Kaun Banega Crorepati (Hindi: कौन बनेगा करोड़पति, literally: Who Will Become a Millionaire?) is an Indian television quiz show, one of 9 Indian versions, based off from the British game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It first aired on Star Plus on July 3, 2000 until April 19, 2007, and from October 11th, 2010, the show is aired on Sony Channel India. Hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.
In game show questions were shown in English (for English-spoken people as second language) and Hindi (for Hindi-spoken people only) languages. Also Kaun Banega Crorepati is one from 8 Indian versions where English language are used.
The show played a significant role in the film Slumdog Millionaire, though it was portrayed slightly different than how the real show is. The film version uses the English name and has 10 questions with no milestones. The money values are in the standard Arabic numbering system instead of the Indian numbering system.
In this version, there are a total of 11 lifelines (they changed periodically):
Dev Patel plays as contestant Jamal Malik and Anil Kapoor (who was a contestant in 2001 and in 2013) plays as the host Prem Kumar. Originally, Danny Boyle wanted Shahrukh Khan to play the host since he hosted only Season 3 of the actual show, but he decided to turn the role down.
The money tree in the film looks like the one shown below:
Jamal Malik's run to 2 Crore:
₹1,000 (1 of 10) - Not timed
Who was the star in the 1973 hit film Zanjeer?
• A: Amitabh Bachchan
• B: (not revealed)
• C: (not revealed)
• D: (not revealed)
₹4,000 (2 of 10) - Not timed
A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it? 'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: The truth alone triumphs
• B: Lies alone triumph
• C: Fashion alone triumphs
• D: Money alone triumphs
₹16,000 (3 of 10) - Not timed
In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
• A: A flower
• B: A sword
• C: A child
• D: A bow and arrow
₹250,000 (4 of 10) - Not timed
The song "Darshan Do Ghanshyam" was written by which famous Indian poet?
• A: Surdas
• B: Tulsidas
• C: Mira Bai
• D: Kabir
In reality, this song is written by Gopal Singh Nepali for the movie Narsi Bhagat (1957). This song is also credited as traditional and originally written by 15th century poet Narsinh Mehta, whose life that film is based on. (Many, including the film, mistakenly attribute it to the 16th century poet Surdas due to the fact that Surdas was blind and the song is a prayer asking God to "appear" before him, for his "eyes thirst for Your sight".) (source)
₹1,000,000 (6 of 10) - Not timed
On an American One Hundred Dollar Bill, there is a portrait of which American statesman?
• A: George Washington
• B: Franklin Roosevelt
• C: Benjamin Franklin
• D: Abraham Lincoln
₹2,500,000 (7 of 10) - Not timed
Who invented the revolver?
• A: Samuel Colt
• B: Bruce Browning
• C: Dan Wesson
• D: James Revolver
₹5,000,000 (8 of 10) - Not timed
Cambridge Circus is in which UK city?
• A: Oxford
• B: Leeds
• C: Cambridge
• D: London
₹10,000,000 (9 of 10) - Not timed
Which cricketer has scored the most first class centuries in history? '50:50' lifeline used
• A: Sachin Tendulkar
• B: Ricky Ponting
• C: Michael Slater
• D: Jack Hobbs
After this question, the klaxon called time, and Jamal returned in the episode of the following day.
₹20,000,000 (10 of 10) - Not timed
In Alexander (sic) Dumas' book, "The Three Musketeers", two of the musketeers are called Athos and Porthos. What was the name of the third Musketeer? 'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
In 2000, when Kaun Banega Crorepati was in its first series, biscuit brand Britannia 50-50 launched an advert based on the lifeline it shares its name with. The male contestant is asked this question (note there is no C and D option, presumably because he used 50:50). The contestant then takes out a Britannia 50-50 and eats it.
The show was originally called Kaun Banega Lakhpati. The author and creator of the Indian version is Siddharth Basu.
In 2001, in other game show Kamzor Kadii Kaun (Indian version of The Weakest Link) in special episode the best contestants of KBC appeared: Kanthimathi C.S. (Rs. 640,000 won), Ganesh Shinde (Rs. 320,000 won), Prem (Rs. 320,000 won), Anu (Rs. 1,250,000 won), Sanjeev (Rs. 320 000 won), Janardhanan (Rs. 320,000 won), R J Sarma (Rs. 320,000 won) and Navin Dedhia (Rs. 1,250,000 won).
In the first season of the Indian version, unlike other versions of the game, from May 6 to November 18, 2001 on Sundays, there was a large children's tournament among schoolchildren from 10 to 18 years old. In all, 25 children's episodes were published.
According to British host Chris Tarrant, before the first show, Hindu priests were brought into the studio to "ring little bells" and bless the set. Everyone, even the Celador officials attending to guide the premiere, were given a bindi (a red dot worn on the centre of the forehead).
In the September 24, 2005 episode, Aditya Singh left with nothing, answering the first question incorrectly, by selecting "Ask the Audience" lifeline, 55% of whom voted for the wrong answer. Later it was found out that the error of editors was noticed, because of which the contestant was asked a question with two options of the answer. Later, he was invited back into the hot seat without FFF.
Prasenjit Sarkar is a rollover contestant, who appeared in the last episode of the 2nd season and in the first episode of the 3rd season from different hosts with an interval of one year.
Prashant P. Mannur (broadcast on February 15, 2007) is the contestant only, who used all three lifelines on the second question.
In episode on March 29, 2007, an unusual case occurred. A couple of celebrities were asked the 6th question, to which she did not know the answer and called a friend. When a friend picked up the phone, the presenter jokingly informed him that he would now be asked the final question for 20,000,000 rupees. The hider was given twice for 30 seconds.
As a result, a friend told them wrong, the players agreed with him and answered wrong. After that, the presenter said that it was a joke question. Despite giving the wrong answer by a couple, they were asked again the 6th question and the game continued.
During the seasons 1-5, total 510 episodes aired, in which 886 people played.
On October 12, 2011, the 500th episode aired.
More than 27,000,000 people watched Sushil Kumar game (7,2 on November 1 and 8 TVR on November 2, in two episodes respectively), who won Rs 5,000,000.
Prior to the KBC episode on November 2, 2011 which rated 8.0 TVR, only Rakhi Ka Swayamwar - Season 1 Grand Finale episode rated higher with 8.4 TVR on August 2, 2009. However, as a season average RKS averaged only 2.8 TVR compared to KBC's ongoing average of 4.7 TVR. RKS opening episode rated at 4.1 TVR while KBC opening episode rated at 5.2 TVR. The show, which went on air Sep 7, 2012, has registered a 6.1 television rating (TVR).
As of December 20, 2011, in KBC show 520 episodes aired in which 886 contestants appeared.
In the September 8, 2014 edition, the 1,000th contestant, Syed Murtuza Hashmi, appeared in the show.
In the episode on October 7, 2014, during the game of the brothers Shubham and Anurag Sharma, there was castling of the host with the contestant. For a moment, the presenter sat in the contestant's hot seat next to his brother, and his brother sat in the seat of the presenter.