Enjoy the hot Koffee with Karan's special celebrities of the week..
The very opinionated and individualistic couple talks about their warm relationship of 23 years. They are so different yet have some similarities that makes living together all the more interesting. Shabanaji busts the myth that poets are romantic and declares on the show that Javed saab does not have a bone of romance in his body! She also shares her passion for collecting recipes even though she hardly ever cooks! Farhan and Javedsaab talk about the healthy friendship they share with each other. Karan asks Javed saab what he thought about Don and how he reacted when Farhan told him he wanted to remake it. The father-son duo also gives their reaction to Ram Gopal Verma’s remake of Sholay!
After question-answer session the interview sparkled
and sizzled with some quickies with typical Karan kind of questions.
Find out on this Sunday’s episode of Koffee with Karan…
Which film, besides Don, deserves a remake according to Javed Akhtar?
Which recent song does he wish he had written?
How would he describe Koffee with Karan in a couplet?
Which Don does he prefer- the old one or the new one?
Who according to Shabanaji is the most talented actress in Indian cinema?
Who according to her is the most stunning looking woman?
If she had Sonia Gandhi’s private number, what would she like to tell her?
Who is the winner of the most desired possession on the show - the coffee hamper!
Karan: I am very nervous today because I’m feeling compelled to sound very clever and intellectual and very social… socially relevant!
Shabana Azmi: And I am feeling very nervous because I am compelled to be very frothy and light!
You both have opinions that you like to express… you’re not afraid to
express them. You both are individualistic in your own way and yet you
have had a tremendous marriage. A marriage based on friendship. How
have these 23 years been?
Shabana Azmi: I think we meet so rarely that, that is the reason for the success of the marriage. But also because I think we share a world view, we belong to similar backgrounds and because we are friends, more than anything else.
Karan: Why? You’ll are both that busy?
Javed Akhtar: Yes!
Karan: So basically it’s a phone marriage!
Shabana Azmi: And we meet at airports once in a while!
Karan: Do you’ll agree on things? Like your opinion on films? Do you both have the same opinions?
Javed Akhtar: No, no, no!
Because once Shabanaji saw a film that didn’t do very well and she came
and said, ‘Bhai, the bad news for this film is that I have liked it!’
Shabana Azmi: There are director friends of mine who live in terror when I see a preview because if I’ve liked it, it’s really doomsday for the film. That is standard…
Karan: And do you’ll fight at home about your opinions on films, songs, things…
Javed Akhtar: We have ultimately reconciled to the fact that we do not agree on many things. If people are totally similar then there is no point in living together because one is enough and if people are totally different then there is no point in living together because you won’t be able to live together. So you need certain similarities and certain dissimilarities and this tension is interesting.
Which is the one big fight you have had over a film or a political
situation... Something because of which there was war at home?
Javed Akhtar: There was a film in which Shabana was the leading lady- Ek Pal. It was made by Kalpana Lajmi. It was appreciated by many people but I didn’t like it. They thought that it was about women empowerment but it was not my definition of women empowerment, their individuality and their assertion.
Shabana Azmi: The good thing is that Javed is truly a feminist. He is a confident enough feminist, not to want to be politically correct. He genuinely feels it.
Karan: Farhan, how do you perceive them as a couple?
Farhan Akhtar: They seem extremely happy for many many years now. It’s fantastic!
Javedsaab and you almost have like a healthy friendship. The
interaction is almost hysterical, every time I’ve seen you’ll together
its like two friends chatting… warring maybe at times, maybe the
conflicts. Seems like a friendship, which is tough when there is a
Farhan Akhtar: Yeah I know! Shabana calls me like a chamcha of Pa because I keep laughing at all his jokes but I don’t think I’m the only one. All of us do!
Javed Akhtar: You know so often people have told me… there is only one person in this world who is funnier than you and that is your son!
So, don’t forget to tune in as Karan catches up with
the super- talented couple- Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar along with
son Farhan Akhtar on Koffee with Karan this Sunday, August 12, 2007 on
Star One and Star World, at 9 pm