Amitabh Bachchan hosted game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ tops the list of the most loved shows on Indian television. The quiz show has been on air for 13 seasons and Big B has hosted all the seasons except for the one in 2007. While the megastar is all set to host its new season from August 23, not many people know how Amitabh was roped in for the show initially.
While speaking with the Indian Express, Siddhartha Basu, who helmed the show, revealed that Sameer Nair and VP of the Star Plus Programming had suggested Bachchan’s name as the host for KBC. He also mentioned that initially, it wasn’t easy to convince the Sholay star to host the show. It was after the team visited the original set of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ in London, Amitabh finally agreed to do the show.
“However, he (Amitabh Bachchan) decided to see the recording of the original show in London before making up his mind. Once he saw it, he decided to do KBC with one rider that we replicate the conditions and discipline of that show. There was no looking back, and the scale and scope of shows on Indian TV expanded exponentially,” Siddhartha Basu added.
Further, talking about how the megastar has started enjoying interacting with contestants over the years, he stated that initially, the actor had reservations about talking about himself and getting personal with contestants. But, later he started opening up slowly and now thoroughly enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life.
Kaun Banega Crorepati is starting from today, 23rd August and will air every Monday to Friday at 9:00 pm.
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