Fasten your seat belts, here we go…’Kasoti Online‘ featuring Ahmed Ali Butt as host with celebrity guests went online recently, and here’s what we thought.
So…Kasoti, or Kasauti, as we know it, is a game (show) where participants have to guess a character through questions eliciting a yes or no answer. Normally, 20 questions are allowed to a maximum. After which, you have to name the character. Online games with a similar play exist, the most well known being Google’s Akinator which is good fun to play!
The 2020 Version
The 2020 version is an online game show where celebrities grace the YouTube screen and engage in some leg pulling (khichai) to entertain audiences by giving us a peek into spontaneous dialogues, unwritten scripts and some light-hearted fun!
Why Watch Kasoti Online?
1. Comic Relief
Ahmed Ali Butt hosts the show. The celebrity participants and smartly timed edits add the comic element with tongue-in-cheek comebacks. The 20 minutes move along swiftly as both host and players add a witty comment, playful jabs at the participants to deliver a light-hearted feel to the show which is nothing like its (very serious) ancestor Kasauti!
Ahmed gives the game a shot on Kasoti online as the (knowledegable)? host and moderator. When you click on the episode, do remember that the new version of the game is short and sweet. It’s patterned to give you some entertainment on-the-go along with sharpening your guessing skills a tad as well.
2. The Show Features Your Favourite Celebrity Guests Engaging In Non-celebrity Banter
Every episode features new celebrity guests. The inaugural episode hosted our much loved duo – Gohar Rasheed and Hamza Ali Abbasi. The second one dropped a 2-in-one hit with none other than the unbeatable pairing of Humayun Saeed and Fahad Mustafa.
That’s not all folks! The third one gave us a jaw-dropping episode starring the evergreen couple Yasir Hussain & sabki favourite Jiya – Iqra Aziz! And fourth… Guess you’ll have to see for yourself! (sab batadein ab? Haha!)
Our treasured celebrities, Humayun, Hamza, Iqra (The list goes on…) hold intangible star power and bring a raw feel to the table which makes audiences connect instantly. It is perhaps, this ‘unscripted’ feel that will charm viewers into watching Kasoti Online, almost as if it were broadcast baraaheraast – yes, in a world full of contrived reality, the show emits a natural appeal as the stars continue with their online banter, almost as if there were no cameras on them!
3. Ahmed Ali Butt Hosting The Show
So we’re not sure if he was playing comedian or host, but we think he seemed to deliver a 2-in-1 caricature here.
4. The Smart Edits Added a 2020 Feel To The Show
Kasoti Online had some fun edits which we enjoyed. Kinda ‘giffish’ slides to highlight the humour in a comment, and onscreen animation, all helped to ‘up’ the online screen experience, HOWEVER, there were too many of them, and some inserts seemed ‘mutlab kuch bhi’. Get the drift?
Suggestion: Do have the inserts, the fun bits, the humor, but add them in only if they match the moment and REALLY make you laugh! Less is more. That’s the bottom line here.
5. The Celebrity Combos Make For Easy (and entertaining) Conversation
It’s not easy to entertain online in the year 2020 and beyond. Competition for audience watch time is intense, viewers have options, and won’t be cajoled into watching what they don’t like. Kasoti Online brings together celebrities that gel well with each other, engaging in mazedar hasi mazak together so that 20 minutes screen time can put a smile on your face and give you a welcome short break from your daily run!
The latest episode features Osman Khalid Butt and Maya Ali as guests – With Ahmed Ali Butt moderating, what’s more to say about THAT combo? (Go check it out!)
However, Kasoti Online has to decide on a USP
In the early days, Kasoti was a very intellectual game, played by very knowledgeable people who aced the show because they were GOOD at what they did. They KNEW! Knowledge was the success formula. Along with Obaidullah Baig, Iftikhar Arif and later Ghazi Salahuddin – host Quraish Pur was renowned for extraordinary knowledge of history, literature, geography and the sciences. This helped make this show a phenomena!
If you want to make Kasoti online a phenomenon in 2020, focus on what you do best, and add a twist to the game. Since this is a revisit of the original game, Kasauti, perhaps a remix of sorts would add more spunk to the show. Throw in a challenge, add a trivia, call a friend, allow to check one fact on Google through the host, use a lifeline, anything to add a millenial twist to a game that otherwise, might be reduced to a ghareloo guftugoo, as Ahmed pointed out himself in the game!
Verdict – To Watch Or Not To Watch?
The show is short and sweet. It’s a wrap in under 20 minutes which means you get to have some downtime with your cup of chai! Go Watch because it’s 20 minutes of guessing fun! Guess the characters your favourite stars have on their minds – we were careful not to give you any spoilers here so you get your money’s worth – paisa vasool on Kasoti Online!
More episodes coming online as we speak!
Zoha loves to talk about entertainment. “I’m a writing fanatic, who seeks opportunities to connect myself to the world in a way to make people believe that to bring change in a society is to be real, no matter from where you belong”. Connect with her on Instagram!