Koffee With Karan: Welcome to the Bollywood Parent Trap

Deepanjana Pal

In his introduction, Johar said Bhatt feels like his first born and Kapoor is his “spirit soulmate”. He added that he was abandoning the script for this conversation because he loves and adores these two women too much to not be spontaneous with them.

Welcome to perhaps the second-most anticipated episode of Koffee With Karan (after the first one of this season, featuring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh). Both Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan are regulars on Johar’s show.

For a solid, uninterrupted eight minutes, Johar, Bhatt and Kapoor talk about their offspring. Johar says he’s delighted that his twins are in the same age bracket as the children of friends like Kapoor and producer Aditya Chopra, and that the next generation gets along.

Johar then shifts the focus of the conversation to husbands, and asks a long-winded question about whether it’s hard to be married to an actor since they have “more temptation” around them in their professional life.

The tones are casual; they giggle, raise an eyebrow here, and throw in an affectionate jibe there, but there’s little for an audience to take away from the chat that is carefully and deliberately superficial.