Koffee with Karan or Coffee with Controversy?

Everyone seems to love the chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’, hosted by none other than Bollywood director and producer, Karan Johar. Crafted as a way for us to get deeper insights into the lives of our favourites celebrities, the show is never short of controversies, running now successfully since its first episode aired way back on 19 November 2004.

Koffee with Karan Season 6 was recently in the news due to another controversy, probably the biggest of them all, with cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul both getting into a fair bit of trouble for their comments on the talk show. Derogatory comments against women is never taken lightly, especially not when you’re a national cricketer.

With actors and celebrities, it’s taken lightly, as they don’t represent our country. Cricketers do. In India, cricket is a religion and naturally, the cricketers are treated as Gods. These Gods thus need to take their roles more seriously, and now what kind of consequences their words and actions could have.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on Koffee with Karan
Image credits: Hotstar

BCCI handed a show cause notice to both these cricketers and also asked Karan Johar to take down this particular episode with Rahul and Pandya, so you won’t be able to watch it now if you haven’t already. A little bit of fame and money, not even 2-3 years since their respective Indian debuts and so much of misogyny and sexism.

The BCCI thus needs to make sure that steps are taken to reduce such bad behaviour among their main cricketers, as well as make them understand the realities of this fame and money. Both Rahul and Pandya are extremely sorry about their comments on the show and it’s going to be tough for them to get their careers back on track after this incident.

Pandya issued an apology on social media within the next couple of days, saying, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who [sic] I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.” However, this was clearly the work of an agency that knew he was facing backlash.

Few seconds of false bravado and years of hard work goes down the drain. It’s crisis management now for both these players, who are actually very talented and no one wants to see such talent going to waste. Some guidance and counselling needs to be provided to every up and coming cricketer from India. As for KWK, these kind of shows live on controversy. It needed some masala, and it got exactly that.

Johar himself took responsibility for the two players being banned:

“Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan [season 6] may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers. As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect,” said Star India’s Hotstar, in a tweet aimed as a reply to a user’s query about the episode missing on Hotstar.


What do you think about this entire incident? Will the two come back as stronger and more responsible cricketers for the nation? Leave your comments and let us know. Also, keep following ReadScoops.com for similar updates from the world of entertainment as well as the world of cricket.

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