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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
15 1 Crore 2 Crore - 7 Crore -
14 50,00,000 1 Crore - 5 Crore 7 Crore
13 25,00,000 50,00,000 5 Crore 3 Crore 3 Crore
12 12,50,000 25,00,000 1 Crore 1 Crore 1 Crore
11 6,40,000 12,50,000 50,00,000 50,00,000 50,00,000
10 3,20,000 6,40,000 25,00,000 25,00,000 25,00,000
9 1,60,000 3,20,000 12,50,000 12,50,000 12,50,000
8 80,000 1,60,000 6,40,000 6,40,000 6,40,000 7 Crore
7 40,000 80,000 3,20,000 3,20,000 3,20,000 1 Crore
6 20,000 40,000 1,60,000 1,60,000 1,60,000
5 10,000 20,000 80,000 80,000 80,000
4 5,000 10,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
3 3,000 5,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
2 2,000 3 000 10,000 10,000 10,000
1 1,000 1,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

Seasons Edit

  • Season 1 (July 3, 2000 - December 31, 2001)
  • Season 2 (August 5, 2005 - January 27, 2006)
  • Season 3 (January 22, 2007 - April 19, 2007)
  • Season 4 (October 11, 2010 - December 9, 2010)
  • Season 5 (August 15, 2011 - November 17, 2011)
  • Season 6 (May 28, 2012 - January 26, 2013)
  • Season 7 (September 6, 2013 - December 1, 2013)
  • Season 8 (August 2, 2014 - November 16, 2014)
  • Season 9 (August 28, 2017 - present)

In Seasons 1-5, in 2000-2011, 320 episodes aired.

Slumdog Millionaire Edit

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

Top Prize Winners Edit

1 Crore Winners Edit

5,000,000 rupee Winners Edit

Top Prize Losers Edit

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.

Gallery Edit

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