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Kaun Banega Crorepati (Hindi: कौन बनेगा करोड़पति, literally: Who Will Become a Millionaire?) is an Indian television quiz show based off from the British game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It first aired on KBC on July 3, 2000. Hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

In game show questions were shown in English (for English-spoken peoples as second language) and Hindi (for Hindi-spoken peoples only) languages. Also Kaun Banega Crorepati is one from 8 Indian versions where English language are used.

The show played a significant role in the film Slumdog Millionaire, though it was portrayed slightly different than how the real show is. The film version uses the English name and has 10 questions with no milestones. The money values are in the standard Arabic numbering system instead of the Indian numbering system.

Lifelines Edit

In English/Hindi version used these lifelines (they changed periodically):

Money Trees Edit

Question Winning
2000—2001 2005—2007 2010—2012 2013 2014 2017
16 - - - - - 7 Crore
15 1 Crore 2 Crore - 7 Crore - 1 Crore
14 50,00,000 1 Crore - 5 Crore 7 Crore 50,00,000
13 25,00,000 50,00,000 5 Crore 3 Crore 3 Crore 25,00,000
12 12,50,000 25,00,000 1 Crore 1 Crore 1 Crore 12,50,000
11 6,40,000 12,50,000 50,00,000 50,00,000 50,00,000 6,40,000
10 3,20,000 6,40,000 25,00,000 25,00,000 25,00,000 3,20,000
9 1,60,000 3,20,000 12,50,000 12,50,000 12,50,000 1,60,000
8 80,000 1,60,000 6,40,000 6,40,000 6,40,000 80,000
7 40,000 80,000 3,20,000 3,20,000 3,20,000 40,000
6 20,000 40,000 1,60,000 1,60,000 1,60,000 20,000
5 10,000 20,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 10,000
4 5,000 10,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 5,000
3 3,000 5,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 3,000
2 2,000 3 000 10,000 10,000 10,000 2,000
1 1,000 1,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 1,000

Seasons Edit

  • Season 1 (303 episodes, July 3, 2000 - December 31, 2001)
  • Season 2 (62 episodes, August 5, 2005 - December 24, 2005)
  • Season 3 (53 episodes, January 22, 2007 - April 19, 2007)
  • Season 4 (36 episodes, October 11, 2010 - December 9, 2010)
  • Season 5 (56 episodes, August 15, 2011 - November 17, 2011)
  • Season 6 (58 episodes, September 7, 2012 - January 26, 2013)
  • Season 7 (36 episodes, September 6, 2013 - December 1, 2013)
  • Season 8 (50 episodes, August 18, 2014 - November 16, 2014)
  • Season 9 (52 episodes, August 28, 2017 - November 7, 2017)

In Seasons 1-9, in 2000-2017, 706 episodes aired.

Slumdog Millionaire Edit

  • Dev Patel plays as contestant Jamal Malik and Anil Kapoor (who was a contestant in 2001 and in 2013) plays as the host Prem Kumar. Originally, Danny Boyle wanted Shahrukh Khan to play the host since he hosted only Season 3 of the actual show, but he decided to turn the role down.

Money Tree Edit

Question Prize
10 2 Crore
9 1 Crore
8 50,00,000
7 25,00,000
6 10,00,000
5 5,00,000
4 2,50,000
3 16,000
2 4,000
1 1,000


र1,000 (1 of 10) - Not timed
Who was the star in the 1973 hit film Zanjeer?
• A: Amitabh Bachchan • B: (not revealed)
• C: (not revealed) • D: (not revealed)


र4,000 (2 of 10) - Not timed
A picture of three lions is seen in the national emblem of India. What is written underneath it?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: The truth alone triumphs • B: Lies alone triumph
• C: Fashion alone triumphs • D: Money alone triumphs


र16,000 (3 of 10) - Not timed
In depictions of God Rama, he is famously holding what in his right hand?
• A: A flower • B: A sword
• C: A child • D: A bow and arrow


र250,000 (4 of 10) - Not timed
The song "Darshan Do Ghanshyam" was written by which famous Indian poet?
• A: Surdas • B: Tulsidas
• C: Mira Bai • D: Kabir
In reality, this song is written by Gopal Singh Nepali for the movie Narsi Bhagat (1957). This song is also credited as traditional and originally written by 15th century poet Narsinh Mehta, whose life that film is based on. (Many, including the film, mistakenly attribute it to the 16th century poet Surdas due to the fact that Surdas was blind and the song is a prayer asking God to "appear" before him, for his "eyes thirst for Your sight".) (source)


र1,000,000 (6 of 10) - Not timed
On an American One Hundred Dollar Bill, there is a portrait of which American statesman?
• A: George Washington • B: Franklin Roosevelt
• C: Benjamin Franklin • D: Abraham Lincoln


र2,500,000 (7 of 10) - Not timed
Who invented the revolver?
• A: Samuel Colt • B: Bruce Browning
• C: Dan Wesson • D: James Revolver


र5,000,000 (8 of 10) - Not timed
Cambridge Circus is in which UK city?
• A: Oxford • B: Leeds
• C: Cambridge • D: London


र10,000,000 (9 of 10) - Not timed
Which cricketer has scored the most first class centuries in history?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Sachin Tendulkar • B: Ricky Ponting
• C: Michael Slater • D: Jack Hobbs
After this question, the klaxon called time, and Jamal returned in the episode of the following day.


र20,000,000 (10 of 10) - Not timed
In Alexander (sic) Dumas' book, "The Three Musketeers", two of the musketeers are called Athos and Porthos. What was the name of the third Musketeer?
'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
• A: Aramis • B: Cardinal Richelieu
• C: D'Artagnan • D: Planchet

Winners Edit

Top Prize Winners Edit

1 Crore Winners Edit

Top Prize Losers Edit

5,000,000 rupees winners Edit

2,500,000 rupees winners Edit

1,250,000 rupees winners Edit

640,000 rupees winners Edit

320,000 rupees winners Edit

160,000 rupees winners Edit

80,000 rupees winners Edit

40,000 rupees winners Edit

20,000 rupees winners Edit

10,000 rupees winners Edit

0 rupees winners (incomplete) Edit

Note: Due to the error of the editors (two correct answers in question) the contestant Aditya Singh who was on September 24, 2005, appeared on October 15, 2005 appeared in show again without FFF.

See also Edit

Trivia Edit

  • More than 27,000,000 people watched Sushil Kumar game (7,2 on November 1 and 8 TVR on November 2, in two episodes respectively), who win Rs 5,000,000.
  • Prior to the KBC episode on November 2, 2011 which rated 8.0 TVR, only Rakhi Ka Swayamwar - Season 1 Grand Finale episode rated higher with 8.4 TVR on August 2, 2009. However, as a season average RKS averaged only 2.8 TVR compared to KBC's ongoing average of 4.7 TVR. RKS opening episode rated at 4.1 TVR while KBC opening episode rated at 5.2 TVR. The show, which went on air Sep 7, 2012, has registered a 6.1 television rating (TVR).
  • On December 2, 2011, the 500th episode was aired.
  • As December 20, 2011, in KBC show 510 episodes aired in which 886 contestants appeared.
  • In the first season of the Indian version, unlike other versions of the game, from May 6 to November 18, 2001 on Sundays, there was a large children's tournament among schoolchildren from 10 to 18 years old. In all, 25 children's issues were published.
  • In the September 24, 2005 issue, Aditya Singh left with nothing, answering the first question incorrectly, by selecting "Ask the Audience" lifeline, 55% of whom voted for the wrong answer. Later it was found out that the error of editors was noticed, because of which the contestant was asked a question with two variants of the answer. Later, he was invited back into the hot seat without FFF.
  • Prasenjit Sarkar is a rollover contestant, who appeared in the last episode of the 2nd season and in the first episode of the 3rd season from different hosts with an interval of one year.
  • Prashant P. Mannur (broadcast on February 15, 2007) is the contestant only, who used all three tips on the second question.
  • In episode on March 29, 2007, an unusual case occurred. A couple of celebrities were asked the 6th question, to which she did not know the answer and called a friend. When a friend picked up the phone, the presenter jokingly informed him that he would now be asked the final question for 20,000,000 rupees. The hider was given twice for 30 seconds.
    • As a result, a friend told them wrong, the players agreed with him and answered wrong. After that, the presenter said that it was a joke question. Despite giving the wrong answer by a couple, they were asked again the 6th question and the game continued.
    • During the first 5 seasons, 510 issues aired, in which 886 people played.
  • In the September 8, 2014 edition, the 1,000th contestant, Syed Murtuza Hashmi, appeared in the show.
  • In the episode on October 7, 2014, during the game of the brothers Shubham and Anurag Sharma, there was castling of the host with the contestant. For a moment, the presenter sat in the contestant's hot seat next to his brother, and his brother sat in the seat of the presenter.
  • In the history of the Indian version there were cases when the "Ask the Audience" lifeline was used on the first question: Aditya Singh (broadcast on September 24, 2005), A.V. Sreenivasa Rao (broadcast on February 8, 2007), Komal Ved (broadcast on March 19, 2007) and Saroj Verma (aired on August 28, 2017). And in two cases the audience failed on the first question.

Gallery Edit

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