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-)
Shah Rukh 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, English
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
M-Net (4-8)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 3 July 2000 (2000-07-03)
External links

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.

In 2010, produced by Big Synergy for M-Net Original Production.

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.

Director Danny Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was based on the show, and featured the show's host, actor Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo appearance. The show's host, based loosely on Bachchan, was portrayed by Anil Kapoor. Kapoor himself has appeared on a celebrity version of the show.

Three years after the film's release, a contestant named Sushil Kumar became the show's first million-dollar winner.[1]


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.[2]

It also aired on SABC 1, at 21h00, from 11 February 2020.

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 2 crore rupees. It was abruptly ended by STAR Plus after Amitabh Bachchan fell ill in 2006.[3]

Season 3: 2007[edit]

Star Television recruited Shahrukh Khan to host the third season of the show. The grand prize remained 2 crore rupees (approx. US$300,000). The third season of the show began airing on 22 January 2007. However, the show's ratings dropped significantly.[4] 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 Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota"(English: No Question is Small) (Literary means: Every Question is Important). The show moved from Star Plus to Sony TV and M-Net India . 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.[5] The total prize money was increased to 50 million, and a jackpot question for 50 million (approx. USD745,000) was added. The fourth season of the show was highly successful due to the return of former host Amitabh Bachhan.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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.

This programme was rebroadcasting on Glow TV (OVHD 108) in 2013, and also rebroadcasting on SABC 2 at 7:00 PM, on 15 February 2020.

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. The tagline used for the season was "Koi Bhi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota" (English: No Human is Small). This season was the most popular show on Indian television in 2011.[10]

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.

This show was also airing on SABC 3 at 11:00 PM, from 14 February 2020, and then also airing on e.tv, at 5:30 PM from (10 February 2020, Mondays - Thursdays).

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 from 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 also 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.[11] 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 the leader board formed at the end of three 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.[12] Shooting of the entire show was held in Surat. This was the first time that KBC was shot outside Mumbai.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

In a live chat on facebook, the show's anchor has indicated about the possibility of the 9th season of the show in 2017.


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.

Question Winning
2000—2001 2005—2007 2010—2012 2013 2014
15 1 crore 2 crore - 7 crore -
14 50,00,000 1 crore - 5 crore 7 crore
13 25,00,000 50,00,000 5 crore 3 crore 3 crore
12 12,50,000 25,00,000 1 crore 1 crore 1 crore
11 6,40,000 12,50,000 50,00,000 50,00,000 50,00,000
10 3,20,000 6,40,000 25,00,000 25,00,000 25,00,000
9 1,60,000 3,20,000 12,50,000 12,50,000 12,50,000
8 80,000 1,60,000 6,40,000 6,40,000 6,40,000
7 40,000 80,000 3,20,000 3,20,000 3,20,000
6 20,000 40,000 1,60,000 1,60,000 1,60,000
5 10,000 20,000 80,000 80,000 80,000
4 5,000 10,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
3 3,000 5,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
2 2,000 3 000 10,000 10,000 10,000
1 1,000 1,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

Celebrity guests[edit]

During the eighth season, Rani Mukherjee appeared to promote Mardaani,[16] Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra appeared to promote Daawat-e-Ishq[17] and Priyanka Chopra appeared to promote Mary Kom.[18] Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Farah Khan came on the show to promote their film Happy New Year. On the finale episode, Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Deva promoted Action Jackson. Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra (who made her second appearance on the show) promoted Kill Dil.


Harshvardhan Navathe (19 October 2000)[edit]

Harshvardhan Navathe was the first top prize winner of the Indian version. On 19 October 2000, he answered all 15 questions correctly to win 10,000,000 Rupees.

1 crore (15 of 15) – no time limit
Among whom does the Indian Constitution permit to take part in the proceedings of Parliament?
• A: Solicitor General • B: Attorney General
• C: Cabinet Secretary • D: Chief Justice
Navathe's 1 crore question

Vijay Raul and Arundhati (2 May 2001)[edit]

Vijay Raul and Arundhati were contestants who appeared in KBC and won 1 crore on 2 May 2001.

manoj (24 mar 2017)[edit]

manoj was a contestant who appeared on Kaun Banega Crorepati Junior and won 25 lakh 24 mar 2017

25 lakh (15 of 15) – no time limit
In 1992, who became the first sportsperson to be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award?
• A: Wishwanathan Anand • B: Sachin Tendulkar
• C: Geet Sethi • D: Leander Paes
mnoj's 25 lakh question

Sushil Kumar (2 November 2011)[edit]

Sushil Kumar (Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar) is a reality show contestant who was the first contestant on Kaun Banega Crorepati to win 5 crore rupees. He was a computer instructor in MNEREGA earning a meager Rs. 6000 per month before his entry to Kaun Banega Crorepati.

He has been dubbed as the real Slumdog Millionaire. [19]

5 crore (13 of 13) – no time limit
Which colonial power ended its involvement in India by selling the rights of the Nicobar Islands to the British on October 18, 1868?
• A: Belgium • B: Italy
• C: Denmark • D: France
Kumar's 5 crore question

Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney (12 January 2013)[edit]

Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney was a contestant who appeared on Kaun Banega Crorepati and won 50,000,000 rupees on 12 January 2013. [20] She is the second 5 crore winner.

5 crore (13 of 13) – no time limit
Who is the first woman to successfully climb K2, the world's second highest mountain peak?
• A: Junko Tabei • B: Wanda Rutkiewicz
• C: Tamae Watanabe • D: Chantal Mauduit
Sawhney's 5 crore question

Achin and Sarthak Narula (20 September 2014)[edit]

Achin and Sarthak Narula both appeared as contestants on Kaun Banega Crorepati on 20 September 2014 and won 70,000,000 rupees, making this the first and only 7 crore winner.[21] They are the largest Asian winners in the WWTBAM franchise.

7 crore (14 of 14) – no time limit
Who commanded the 'Hector', the first British trading ship to land at Surat?
• A: Paul Canning • B: William Hawkins
• C: Thomas Roe • D: James Lancaster
Narula brother's 7 crore question

Top prize losers[edit]

Ganesh Shinde (March 2001)[edit]

Ganesh Shinde was a contestant who appeared on Kaun Banega Crorepati in March 2001 and won 320,000 rupees. He became the first contestant on KBC to lose 4,680,000 rupees. He was even warned not to take a chance as he would have to go home with only Rs 320,000, instead of the 1 crore he was winning until then.

1 crore (15 of 15) – no time limit
Which of the following forts was not built by the European colonial powers in India?
• A: Fort Dansborg • B: Fort Naarden
• C: Fort Chambray • D: Fort Santa Katherina
Shinde's 1 crore question

Prashant Batar (9 November 2010)[edit]

Prashant Batar was a contestant on Kaun Banega Crorepati in India, on 9 November 2010, and got to the bonus jackpot 5 crore question, but missed the final question, losing 97 lakhs. He was the second Indian to do this.

He had become season 4's first crorepati, winning 1 crore, but lost it after missing the bonus question. Prashant was also the first contestant in the worldwide Millionaire franchise to use the Double Dip lifeline on the final question.

5 crore (13 of 13) – no time limit
Who, in 1978, became the first person to be born in the continent of Antarctica?
• A: Emilio Palma • B: James Weddell
• C: Nathaniel Palmer • D: Charles Wilkes
Batar's 5 crore question



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Preceded by
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Malaysian version. June 5, 2000)
Asian versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Succeeded by
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Indonesian version. August 5, 2000)