Ranbir Kapoor has stated that he will not return to Koffee with Karan because it is simply too much trouble for him, but on the few occasions when he did appear on the show, he gave his fans exactly what they wanted.
Ranbir spoke about the relationship rumours that always seem to swirl around him in a 2010 appearance on the show, but he also made a prediction that remarkably came true. He was joined on the episode by Imran Khan, and he said at one point, completely unprompted, that Imran seems “like the kind of person who, at the peak of his career, would probably leave it.”
This, of course, came to pass. Imran went on to star in films such as I Hate Luv Stories and Delhi Belly after making his acting debut in the well-received hit Jaane Tu Ya… Jaane Na. His most recent release was 2015’s Katti Batti, after which he went unnoticed. Imran maintains a low profile and is rarely seen in public, owing to rumours about his personal life. His retirement from acting was announced in 2020 by his friend Akshaye Oberoi in interviews.
However, on that episode of Koffee with Karan, Imran laughed off Ranbir’s observation. “You wish,” he remarked. “He’s not going anywhere, he’s here now,” host Karan Johar assured. Karan asked Imran if he aspires to be a “leader” of his generation of actors, to which Imran responded, “I don’t.” I’ve never been one to think about competition. I want to do my best, and it doesn’t bother me if someone is better than me.” Imran also admitted that Ranbir is a better actor than him and that he “accidentally stumbled into acting at the last minute.” “It wasn’t my lifelong ambition,” he admitted.
Akshaye Oberoi told Navbharat Times about Imran Khan’s retirement from acting (and public life), “My best friend in Bollywood is Imran Khan, who is no longer an actor because he has quit acting.” Imran is my closest friend, whom I can call at 4 a.m.”
Imran is Aamir Khan’s nephew, and he recently officiated at the wedding of his cousin, Zayn Marie Khan. Ranbir is the son of the late Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor, and he will next be seen in Shamshera, following a four-year hiatus. Beginning July 7, a new season of Koffee with Karan will premiere.