‘Koffee With Karan’ Season 8 Episode 6 Recap & Review: What Does Rani Mukherjee And Kajol Reveal?

Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra’s appearance in the previous episode of Koffee with Karan could be dubbed one of the funniest episodes of this season. Varun Dhawan has a penchant for self-deprecating humor, and Sidharth got the hang of that kind of conversation, making him an adorable and humorous person as well. The new episode of Koffee with Karan was all about walking down memory lane for the host as well as the guests. The two leading ladies in Hindi cinema have been rocking the box office since the 1990s and early 2000s and have given audiences sensational performances that have become a part of their filmography as well as their identity.


Recap: What Happens In The Episode?

Rani Mukherjee and Kajol were the new guests on the latest episode of Koffee with Karan, and they had a lot to say about the host, who cast them in his first film. He was elated to be hosting the leading ladies of his film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which was not just a hit when it was released but is still a pop culture phenomenon. It is now known for the portrayal of what women should be and the kind of ladies men adore and fall in love with.

Karan began the show with some of his famous self-deprecating humor and brought up the fact that there were a lot of issues with how Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was conceived, and now, as a director and a writer, he can point out the problems in the narrative of the film and the kind of message it gave to the generation. The idea of finding love again for the second time was bold, but the narrative revolved around wanting a woman to be a certain way to attract men like Rahul in the movie. Even though Karan was able to see the negativity in it, as the leading ladies, Rani and Kajol were talking about how the film was a product of its time, he should be proud of its success instead of nitpicking its faults.

Kajol and Karan, who have been friends for a long time, did not leave any stone unturned in making fun of his demeanor for all these years, and they claim he is nowhere close to humble. Rani and Kajol also talk in detail about their time on the set of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which had its 25th anniversary recently. Rani in jest pointed out how she was not allowed to eat anything on set because she was supposed to be the desirable woman on the campus in the film. Since Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was one of the first few films in her career, it defined her position as one of the leading actresses to look forward to on the big screen. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai established Rani Mukherjee, and she is grateful to Karan Johar for making her feel comfortable throughout the shoot and allowing her to grow as an artist. Karan Johar refuted all these claims but also offered an apology before any outrage party began picking on him on social media or for his apparent tyrannical behavior.

Karan Johar and Kajol also admit that Rani was the only actor on the song shoot performing the steps as taught to her, and she received a lot of boosts from the choreographer Farah Khan. More than half of the episode was dedicated to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and all their memories from while they were shooting, as well as from post-production and pre-production. Kajol also spoke about how Karan could establish himself as the alpha on the set by just yelling at her. This was Karan’s first film as a director, and finding a foothold was a bit tough for him, which is why a friend like Kajol came forward and offered to help him. Rani and Karan Johar also speak about how the former’s voice was an issue because, ever since her first film, the rough texture was not appreciated by any director in the early stages of her career, but she made it her unique quality by concentrating on her acting rather than opting for choosing another actress to dub over her.

Karan Johar also brought up the subject of Rani and Kajol’s relationship as cousins and why there has been a distance between the two over the years. Rani was quick to point out that there was never any animosity right from the beginning. Kajol was always a busy actress, and they never grew up close, which she believed was okay and normal. Kajol concurs with Rani’s words, and she does not believe they need to be in touch every day to prove their relationship as family. Rani admits to being in touch with Tanisha more than Kajol.

Karan also brought up the subject of their latest performances in films and television shows, which were well applauded audiences and critics alike. Rani Mukherjee did not hesitate to drop some truth bombs about actresses of her age being considered for “mature love stories” while actors older than her are still romancing younger women, which is toxic and hypocritical. The women also touched upon the subject of why women marrying younger men are still looked down upon while an older gentleman marries a woman half his age and people do not blink an eye or question the union. The hypocrisy of society is what they highlighted, and most of the time it starts reflecting on the screen as well. Karan could not help but talk about how Rani and Aditya Chopra chose to keep the photos of their daughter away from social media. Along with that, how has Aditya Chopra managed to keep paparazzi from photographing him? Rani quickly responded by saying how okay she is with Aditya Chopra remaining anonymous despite his appearance in the Netflix documentary.

Karan Johar also brushed upon how his father questioned every move of his as a young director who was bringing together Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and how it meant shopping for the characters in London with the fashion designer Manish Malhotra. The host could not stop talking about how Aditya Chopra and Anil Thadani were considered Karan and Manish’s hard-working husbands, as Karan and Manish spent most of their time and money shopping for the characters of the film and not themselves. 

All this walking-down-memory-lane talk was followed by a bunch of comedians and influencers who spoke about the effect of the famous Kuch Kuch Hota Hai on them while growing up and how Karan and the actors could have approached the movie in a better way. Many admitted that Aman in the film, played by Salman Khan, deserved better closure than Karan Johar offered. This was followed by a game based on the filmography of the actresses and the infamous Rapid Fire. Both rounds of games were won by Rani Mukherjee.


Review: Two Feisty Women Take On Karan Johar!

The new episode of Koffee with Karan couldn’t have been more uninspiring, even though the women in the show made sure to make a case for how awful Karan Johar was to them on the set of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Karan Johar had Rani Mukherjee and Kajol on the Koffee couch this week, and the theme of the show was Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. All three could not stop gushing, complaining, and nitpicking about the infamous movie that defined the childhood of many reading this article.

There were allegations made in jest by Kajol and Rani Mukherjee, which may have shaken Karan Johar up because, while all this was being said on national television, we wondered if there was any truth to the bombs that Rani dropped about not being allowed to eat or being casually hit on the shoulder so that she performed well. It was astonishing and endearing of Karan to have apologized on national television for having misbehaved with her. This proves there could be some truth to what Rani claimed was happening on the set of his first film. This is the second time on-set stories from Karan Johar are being discussed openly on his show. In the previous episode as well, Karan, Varun, and Sidharth were not shy about why Alia was cast and what their relationship was before the filming had begun.

Rani Mukherjee was brutally honest about many subjects, but Kajol chose to refrain from making any controversial statements after what she had mentioned during the promotional interviews for her Disney+ Hotstar show. Kajol also refused to speak about what had caused her and Karan to not speak to each other for a long time, but they eventually patched up. This episode was all about women’s power, and it was smart of Karan to ask more about their work and less about their famous husbands. Kudos to the showmakers for not reducing them to just homemakers and wives. It was brave of Rani Mukherjee to talk about ageism and disparity when asked about why women of her age are given mature love stories while many actors older than her still romance women half their age. This is the ultimate truth of not just Hindi films but across other industries as well. This episode was lukewarm compared to the previous one and the one before that. So far, Karan Johar is only bringing on his friends; how about mixing and matching a little and bringing guests who have never appeared on the show before?


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Smriti Kannan
Smriti Kannan
Smriti Kannan is a cinema enthusiast, and a part time film blogger. An ex public relations executive, films has been a major part of her life since the day she watched The Godfather – Part 1. If you ask her, cinema is reality. Cinema is an escape route. Cinema is time traveling. Cinema is entertainment. Smriti enjoys reading about cinema, she loves to know about cinema and finding out trivia of films and television shows, and from time to time indulges in fan theories.

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