Kaun Banega Crorepati or KBC is a popular television game show, broadcast on STAR Plus channel. It is based on the prominent UK game show, ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?’ but it is a combination of musical numbers and other entertainment from Bollywood.
KBC was produced by Big Synergy Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television International.
The game show started airing on July 3rd, 2000 and it already completed eight seasons as of 2014. Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 were presented by Amitabh Bachchan while Season 3 was presented by Shahrukh Khan.
Contestants must be over 18-years old and an Indian citizen. He must not be a former contestant of KBC and should be a resident of India. Employees of any production house, broadcaster or anyone involved in the making of the show were not eligible to join.
The contestant will be asked to select a Padao or they will decide a certain level of rest after a specific question. Example, after Question 6, the contestant will receive the amount of money if he answered that question correctly. In the first few questions, contestants have 45 seconds to answer each question.
After this, there is no time limit. Once the contestant answered the question correctly, the money will be safe and he will stop from that amount if he fails to answer the next question correctly after the Padao question.
The prize money won after every question was doubled from its previous amount of winnings. It will increase after every correct answer until the contestant reaches the last and final question, where he can have the chance to win the grand prize of 7 crore. Contestant can use a lifeline if he or she is unsure of his or her answer.
Various Indian personalities already joined the game show. Harshwardhan Nawathe became the first winner of 1,00,00,000 in Season 1.