If Amitabh Bachchan’s mantra for Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya was Umeed se duguna, then Shah Rukh Khan’s is Kuch sawaal aapki zindagi badal sakte
Circa 1961: A knee-high boy is making life miserable for everyone in Delhi. He bombards them with questions — at home, in school (when the teacher asks him to answer a question he retorts, ‘Kyun, aapko nahin pata?’), at public places (he asks a middle-aged man at a birthday party, ‘Uncle, yeh aunty No 2 hai?’) and even in an elevator (where the liftman is flatulent and the kid asks, ‘Mooli ke parathe khaye they kya?’).
The trouble is he has many questions but no one to give him answers. Then one day, he exasperatedly says, “After asking so many questions, where is my life heading?”
And off he is packed to Mumbai where it’s his turn to answer questions — from cab driver’s to the landlady’s. The circle, it seems, is complete.
Cut to 2007 — the boy has grown up, he’s Shah Rukh Khan. He’s on the hot seat saying with a dimpled smile, “Kuch sawaal aapke zindagi badal sakte hain.” It is this little story that has been captured in a neat two-minute 10-second promo for the KBC with SRK.
Created by O&M, it features Shrey Bawa as the inquisitive, yet adorable kid with Makrand Deshpande’s voiceover narrating his story.
Interestingly, SRK appears only at the end of the promo, which justifies his “I love the question and answer game” statement he made at the launch of KBC and on the reason why he took it on.
The idea, we are told, was to wipe off everything that reminded people of the earlier two editions of the show. The promo, indeed, looks fresh.
But there’s one line in the course of the narration which says, “Naubat yahan tak aayee ki sawaal pehle aate they aur bade miyan baad mein.”
Now, isn’t Big B the Bade Miyan especially after the character he played in David Dhawan’s Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan? Some questions are better left unanswered.