As a computer operator making Rs 6,000 a month, Sushil Kumar wasn’t exactly a slumdog, but his Rs 5 crore-win on the television quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is no less dramatic for it.
Three days after hitting the jackpot, the reality is yet to sink in for the 28-year-old from Champaran district in Bihar. Sushil Kumar, who holds a master’s degree in psychology, wanted to be a bureaucrat. But he had to abandon the dream as he was unable to join any coaching institute in Delhi for lack of funds. “I will now join a prominent institute and start preparing,” he says.
But his priority is, first, to help his parents and four brothers pay off their debts, and then build a huge house for his entire family. Says Sushil Kumar, who got married in May to Seema Patel: “Our financial condition was very bad. We don’t have a house of our own.”
Before leaving for the KBC shoot, he had aimed to win Rs 25 lakh. “I had calculated that all this could be sorted out with Rs 25 lakh,” he said.
Sushil Kumar’s elder brother, Sunil Kumar, has been inundated with calls and SMSes ever since news of his brother’s achievement spread. “Sushil is still in Mumbai. He will return after clearing some formalities of KBC and visiting some religious places.”
Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar’s father-in-law Krishna Patel, who owns a small snack shop, is rejoicing in his choice of groom. “Only goldsmiths can spot the real diamond, nobody else can,” he says.