Deviyon aur Sajjano!!! India’s favourite game show is back for its Seventh Season. Kaun Banega Crorepati aka KBC as it is fondly called is back to woo the audience, and also back is India’s most popular TV host; the superstar of the Millennium ‘Amitabh Bachchan.’
At a time when tv shows don’t enjoy long runs owing to abysmal ratings, Kaun Banega Crorepati has been an exception. The top rated quiz show has completed 13 years since its inception this year.
Launched in 2000; Kaun Banega Crorepati along with ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’ and ‘Kasauti Zindagi Ki’ changed the landscape of Indian Television’ not only changing the perception of People towards the small screen but also bringing a revolution in Satellite Television.
Twenty-seven million viewers tuned in to watch Motihari’s Sushil Kumar win five crore on Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) last season.The moment was eerily reminiscent of 3 July 2000, when KBC first hit Indian TV screens. A struggling Star Plus, lagging behind Zee and Sony, had gambled on getting Amitabh Bachchan to host the desi version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, a hit British TV quiz show which had been recreated in over 20 countries. There was no dearth of sceptics. In the end, it was Amitabh and Star who laughed all the way to the bank. KBC became a monster hit and changed Indian television forever. Star Plus shot up to No. 1, a position it still holds on to with grim determination. KBC became India’s first official adaptation of a big international reality show, opening the floodgates for acquisitions of American and British reality show formats by Indian channels. And, in a post-liberalised India, it made the word ‘money’ a ‘not-dirty,’ even desirable word, despite critics who insisted the show had spawned a culture of greed.
Kaun Banega Crorepati has played a pivotal role in the now referred as the ‘Golden Era of Television’; it also resurrected the veining career of Amitabh Bachchan; those who are not aware, when KBC was offered to Mr.Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan was apprehensive of him being in Television and told him not to. However destiny had other plans and not only did he do the show but became the face of the show coming back to the Industry in a big way and also being one of the first Bollywood celebrities to feature on the small screen. Today every Bollywood celebrity wants to be a part of the small screen, be it the Khans, the Kapoors or the Kumars, every superstar goes to the small screen be it promotions or to stay in the star race.
Television has seen may game shows hitting the small screen; be it Govinda’s ‘Jeeto Chapad Phad ke’, Neena Gupta playing the host in ‘Kamzor Kadi Kaun’, R.Madhavan in ‘Deal Ya No Deal?’ and Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Kya Aap Panchvi Paas Se Tezz hai’ a number of celebs have hosted quiz game shows in the past decade but none have managed to achieve the unprecedented popularity and super success that KBC has.
Based on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the concept of the show has somewhat been the same over the past seasons; but what works is the charisma and larger than life personality of Mr. Bachchan. Though the producers had brought Shah Rukh Khan on board for its third season when Big B went ill in the middle of the third season, unable to shoot further. Launched with much fanfare and even a music video featuring Mr.Khan; the show really couldn’t come out of the shadow of the standard and aura Big B had created in its previous seasons. ’Freeze It’ couldn’t lock itself in the minds of the audiences.
Over the years, KBC has turned from a quiz show more into a show fulfilling dreams; the shows showcases the lives of real people, the thrive to fulfil their dreams and how KBC makes it possible for them. It has become a platform on which Indians left out of the Indian dream can transform their lives and realise their aspirations – substantially if not fully.
Launched at a time when satellite television was at a nascent stage; it has grown from strength to strength; breaking several TRP Records. The popularity of the show can be noted by the fact that over 50 million participated in the KBC auditions.
Entering its Seventh season; the novelty factor would be less and with cut throat competition; to prove that the show still has the ‘IT’ de’ facto is high; also the producers have shelled out a lot of money in promotions; with a number of vignettes airing on television and posters running across the country, there are high stakes running on this one. Also it’s after a long time that we would get to see Mr. Bachchan in some capacity entertaining the audience; so the need to prove that he is still the Big Daddy when it comes to hosting lies beneath.
In its Seventh Season, I really don’t expect the show to surprise me with new rules; what I really would like to watch is real life people coming on this show and seizing the podium to make their lives. This season’s tagline is ‘Padhna Bandh to Jeetna Bandh’; the last few seasons have witnessed great camderie and interplay shared by Mr.Bachchan with its contestants and type of contestants – not necessarily in the same order; the awestruck moments , the tears, the joy, it’s nice to see some real emotions which are untapped not scripted; a breakaway from the usual saas bahu drama is what makes the show a must watch.
Real life stories, real emotions, the human appeal is what the creators thrive on; which is their Big Money ticket. I somehow feel this might be the last season; as there is nothing else to prove, it might be time the creators and the host run off to the Sunset.
As it is said, ‘You either die a King or see someone dethrone You’