Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi made waves when he appeared on an episode of “Koffee with Karan” and called Aishwarya Rai “plastic.” Now he’s rushing to clear up the scandal. In an Oct. 18 article in the Hindustan Times Hashmi backpedaled, insisting that he only made the comment to win the show’s often-controversial ‘rapid fire’ round.
“Koffee with Karan” is a popular Bollywood chat show hosted by director Karan Johar. The format of the show involves two or more guests who are related to each other in some way (via a family link, stars who have featured in the same film, actors or actresses from similar generations, etc). The show ends with a rapid fire round in which Karan Johar asks bold and potentially embarrassing questions of his guests. The guest who gives the best answers wins the hamper (a basket of goodies).
Emraan Hashmi was appearing with his uncle, director Mahesh Bhatt, and the pair both gave some very honest and outrageous answers in the rapid fire round. Mahesh claimed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali was overrated, that the industry as a whole needed to stop drooling over the Oscars, and that he had walked out of a showing of Ranbir Kapoor’s film “Rockstar.”
Not to be outdone, Emraan gave purposely crazy answers to many of the questions asked of him. Karan asked what might be found in various actors’ bedrooms and when he came to Mallika Sherawat Emraan answered “An Idiot’s Handbook to Succeed in Hollywood.” Of Ranbir Kapoor he said “Stop playing the ladies man stereotype, the press wants it more than you.” Advice he would give to Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone? “Lose him,” which referred to Katrina’s boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika’s beau Ranveer Singh. And he advised Shraddha Kapoor to “eat.”
But it was his comment about Aishwarya Rai which made headlines when the episode aired in January. Emraan was asked to supply a name to match a list of adjectives and in response to “plastic” he said “Aishwarya.” This was immediately picked up in the press and taken as an attack on the actress. Emraan is now eager to clarify that the remark was made simply to be outrageous, not out of malice.
“I didn’t mean it. I’m a big fan of Aishwarya. It’s the format of the show. I cannot not say things and not win the hamper. I love her. I have always been a great admirer of her work.”
And of course anyone watching the program would have seen that immediately. Just minutes earlier he stated that if he could have one thing of Abhishek Bachchan’s it would be “his wife” (Aishwarya). Of course he admires her (and probably has no hard feelings for the other celebrities he “attacked” during the segment). As he said, the format of the show requires bold statements. And in calling Aishwarya “plastic” he certainly made one!