Manoj Kumar Raina, an employee of Indian Railways, who is the first contestant to have won Rs one crore in the sixth season of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', has not only hit the jackpot but also realised his two biggest dreams - meeting Amitabh Bachchan and being able to rebuild his militancy-ravaged home in Kashmir.
"I am very happy to have won this huge amount but it was never my aim or dream when I participated in KBC," said Raina, who is also the first contestant from Jammu and Kashmir, to get to the hot seat on the game show.
He seemed very confident from the very beginning when he aced the 'fastest finger round' in just 5.6 seconds.
"Since the inception of KBC in 2000, I have been trying to come on the show. But as destiny would have it, I happened to come here this season and won Rs one crore. Through all these years, I kept myself updated with everything happening in India and around the world. I truly believe knowledge can help you reach the top," he said.
The 48-year-old, who works as an assistant with the Indian Railways, is an ardent fan of Big B.
"I am a very big fan of Amitji, when he is happy I am smiling, when he is sad, I cry. He is a legend. My only intention was to meet Amitji and I felt that was possible only through KBC," he said.
"When I met him I found him very humble. He is very loving and affectionate. I will never ever forget the moment when I met him, shook hands with him and hugged him after I won," he added.
Raina lives in Jammu with his parents, wife and a 10-year-old son, who accompanied him to the sets of KBC.
On the state of affairs in Kashmir, he said, "In 1988, everything began going downhill. Everything was burnt down by militants and nothing was left." "During militancy, my house in Kashmir valley was destroyed. We were forced to leave the place. Since then I have been living in Jammu. With Rs one crore, I would like to build a house there and also I want to help underprivileged people in the area who are not receiving any help from anyone. I would help them in whatever little way I can," he said.