Kaun Banega Crorepati

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Kaun Banega Crorepati
Kaun Banega Crorepati logo.png
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, 4-8)
Shahrukh Khan (3)
Composer(s) Keith Strachan (1-8)
Matthew Strachan (1-8)
Ramon Covalo (4-8)
Sawan Dutta (5-8)
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 8
Running time approx. 60 minutes
Production company(s) Big Synergy Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television International (Global)
Original network STAR Plus (1-3)
Sony TV (4-8)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 3 July 2000 (2000-07-03) – Present
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Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who will become a Millionaire; popularly known as KBC) is an Indian television game show originally aired on Star Plus commissioned by the programming team of Sameer Nair and Tarun Katial.

While based on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, KBC intersperses the playing of the game with Bollywood style musical numbers and other entertainment.


Season 1: 2000-2001[edit]

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 ten million 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 season ended in 2001. The show was well received from the very first season.[1]

Season 2: 2005-2006[edit]

On 5 August 2005, the show was restarted after a four-year hiatus, and renamed Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya (Kaun Banega Crorepati the Second, or KBC 2) 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.[2]

Season 3: 2007[edit]

Star Television recruited Shahrukh Khan to host the third season of the show. The grand prize remained 20 million Rupees (approx. US$430,000). The third season of the show began airing on 22 January 2007. However, the show's ratings dropped significantly.[3] The season ended on 19 April 2007 with a special finale.

Season 4: 2010[edit]

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, Monday through Thursday evenings. The tagline of the season was "Koi Bhi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota" (English: No Human is Small). The show moved from Star Plus to Sony Television . 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.[4] The total prize money was increased to 50 million, 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 than 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.[7][8]

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 ,Phone a Friend ,Ask the Expert and Double Dip.

Season 5: 2011[edit]

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 s 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.[9]

There were 13 questions. 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.

Season 6: 2012[edit]

The registration for the season started from 28 May 2012.

This sixth season (called KBC 6) was also hosted by Bachchan and was commenced on 7 September 2012. It aired Friday to Sunday evenings on Sony TV. The season ended 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.> 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 was accompanied by Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee.

Season 7: 2013[edit]

The rehearsals for the show began on 26 June 2013.[10] Registration started from 9:00 PM on 27 June 2013.

This seventh season (called KBC 7) was also hosted by Bachchan. "Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh" (English: Learning stops so Winning stops) (Literary means: Learn to Win) was used as the tagline for the season. The total prize money was increased to 70 million, and the number of questions increased from 13 to 15. The season was commenced on 6 September 2013.

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. 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 50 million to 70 million. The "Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013" set was a 360-degree multimedia stage. There were four questions in the new feature Sapta Koti Sandook (English: The Seventh Jackpot)' that let contestants win from 10 million, 30 million, 50 million 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.

Season 8: 2014[edit]

The registrations of Kaun Banega Crorepati 8 were commenced on 22 July 2014 and the shooting started on 2 August 2014.[11] Shooting of the entire show was held in Surat. This was the first time that KBC was shot outside Mumbai.[12]

The grand premiere episode of the series was aired on 17 August (Sunday) at 8:30 PM IST for 3 hours. The season aired from 17 August on Monday through Thursday evenings. Initially running for 1.5 hours, the program reduced to an hour. The season ended on 6 November 2014, and aired its two grand finale episodes on 9 November and on 16 November 2014. The tagline for the season was "Yahan Sirf Paise Nahi, Dil Bhi Jeete Jate Hain". Three special guests appeared in the grand premiere episode. Television comedian, Kapil Sharma from Colors TV's television series Comedy Nights with Kapil was the first guest of the show. Moreover, iconic cops Dayanand Shetty (Daya) and Aditya Shrivastava (Abhijeet) from Sony TV's television series CID were also seen. Then the valiant warrior and Rajput hero, Maharana Pratap a.k.a. Faisal Khan from Sony TV's television series Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap left the audience spellbound with a stellar dance performance.[13] Among others Shillong Chamber Choir led by Neil Nongkynrih performed a medley of evergreen songs of Bollywood followed by a patriotic song at the opening ceremony of KBC-8.[14]


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. The word "padao" is a Hindi word which means to decide the specific level of rest. Essentially a milestone--"parachute" question. Once the question is answered right that money is considered "safe" and will win that amount if he fails any of the questions after the Padao Question.

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.

Celebrity guests[edit]

During the eighth season, Rani Mukherjee appeared to promote Mardaani,[15] Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra appeared to promote Daawat-e-Ishq[16] and Priyanka Chopra appeared to promote Mary Kom[17]

Biggest winners[edit]

Sushil Kumar (Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar) is the first person to win 5,00,00,000[18] in 2011. Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney won 5,00,00,000[19] on 12 January 2013. Achin Narula and Sarthak Narula[20] won 7,00,00,000 on 20 September 2014.


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  13. ^ "Bigger, better and deep-rooted - KBC Season 8!". Adgully. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Shillong Chamber Choir performs at Kaun Banega Crorepati - season 8!". India-North-East.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rani Mukherjee on the set of KBC". IBTimes. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti chopra on the sets of KBC". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  17. ^ TNN. "Priyanka Chopra to be on the hot seat in Kaun Banega Crorepati". India TV. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sushil Kumar wins 5 crores". www.hindustantimes.in. 
  19. ^ "Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney wins 5 crore". imNJ.in. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "'Kaun Banega Crorepati' Season 8 Finds its First 7 Crore Winner in Narula Brothers [PHOTO]". International Business Times. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 

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