When he seated himself on that couch to promote his upcoming film, Jawaani Janeman, little did Saif Ali Khan know that he was about to get the whole nation riled up. Anupama Chopra is not only an exceptional film critic but also adroit at grilling her guests and extracting the exact response that makes for a sensational clip.
When the skillfully edited one-minute-clip with him claiming the concept of India being introduced by the British and revealing his discontentment with the historical suggestions in Tanhaji, it hit the raw emotions of the viewers and made it an instant harbor of debate. Though, when one goes through the entire interview, one empathizes with Saif seeing the tight situation he was put into and the limited getaways he had.
When we talk about controversial interviews, the first hit our collective memory is that of Aamir Khan and his infamous ‘intolerance’ comment. Conversing with Anant Goenka, he reflected on the tide of governmental changes the country was going through and the repercussions it supposedly manifested on the society. The Dangal actor then shared “Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,”
Masses didn’t take very kindly to this remark and Aamir was criticized to shreds. While the janta took to Twitter to slam him, there were fans who defended the actor wholeheartedly. This interview gave news channels enough fodder to run prime time debates for days.
Itss not that only political discourse makes for controversial exchanges. Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Shah Rukh Khan, and a gazillion other stars love making repeated appearances on Koffee With Karan, but Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul won’t be accepting an invite from Karan anytime soon after encountering the troubles that one episode put them in. The Board didn’t take their glorification of sexism and misogyny, and though Hardik Pandya tendered an apology through Twitter, both the cricketers were suspended and flown back from the ongoing series at Australia.
Here is a clip of it available on YouTube. To watch the full episode, you’d have to log in to Hotstar.
Rajat Sharma has a reputation of making his guests feel comforted and at home, even while raining them down with arrows of accusations. Incidentally, Kangana Ranaut, who is not known to mince words, made herself a li’l too comfortable and came in the eye of a massive storm for some serious revelations about Hritik Roshan and their “alleged” relationship.
Known to be an utmost an gentleman, the War actor had a battalion of colleagues from the industry to back him up. This brought the divided fandoms launching hashtags at each other for weeks. We are not even exaggerating by calling the Kangana-Hritik a national controversy, as the latter got a full two-hours slot in a national news channel to present his side of the truth.
The “Me Too” movement that had exposed some of the biggest names in Hollywood as perverts and sexual perpetrators, was waiting for a force to propel it to Bollywood. Resurfacing from the depths of obscurity, Tanushree Dutta proved to be exactly that.
In an interview with Zoom, she detailed on the sequence of harassment she had to endure on a movie set back in 2008. Her accusation were directed at ace actor Nana Patekar who refuted all these allegations, and the case was soon taken to court.
While all these controversial interviews had the netizens divided, defending or condemning the celebs involved, there was one interview, which was embarrassing, awkward and unnerving at the same time. Still, had everyone on the same page.
Sunny Leone had to confront questions that defined misogyny and sexism like never before, and viewers were astounded that these appallingly untoward questions came from an anchor as experienced as Bhupendra Chaube. Tons of support poured in for the actress from industry headliners and regular fans alike. Goes without saying, the host was taken to task and educated by his audience.