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Last with Big B, first with Shah Rukh

Prasenjit Sarkar of Kolkata has had an experience akin to ?witnessing two sunrises?, writes Ritujay Ghosh.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 17:07 IST

Prasenjit Sarkar has had an experience akin to “witnessing two sunrises”.

The contestant from Kolkata is the first to face new quizmaster Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), when Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) makes a comeback on January 22.

He was also the last contestant Amitabh Bachchan hosted on Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya.

“This is a dream come true. After meeting Bachchan, Khan was a bonus. I was very excited to have interacted with both of them,” said Sarkar.

Sarkar had to move out of KBC on January 13, 2006, the last time Bachchan shot for the show. Sarkar had by that time won Rs 80,000, but Bachchan fell ill and could not continue. After waiting a year, Sarkar got a call from KBC to participate in the show again.

“The organisers sent me a letter early last year saying that I would be the rollover contestant once the show resumed,” said Sarkar, an inspector with Central Excise.

For the 39-year-old from Kasba, the two hosts have their own distinct appeal.

“Bachchan saab had a tremendous personality and would make the contestants feel comfortable. SRK is a powerhouse of energy, and this will make the show more interactive,” said Sarkar.

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First Published: Jan 18, 2007 02:21 IST