Kaun Banega Crorepati
|Kaun Banega Crorepati|
Logo used beginning in Season 4 in 2010, incorporating the new Indian rupee sign unveiled in the same year.
|Presented by||Amitabh Bachchan (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 )
Shahrukh Khan (3)
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||7|
|Running time||approx. 60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Big Synergy Productions|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television International (Global)|
|Original channel||STAR Plus (2000–2007)
Sony TV (2010–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||3 July 2000– Present|
Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who will become a Millionaire; popularly known as KBC) is a television game show in India. It is based on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. KBC first aired in 2000 and was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, his first appearance on Indian television. KBC initially offered contestants the chance to win up to one crore Rupees, but doubled this in 2001 to two crore Rupees, further adjusted from the fourth season to include a jackpot of 50 million rupees. The show was well received from the very first season.
The show has won popularity all over the world. KBC was played on various channels in Pakistan and was hugely followed by Pakistani audience. The show also won acclaim in UK,USA and Canada.
- 1 Seasons
- 2 Rules
- 3 Notable celebrity guests
- 4 Biggest winners
- 5 Phraseology
- 6 Awards
- 7 Other versions
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
On 5 August 2005, the show was restarted after a four-year hiatus, and renamed Kaun Bane Pancreatic Wittily (Kaun Banega Crorepati the Second, or KB) in which the final prize amount was doubled to 20 million rupees. It was abruptly ended by STAR Plus after the host Amitabh Bachchan fell ill in 2006. Mr Bachchan had shot 61 of the 85 episodes when he fell ill. He announced he would return after he recovered, but when his health prevented him filming the remaining 24 episodes, Star TV took the decision to axe it.
Star Television recruited Shahrukh Khan to host the third season of the show. Khan was at peak of his career and was considered an ideal replacement for Amitabh Bachchan. The grand prize remained 20 million Rupees (approx. US$430,000). The third season of the show began airing on 22 January 2007. The season ended on 19 April 2007 with a special finale. The key sponsors of the third season were AirTel, Unit Trust of India (UTI Mutual Funds) and ITC Limited.
The fourth season (called KBC4) was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and started on 11 October 2010, on Bachchan's 68th birthday. This season was telecast 4 days a week on every Monday - Thursday at 9 PM IST. The tagline of this season used for was Koi Bhi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota (English: No Human is Small). The show moved from Star Plus to Sony Television (the programme is produced by Sony Pictures Television, which owns the format, but Siddhartha Basu remained the director and creative head. The new logo designed for the fourth season incorporated the new Indian Rupee symbol, which was unveiled the same year. The phone lines for the fourth season opened on 2 August 2010 at 9 PM IST. According to online news sources, over five million (5 million) people participated in KBC 4 auditions. The total prize money was increased to 5 crore, and a jackpot question for 50 million (approx. USD 1 million) was added. The fourth season of the show was highly successful due to the return of former host Amitabh Bachhan. The season ended on 9 December 2010.
Like many other versions of the show, the season 4 reduced the number of questions from 15, to 13 in this version.
The Indian version adopted the clock format from the US version and is the fourth country's version to do (the others being Japan and the UK; although the US version abandoned the clock for the 2010–11 season when the show's 2010 format changes were made), although the time limits were shorter that in the UK version. There was a 30 second time limit for questions 1 and 2, and a 45 second time limit for questions 3 to 7, but questions 8 to 13 were not timed.
The clock stops whenever a lifeline is used, and if the contestant allows the clock to run out, he/she will be forced to walk away. There were four lifelines: Audience Poll and Phone a Friend will make a return, along with the addition of two new lifelines Ask the Expert and Double Dip.
Amitabh Bachchan also hosted the fifth season of KBC in 2011. The fifth season started on 15 August 2011 on the Independence Day of India with the same format and ended on 17 November 2011. It was aired 4 days a week same as the 4th season at 8:30 PM IST for 1 and a half hour. The tagline used for the season was Koi Bhi Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota(English: No Question is Small) (Literary means: Every Question is Important). This season was the most popular show on Indian television in 2011. The show became a massive hit with audiences and broke many TRP Records. CNN IBN awarded Indian of the Year- Entertainment to Team KBC and Amitabh Bachan. The show also grabbed all the major Awards for its category and was a massive hit.
There were 13 questions same as in season 4. There was "Manchaha Padav" in the money tree and 'Mrs. Tick Ticki' replaced 'Ghadiyal Babu'. The "Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot" competition allowed viewers to send an answer to a question via SMS during the show, with 100,000 Rupees going to the randomly picked winner, who can double or triple this amount by correctly answering further questions.
The registration for this season started from 28 May 2012.
This sixth season (called KBC 6) was also hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and was commenced on 7 September 2012. However the news making all the headlines was his pay package at a staggering 13.5 Crores per episode making him the highest paid TV artist of all time. It aired every Friday to Sunday at 8:30 PM IST on Sony TV. The season got over on 26 January 2013. The tagline used for the season was Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai (English: Just the knowledge that draws your right as you). There were 13 questions same as in season 4 and 5. The show opened with the tremendous response with the first episode fetching 6.7 TRP and broke all the previous records on the channel. It was aired in Pakistan on Express Entertainment.
Also, in this season, the team of KBC started a new tradition of special appearance of socially backward people titled as "Dusra Mauka". Sonali Mukherjee, a victim of acid throwing, appeared along Lara Dutta. On 13 January 2013 another segment of this show was aired in which, Manoj Kumar, a Mahadalit (poorest of the poor class) was accompanied by famous Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee.
The rehearsals for the show begun on 26 June 2013. Registration started from 9:00 PM on 27 June 2013.
This seventh season (called KBC 7) was also hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. The telecast time of this season was same as the season 6. 'Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh' (English: Learning stops so Winning stops) (Literary means: Learn to Win) was used as the tagline for this season. The total prize money was increased to 70 million, and the no. of questions increased from 13 to 15. The season was commenced on 6 September 2013, exactly after an year of KBC 6, and ended on 1 December 2013. Due to the huge jackpot of Rs. 70 million, the season was also referred to as Kaun Banega MahaCrorepati (English: Who Wants to be a Multi-Millionaire).
The season had a few changes, including a new lifeline called Power Paplu. This lifeline aided those who seek to revive any already used lifeline. There were total 15 questions to reach jackpot question. However, Double Dip and Ask The Expert were discontinued and in lieu 50:50 and Flip The Question were revived. The prize for jackpot question was increased from 5 crore to 7 crore. The "Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013" set was a 360-degree multimedia stage, making India the first ever country to change the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" set worldwide. Like all the seasons there was a Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot question. There were four questions in the new feature 'Sapta Koti Sandook (English: The Seventh Jackpot)' that let contestants win from 1 crore, 3 crore, 5 crore and finally 70 million. The system of Fastest Finger First was also altered, where the winner of leader board formed at the end of 3 questions, sits on the Hot Seat.
This season got its first crorepati Taj Mohammed Rangrez. He is a history teacher from Udaipur, Rajasthan and was the first contestant to walk away with the title of "Crorepati" this season. He won Rs. 10,000,000 ( Rs. One Crore). Mystery still remains on the bizarre decision by Taj Mohammed to quit the game, after seeing the question for 30 million rupees, without using the 'Flip lifeline' (which would have replaced the question with a new one).
The standard Millionaire format is used, with the Fastest Finger contest before the main game.
All contestants must be over the age of 18 and citizens of India to be eligible. The person must not be a former "Kaun Banega Crorepati" contestant and, as defined in the Income Tax Act, 1961, must also be a resident of India. Furthermore, they may not be employees of the production company, broadcaster, or prize providers.
The contestant is asked to pick a "Padao", which means that after a certain question, for example after Question 6, he will at least get that amount of money after answering that question rightly. The pre-2010 United States format of a "shot clock" will be used in the first few questions—45 seconds. After the Padao, there is no time limit. Actually "padao" is the Hindi word which means to decide the specific level of rest.
The money won after each question is roughly doubled from the previous amount won, exponentially increasing the amount won after each correct answer until the contestant reaches the final question, after which they win the maximum prize.
|Season 1||Season 2 & 3||Season 4 – 6||Season 7|
A contestant can use a lifeline when he/she is undecided about which answer is correct. A lifeline can only be used once. The lifelines in KBC5 were the same as KBC4
Lifelines that were available in season 7
- Audience Poll: If the contestant uses this lifeline, it will result in the host repeating the question to the audience. The studio audience get 10 seconds to answer the question. Audience members use touch pads to designate what they believe the correct answer to be. After the audience have chosen their choices, the results are displayed to the contestant in percentages in bar-graph format and also shown on the monitors screens of the host and contestant, as well as the TV viewers.
- Phone a Friend: If the contestant uses this lifeline, the contestant is allowed to call one of the three pre-arranged friends, who all have to provide their phone numbers in advance. The host usually starts off by talking to the contestant's friend and introduces him/her to the viewers. After the introduction, the host hands the phone call over to the contestant who then immediately has 45 seconds to ask and hope for a reply from their friend.
- Fifty-Fifty (50/50): If the contestant uses this lifeline, the host will ask the computer to randomly remove and eliminate two of the "wrong" answers. This will leave one right answer and one wrong answer, resulting in a situation of eliminating 50% of the choices as well as having a 50% chance of getting the answer right if the contestant is in a situation of making a guess. In 2010, 50/50 was replaced by Double Dip but it again replaced Double Dip in 2013.
- Flip the Question: The contestant earned this lifeline upon answering the fifth question. The computer replaced, at the contestant's request, one question with another of the same monetary value. Any lifelines used on the original question prior to the switching were not reinstated.
- Power Paplu: This lifeline will aid those who seek to revive any already used lifeline. It can be used even after using one lifeline, out of 4 lifelines. It is used only once.
Non-existent lifelines in season 7
- Ask an Expert: This lifeline allows the contestant to ask an expert via live face-to-face audio and video connection. The expert could be anyone from a celebrity to a previous Millionaire contestant. Ask the Expert is available throughout the game. There is no set time limit, and the contestant and expert are allowed to discuss the question.
- Double Dip: This lifeline allows the contestant to make two guesses at a question. In the 4th season this lifeline was made available after the contestant correctly answers the seventh question.In the 5th season,however,all 4 lifelines were made available from the start of the game. A second incorrect answer results in a loss and the contestant's winnings dropping back down to the last milestone achieved. This lifeline differs from others in that once the player has chosen to use this lifeline, he/she must answer the question, and cannot walk away or use any further lifelines on that question.
Notable celebrity guests
The following celebrities have played Kaun Banega Crorepati.
|Sonali Bendre||2000||2,500,000||First celebrity guest to play the game, played in the Diwali special|
|Aamir Khan||2000||5,000,000||Played during the Diwali special|
|Rani Mukerji||2000||2,500,000||Played in the New Year special.|
|Shahrukh Khan||2000||5,000,000||Played in the New Year special.|
|Anil Kapoor||2001||5,000,000||Played KBC host in Slumdog Millionaire|
|2001||5,000,000||Won 5,000,000 each in a special episode to raise funds for victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake|
|2001||5,000,000||To celebrate the first anniversary of the show|
|2005||10,000,000||Biggest celebrity winners on KBC with Bachchan|
|2005||5,000,000||Appeared on Children's day.|
|Saif Ali Khan
|2005||5,000,000||To promote their film "Salaam Namaste"|
|2005||640,000||Second Time on the Show|
Malaika Arora Khan
|14 February 2007||1,250,000||Valentine's Day|
|14 February 2007||2,500,000||Valentine's Day|
|14 February 2007||2,500,000||Valentine's Day||Johar's Second Appearance on the Show
First time he appeared in the audience with
Bachchan in 2000 to support Shahrukh Khan
|27 February 2007||5,000,000||Holi Special||Both Zinta and Mukerji's second time on the show|
|29 March 2007||5,000,000||Dutt's second time on the show|
|19 April 2007||5,000,000||Series Finale|
|19 April 2007||5,000,000||Series Finale|
Aditya Roy Kapoor
|1 November 2010||5,000,000||For the promotion of Action Replayy|
|2 November 2010||2,500,000||Diwali Special|
|3 November 2010||1,250,000||Diwali Special|
|4 November 2010||2,500,000||For the promotion of Golmaal 3
|6,7,8,9 December 2010||Appeared in the Grand Finale
Dutt's third time on show and
Dixit's Second time in the Show.
Saif Ali Khan
|18 August 2011||–||For the promotion of Aarakshan
Both Padukone And Khan's Second Time on Show.
|1 September 2011||1,250,000||For the promotion of Mausam
Both Sonam & Shahid's First Appearance on the Show.
|8 September 2011||1,250,000||For the promotion of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Kaif's Second Time on the Show KBC
|Ranbir Kapoor||15 September 2011||1,250,000||For the promotion of Rockstar|
|John Abraham||October 2011||–||For the promotion of Desi Boyz.
John's Third Time on the Show.
|Shahrukh Khan||20 October 2011||5,000,000||For the promotion of Ra.One
Shahrukh's Second Time on the Show As a Participant.
|27 October 2011||2,500,000||In Diwali Special Episode.
Sakshi Tanwar 3rd Time on the Show KBC
|Vidya Balan||10 November 2011||1,250,000||For the promotion of The Dirty Picture
Balan's First time on the Show.
|Harbhajan Singh||15 November 2011||–||For The promotion of Pepsi Ad|
|16 November 2011||–||For the promotion of Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.|
|7 October 2012||640,000||For the promotion of English Vinglish
Both Sridevi And Shinde's First Appearance on the Show.
|14 October 2012||640,000||For the promotion of Student of the Year
Johar's Third Appearance on the Show While,
Bhatt,Dhawan & Malhotra's First Appearance on the Show.
|Falguni Pathak||20 October 2012||–||For Giving Special Performance during Navratri|
|4 November 2012||2,500,000||For the promotion of Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Shahrukh's Third while Kaif's Third Time on the Show.
|18 November 2012||320,000||For the promotion of Son of Sardaar
Devgn's Third while Sinha's First Time on the Show.
|16 December 2012||1,250,000||For the Christmas Special Episode
Sakshi's Fourth while Kapoor's Second Time on the Show.
|16 December 2012||640,000||For the Christmas Special Episode
Both Kelkar and Kamra's first Appearance on the Show.
|Anil Kapoor||20 January 2013||For the promotion of Race 2|
Ileana D Cruz
|20 September 2013||For the promotion of Phata Poster Nikhla Hero|
|September 2013||For the promotion of Besharam|
|Sangeeta Ghosh||October 2013||For Dashera special episode|
|Harshwardhan Nawathe||1st Winner Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 1||1,00,00,000||2000|
|Ravi Saini||Winner Of Kaun Banega Crorepati Junior||1,00,00,000||2000|
|Vijay And Arundhati Raul||Winner Of Kaun Banega Crorepati Jodi||10,000,000||2000|
|Ajay Devgan & Kajol||Winner of Kaun Banega Crorepati 2||1,00,00,000||2005|
|Brajesh Dubey||Winner Of Kaun Banega Crorepati 2||1,00,00,000||2005|
|Rahat Taslim||Winner Of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4||10,000,000||22 November 2010|
|Sushil Kumar||Winner of Kaun Banega Crorepati 5||5,00,00,000||2 November 2011|
|Anil Kumar Sinha||Winner Of Kaun Banega Crorepati 5||1,00,00,000||9 November 2011|
|Manoj Kumar Raina||Winner Of Kaun Banega Crorepati 6||1,00,00,000||8 September 2012|
|Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney||Winner of Kaun Banega Crorepati 6||50,000,000||12 January 2013|
|Taj Mohammed Rangrez||Winner of Kaun Banega Crorepati 7||10,000,000||12 September 2013|
|Firoz Fatima||Winner of Kaun Banega Crorepati 7||10,000,000||2 December 2013|
Since its launch in the year 2000, KBC has inspired thousands with Amitabh's catchy phrases like "Lock kiya jaye?" which has been used in the media a countless number of times, an example being in the 2001 film Nayak: The Real Hero starring Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. Other phrases from the show, as said by Amitabh Bachchan also fetched cult following: "Deviyon aur Sajjano", "Samay samapti ki ghoshna" etc. With the third season that was hosted by Shahrukh Khan, wordage such as "Lock kiya jaye?" were changed to "Freeze it!". Additional expressions were introduced in KBC3 like "Kuch sawaal aapki zindagi badal sakte hain!" which is the official motto of the third season and "Kachcha Kachcha? Pakka Pakka?" that figuratively means "Are you sure or are you not sure?". "Tez Teekha Tabadtor" as well as "Koi Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota" in the fourth season of the show became immensely popular. "Koi Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota" was replaced by "Koi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota" in the fifth season of the show.In the same season new phrase "Panchkoti Mahamani" was used,which was replaced by "Panchkoti Gyankumbh" in the following season. In the sixth season, the motto was changed to 'Sirf gyaan hi aapko aapka haq dilata hai'.
The show plays a major role in the movie Slumdog Millionaire, with Anil Kapoor playing Prem Kumar, the game show host, though Shah Rukh Khan was asked to play. The movie is an adaptation of the Vikas Swarup novel Q & A (although the novel depicted a fictional quiz show called Who Will Win a Billion?), and is also loosely connected to a real-life cheating incident on the UK version of the show titled "Who wants to be a millionaire?".
|2001||Indian Telly Awards 2001||Best Show of the Year||KBC 1|
|Best Marketing Activity of the Year 2000|
|TV Personality of the Year 2000||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Indian Television Academy Awards 2001||Best Anchor of a Game Show|
|Best Anchor Based-Show||KBC 1|
|Best Game/Quiz Show|
|2002||Indian Telly Awards 2002||TV Anchor of the Year||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Best Game Show of the Year||KBC 1|
|2005||Indian Telly Awards 2005||Best Game Show of the Year||KBC 2|
|Best TV Anchor||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Indian Television Academy Awards 2005||Best Anchor of a Game Show|
|Best Game/Quiz Show||KBC 2|
|2006||Indian Television Academy Awards 2006||Best Anchor of a Game Show||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Best Game/Quiz Show||KBC 2|
|2007||Indian Telly Awards 2007||Best Game Show of the Year||KBC 3|
|Best TV Anchor||Shahrukh Khan|
|The Global Indian Film and TV Honours||Best TV Anchor|
|Best Game/Quiz Show||KBC 3|
|2011||BIG Television Awards||Shaksiyat of the Year||Amitabh Bachchan|
|2011||Indian Television Academy Awards 2011||Best Anchor Game/Quiz Show||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Best Game/Quiz Show||KBC 5|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards 2011||BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Reality Show||KBC 5|
|2012||FICCI Frames Excellence Honours||Best Show (Non-Fiction)||KBC 5|
|The Global Indian Film and TV Honours||Best Host||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Best Show (Non-Fiction)||KBC 5|
|Apsara Awards 2012||Best Non-Fiction Series||KBC 5|
|Indian Telly Awards 2012||Best Host||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Best Game/Quiz Show||KBC 5|
|Best Edutainment Science-Knowledge Based Show|
|TV Show Packaging (Non-Fiction)|
|Best Director (Non-Fiction)||Siddharth Basu|
|People's Choice Awards||Best Non-Fiction Show Host||Amitabh Bachchan|
|2013||Indian Telly Awards 2013||Best Game Show||KBC 6|
|STAR Parivaar Awards 2003||Pitamah of STAR Parivaar||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Indian Television Academy Awards 2007||The ITA Laurel for Ultimate Eminence|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards 2010||BIG STAR Non-Fiction Show of the Decade||KBC 4'|
|Indian Television Academy Awards 2011||ITA Achiever of the Year 2011||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Apsara Awards 2012||Apsara Guils Honours for Excellence on TV|
|FICCI Frames Excellence Honours||Special Award for maximum Impact Created By a Personality|
The immense popularity of Kaun Banega Crorepati has led to it being remade in several other Indian languages with different hosts:
|Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi||You Too Can Win One Crore||Tamil||Suriya (Season 1)
Prakash Raj (Season 2)
|27 February 2012|
|Kannadada Kotyadhipati||Karnataka's Crorepati||Kannada||Puneeth Rajkumar||12 March 2012|
|Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran||You Also Can Become a Crorepati||Malayalam||Suresh Gopi||9 April 2012|
|Ke Hobe Banglar Kotipoti||Who will become Bengal's Crorepati||Bengali||Sourav Ganguly||4 June 2011|
|Ke Bani Crorepati||Who will be the Crorepati||Bhojpuri||Shatrughan Sinha||6 June 2011|
|Kon Hoeel Marathi Crorepati||Who will be the Marathi Crorepati||Marathi||Sachin Khedekar||6 May 2013|
- 10 Ka Dum, a game show that aired on Sony Entertainment Television.
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