It was more out of curiosity than anything else that I happened to tune in to Sunday’s episode of Koffee with Karan, featuring Mallika Sherawat and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
At first glance, it seemed an unusual pairing, but as the show went on, they seemed to find several things in common and got along like a house on fire. Mallika, true to her bold image, was quite forthright and made no bones about several issues, whether the supposed wars with her co-stars or her directors. She also insisted she suffered from a disorder, a ‘Superiority Complex’!
She thought the most gorgeous male star was Rock Hudson, inspite of Karan’s attempt to put the ‘gay’ spin on it, and also felt Bipasha Basu had the best butt in the business! – which I’m sure many would feel is a highly debatable point :p
Sanjay, for his part, was equally frank and was candid enough to admit he preferred watching his own films and learning from them than watching other hit films. He even said he hadn’t seen Lage Raho Munnabhai, Rang De Basanti, which were cult hits last year. He also spoke passionately about his upcoming film, Saawariyan, featuring two newcomers.
Both spoke extensively on the existence of camps in Bollywood and the fact that they shunned such camps, parties and other Page 3 events and also that they did not believe in networking or being in touch with other people.
While they are entitled to their opinions, I felt this was somewhat off the mark. Networking is quite essential in today’s world and living in isolation does not really work out in the long run. Networking also does not mean only attending parties and social dos.
Overall, this was quite an entertaining watch with a good pairing who spoke what they thought, and there was none of the “politically correct” statements that one often gets to hear on such chat shows. 🙂