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KBC inspires Amitabh Bachchan's next

tv Updated: Dec 15, 2011 12:37 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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KBC 5, which flagged off on August 15, ended on a winning note on November 17 this year. Two episodes, aired on November 1 and November 8 featuring Rs 5 crore winner Sushil Kumar, made it the highest rated non-fiction show on Indian television. Host Amitabh Bachchan is looking forward to Season 6 that he thinks should begin around the same time next year.

“As per contract, we can’t change the format, but we should bring in something new. In 2000, we came up with the 9 pm prelude that reflected the sermons of family elders. This year, we introduced the interactive ‘ghar-baitho-jeeto jackpot’, upped the prize money to Rs 5 crore and conceived the tagline, Koi bhi insaan chhota nahin hota,” points out the star.

It is the said tagline however that is now likely to be borrowed for Bachchan’s next film, Common Man, to be directed by Shirish Kunder. Bachchan plays an ordinary man with some extraordinary skills in the film. “I put it (the tagline) out as a Twitter joke, but maybe we can incorporate it when we sit in on the final script,” says Bachchan.

He agrees that a parallel can be drawn between Sushil Kumar, a computer operator from Champaran, Bihar, whose knowledge and intelligence has made him the brand ambassador for government schemes in the state today. “However, Common Man is just the working title and has no connection with RK Laxman’s Comman Man,” Bachchan adds, admitting that if needed, he could pick up nuances from certain contestants for his character.

Many of this season’s contestants came from humble backgrounds, some ‘bleeding hearts’ with personal tragedies. But they impressed him with their never-say-die attitude. “One small setback and we’re vulnerable, but these people persevere against all odds, some trying for 11 years to get to KBC to earn a little money. Sushil came hoping for a new roof, and now he can get a new house,” Bachchan smiles.