Thursday, March 08, 2007
Men love him...women love him... kids love him... critics love him... cynics love him... everybody loves him! Versatility is now being touted as his latest virtue! This trendy nawab actually surprised audiences by getting a rural dialect pitch perfect in his recent big hit- Omkara! Karan's first guest this week is a superstar, a fighter, a survivor, but most importantly... the actor - Saif Ali Khan. His second guest is a member of Saif's family and a representative of Gen-Next in Bollywood. An actress who has strongly made her presence felt in one of the most acclaimed films of 2006 - Rang De Basanti - Soha Ali Khan! Meet the royal brother-sister duo in an exciting and heartwarming episode, this Sunday, March 11th at 9 p.m. only on Star One and Star World only on Koffee with Karan!
Soha: Yes! Again... I've only spent time when Bhai and her are together but I've spent some time with her and she's very nice. And she's a very kind and warm person and she's a very good cook!
Karan: And that helps?
Soha: It always helps!
Karan: Was it difficult for you to make the transition from Amrita to Rosa? Was it difficult for you emotionally because you had to deal with two different people in the same time zone?
Saif: Tell her to shut up! Tell him... Let's talk about Rang De Basanti...
Soha: Ok! I think he wants me to tell you that!
Karan: Ok! You can tell me to shut up...
Saif: No! No! Carry on...
Karan: Ok... we wont shut up then.. was it tough?
Soha: No! It wasn't tough... I have a sort of independent relationship with most people... I think we're quite a strange family as well. We all have our independent lives but we're very close! I think I related to bhabhi as bhai's wife at the same time as well as a person-to-person as I relate to her now so in that sense they're 2 separate relationships!
Saif: And again... if you ask me... it becomes like a comparison.. and there is none.. between anybody... its wrong...wrong to compare and the times we had in the past...whatever it was.. its not right to discuss it too much on camera because some things are so private. There were great things... were great times... obviously if you choose to be married...
Karan: What is your take on the institution?
Soha: I still believe in it! I look forward to it! I see myself married at some point... I think it's unfortunate at times. It's a promise between 2 people and sometimes you're unable to fulfill the promise. That's always sad when that breaks but I think there's lots going for it.
Saif: I think there's a lot going for it as well. I don't know if I said that...
Karan: Though I'm fairly cynical about the institution but that's just me!
Karan: So is there anyone around?
Soha: No... not at the moment!
Karan: Your single?
Soha: Yes... single..
Karan: No Prince of Morocco?
Soha: No! That's bizarre.
Karan: I read it somewhere that the Prince of Morocco proposed to you...
Soha: We should ask my parents that because they'll know more than me. Sometimes proposals come that are filtered...
Karan: And they filtered this proposal? What were they thinking?
Soha: I need to ask my mother about it because there was some talk of a Moroccan connection...
Karan: Would you like your sister to marry the Prince of Morocco?
Saif: Nice summer holiday...
Karan: And that's the only reason you would like her to marry him?
Saif: I don't know.. What are these Morrocan's like?
Soha: I went to Morocco with a blonde female friend of mine and over there you're offered camels in place of women. So of course being blonde and blue-eyed she was offered 300 camels. The gentleman who we were with was offered 300 camels in place of her and 5 camels for me because I look typically Arabic.
Saif: Does this happen? Does the transaction go through?
Soha: Presumably! I don't know where you would keep 300 camels though!
Karan: Certainly not in any of your homes for sure!
Karan: Saif, when you came in.. you were criticized for being too western and no one really thought you will make it to the point you have! And now you are considered the first metrosexual hero that Indian cinema has to offer.
Saif: You better stop that because apparently it's quite in after the Bond film to be rugged! So don't call me metrosexy now!
Karan: We don't know what the word really means!
Saif: is it Gay?
Karan: No its not! It's definitely not gay!
Saif: Yeah! We know what it means.. I mean I do have a couple of creams in my bathroom that I like to use!
Karan: And do you go for a manicure or pedicure?
Saif: Once in a while! I feel having really ragged nails and split cuticles is no good! People judge people by their hands. I was told that! I look at hands quite a lot!
Karan: Oh dear! (Hiding hands)
Karan: Omkara and versatility of course the superstardom! Does it surprise you?
Saif: I won't call it superstardom!
Karan: It is! I'm calling it that and I'm from the inner circles of the film fraternity so if I'm saying it.. it must be true!
Saif: You are the circle of the film fraternity!
Karan: No I'm not! You are viable commercially... your critics love you ... everyone loves you! I know I'm gushing right now but it's all true!
Saif: I think I've been at it for sometime and I've learnt and grown. With all this also comes a sense of responsibility and this is my life! I'm really not capable of doing anything else as rewarding in every way- emotionally, financially. This is all I can do and I'm happy I can do it well! But its become more than getting happy.. getting a compliment or something... There's a long way to go! There's an entire life to take care of. This is my way of supporting myself and very seriously it's my career... it's what drives me! I've learnt that I need to do it and it's very much a part of who I am...
Karan: How did you think things worked out for Saif... Did you think he would be where he is today?
Soha: Fifteen years ago... No!
Karan: Do you feel proud of him today?
Soha: Hugely! I've seen all his films!
Karan: Contrary to you!
Saif: In many cases that's quite an achievement!
Soha: I haven't seen all of them! I've seen all the good ones and I'm so proud of him and of what he's achieved. I've spent more time with him in the last 3 years and now that I'm also working in films I end up meeting him more often even if it's on the set.