Fitness trainer and ex-Merchant Navy Officer Raj Thakur won the most prize money ever on the game show Sach Ka Saamna (SKS) in an episode that will be aired tonight.
The contestant from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, broke all records and became the first ever contestant on SKS to win Rs 50 lakh.
However, Raj claims that money was never the motivating factor and he only appeared on the show to admit his mistakes in life. Says Raj, “I wanted to acknowledge the wrongdoings in my life. I couldn’t talk about these truths to my parents directly, so I wanted a medium to confess. They always thought that I was an honest, dutiful person, and I didn’t have the courage to tell them otherwise. The good thing was that I got rewarded for telling the truth, which doesn’t happen in reality.”
Ajit Thakur, general manager of Life OK, the channel on which SKS airs, believes money is not of prime importance for contestants on SKS, even if they do walk away with a huge sum. “The kind of secrets revealed on SKS impacts lives and relationships. It requires courage to be honest on national television. I have spoken to many contestants who feel they might not win a big sum but revealing the truth is a bigger deal for them.”
He adds that a contestant once wrote to the channel after the show, telling them that he had spent his prize money on IVF treatment and that he and his wife were expecting a child. The channel only takes mature individuals on the show, not people who are disturbed, says Thakur. “We don’t want to disrupt anyone’s lives but give them a chance to come clean. Unlike other shows, we never pitched our show on money,” he says.
Raj agrees. “I am now open about everything and don’t feel any reserve with my parents. They respect me more than ever because I had the guts to accept my mistakes. I wasn’t even eyeing the money.”
Raj now plans to open a gym and help friends who are in need.