Computer trainer and private tutor from Motihari, Bihar, Sushil Kumar, is now ready to leave for his hometown to meet his parents and brothers. He won the Rs 5 crore jackpot on the fifth season of Kaun Banega Crorepati a day ahead of Diwali, but is only taking home close to Rs 4 crore. The rest will be deducted as taxes. Over a decade ago, it was another Diwali when Kaun Banega Crorepati’s first season had stumbled upon its first crorepati, Harshwardhan Nawathe from Mumbai.
“I’m yet to get the cheque. I think the channel will give it to me along with my tickets to go back home. I can’t wait to meet my family, friends and students. They’ve seen me through the two episodes and they’re rejoicing,” beams Sushil, who now aims to quit his measly Rs 6000 a month job, pursue further studies and become an IAS officer. “They couldn’t celebrate openly till the episode was aired. The day I reach home, we’ll actually celebrate Diwali. And this is by far my parents’ and my family’s biggest Diwali ever.”The third of the five brothers, Sushil aimed to win only Rs 25 lakh to repair his old house and repay his family’s debts. Now, he aims to help his brothers set up their individual businesses and use whatever money remains to fund the education of kids who’re still struggling for basic amenities in his hometown.
"At every level, I was calculating how many needs have I managed to meet. With whatever I’m taking home, my mortgaged and broken house can be repaired. We can also buy a new house for the family," says the season’s first jackpot winner, who is already being counted among Motihari’s rich and famous. The computer teacher admits that despite the news of his victory spreading all over the place, no credit card, insurance or investment company has phoned him as yet. "I don’t think they have my number," smiles Sushil, who was touring Mumbai for a week with his wife. "And I’m not even interested in buying anything from them."