Kaun Banega Crorepati Back with a Bang!

The Grand Premiere of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ Season 8 (KBC-8), on Sunday 17th August 2014, was a huge success, even bigger than we suspected it might be. The veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan, did not fail to spread his charm once again.

The legendary actor is said to have embraced the small screen in an era when television was considered an idiot box! However nearly 14 years back, not only did Bachchan Saab revolutionize everybody’s thinking but also started the trend where the movie stars, who until now used to scrunch up their noses at the mention of television space, began to look up to the small screens.

The reason why the 72-year-old star is still admired, respected, looked up to and immensely loved by his legions of fans is not only because his demi-god like, on screen persona but also for his off-screen demeanor. And KBC proves that indisputable fact with every season-again and again. ‘Yahan Par sirf paise hi nahi…dil bhi jeete jaate hain’ is the campaign of this season with national integrity and unity in diversity, as the theme.

The grand premiere of the season, held at Surat, was a big, flashy and extravagant affair.  “This is by far one of the biggest crowds I have ever seen,” acknowledged Big B, when it seemed that the entire city of Surat had turned up for the show.

The show began with the entry of the singers Niti Mohan, Anirudh Dave and Meiyang Chang. They were taken over by Kapil Sharma, who hosted the show in his unique style making people laugh including Amitabh Bachchan. After all the contestants, Kapil requested a chance to play with Mr Bachchan on the hot seat. Of course, he did not answer a single question correctly, but his replies for knowing the answers surely entertained us. Faisal Khan aka Maharana Pratap gave an energetic and entertaining dance performance.

In an interesting twist when a KBC contestant lost her winning amount, CID’s Abhijeet and Daya were called upon, who after their explosive performance, found out that the show’s host Kapil Sharma was the guilty of the crime.

What’s new to the show is that there’s a new lifeline ‘Triguni’, which has a panel of three people – two winners from previous seasons and a quiz wiz. Also, people can play the game show from home through SMS and by logging online on the KBC website as well.

All in all, the grand premiere was a three hour long extravaganza filled with comedy, spectacular performances and tremendous entertainment.