Launched in the year 2000, Kaun Banega Crorepati will wrap up its fifth edition this week, completing more than a decade on the tube. Next year, host Amitabh Bachchan will return in the third consecutive season, KBC 6, probably one of the longest spells a Bollywood actor-host has had on his TV show in India.
The current season opened with approximately 5.4 points, and experienced its highest rating last week with 8 points. Apart from commoners like Sushil Kumar (Season 5) and Harshwardhan Nawathe (Season 1) who’ve been season’s winners, there have been a slew of Bollywood and TV actors who tried their luck on the hot seat.
Of course, none came for personal gains. Each one donated whatever they won to a charity of their choice… that is if they played for money. Aamir Khan, the first ever celebrity to occupy the hot seat in India on season one, won Rs. 50 lakh. So did others like John Abraham-Bipasha Basu, Madhuri Dixit, and Shah Rukh Khan, who won the same amount on both occasions when he participated.
But the only ones to have won a crore so far are actors Ajay Devgn and Kajol.
As season five draws to a close, check out how did the stars perform on the hot seat across the seasons.
Across past seasons
Aamir Khan in 2000 won 50 Lakh
Shah Rukh Khan in 2000 won 50 Lakh
Sanjay Dutt in 2001 won 50 Lakh
Anil Kapoor in 2001 won 50 Lakh
Madhuri Dixit in 2001 won 50 Lakh
Smriti Irani and Amar Upadhyay in 2001 won 50 Lakh
John Abraham and Bipasha Basu in 2005 won 50 Lakh
Rani Mukerji in 2000 won 25 Lakh
Sakshi Tanwar and Shweta Kawatra in 2001 won 12.5 Lakh
Ajay Devgn and Kajol in 2005 won 1 crore
Smriti Irani and Saakshi Tanwar in 2005 6.4 Lakh
Saakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor 25 lakh
Ranbir Kapoor won 12.5 lakh
Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor won 25 lakh
Vidya Balan won 6.4 lakh
Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif won 12.5 lakh