By Siddhi Pathak
Imagine a candid conversation with the king of romance — Karan Johar, in a plush Mumbai restaurant, sipping vintage wine. The thought conjures up images of elegance and excitement. And this is exactly what the show, Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan does to you.
When you think of Karan Johar in a talk show, flashes of him grilling celebrities in Koffee With Karan instantly come to you. However, for a change, the tables have turned as Karan was seen on the guest’s seat in the opening episode of Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan.
The talk show sees noted dialogue writer and lyricist Niranjan Iyengar as the host. While Iyengar may choose to invite the same guests as KWK, comparing the two would not do justice to either of them. While KWK is known to foster controversy and initiate gossip, Look Who’s Talking is more candid. Niranjan comes across more like a curious friend than a talk show host. The great rapport that he shares with Johar is evident, and it gives way to unique conversations revealing a different side of the multifaceted celebrity.
The show also has a humourous side that doesn’t come across as planned or forceful. On the contrary, the nature of conversation is amusing enough to let the humour flow in an arbitrary and seamless manner. A lot of bold statements from Johar manage to make you sit up and hold your interest till the end. Sample this, Johar makes an astounding statement when he says how he doesn’t think much of Ram Gopal Varma or even Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It is enough to set the gossip mills rolling. He is also candid about his personal life and confesses that being pretentious has been such a big part of his personality — a trait that he now wants to change. “If I really expose myself, I’ll come across as a manic or depressive,” he says. The entire conversation is laced with quotable quotes, enough to fill page 3 of gossip magazines.
The show doesn’t boast of a coffee quiz or a spine chilling rapid fire round in the end. However, Look Who’s... does have its own unique elements, such as putting up one thing owned by the guest for sale online.
Verdict: A good watch.