Kaun Banega Crorepati, commonly called KBC – the show that made Amitabh Bachchan relevant again. The show that changed lives, and kept us glued to the screen for so many years, is back with its new season.
KBC just released an ad that aims to promote harmony and peace, titled ‘Neighbours’. The promo is along the lines of this year’s campaign – ‘Yahaan sirf paise nahi, dil bhi jeeta jaate hain’.
Amitabh Bachchan has been the face of the show since the Indian version of the show arrived on TV screens and took the nation by storm. For a brief while, Shah Rukh Khan was the host and then the show went back to Amitabh Bachchan.
The show originally began in UK in the year 1998. Since then, the show has been replicated in numerous countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan. The show has been such a hit that it has often had various versions in the same country. For example, there is a Persian as well as Pashto version in Afghanistan.
In India, the show has been licensed into eight languages – Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and Bhojpuri. While the show began with three lifelines (Phone a Friend, Audience Poll, and 50-50), the new lifeline of ‘Switch’ has been there since 2007.
While we are on the topic of the show, you must watch this guy – John Carpenter. John was the first millionaire winner on the US version of the show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, and his response to the last question is simply epic! (Watch the video here).