New Season of Kaun Banega Crorepati introduces new prize pool

Monali GuptaAug 18 . 11 min read

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? show's official Hindi adaptation Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) a Hindi-language televison game show in India. The format is similar to this show, in that contestants are asked multiple-choice questions and must choose the correct answer from four possible answers, and they are given lifelines to use if they are unsure. The top prize has been 7 crores since season 7 in 2013. (70,000,000 rupees). In the new season the 7 crore value has been increased to 7.5 crore.

Hello everyone, and welcome back. Today I'm back with one of India's most popular game shows, Kaun Banega Crorepati, which has been hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan since its beginnings, except for the third season, which was hosted by actor Shah Rukh Khan. The show aired on Star Plus for three seasons, from 2000 to 2007, and was commissioned by Sameer Nair's programming team. From season 1 to season 10, it aired on Sony Entertainment Television and was produced by BIG Synergy. Now, let’s take an overview of all the seasons of Kbc Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Season 1

KBC premiered on July 3, 2000, with Amitabh Bachchan as the host; it was his first appearance on Indian television. The show was well-received during its first season. The show initially offered contestants the chance to win a million Indian rupees (one crore). The show's ratings drop opened the way for its immediate reformatting as Junior KBC, with children as contestants, which began airing on May 6, 2001. The season concluded on December 31, 2001. 

Season 2

After a four-year-long break, the show was renamed Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya or KBC 2 on August 5, 2005. The top prize was doubled to 2 Crore (twenty million) Rupees during this season. It was eventually canceled by STAR Plus after Kaun Banega Crorepati Amitabh Bachchan became ill in 2006, shortly after filming his final episode on January 13, 2006. The show Kaun Banega Crorepati Amitabh Bachchan had promised to return once he recovered, but when his health prevented him from filming the remaining episodes, Star TV decided to cancel the show.

Season 3

Shah Rukh Khan hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 3 after Amitabh Bachchan declined to host the show. The grand prize remained at Rs. 2 Crore (twenty million). The third season of the show premiered on 22 January 2007, with Prasenjit Sarkar, the last contestant dropped from season two midway due to Bachchan's health. The show started well, but the ratings declined considerably after the host changed. The season concluded on April 19, 2007

Season 4

After a three-and-a-half-year long break, the show was relaunched. The fourth season began on October 11, 2010, with the return of Amitabh Bachchan as host. This season aired four nights per week, Monday through Thursday evenings. The season's tagline was "Koi Bhi Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota." The show was transferred from STAR Plus to Sony TV. 

The fourth season Kaun Banega Crorepati logo incorporates the new Indian Rupee symbol. The fourth season of contestant auditions began on August 2, 2010, at 9 p.m. IST. This season's total prize money was 1 Crore (ten million rupees), with a jackpot question worth 5 Crore (50 million rupees). Season 4 was a huge success because of the return of former host Amitabh Bachchan. The season concluded on December 9, 2010.

Various rule changes have been made to the show during this season, much like its international US show. The number of questions was reduced from 15 to 13, and a timer was added to each question, as in the US version of the show. Questions 1 and 2 had a 30-second time limit, and questions 3–7 had a 45-second time limit. Questions 8 through 13 were untimed. When a lifeline is used, the clock stops, and if the time limit runs out, the contestant is told to walk away with their current winnings. The "Double Dip" and "Ask the Expert" lifelines were introduced this season. Unlike the United States version, any time that was not used was voided and not banked. Additionally, starting with this season, contestants who previously came for just one episode can now stay for a full week. 

From November 1 to November 4, 2010, during the Diwali season, the Hot Seat edition was launched. In this version, every contestant is a celebrity. Like Millionaire Hot Seat, this variation was identical. The time limit was 30 seconds for questions 1 through 5. The time limit was 60 seconds for questions 11 through 15. Only one lifeline, called Pass, was available.

Season 5

Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 5, which began on August 15, 2011, Indian Independence Day, and finished on November 17, 2011, was once again hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. There was only one significant gameplay change from the previous season: the competitor may only select one goal, the Padao. The season's tagline was, "Koi Bhi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota." Most people agreed that this season of the show was the most-watched one on Indian television in 2011. 

"Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot," a play-at-home feature, began this season. The winner of this contest, which allowed audiences at home to provide answers to questions through SMS during the program, will get one lakh rupees, with the possibility to double or triple that sum by answering additional questions correctly.

Season 6

Season 6 Kaun Banega Crorepati registration opened on May 28, 2012. Amitabh Bachchan hosted KBC 6, which debuted on September 7, 2012. On Sony TV, it ran on Friday through Sunday nights. It was over on January 26, 2013. For the season, the tagline was " Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai". The 13-question format from the previous season was carried over to this season.

KBC introduced a brand-new custom called "Dusra Mauka" this season in which socially outcast individuals are given a benefit. In the first such episode, Sonali Mukherjee, a victim of acid throwing, appeared with Lara Dutta. A second special featuring Manoj Kumar, a Mahadalit, and Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee was broadcast on January 13, 2013. 

Season 7

The registration Kaun Banega Crorepati began on May 27, 2013, at 8:30 PM. The tagline for the seventh season that Bachchan also hosted was "Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh". There are 7 crores ($70 million) in total reward money, and there are now 15 instead of 13 questions. The season began on September 6, 2013. 

A new lifeline called Power Paplu was introduced during the season. The contestant was able to use a lifeline that had already been used on another question due to this lifeline. 50:50 and Flip the Question were reinstated in place of Double Dip and Ask the Expert. There was a 45-second Phone-a-Friend extension. The jackpot question's prize was raised to $7 billion (70 million rupees). A 360-degree multimedia set served as the Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013 stage. The Sapta Koti Sandook's final four questions let contestants win up to Rs. 1 crore, Rs. 3 crores, Rs. 5 crores, and finally Rs. 7 crores. Additionally changed was the Fastest Finger First system. The winner of the leader board created after three questions plays two questions instead of one and is seated on the Hot Seat.

Season 8

This season's grand prize was worth $7 crore (70 million rupees). Kaun Banega Crorepati registration for Season 8 opened on July 22, 2014. The number of questions was cut to 14, the Double Dip took the place of the 50:50, and the Flip was replaced by the Triguni (Three Wise Men) lifeline for the season. The Fastest Finger First system from seasons 1 through 6 was returned, and the Phone-a-Friend was cut reduced to 30 seconds. 

The show' three-hour-long grand premiere episode premiered on August 17, 2014 (Sunday), at 8:30 PM IST. The season is broadcast in the evenings on Monday through Thursday. The presentation was cut down to run for just an hour from its initial 1.5 hours. The season concluded on November 6, 2014, and the two grand finale episodes were shown on November 9 and November 16. "Yahan Sirf Paise Nahi, Dil Bhi Jeete Jate Hain" was the season's tagline.

Season 9

After a 2-year break, KBC returned to the air on August 28, 2017, with Bachchan returning as host on Sony TV. "Jawaab dene ka Waqt aa Gaya Hai" was the season's tagline. The Friday episode of the show, titled Nayi Chaah Nayi Raah, was broadcast every day at 9:00 p.m. The first 10 questions of the new 16-question format, which was introduced for the season, are timed. Double Dip was replaced by the 50:50 lifeline and the Three Wise Men lifeline by the Plus One. Video calls were introduced by Phone-a-Friend. The remaining lifelines cannot be used if the contestant gets to the 16th question. Abhinandan Aabhar, the final episode of the series, aired on November 7, 2017.

Season 10

The season 9 registration period began on June 6, and it began running on Sony TV on September 3, 2018. Kab Tak Rokoge is the tenth season's tagline. The Ask the Expert lifeline took the place of the Phone-a-Friend lifeline during this season.

Season 11

On August 19, 2019, Sony TV launched Season 11 of KBC as Bachchan's host. The show ran from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. IST on weeknights, with Karamveer Special episodes running every Friday till midnight IST. "Ade Raho" served as the season's show tagline. This season, Switch—which offers optional categories for the flipped question—replaced the Plus One lifeline. On November 29, 2019, the season's final episode aired, with Sudha Murthy playing the Karamveer Special candidate.

Season 12

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a delay in the production and broadcast of Season 12. The shooting started on September 7. Bachchan updated his official Twitter account with the first image of the revised set. "Jo Bhi hai, har setback ka Jawab comeback Se do" was the tagline used for the season 12 premiere, which aired on September 28. The season's first contestant was Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh resident Aarti Jagtap. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented a studio audience from seeing the filming, which took place. As a result, the Video a Friend lifeline, which functions similarly to the Phone a Friend lifeline but over video calls, has taken the role of the Audience Poll lifeline.

At KBC 12, Mrinalini Dubey became the first participant to earn $25,000. Due to the lack of remaining competitors, Runa Saha from Kolkata entered the hot seat without first playing Fastest Finger First for the first time in KBC history. Padma Shri Phoolbasan Bai Yadav and Renuka Shahane became the first contestants of the season to win 50 lakhs during a Karamveer episode. The first Rs. 1 crore winner of the season was Nazia Nasim on November 11.

On January 22, 2021, the season's last episode aired.

Season 13

The 13th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati began on August 28, 2021, on the Sony TV channel and SonyLIV app. Shaandaar Shukravaar is the title of the Friday Special Episode. Studio Audience made a comeback during this season, and Audience Poll Lifeline was reinstated. Fastest Finger First was eliminated in favor of the Triple Test, which consists of three questions about general knowledge with four possible answers, much to the Season 7 version. The competitor who successfully answers all three questions in the quickest amount of time, as shown on a leaderboard, advances directly to the hot seat. 

On August 31, Himani Bundela became the first $1 million winners of the season and the first blind competitor to ever win $1 million. Sahil Aditya Ahirwar won the season's second $1 million prizes on October 21. Its name was "Dhuk-Dhuki Ji," and the timer was introduced. On December 3 Kaun Banega Crorepati 2021 finished airing all 1000 episodes. The season's last week was known as Shaandaar Shukriya. The final episode of Season 13 aired on December 17, 2021.

Season 14

The 14th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati, which is hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, premieres on Sony Entertainment Television at 9 p.m. on August 7.

In honour of the 75th year of Indian Independence, the 7 crore value has been increased to 7.5 crore, and a third portion has been added before the 1 crore of 75 lakh.


1. Is Kaun Banega Crorepati scripted?

Except for the KBC Friday Karamveer shows, none of the KBC episodes are scripted.

2. Why did Amitabh leave KBC?

Amitabh Bachchan left Season 2 in the middle of the show due to illness in 2006. Season 3 was the only season, Shah Rukh Khan hosted because Amitabh Bachchan declined to host the show.

3. Is KBC winners get full money?

The winner gets all the winnings and eventually has to pay taxes.

4. Who has won 7 crores on KBC?

In KBC 13, Sahil Ahirwar was able to correctly answer the question for a prize of Rs 1 crore, but he was unable to do so with the question for the Rs 7 crore grand prize.

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