Kuch Kuch Hota Hai memories resurface in the latest episode of KWK Season 8, with a lot of elephants being addressed in the room.
It's an unedited hang with the superstar cousins Kajol and Rani Mukerji as they spill their guts from the sets of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which marked their first outing with the then-debutant director, Karan Johar. When the quiz leaves everyone in splits, it becomes insane!
While introducing his two guests, Karan Johar called them "motormouths" and described the Mukerji cousins Kajol and Rani as "Chatter-jees." Well, they arrived; they chose their sides on the couch, flipped their hair, and sat.
If you expected anything else to be the elephant in the room other than Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, you are probably mistaken. However, I wish Shah Rukh Khan too, because that's the complete package. But, with all guards down, Rani gave a boost to kick off the episode by expressing that she was either teary-eyed or bored due to Karan's discussion about Ranveer Singh.
When OGs are present, they demand all attention, leaving no room for anyone else, including the male superstar who unites them. However, all things Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was Karan reminiscing about those golden days, even the lesser-known London story of four men—him, Manish Malhotra, Aditya Chopra, and Anil Thadani—two of them off for corporate meetings and two of them shopping for costumes. You won't get it wrong!
Well, when KJo was doing all the talking, Kajol came to an agreement, and Rani listened to him with a stoic face. However, when Rani went into heaping praise on the filmmaker, it's Kajol's antics that took away the attention. I was at one point in time waiting for her to say, "Bade Mazaaki Ho!" But that's how they are off camera, so the camaraderie remained intact and made the episode more organic, just like Kajol and Rani's relationship is.
Well, that was the elephant to which I wished to be addressed in the room, because nobody can forget how Kajol blatantly refused to praise any of Rani's onscreen performances, and the latter did the same but still called her a great mother. The undercurrents were seen passing through the suited-up SRK, who was sitting in between. However, this time it was mentioned, and it was with honesty that they talked about how things are different when one is in their teens and now in their 40s.
However, in the name of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, bohot kuch ho raha tha in the episode, including the alternate theories that popular Instagram user Karan Mir plotted of turning it into a murder mystery. That was the elephant, which was also addressed in the room. Little did I know, in the expectation of an AV from SRK, I would be watching a bunch of popular influencers and comedians talk about 25 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. In the beginning, my face was like Rani figuring out what was happening, and then, like her, I eventually gave in and burst out laughing.
The best part of the show was indeed the Koffee Quiz. After quizzing Siddharth Malhotra twice about seduction, Karan's questioning was in need of a good cleansing. A good piece of trivia anywhere, I am game! But it wasn't the quiz that made the segment funnier; it was everything apart from that. I was rolling and laughing while watching it at midnight when I woke up the people in my house, including my cat. And if I managed to have that good laugh while watching Koffee With Karan this season, I am hands-down calling it the best episode.
The icy vibes, which were still a little evident between Kajol and Rani, broke down during the quiz, and once again, let's call it organic like they do. Who would have thought that the episode would take a turn with talks about shooting it at YRF and calling Rani a "maalkin" who is apparently not adjusting the temperature of the AC? Despite attempts to steer clear of the topic, Aditya Chopra, yet another "elephant" in the room, garnered unprecedented attention.
Making Karan realise that past relationships and animosity are not to be discussed anymore, kudos to Kajol for putting it straight, and like she says, "There's no two ways about it." And we hope that after the silver jubilee of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Karan Johar will get over the so-called "gender politics" and Rahul's "red flag" discussion.
A rapid fire where the number of questions was equal and also the laughs just like the golden era, this nostalgia hits hard only to make you realise that Kajol and Rani are not in their 20s anymore, thus their antics remain more or less the same, and the impact of their talks gets deeper.