Just got done with watching the first installment of TUC the Lighter Side of Life with Mahira Khan, our homegrown version of Koffee with Karan, and have to say I walked away very entertained – I know I’ll be tuning in every week!
I had never seen her host before, but after watching this episode I thought Mahira was a good choice for this kind of a lighthearted show.
Though she is THE Mahira Khan, I appreciated that she was able to put aside her own celebrity and allow for the spotlight to be trained on her guest, Ali Zafar in this case. Her gentle probing allowed for Ali Zafar’s innate charm and wit shine to through brilliantly. I’m not quite sure as to how scripted the show was, but I enjoyed their aiwaein shooting the breeze kind of repartee; made me think of the every day nonsense chats we enjoy with our friends, except I do not know how many of us have a sit down with a Mahira or an Ali Zafar on a regular basis. The little sing song was sweet, but for me the best moment of the episode was Ali and Mahira’s impromptu dance bit – loved it! Mahira! Bas, ab bohot ho gaya, we need you back on our TV screens!
While we wait for Mahira Khan the actress to make a comeback, I enjoyed watching this vibrant, glamorous host Mahira – thank the lord she decided to stick with her signature elegant style and not go the Christmas tree route. The host’s elegance was carried over in the clean lines of the set design as well. Given that this was a sponsored show I was leery of being hit over the head with sponsorship banners and logos, but thankfully the directors and producers were able to strike a happy balance and the advertising element was incorporated within the set design in as unobtrusive way as possible.
While there were a lot of pros, the show had its fair share of cons as well. We saw stilted segueways, a not so happening turki-ba-turki session, and quite a few what do I do/say now moments from Mahira. I am hoping, however, that most of these issues will get sorted out over time as the show finds it footing. For now I thought this was a good opening chapter and offered a welcome break from the mind numbing chatter of our morning shows and the distasteful mudslinging seen in the evening political talk shows.So yeah, give or take a few issues, I enjoyed this episode and am now looking forward to the next installment. Did you guys get a chance to catch this opening episode? What did you all think?
Written by SZ~