Amidst funny one-liners by TV star
, the first contestant on KBC 8 -- Deepa Jagtiani -- won Rs 640,000 when the first episode was shot in Surat.
Deepa, who helps her brother in his business, used three lifelines - 'audience poll' and 'phone a friend' and
while playing the game, which is the Indian adaptation of international format Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
With 14 questions, the theme of the latest season of the show is strumming the heart strings of viewers and the prize money is Rs.7 crore this year.
Organised at Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre - a 7,000 seat auditorium, the venue was jam-packed as the programme kicked off with inimitable comedian Kapil Sharma whose one liners tickled the guests.
Entertaining as always, he welcomed Big B on stage who came with dancers grooving on his hit numbers like Pyar Humein Kis Mod Pe Le Aayaa, Sara zamana and Main Hoon Don playing and interspersed with his famous dialogues.
"Nobody will go empty handed from the show. We will win hearts," said Amitabh, who sported blue jeans, a cream jacket and a shirt. "If people are capable, they will go with a big prize," he added.
It also saw some stars like Meiyang Chang and the cast of hugely successful shows of Sony Entertainment Television.
With the theme of touching the heartstrings of the people, the new season will go live Aug 17 on Sony Entertainment Television.
This time the prize money is Rs 7 crore, and Big B tagged it Kaun Banega Mahacrorepati. The 71-year-old had changed the history of Indian television by associating with it since its first season in 2000.
Shah Rukh Khan had hosted it for one season.