Amitabh Bachchan, who returns as the host of
Kaun Banega Crorepati
in its 2010 edition that flags off on his 68th birthday on October 11 on Sony Entertainment, started shooting for the show last Thursday. He finds the exercise a learning experience. When prodded further, Bachchan says, “I discovered that there’s a street in Allahpur, a neighbourhood in Allahabad, named after me. I feel honoured because I was born there.
I didn’t know about it till a contestant who lives there told me, when I asked where she came from.”
The four-times National Award-winner also finds the contestants this season more conversant and well read. “For some peculiar reason, a few remote pockets of the country remained alienated across the last three seasons of the show. This time, when we’ve accessed them, I realise that population is extremely aware and alert,” adds Bachchan, who felt a déjà vu when he returned to the
sets after six years.
“It felt better than home. But it’s a different set for me everyday because the people who make the show what it is are different in every episode, which means there are different stories and plenty of anecdotes to share.”
The Indian adaptation of the British format,
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
, offers Rs 5 crore as grand prize this year, the highest the format has ever offered across editions and, second only to Salman Khan’s
10 Ka Dum
, adapted from
Power Of 10
, that offered Rs 10, crore as prize money. In terms of format, the show is down to 12 questions and a bonus question for Rs 5 crore.
How have the contestants reacted to the increased size of the prize packet? “In the course of shooting, I’ve met certain contestants from some very obscure villages of our country. One of them said that the amount could change the fate of seven generations of his family. Another said that he had never seen that many zeroes before a figure,” says Bachchan.
News is that Shah Rukh Khan, the host of
, has been approached to be part of a celebrity episode of
. It’s also learnt that son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Bachchan would make appearances on the show. Meanwhile Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham have shot their episodes with Amitabh Bachchan already.
When asked, Bachchan says, “I’ve shot with Sanju and John. As for Shah Rukh, Abhishek and Aishwarya, I think the channel would know better because they decide on the special guests on my show. I don’t interfere with their working.”
The actor dismisses the idea and says, “I don’t think any of us are working for that. It’s great to see so many of my young colleagues on TV. The viewer is benefited because he gets to see all of us almost everyday. And we benefit because we get closer to our audience. TRPs are for the channels to work on.”
And would he like to swap seats with a guest host on the show? Bachchan smiles, “I’d rather run away from the sets if I have to answer questions. I think I’m great where I am.”