so our guests don’t become conscious. We’re just 25 shows old and if we keep jumping formats it would look like a gimmicky game show. What works in the show is the chatty, informal, lounge talk.”

Karan has also included an international celebrity on his show, Richard Gere, who incidentally is the only solo guest on the show. “I wanted to talk to him alone as he’s truly a man on a mission and has so much to say,” says Karan.

And would he also have Ram Gopal Varma solo on the show? Though taken aback with the wuery, he shoots with a straight face: “If I could get Ramu on the show, I’d call him alone too as there’s so much I have to ask him.”


 
 

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