Kaun Banega Crorepati

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Kaun Banega Crorepati
Kaun Banega Crorepati.jpg
Inspired byWho Wants To Be A Millionaire
Directed byArun Sheshkumar[1]
Presented byAmitabh Bachchan (Seasons 1–2, 4–14)
Shah Rukh Khan (Season 3)
ComposersKeith Strachan (seasons 1–14)
Matthew Strachan (seasons 1–14)
Ramon Covalo (seasons 4–14)
Sawan Dutta (seasons 5–10)
Ajay–Atul (season 11–14)
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes1,027
Running time38–96 minutes
Production companies
DistributorSony Pictures Television[c]
Original networkStar Plus (Seasons 1–3)
Sony Entertainment Television (Seasons 4–14)
Picture formatPAL (seasons 1–5)
HDTV 1080i (seasons 6–present)
Original release3 July 2000 (2000-07-03) –

Kaun Banega Crorepati (also simply known as KBC) is an Indian Hindi-language television game show. It is the official Hindi adaptation of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? franchise. It has been presented by actor Amitabh Bachchan since its inception, except for during the third season, which was presented by actor Shah Rukh Khan.[2] The programme aired on Star Plus for its first three seasons from 2000 to 2007, and was commissioned by the programming team of Sameer Nair.[3][4] Since 2010, it has been airing on Sony Entertainment Television and was produced by BIG Synergy (under various names over periods of time) from season 1 till season 10. Afterwards, the credited production companies co-producing are Studio NEXT since season 10[a] and Tree of Knowledge (Digi TOK) since season 11,[b] respectively.

The format is similar to other shows in the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? franchise: contestants are asked multiple choice questions and must select the correct answer from four possible choices, and are provided with lifelines that may be used if they are uncertain. Starting in season 7 in 2013, the top prize was ₹7 crore/- (70,000,000 rupees) and it was increased to ₹7.5 crore/- in Season 14 in 2022 to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence.

Season overview[edit]

Season 1: 2000–2001[edit]

KBC premiered on 3 July 2000 and was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, his first appearance on Indian television.[5] KBC initially offered contestants the chance to win Rs. 1 Crore/- (ten million rupees) . The declining ratings of KBC paved way for reformatting the series immediately as Junior KBC with kids as contestants which started airing from 6 May 2001.[6][7] The season ended on 31 December 2001.[8] The show was well received in its premiere season.[9][10]

Season 2: 2005–2006[edit]

On 5 August 2005, the show was restarted after a four-year hiatus, and renamed Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya or KBC 2.[11] During this season, the top prize amount was doubled to Rs. 2 Crore/- (twenty million rupees). It was abruptly ended by STAR Plus after Amitabh Bachchan fell ill in 2006 after he shot his last episode on 13 January 2006.[12] Bachchan had shot 61 of the 85 scheduled episodes when he fell ill.[13] He announced he would return after he recovered, but when his health prevented him from filming the remaining 24 episodes, Star TV took the decision to stop production.[14]

Season 3: 2007[edit]

Star Television recruited Shah Rukh Khan to host the third season of the show when Bachchan declined.[15] The grand prize remained Rs. 2 Crore/- (twenty million rupees). The third season of the show began airing on 22 January 2007 with the first contestant as Prasenjit Sarkar who was the last contestant dropped from season two midway owing to Bachchan's health.[16] The show started well but the show's ratings dropped significantly due to the change of the host.[17] The season ended on 19 April 2007 with a special finale.[18]

Season 4: 2010[edit]

The show was restarted after a three-year and half hiatus. The fourth season (called KBC 4) was hosted by the returning Amitabh Bachchan and started on 11 October 2010. This season was telecast four days a week, Monday through Thursday evenings. The tagline of the season was "Koi Bhi Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota" (transl.Every question is important; literally: No question is small). The show moved from STAR Plus to Sony TV. The new logo designed for the fourth season incorporated the new Indian Rupee symbol, which was unveiled earlier in the year. The contestant tryout for the fourth season opened on 2 August 2010 at 9 PM IST.[19] The total prize money for this season was ₹1 Crore/- (ten million rupees), and a jackpot question for ₹5 Crore/- (50 million rupees). The fourth season of the show was highly successful due to the return of former host Amitabh Bachchan.[20] The season ended on 9 December 2010.[citation needed]

During this season, much like its international counterparts, there were various rule changes made to the show. The number of questions was reduced from 15 to 13 and, as in the United States version of the show, a timer was added to each question.[21] There was a 30-second time limit for questions 1 and 2, and a 45-second time limit for questions 3 to 7. Questions 8 to 13 were not timed. Any time not used was voided and not banked (unlike the United States version which banked the time for the final question).[22][23] Much like other countries' version of the game, the clock stops whenever a lifeline is used and if the time limit expired, the contestant was forced to walk away with their current winnings. This season introduced the "Double Dip" and "Ask the Expert" lifelines (similar to the United States counterpart from the Millionaire clock format). Also from this season onwards, Fastest Finger First Contestants earlier who used to come for one episode has now been allowed to stay for one week.[citation needed]

Hot Seat[edit]

This Hot Seat version was started at the Diwali time from 1 to 4 November 2010. All contestants were celebrities on this version. This version was just like Millionaire Hot Seat. For questions 1–5, 30 seconds were available. For questions 6–10, 45 seconds were available. For questions 11–15, 60 seconds were available. It had only one lifeline, named Pass.[citation needed]

Season 5: 2011[edit]

Amitabh Bachchan at KBC-5 Press Meet

Amitabh Bachchan returned to host the fifth season which premiered on 15 August 2011 on Indian Independence Day and ended on 17 November 2011. It was again aired four days a week. Compared to the previous season, there was only one major gameplay change: there was only a single milestone (the Padao) that the contestant chose. The tagline used for the season was "Koi Bhi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota" (transl.No human is small Literally: No person is inferior). This season was generally viewed as the most popular show on Indian television in 2011.[24]

This season introduced a play at home segment called "Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot". This contest allowed home viewers to send an answer to a question via SMS during the show, with 1 Lakh Rupees going to the randomly picked winner, who can double or triple this amount by correctly answering further questions.[citation needed]

Season 6: 2012–2013[edit]

The registration (contestant tryout) for the season started on 28 May 2012. This sixth season (labeled as KBC 6) was also hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and premiered on 7 September 2012. It aired from Friday to Sunday evenings on Sony TV. The season ended on 26 January 2013.[25] The tagline used for the season was "Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai" It is only knowledge that gives you your right). This season retained the 13 question format of the previous season.[citation needed]

This season, KBC started a new tradition of giving an advantage to socially excluded people, known as "Dusra Mauka". Sonali Mukherjee, a victim of acid throwing, appeared along Lara Dutta in the first such special. On 13 January 2013, another special aired in which Manoj Kumar, a Mahadalit was accompanied by Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee. The winner of season 6 was Sunmeet Kaur.[26][27]

Season 7: 2013[edit]

The rehearsals for the show began on 26 June 2013.[28] Registration started from 8:30 PM on 27 May 2013.[citation needed]

The seventh season (called KBC 7) was also hosted by Bachchan entitled "Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh" (transl.If Learning stops, winning stops or simply: Learn to Win) was used as the tagline for the season. The total prize money was increased to 7 Crore/- (70 million rupees), and the number of questions increased from 13 to 15. The season was commenced on 6 September 2013.[citation needed]

The season had a few changes, including a new lifeline called Power Paplu. This lifeline allowed the contestant to reuse a lifeline that was previously used on another question. (It could not be a lifeline that was used on the current question. For example, a contestant could not use "Ask the Audience"/"Audience Poll" twice on the same question.) Double Dip and Ask The Expert were discontinued and in lieu of 50:50 and Flip The Question (also known as "Switch" or "Switch The Question") were revived. The Phone-a-Friend was extended to 45 seconds. The prize for the jackpot question was increased to 7 Crore/- (70 million rupees). The Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013 set was a 360-degree multimedia stage. The final four questions were a part of Sapta Koti Sandook (transl.The Seven Crore Jackpot) that let contestants win from 1 Crore (ten million rupees), 3 Crore/- (thirty million rupees), 5 Crore/- (50 million rupees) and finally 7 Crore/- (70 million rupees). The system of Fastest Finger First was also altered. Instead of playing one question, the winner of the leader board formed at the end of three questions sits on the Hot Seat. (i.e. the player who answered the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time).[citation needed]

Season 8: 2014[edit]

The highest winning prize of this season was also 7 Crore/- (70 million rupees). The registrations of KBC 8 were commenced on 22 July 2014 and the shooting started on 2 August 2014.[29] Shooting of some episodes was held in Raipur and other in Surat. This was the first time that KBC was shot outside Mumbai.[30] The format underwent minor changes for the season, with the number of questions reduced to 14, the Double Dip replacing the 50:50, as well as the Flip being replaced by the Triguni (Three Wise Men) lifeline. The Phone-a-Friend was shortened down to 30 seconds and the original Fastest Finger First system (as used for seasons 1 to 6) was reinstated.[citation needed]

The grand premiere episode of the series premiered on 17 August 2014 (Sunday) at 8:30 PM IST for 3 hours. The season aired from 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" (transl.Not only money here, but hearts are also won). Special guests appeared in the grand premiere episode: television comedian, Kapil Sharma from Colors TV's television series Comedy Nights with Kapil; Shivaji Satam, Dayanand Shetty and Aditya Shrivastava from Sony TV's television series CID; and finally Rajput hero, Maharana Pratap a.k.a. Faisal Khan from Sony TV's television series Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap gave a stellar dance performance.[31] Among others the 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 KBC8.[32]

Season 9: 2017[edit]

After a gap of 3 years, KBC returned to the air with Bachchan resuming hosting duties as it premiered on 28 August 2017 airing on Sony TV. The tagline of this season was "Jawaab dene ka Waqt aa Gaya Hai" (transl.The time has come to answer). The show aired from Monday to Friday at 9:00 pm and the Friday episode has been titled as Nayi Chaah Nayi Raah . The season introduced a 16 question format, where the first 10 questions are timed (45 seconds for the first five questions and 60 seconds for the following five questions). The 50:50 lifeline replaced Double Dip and the Three Wise Men lifeline was replaced by the Plus One (from the United States version). Phone-a-Friend (now sponsored by Jio) introduced video calls. In case the contestant reaches the 16th question (Jio Jackpot Question), then the contestant cannot use the remaining lifelines. The last episode of the show was aired on 7 November 2017 titled as Abhinandan Aabhar.[citation needed]

Season 10: 2018[edit]

The show started registration on 6 June 2018 and started airing on Sony TV from 3 September 2018. The tagline for the tenth season is Kab Tak Rokoge (transl.How long will you stop).[33] In this particular season, the Phone-a-friend lifeline was replaced with the Ask The Expert lifeline.[citation needed]

Season 11: 2019[edit]

Season 11 of KBC premiered on Sony TV on 19 August 2019, with Bachchan resuming hosting duties. The show aired on weeknights from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 pm IST, with Karamveer Special episodes airing every Friday until 11 p.m. IST.[34][35] [36][37] The show's tagline for the season was "Ade Raho" (lit. "keep standing"). In this season, the Plus One lifeline was replaced by Switch, with optional categories for the switched question. The final episode of the season aired on 29 November 2019, which featured Sudha Murthy as the Karamveer Special contestant. The series Beyhadh 2 took over KBC's timeslot beginning on 2 December 2019.

Season 12: 2020–2021[edit]

On 2 May 2020, Sony TV released a short video via social media featuring Bachchan, stating that the audition process for season 12 will run from 9 to 23 May.[38][39][40]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming and airing was delayed. Filming began on 7 September. Bachchan posted the first look of the updated set on his official Twitter handle.[41]

Season 12 premiere was aired on 28 September, with the tagline "jo bhi ho, har setback ka jawab comeback se do" (जो भी हो, हर सेटबेक का जवाब कमबेक से दो). Aarti Jagtap, a resident of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, was the first contestant of the season.[42]

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, filming occurred without a studio audience. Consequently, the Audience Poll lifeline was replaced by the Video a Friend lifeline, which is similar to the Phone a Friend lifeline, except via video call.[43]

Mrinalini Dubey became the first contestant to win Rs. 25 lakhs/- in KBC 12.[42]

For the first time in KBC history, a contestant (Runa Saha from Kolkata) came to the hot seat without playing Fastest Finger First, as there were no other contestants left.[44]

During a Karamveer episode, Padma Shri Phoolbasan Bai Yadav and Renuka Shahane became the first contestants of the season to win ₹50 lakh/-.[45]

On 11 November, Nazia Nasim became the season's first ₹1 crore/- winner.[46]

On 17th November, Mohita Sharma Garg became the second ₹1 crore/- winner.

The final episode of the season aired on 22 January 2021.[47]

Season 13: 2021[edit]

Registrations for season 13 of the show started from 10 May 2021. The format of digital auditions were continued and entire process was divided into four parts: registration, screening, online audition and personal interview.[48] The show's promos were titled Sammaan and were directed by Nitesh Tiwari.[49] They were released in three parts with the last part revealing the show's air date and time. The show premiered on 28 August, on Sony TV channel and SonyLIV app. The Friday Special Episode was titled as Shaandaar Shukravaar.[50] Studio audience returned for the season and the audience poll lifeline was reinstated.[51] However, the Fastest Finger First was removed and a Triple Test was introduced in which contestants took three general knowledge questions with four options similar to season 7 version, and the contestant answering all three in the shortest time headed to the hot seat.[52] The timer was named "Dhuk-Dhuki ji".[53]

On 31 August, Himani Bundela became the season's first ₹1 crore winner and the first ever blind contestant to win a crore. [54] On 21 October, Sahil Aditya Ahirwar became the season's second winner of ₹1 crore.[55] The show completed its 1000th episode on 3 December. The final week of season was titled as Shaandaar Shukriya, and the final episode was aired on 17 December.[56]

Season 14: 2022[edit]

Season 14 first premiered on 7 August 2022. The "Triple Test" was continued for this season and the lifelines were reduced from 4 to 3. The "expert advice" and "flip the question" lifelines were removed, and video call a friend replaced these lifelines. The number of questions has increased to 17. On account of India's 75th year of independence, the final amount was increased to ₹7.5 crore, and a new threshold at ₹75 lakh was added preventing the player from going down if they misattempted the ₹1 crore question. The timer was renamed "DJ Babu".[citation needed] Kavita Chawla is currently the only 1 crore winner.[57]

Shashwat Goel is the first and only contestant to have attempted the Question 17 worth INR 7,50,00,000.[58] After winning INR 1 crore, he had very logically explained the rationale that if he got it right then it would be an increment of 650% to INR 7.5 crore vs getting it wrong would reduce his prize winnings by 25% only, back down to INR 75,00,000. Goel answered the final question incorrectly and won INR 75,00,000.[59] The final episode aired on 30 December 2022.

Season 15: 2023[edit]

This season is coming, later in the year.



Similar to the original series in the United Kingdom, members of the public completed a qualification quiz which opened at the start of each series at various times in the year (also known as "registration period"). Applicants would send a premium-rate SMS to a designated number, and answer a question by responding.[60] Contestants would complete a series of interviews before being randomly selected from a pool of other hopeful contestants and appearing on the set in Fastest Finger First. In order to be eligible, contestants must be residents and citizens of India and at least 18 years of age.[60] Even if the contestants are below 18 years of age (only in the junior special episodes), the prize money they will earn will be called points and deposited in their fixed deposit but will be converted to rupees whenever they cross 18 years of age.[citation needed]

Fastest Finger Contest Winner[edit]

The selected contestants are then brought to the studio to play Fastest Finger First where they will be asked to arrange four answers into the designated order in the shortest amount of time. In Season 7, contestants would play three questions and the one who answered the most correctly in the shortest amount of time will get selected to sit in the hot seat. In the 13 season, contestants have to answer three questions with four options like the ones in the game. One who has the most correct answers in the least time(added for the three questions) came in the hotseat.[61]

Main gameplay[edit]

After determining the winner of Fastest Finger First, they would join the host in the "Hot Seat" to start answering a series of multiple-choice questions on their way to win the top cash prize as outlined in the table below. Along the way, the contestant is free to walk away from the game with their winnings but if they got a question wrong, they would walk away with nothing unless they correctly answered a milestone question (highlighted in yellow) that would guarantee some winnings.[citation needed]

To help them along the way, much like its counterparts, the contestant had a set of lifelines available for them to use. Which lifelines were available were dependent on the format being used.[citation needed]

  • Audience Poll (Ask The Audience): The studio audience would dial into a keypad what they believed was the correct answer to the question. The results of the poll are shown to the contestant. It was removed in Season 12 as there was no studio audience due to COVID-19 guidelines. In Season 13, this lifeline was reinstated due to the relaxing of COVID-19 lockdowns across India.
  • 50:50: The computer would remove two wrong answers from the game, leaving the contestant one right and one wrong answer.
  • Phone-A-Friend: The contestant could call a pre-selected friend or family member of their choosing to aid them in answering the question. Once connected, the aiding party and the contestant had 30 seconds (45 in season 7) to talk it out among themselves. In 2017, this became a video call instead of a voice call. For season 10, this lifeline was removed in favor of reinstating Ask the Expert.[62]
  • Flip The Question (Switch The Question/Switch): The current question would be thrown out and replaced with a new question. Any lifelines expended on the original question remained expended. It was introduced in season 2, removed after season 3, and reinstated for season 7 and 11. During seasons 2 and 3 it could only be used after the 5th question, while it was available from the beginning in season 7. In season 11, a new question would be from a contestant's pre-selected category out of a given choice of 11 categories. This lifeline has been removed in season 14.
  • Double Dip: As featured on the US Super Millionaire, this granted the contestant two chances to answer the question. However, invoking this lifeline removed the ability to walk away from the question. The contestant must answer twice with no further usage of lifelines. (They may use other lifelines before invoking Double Dip but not during the resolution of the lifeline.) In the event of a clocked game, the timer would stop for the first guess only. After that, if the first guess was wrong, the timer resumed counting down. If the contestant did not make their second guess before the time limit or if it was wrong, the contestant would walk away from the game with the lower threshold amount, if any.
  • Expert Advice (Ask the Expert): In season 4, the "Expert Advice" lifeline was added to the pool of lifelines available. The producers would invite certain general knowledge experts to come to the studio to aid the contestant. This lifeline was restored for season 10 in 2018. This was discontinued in Season 14.[33]
  • Power Paplu: Introduced in the season 7, this lifeline allowed the contestant to reuse a lifeline that was previously used on another question. It could not be a lifeline that was used on the current question.
  • Triguni (lit.'Three Wise Men'): Similar to its US counterpart, the producers would invite certain general knowledge experts or celebrities to come to the studio to aid the contestant. When invoked, the "Three Wise Men" were granted 30 seconds to discuss the question and the possible choices among themselves to come up with a consensus answer to relay back to the contestant who was often in earshot of the conversation. Once the time expired, the "Three Wise Men" were instructed to stop discussing the question, and play resumed as normal.
  • Jodidaar (lit.'Partner'): Introduced in 2017, similar to the United States' Plus One lifeline, in addition to having 3 Phone-a-Friends, the contestant can also bring a designated family member or friend in to aid them in answering the question. (This person is designated by the contestant prior to the show.)[63]
  • Video A Friend: Introduced in 2020, this replaced the Audience Poll lifeline due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is essentially a variation of Phone-A-Friend with a new lifeline icon. It functions identically to season 9's Phone-a-Friend lifeline. After being removed in season 13, it has been reinstated in Season 14

Additionally, starting in season 4, the contestant would have to answer these questions within a certain amount of time. Contestants were allotted 30 seconds to respond up to and including the first threshold question (in 2017, this was increased to 45 seconds).[64] The following question up to and including the next threshold contestants were allotted 60 seconds to give their "final answer". For the final set of questions (the question following the second threshold) the questions were not timed. Using a lifeline paused the timer temporarily until it resolved. If the contestant used Flip The Question, the timer would restart from the base value of the question.[citation needed]

The total number of questions available in the game changed. As the number of questions changed, so did the total prize money available. In 2017, KBC introduced a jackpot question. For the Jackpot Question, the contestants were not allowed to use any of the remaining lifelines.[citation needed]

In seasons 5 and 6, the contestants had to select a threshold or "Padao" themselves. They were allowed to choose any one question on the tree and designate that as a threshold amount. Meaning that if they cross the threshold, they were guaranteed that amount of cash winnings. Getting a question wrong before the Padao is reached would result in zero winnings.[citation needed]

Question number Payout Structure
Season 1
Seasons 2 & 3
Season 4
Seasons 5 & 6
Season 7
Season 8
Seasons 9–13
Season 14
17 ₹7.5 Crore/-
16 ₹7 Crore/- ₹1 Crore/-
15 Rs. 1 Crore/- Rs. 2 Crore/- ₹7 Crore ₹1 Crore ₹75,00,000/-
14 Rs. 50,00,000/- Rs. 1 Crore/- ₹5 Crore/- ₹7 Crore/- ₹50,00,000 ₹50,00,000
13 Rs. 25,00,000/- Rs. 50,00,000/- ₹5 Crore/- ₹5 Crore/- ₹3 Crore/- ₹3 Crore/- ₹25,00,000/- ₹25,00,000/-
12 Rs. 12,50,000/- Rs. 25,00,000/- ₹1 Crore/- ₹1 Crore/- ₹1 Crore/- ₹1 Crore/- ₹12,50,000/- ₹12,50,000/-
11 Rs. 6,40,000/- Rs. 12,50,000/- ₹50,00,000/- ₹50,00,000/- ₹50,00,000/- ₹50,00,000/- ₹6,40,000/- ₹6,40,000/-
10 Rs. 3,20,000/- Rs. 6,40,000/- ₹25,00,000/- ₹25,00,000/- ₹25,00,000/- ₹25,00,000/- ₹3,20,000/- ₹3,20,000/-
9 Rs. 1,60,000/- Rs. 3,20,000/- ₹12,50,000/- ₹12,50,000/- ₹12,50,000/- ₹12,50,000/- ₹1,60,000/- ₹1,60,000/-
8 Rs. 80,000/- Rs. 1,60,000/- ₹6,40,000/- ₹6,40,000/- ₹6,40,000/- ₹6,40,000/- ₹80,000/- ₹80,000/-
7 Rs. 40,000/- Rs. 80,000/- ₹3,20,000/- ₹3,20,000/- ₹3,20,000/- ₹3,20,000/- ₹40,000/- ₹40,000/-
6 Rs. 20,000/- Rs. 40,000/- ₹1,60,000/- ₹1,60,000/- ₹1,60,000/- ₹1,60,000/- ₹20,000/- ₹20,000/-
5 Rs. 10,000/- Rs. 20,000/- ₹80,000/- ₹80,000/- ₹80,000/- ₹80,000/- ₹10,000/- ₹10,000/-
4 Rs. 5,000/- Rs. 10,000/- ₹40,000/- ₹40,000/- ₹40,000/- ₹40,000/- ₹5,000/- ₹5,000/-
3 Rs. 3,000/- Rs. 5,000/- ₹20,000/- ₹20,000/- ₹20,000/- ₹20,000/- ₹3,000/- ₹3,000/-
2 Rs. 2,000/- Rs. 3,000/- ₹10,000/- ₹10,000/- ₹10,000/- ₹10,000/- ₹2,000/- ₹2,000/-
1 Rs. 1,000/- Rs. 1,000/- ₹5,000/- ₹5,000/- ₹5,000/- ₹5,000/- ₹1,000/- ₹1,000/-

Celebrity guests[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Guest(s) Year Amount won Notes
Sonali Bendre 2000 Rs. 25,00,000/- Played In The Diwali Special
Aamir Khan 2000 Rs. 50,00,000/- First Celebrity Guest To play the game, played during the Diwali special
Rani Mukerji 2000 Rs. 50,00,000/- Played in the New Year special.
Shah Rukh Khan 2001 Rs. 50,00,000/- Played in the New Year special.
Sanjay Dutt 2001 Rs. 25,00,000/-
Ayan Khandekar 2001 Rs. 50,00,000/- Played KBC host in Slumdog Millionaire
Sachin Tendulkar, Madhuri Dixit 2001 Rs. 50,00,000/- Won Rs. 50,00,000/- each in a special episode to raise funds for victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake
Amar Upadhyay, Smriti Irani 2001 Rs. 50,00,000/- To celebrate the first anniversary of the show
Sakshi Tanwar 2001 Rs. 3,20,000/-

Season 2[edit]

Guest(s) Year Amount won Notes
Kajol, Ajay Devgn 2005 Rs. 1,00,00,000/- Biggest celebrity winners on KBC with Bachchan
John Abraham, Bipasha Basu 2005 Rs. 25,00,000/-
Sania Mirza, Lara Dutta 2005 Rs. 50,00,000/- Appeared on Children's day.
Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta 2005 Rs. 50,00,000/- To promote their film "Salaam Namaste"
Smriti Irani, Saakshi Tanwar 2005 Rs. 6,40,000/- Second Time On The Show

Season 3[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Episode Notes
Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora 14 February 2007 Rs. 12,50,000/- Valentine's Day
Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar 14 February 2007 Rs. 25,00,000/- Valentine's Day
Karan Johar, Farah Khan 14 February 2007 Rs. 25,00,000/- Valentine's Day Johar's Second Appearance on the Show

The first time he appeared in the audience with Bachchan in 2000 to support Shahrukh Khan

Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji 27 February 2007 Rs. 50,00,000/- Holi Special Both Zinta and Mukerji's second time on the show
Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani 29 March 2007 Rs. 50,00,000/- Dutt's second time on the show
Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor 19 April 2007 Rs. 50,00,000/- Series Finale
Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif 19 April 2007 Rs. 50,00,000/- Series Finale

Season 4[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Notes
Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Dharmendra 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.

Season 4 Hot Seat[edit]

Guest(s) Qualified Guest(s) Date Amount won Notes
Aditya Roy Kapoor, Vipul Shah, Neha Dhupia, Rannvijay Singh, Shefali Shah Akshay Kumar 1 November 2010 ₹50,00,000/- For the promotion of Action Replayy
Leander Paes, S. Sreesanth, Niket Kulshreshtha, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa Manoj Kumar 2 November 2010 ₹25,00,000/- Diwali Special
Pooja Gor, Aashka Goradia, Bharti Singh, Aishwarya Sakhuja Ragini Khanna 3 November 2010 ₹12,50,000/- Diwali Special
Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Rohit Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu Ajay Devgan 4 November 2010 ₹25,00,000/- For the promotion of Golmaal 3. Devgan's second time on the show.

Season 5[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Notes
Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan 18 August 2011 For the promotion of Aarakshan

Both Padukone And Khan's Second Time On Show.

Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor 1 September 2011 ₹12,50,000/- For the promotion of Mausam

Both Sonam & Shahid's First Appearance on the Show.

Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif 8 September 2011 ₹12,50,000/- For the promotion of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Kaif's Second Time On The Show KBC

Ranbir Kapoor 15 September 2011 ₹12,50,000/- 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 ₹50,00,000/- For the promotion of Ra.One

Shahrukh's Second Time On The Show As a Participant.

Ram Kapoor, Sakshi Tanwar[65] 27 October 2011 ₹25,00,000/- In Diwali Special Episode.

Sakshi Tanwar 3rd Time On The Show KBC

Vidya Balan 10 November 2011 ₹12,50,000/- 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
Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma 16 November 2011 For the promotion of Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.

Season 6[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Notes
Sridevi, Gauri Shinde 7 October 2012 ₹6,40,000/- For the promotion of English Vinglish

Both Sridevi And Shinde's First Appearance on the Show.

Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra 14 October 2012 ₹6,40,000/- For the promotion of Student of the Year

Johar's Third Appearance On Alia Bhatt, Dhawan & Malhotra's First Appearance on the Show.

Falguni Pathak 20 October 2012 For Giving Special Performance during Navratri
Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif 4 November 2012 ₹25,00,000/- For the promotion of Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shahrukh's Third while Kaif's Third Time on the Show.

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha 18 November 2012 ₹3,20,000/- For the promotion of Son of Sardaar

Devgn's Third while Sinha's First Time on the Show.

Ram Kapoor, Sakshi Tanwar, Amruta Mukherjee 16 December 2012 ₹12,50,000/- For the Christmas Special Episode

Sakshi's Fourth while Kapoor's Second Time on the Show.

Sharad Kelkar, Kritika Kamra 16 December 2012 ₹6,40,000/- 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

Season 7[edit]

Guest(s) Year Amount won Notes
Dilip Joshi, Disha Vakani 18 September 2013

Season 8[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Notes
Rani Mukherjee 21 August 2014 - For the promotion Mardaani[66] Rani's second time on the show.
Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra 28 August 2014 - For the promotion Daawat-e-Ishq[67]
Priyanka Chopra 4 September 2014 ₹12,50,000/- For the promotion Mary Kom[68] Priyanka's second time on the show.
Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor 18 September 2014 - For the promotion Khoobsurat
Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah, Farah Khan 21 October 2014 ₹12,50,000/- For the promotion of their film Happy New Year

Shahrukh's fourth time on the show.

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Deva 9 November 2014 - For the promotion of Action Jackson

Devgn's fourth and Sinha's second time on the show.

Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra 16 November 2014 ₹12,50,000/- For the promotion of Kill Dil

Season 9[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Notes
Yuvraj Singh, Vidya Balan 7 November 2017 - Yuvraj Singh & Vidya Balan promote foundation/cause his cancer YouWeCan (EP52)

Season 10[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Episodes
Ayushmann Khurrana, Sarbani Das Roy 26 October 2018 - Episode no 40
Aamir Khan 2 November 2018 - Episode no 45

Season 11[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Episodes
Sonakshi Sinha 20 September 2019 - Episode no 25
Sudha Murthy 29 November 2019 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 75

Season 13[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Episodes
Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag 3 September 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 10
Farah Khan and Deepika Padukone 10 September 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 15
Neeraj Chopra and P. R. Sreejesh 17 September 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 20
Jackie Shroff and Suniel Shetty 24 September 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 25
Pankaj Tripathi and Pratik Gandhi 1 October 2021 ₹12,50,000/- Episode no 30
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'souza 8 October 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 35
Hema Malini and Ramesh Sippy 15 October 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 40
Shaan and Sonu Nigam 22 October 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 45
Rajkumar Rao and Kriti Sanon 29 October 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 50
Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Rohit Shetty 5 November 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 55
Sonu Sood and Kapil Sharma 12 November 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 60
Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherji, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvari Wagh 19 November 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 65
John Abraham, Divya Khosla Kumar and Nikkhil Advani 26 November 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 70
Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Navya Naveli Nanda 3 December 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 75
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah - Cast 10 December 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 80
Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor and Abhishek Kapoor 13 December 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 81
Manish Paul, Disha Parmar, Chandni Sharma and Additi Gupta 14 December 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 82
Neha Kakkar and Badshah 15 December 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 83
Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao 16 December 2021 ₹12,50,000/- Episode no 84
Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh 17 December 2021 ₹25,00,000/- Episode no 85

Season 14[edit]

Guest(s) Date Amount won Episodes
Aamir Khan, Major D. P. Singh, Col. Mitali Madhumita 7 August 2022 ₹50,00,000/- Episode 1
Mary Kom, Sunil Chhetri ₹12,50,000/-
Neena Gupta, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani 7 November 2022 ₹25,00,000/- Episode 67

Top prize winners[edit]

Harshvardhan Navathe (19 October 2000)[edit]

Rs. 1 Crore/- (15 of 15) – no time limit
Who among these 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 Rs. 1 Crore/- Question

Harshvardhan Navathe became the first top prize winner of KBC when he won Rs. 1 Crore/- on 19 October 2000.[69]

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

Vijay Raul and Arundhati appeared in Season 1 and won Rs. 1 Crore/- on 2 May 2001.

Ravi Mohan Saini (14 May 2001)[edit]

Rs. 1 Crore/- (15 of 15) – no time limit
In 1992, who became the first sportsperson to be honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award?
⬥ A: Vishwanathan Anand ⬥ B: Sachin Tendulkar
⬥ C: Geet Sethi ⬥ D: Leander Paes
Saini's Rs. 1 Crore/- Question

Ravi Mohan Saini appeared on Kaun Banega Crorepati Junior at 14 and won Rs. 1 Crore/- on 14 May 2001.[70]

Sushil Kumar (2 November 2011)[edit]

₹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 18 October 1868?
⬥ A: Belgium ⬥ B: Italy
⬥ C: Denmark ⬥ D: France
Kumar's ₹5 Crore/- Question

Hailing from Bihar, Sushil Kumar, who appeared in Season 5, is the first KBC contestant to win ₹5 Crores/-. He was a computer instructor in MNREGA earning a meager ₹6,000/- (roughly $121) per month before his entry to.

He has been dubbed as the real "Slumdog Millionaire".[71]

Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney (12 January 2013)[edit]

₹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

Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney appeared in Season 6 and won ₹5 Crores/-.[72] She was the second ₹5 Crore/- winner.

Achin and Sarthak Narula (9 October 2014)[edit]

₹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
The Narula brothers' ₹7 Crore/- Question

Achin and Sarthak Narula appeared in Season 8 and won ₹7 Crores/-, making them the first and, as of now, only ₹7 Crore/- winners. They are one of the biggest winners in Asian WWTBAM franchises.

In fiction[edit]

Danny Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was loosely based on the show.[73] The movie's host, based loosely on the actual host Amitabh Bachchan, was portrayed by Anil Kapoor.[73] Kapoor himself has appeared on a celebrity version of the show.[74]



After Sameer Nair became the programming head of StarPlus in February 1999, he came across a clip from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in July 1999 through Steve Askew, the Australian programming head of the region and got the rights to produce here from ECM who had the Asian version rights.[75] Then, Siddhartha Basu who earlier worked in the show A question of answers was roped to produce the show with his company Synergy communications. The show was then titled Kaun Banega Lakhpati with the maximum price amount decided to be Rs. 1 Lakh/-.[75] In January 2000, Nair had a choice for Amitabh Bachchan to host the show. Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Star TV's parent firm News Corporation, in the next month, ordered to change the maximum amount to Rs. 1 Crore/- and the series was accordingly retitled Kaun Banega Crorepati.[76] Bachchan who was initially skeptical later agreed to host it. The sets were constructed in Mumbai's Film City in June 2000 and the series was launched in July 2000 during the time when the channel was in a revamp along with conversion into a full Hindi language channel from Bilingual English and Hindi language channel.[75][76]



The series which aired on StarPlus for three seasons is the first show that took the channel's viewership to a greater height, being one of the tops viewed Hindi GEC show in that time.[77]

On 27 April 2007, Delhi High Court on becoming suspicious in the amount won by the actors and VVIPs (Very very important persons) being high unlike ordinary KBC contestants and ordered Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) to investigate into it. However, Star denied it and stated, "KBC-2 is purely a game of skill and not a game of chance; each and every question posed by KBC-2 requires certain ‘thinking’ and ‘exercise of intellect’ to win any sum of money." The case was soon stayed by the Supreme Court.[78]

During the third season, in 2008, Star Plus and the show sponsor Airtel were penalized with Rs. 1 Crore by the National Consumer Commission on violating the Consumer Protection Act when they charged R.2.5 per SMS rather than R.1, earning a huge profit.[79]

In 2010, after the third season, the show was shifted from Star Plus to Sony Entertainment Television who held the format, as the former did not renew their contract.[80]

An FIR was filed against the host Amitabh Bachchan and the channel Sony Entertainment Television for a question asked in the quiz, stating it hurting Hindu religion sentiments, in an episode of season 12 aired on 30 October 2020.[81]


The overall average rating of the first season was 14.1 TVR while the second and third got 11.1 and 6.8 TVRs.[82]

The first season started with 22% of viewership garnering 8.96 TVR in the debut week and soon increased to 54% in the last week of July 2000 making it most watched television program and pushing the position of StarPlus to number one for the first time then and also reinvented Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan's career.[83][84] The following seven days it gradually increased and got 9.57, 11, 12.6, 12.4, 12.9, 13.2 and 14.7 TVRs.[85] Maintaining the viewership with around more than 10 TVR until November 2000, it dipped to 8–9 TVR in December 2000 and further to 6–7 TVR in January 2001 while in week ending 3 February 2001 it garnered 7.2 TVR, despite continued to hold its number one position throughout.[86] The highest rating ever achieved by the series in that time was 27.13 TVR during October 2000.[87]

The second season opened with 19.75 TVR in the launch day occupying the top position.[88] In analysis of its viewership in specific regions of India, it had the highest viewership from Madhya Pradesh with 38 TVR during the premiere.[89]

The third season hosted by Shah Rukh Khan received ratings lesser than the previous seasons which were hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and declined through its progress. The season opened with 12.33 TVR on 22 January 2007 with a reach of 23 million while the following days it declined to 10.44 and 7.36 TVRs.[90] On 25 January, it increased to 9.24 TVR however not being able to match like previous seasons of Star Plus.[90] The following week after premiere it improved and got 8.8, 9, 8.4 and 10 TVR from Monday to Thursday.[91]

The fourth season which began airing on Sony Entertainment Television opened with 6.24 TVR while it averaged 5.2 TVR in the debut week and ended with an average rating of about 4 TVR.[92][93]

The fifth season opened with 5.2 TVR and averaged 4.52 TVR in the week.[94][95] In week 35, it was at the second position with 5.2 TVR.[96] The highest rating of the season was 7.2 and 8 TVR for the two episodes aired on 1 and 2 November 2011, where contestant Sushil Kumar won ₹5 crores, being the highest rating achieved in last two years by any Hindi GEC.[97][98] The overall average rating of the series was about 4 TVR.[99]

The first episode of sixth season became the most watched Hindi GEC garnering 6.1 TVR making it the best television launch of the year and garnered 5.3 TVR the following day.[100][101]

The launch episode of season eight had 8.96 million viewers and that week it averaged 5.2 million viewers.[102]

The ninth season opened with 6.2 million impressions being second most-watched Hindi GEC in urban.[103] Overall, the season was the most-watched Hindi GEC occupying first position for months.[104]


  1. ^ a b Co-produced season 10 uncredited, credited since 11.
  2. ^ a b Co-producing uncredited since season 1; as a consulting producer only, credited since season 11.
  3. ^ International distribution only, excludes original network's broadcast-markets.


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