In an unprecedented episode of the popular chat show “Koffee with Karan”, hosted by the popular filmmaker Karan Jauhar, the two young Indian players of the Indian cricket team were invited as guests. What followed were risque comments and inappropriate statements by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul prompted by Karan Jauhar.
Karan Jauhar is well known for his insinuating questions often directed at the personal lives of the guests most of whom are Bollywood celebrity or somehow related to them. “Koffee with Karan” is branded precisely with this quality of being intrusive and somewhat racy. From flat out asking guests to rate people to inquire about their sex life, Karan Jauhar leaves no stone unturned for his audience.
As Hardik Pandya says “I got carried away by the nature of the show…” he made blatantly sexist and misogynistic comments about women along with his ‘wingman’ KL Rahul. He talked about how he liked to see the way a woman moved over knowing her name and then promptly forgetting it. He flaunted hooking up with several women and was all round very crass about it. He broke the news of losing his virginity to his ‘cool’ family by saying “Aj me karke aya.”
He received a huge backlash from social media over his sexist remarks after which he apologized publicly on Twitter “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologize to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”
Virat Kohli has made it clear that he does not condone the remarks or the behaviour they exhibited and both cricketers have been sent home from Australia and will not play in the ODI series India vs Australia. Their selection in the India Vs New Zealand series also seems improbable.
The BCCI has asked them to present arguments and evidence in their favour within seven days. The episode featuring the duo has been taken down and the BCCI is deliberating banning players from appearing on such talk shows. These actions may seem harsh and excessive but in retrospect, we might realize that these were necessary. Both these players are international icons that represent our country and them getting away with this would set a bad example for people who idealize them. Meanwhile, talk shows need to maintain a certain sense of decorum for the sake of the gullible youth that watch them.