If you are a fan of Bollywood, you can’t resist the madness and drama of the talk show Koffee With Karan. The show is an indelible part of Bollywood and prides itself on featuring the biggest celebs in the industry. While they are mostly cajoled into discussing their love life, career, friendship, fights, and abandonment, fans get to know things about their beloved stars that they wouldn’t have known otherwise. Karan’s strong friendship with the guests and his charisma put the superstars at ease. It works like a catalyst to let their guard down and ooze the juiciest gossip. However, not all celebs are rookies to fall into the honey trap. Here are some celebrities who had previously graced the show with their presence but have turned down recent invitations for personal reasons. Read on to know them all.
1. Ranbir Kapoor
Soon-to-be dad Ranbir Kapoor turned down Karan’s invitation to his show as he believes this show has always been the focal point for trapping celebs into controversies. He said this is not the time when he wants rumors surrounding him. While his new bride Alia Bhatt was the first guest to grace the show, he preferred to keep away from the limelight of Koffee With Karan.
2. Katrina Kaif
Karan announced that his guests for the next episode were Sidharth Malhotra and Vicky Kaushal. This created an uproar as fans were more interested in seeing the newlyweds, Katrina and Vicky, together. However, Karan responded to the reaction by saying that Katrina had refused the invitation to the show as she did not want to discuss her marital life on national television.
3. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma has been on the show since her debut in Bollywood with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In season 3, she partnered with Ranveer Singh, and in season 4, she was seen with Anurag Kashyap. Both the episodes were filled with fodder for the gossip mills. Karan would very much want her to be a part of the show this season too, but Anushka refused as she did not want to talk about her husband, Virat Kohli, and daughter Vamika Kohli on national television.
4. Akshay Kumar And Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna and Karan Johar are childhood friends, and this is why the couple had to be on the host’s priority guest list. However, the couple kept ditching the show for the longest time. After much coaxing, Akshay Kumar finally made an appearance on the show in season 4. When asked why he had refused the invitation earlier, Akshay made a frank statement that every time he had been on the show, he had to spend the following days calling people and explaining that he did not mean what it sounded like on the show.
After much persuading from Karan’s side, the couple finally made a joint appearance in season 5. However, twinkle said she didn’t want to come on the show as she feared she would be unable to hold herself back from saying something inappropriate in front of national television. Nevertheless, the show was one of the best episodes, and Karan remarked that he had dug up his grave by inviting the couple to his show!
5. Juhi Chawla
Karan had been inviting Juhi Chawla to his show for the longest time, but it was only in the fourth season that she finally graced Koffee With Karan partnered with Madhuri Dixit Nene. From the moment she stepped onto the set, she teased Karan by saying he didn’t invite her for the preceding seasons. This he obviously denied and said Juhi was very choosy about who she was partnered with on the show.
6. Salman Khan
Salman Khan was spoken about from the first season, but he appeared in the fourth season and made the episode worth watching on repeat. He took Karan’s volley of questions in his typical laid-back attitude and won our hearts. He also revealed bits of his life in the show that were otherwise unknown to fans.
7. Aamir Khan
It is rare to see Aamir Khan on talk shows like these, but his presence on the show made it worth the wait. He graced the show with his then-wife, Kiran Rao, and on another season with his ‘Dangal’ co-stars Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra. Sadly we won’t see more of him this season as he has refused the invitation to be a part of Koffee With Karan this year.
8. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan has been on Koffee With Karan every season except the fourth season. There were rumors that he was not pleased with Karan inviting Salman Khan as the first guest for the show. This made him reject the invitation for all subsequent episodes, which usually collects less attention than the opening show.
Talk shows are a den of gossip and drama, and we can’t complain; who needs a boring life! So no matter how cringe-filled the moments from the show are, we get to know more about the life of the stars we are unfamiliar with. So, which among these starts are you going to miss this season? Let us know in the comments section!