New Delhi, Oct. 30 -- In recent decades, Hindi cinema has made a meal out of the 'Diwali release,' the Friday when a strategically timed feature can capitalise on the festive weekend. This year's Diwali release, it turns out, wasn't an Akshay Kumar movie or a Salman Khan trailer (both arrived, though few are speaking of them) but instead a one-hour interview on Netflix. After months of hype, My Next Guest (with David Letterman and Shah Rukh Khan) came out on Friday, and demonstrates just how articulate the charming Mr Khan can be. This, however, is not new information.

With over 6000 television episodes under his belt, David Letterman is a talk show legend. Shah Rukh Khan is less easy to sum up.

Letterman was overwhelmed by the swarming...