Bollywood’s Mr Brightside


Bollywood’s Mr Brightside

Illustration: Akshita Monga


t was difficult to keep our eyes open during the last season of Koffee With Karan, but there was one episode that was instructive. Ranveer Singh walked on to the sets of Koffee With Karan like he walked into Bollywood: with supreme swagger in his choice of outfit, a Fidelesque beard, and a “I’m going to give you the best you’ve had this year” attitude. His force of personality, like his films and public appearances, elevated the spectacle to the pantheons of KWK in a year of mostly suboptimal chats with an out-of-touch Karan Johar.

Suddenly, Ranveer was everywhere. He was doing push-ups with Baba Ramdev, kissing vigorously in the groan-fest Befikre, and shocking the nation with a sexist ad and heavily padded speedos. And in that entire process, he rendered everyone from Ranbir to KJo to Ramdev as mere witnesses to his performance.