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‘Aarakshan reflects the philosophy of KBC 5’

tv Updated: Aug 08, 2011 11:50 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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KBC 5 goes on air on August 15 with Amitabh Bachchan as the host and his Aarakshan co-stars, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, taking the hot seat in the second episode.

Their film opens on August 12 and Bachchan points out that the quiz show reflects the philosophy of Aarakshan. “My character, Dr Prabhakar Anand, believes in equal opportunities, irrespective of class or caste. He feels that ‘koi bhi insaan chhota nahin hota’ (no one is inferior). That’s the tagline of KBC this season,” Bachchan says.

The ‘mantra’ reiterated through every promo, came with the realisation at the end of the last season that it wasn’t just urban India that was making money. “Even people from small towns, which we weren’t aware existed, were excelling. Rahat Tasleem, last season’s crorepati, was from Giridih, Jharkhand,” he says.

What’s his take on the educational system and the reservation policy? “I’m not an academician or a politician. Like Dr Anand, I too accept that there are distinctions in our society. If certain weaker sections need a push, sanctioned by the Constitution, then who are we to question it? At the same time, it is our responsibility to ensure that the divide is bridged.”