Sharmila Tagore’s effortless style with a pair of glasses constantly in her hand felt like the Koffee With Karan couch was finally blessed with a real human being.
'Only legends' is written all over the latest episode of Koffee With Karan Season 8, as Sharmila Tagore graced the show with her royal presence, along with her son, Saif Ali Khan. Both of them looked their regal best and ended up giving Karan Johar the most charming episode of the season.
Koffee With Karan Season 8 Episode 10 Review
Koffee With Karan Season 8 has had a glass-half-full run this season and the show has only managed to survive due to the absence of any celebrated episodes like in earlier seasons, when conversations were more unfiltered and guests weren’t being politically correct. Barring the episdoes with Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani, and Ananya Panday and Sara Ali Khan, no other episode this season has been received well, ending up as flat conversations with nothing to to talk about really
But as they say, only legends know legendary business. Sharmila Tagore and Saif Ali Khan owned the set of the chat show and made sure there was no dull moment. It wasn’t a flashy gown or a designer tuxedo on display, but rather a simple saree with a pearl necklace, a wrist watch, and a pair of spectacles in hand that gave Karan Johar the charm that his show was lacking this season. There is so much to this episode that one can compare it to the entire season and this one will still stand out.
I can go on and on about Sharmila Tagore’s queen-like charm and the eloquent presence that she brought to the show, looking effortless, like she was born with it. At the same time, she was also the mother to the man sitting next to her and that shone through as well. The highlight of this episode was that neither Tagore nor Saif Ali Khan were playing as per the (new) blueprint of the show. They were being candid and themselves, which made it such a charming watch.
Even when uncomfortable and tough phases in their lives were mentioned, like Saif Ali Khan’s separation from Amrita Singh, they were sporty enough to talk about it without having filters and not hiding behind any bushes. It almost felt like this was Koffee With Karan Season 4 or 5, when social media wasn’t deciding what the conversations would be like, and these were just some industry folk sharing things about themselves, forgetting that there was a camera in the room.
The chemistry that the mother-son duo share is endearing. They keep cutting each other off; Sharmila tells Saif to shut up with gestures, and they fondly keep reaching for each other's hands across the couch. They were okay talking about Sharmila’s cancer treatment, which was never revealed until now. They also spoke about how she had to say no to Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani and that role went to Shabana Azmi. This also reminds me of the picture Azmi shared with Tagore in Delhi. And the timeline hints it could be the same time the Mandi actor was shooting for the Karan Johar directorial in the Capital.
The highlight of the night has to be Sharmila Tagore giving up on two flag-bearers of Hindi cinema, not knowing what ‘putra moha’ means. Saif Ali Khan's ‘I am okay in my world’ attitude added another layer of authenticity. No one was justifying anything, and no one had lengthy explanations for some rough things that happened to them or that they did. There was only acceptance and that made this episode relatable.
Koffee With Karan Season 8 Episode 10 Verdict:
It is in being organic that Karan Johar's and the makers of the shows must lay their emphasis. Social media must not dictate the tone of your show; the people on that couch should. Tagore and Khan taught this well.