My favourite RJs - Jaggu and Taraana on Go92.5 FM- hit the nail on the head this morning when they dissected what went wrong with the grand finale of Koffee with Karan.
All that happened was Shahrukh Khan sucked up to Amitabh - "aap kitne mahaan hain". Why can't he be asked some tough questions for a change?
Because in Bollywood everybody has to scratch each other's backs. Just that doing so in public does not make for interesting television.
And it goes against the spirit of the show. In contrast to the saccharine sweet "Rendezvous with Simi Garewal" Karan Johar did - to an extent - put his guests in the dock. He asked some 'tough' questions (by Bollywood standards) - but in a way that no one took offence. The rapid-fire round , for example, was rather fun.
The stars who were most comfortable with him - like Kareena, Rani, Preity, Saif, Shahrukh and Kajol - shared a little more of themselves than they normally would have. They gave more honest answers to the usual questions - and appeared more human.
Now if only the finale could have lived upto the same high standards. Instead of icing on the cake it ended up feeling like crumbs.