Kaun Banega Crorepati
Kaun Banega Crorepati (Hindi: कौन बनेगा करोड़पति Kaun Banegā Karoṛpati; popularly known as KBC) is an Indian reality/game show based on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which offers a maximum cash prize of £1 million. The show first aired in 2000 and was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. This was the first appearance of Bachchan on Indian television. The show was popularly received in India. On August 5, 2005, the show was restarted after a four-year hiatus, and renamed Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya (Kaun Banega Crorepati the Second, or KBC2) in which the final prize amount was doubled to 2 crore rupees. It was abruptly ended by STAR Plus after the host Amitabh Bachchan fell ill in 2006. Mr Bachchan had shot 61 of the 85 episodes when he fell ill. He announced he would return after he recovered, but when his health prevented him filming the remaining 24 episodes, Star TV took the decision to axe it. Star Television roped in Shahrukh Khan to host the third season of the show. Khan was at peak of his career then and was considered an ideal replacement for Amitabh Bachchan as the host of the show. The grand prize amount of 2 crore rupees (approx. $430,000 USD) was still used in KBC3. The third season of the show began airing on January 22, 2007. But all the hysteria receded soon after and its TRP went down. The third season did not receive good reviews from audiences. The show ended on April 19, 2007 with a special finale. The key sponsors of the third season were AirTel, Unit Trust of India (UTI Mutual Funds) and ITC Limited. The fourth season (called KBC4) was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and started on October 11, 2010, on Bachchan's 68th birthday. According to online news sources, over five million (50 Lakh) people participated in KBC 4 auditions. The prize money was decreased to 1 crore, however a jackpot question for 5 crore (approx. USD 1 million) was added. The fourth season of the show was highly successful due to the return of former host Amitabh Bachhan. The season ended on 9 December 2010. Season Five started on 15th August 2011. Contents[hide] * 1 Rules * 1.1 KBC1 * 1.2 KBC 2 and 3 * 1.3 KBC 4 * 2 Lifelines * 3 The fourth season * 4 The fifth season * 5 Notable celebrity guests * 5.1 Season 1 * 5.2 Season 2 * 5.3 Season 3 * 5.4 Season 4 * 5.5 Season 5 * 6 Winners * 7 Phraseology * 8 Awards * 9 References * 10 External links
|  Rules
Image of game play from the show; Kajol's and Ajay Devgn's 10 million rupees question As in the UK version, the contestants must undergo an initial round of "Fastest Finger First", in which the host introduces the ten contestants of the episode and asks them all the same question. The contestants must then arrange the answers in the order described in the question. The contestant that places the four options in the correct order in the fastest time gets the chance to go on the "hotseat". All contestants must be over the age of 18 and a citizen of India in order to be eligible. The person must not be a former "Kaun Banega Crorepati" contestant and, as defined in the Income Tax Act, 1961, must also be a resident of India. At the hotseat, the contestant is asked a series of general knowledge questions consistently rising in difficulty with every question. Each question has four options with only one correct answer. The contestant wins a certain amount of money with each correct answer, and may choose to give up and retain the money they have already won if they decide not to answer the currently shown question. The money won after each question is roughly doubled from the previous amount won, exponentially increasing the amount won after each correct answer until the contestant reaches the final question, after which they win the maximum prize (currently 5 crores in KBC 4). The current sequence of prize amounts on KBC are as follows (Western digit grouping in...
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