The countdown starts: KBC 6 to go air tonight
The reality game show that instilled in the society that knowledge can also be used as a medium in game shows to earn money was Kaun Banega Crorepati that started in the year 2000. The show is fondly called by all as KBC. This game show aired at a time when daily soaps were the only that could attract viewers. This game show premiered in Star Plus. From the fourth season onwards the show started being telecasted in Sony Channel. The sixth season is gearing up, and is slated to start on the 7th of September.
For a game show of a huge stature that was touted as the biggest game show ever of the millennium needed somebody who could match up to that or only enhance it all the more and thus Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was brought on board. At a time when Big B was losing his charisma and popularity on celluloid he got the offer of hosting KBC. Later he revealed that many had told him not to agree to the offer, but he did so and there has been no looking back. His production ABCL was also indebted for large sums of money which he could not pay back and was going through a rough patch and trying times in his life when this show happened.
The game has its origins in the UK-based show named “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and it closely followed the game’s format. However, now with so many successful seasons that have passed the formats and rules have been tweaked a little to fill-in more drama or make it more interesting. The first two seasons were hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. Due to his ill-health the third season was hosted by SRK who was thought of as a fit candidate who could step into the shoes of Big B. However, Shah Rukh Khan could not take the show onto the level that Amitabh Bachchan could and therefore he returned to the next season and ever since then has remained associated with it.
The show also introduced “Ghar Baithey Jeeto Jackpot” series where Amitabh Bachchan asked a question on each episode that could make a person win one lakh or two lakhs being seated at home through a phone call.
This time around KBC also introduced a new promotional strategy that is “Hot Seat Aapke Shehar”. The famous “hot seat” of this game show travelled across the various towns of India this time around. Towns like Raipur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Howrah and Nagpur got the first-hand experience of this show on their very own native streets. The van activity was on for two to three days that gave rise to an event on a small-scale. The participants who were selected for this got an experience of sitting on the replicated “Hot Seat” and was asked questions through a pre-recorded video by Amitabh Bachchan. The lucky winners were given prizes.
The popularity of this game show is unparalleled. In a time when there were no gadgets, PS3s and Play Stations there were KBC games available as card games. Evidently, this indicates the game show’s popularity.
KBC helps people realise their dreams, brings them closer to their longings and aspirations by providing them money through them only flashing their knowledge.This game show is a rage and has Television Rating Points that are unmatched. With this show’s sixth season’s premiere nearing we only hope that it breaks all previous records. People belonging to different strata of society come on this show and really inspires the rest of the audience with their life’s journey and struggles. This game show is emotionally highly charged that makes it unique from the other shows that have been aired in television before.