Happy Birthday, Big B: The story of Kaun Banega Crorepati's stupendous success that transformed Indian TV forever

The success of Kaun Banega Crorepati not only resurrected Big B's sinking career, but it also transformed the face of Indian TV forever.

It was year 2000 when KBC came to Amitabh Bachchan's life. It was the time when Big B was struggling to get the right roles after delivering a string of flops including highly-hyped Mrityudata.

It wasn't an easy decision for Amitabh Bachchan, of course, whose magical touch was set to transform small screen forever by opening the door for big Bollywood celebrities to make a foray into this less glamorous medium.
Amitabh in an interview with Hindustan Times' Poonam Saxena says that "moving from 75 mm to a 25-inch screen" and "reducing the size of your face and figure" was considered a taboo back then.

Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 1 was however a roaring success; it not only catapulted Star Plus to No. 1 slot, it also restored stardom for Amitabh Bachchan, who after the show's humongous success started getting lucrative offers from Bollywood.

Big B came back with KBC Dwitiya in 2005 with double the prize money (Rs 2 crore) but the show had to be taken off prematurely because of megastar's health issues. SRK took the baton from him in Season 3 in 2007, but somehow the show didn't click.
Eventually, it was Bachchan who did the trick for the show again when it made a comeback with fourth season on a different channel--Sony TV--this time, with the increased winning amount of Rs 5 crore. Bachchan was hesitant to make a comeback with KBC on a different channel because the actor thought that people would be bored of the concept that had already been played out. But he underestimated his own fanbase and the power of KBC, it seems.

The fifth season of Kaun Banega Crorepati broke all records. An unbelievable 27 million viewers watched Motihari's Sushil Kumar win Rs 5 crore on Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 5. The concept had clicked and the best thing about it was that people waited for every season with bated breath because it wasn't an annual affair, and people did not get bored of it.
KBC kept getting makeover. Like in Season 7, the prize money was raised to Rs 7 crore, a couple of new lifelines like Power Paplu (that allowed one to reuse a lifeline) was introduced.

The current season of KBC 9 once again is creating history with its massive ratings. Siddharth Basu, the creator of the show recently tweeted how the show has captured the No. 1 slot for the fifth consecutive time. Even now, the show is displaying no signs of a slowdown. The ratings for the episode airing the first crorepati of the season--Anamika Majumdar--are yet to come, and we have a feeling, it will set new records.
Source - India Today

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