Amitabh Bachchan or Big B, who turned 69 on Monday, had two reasons to celebrate the day. It was a dual celebration for him as Sony Entertainment hosted a bash for the star’s birthday and the success of the show Kaun Banega Crorepati 5. Big B was completely overwhelmed by the response of the show and here he gets candid about the success of the show and more..
How was the journey of KBC?
I have been associated with Kaun Banega Crorepati for almost 11 years and we will soon complete 500 episodes. I want to thank the team, their dedication, as they work tirelessly day and night to put KBC together. They work hard to put the most deserving candidate on the hot seat. The success of the show has been a revelation for me as well as for the makers of the show, as it continues to find loyal audiences. KBC has been a very rewarding and satisfying experience.
How do you look back on the contestants this season?
This season has been a great revelation for me because I got to meet contestants, who came from far flung small towns and villages that one hadn’t even heard of. I enjoyed interacting with them not just for the show, but in an effort to be able to reach and understand them. I hope KBC perhaps in a small way did convert their lives. I do believe KBC brought some change in their lives.
What did you like best about this season?
I was very impressed with the contestants and their love for their elders and loved ones, and keeping tradition alive. Each contestant I met on KBC expressed a desire to have a house of their own so that their entire family can come together and live together. Most were of challenged means so an owned home is a luxury for them. This desire to remain together, to care for their elders is one that is universally expressed each day. I wish to thank all of them who feel so. It is our Indian tradition to live under one roof and the grace, beauty and warmth of such conditioning is what fills me with pride for my countrymen and women. Let’s hope that our traditions are not broken or be diluted or polluted, by the ill-guided thoughts of other regions.
Which celebrity impressed you with their general knowledge?
All the celebrity contestants were very impressive. Aur jitney abhi aaye jaise Ranbir, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina, Imran Khan, Shahid, Sonam, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika – everyone has their own personality. I don’t think it would be nice to point out who had better general knowledge.
Would you like to be in the hot seat?
If I were to reveal that now then it wouldn’t be a question. I would like the audience to see the future episodes.
Have you helped any of the contestants personally?
Through KBC, we helped the contestants who won their prize fair and square. But I wouldn’t want to comment if on a personal level, I helped any one or not.
You are called the most successful host on television. Comment.
Main isme vishwas nahi karta. And I believe there are many other hosts who do a better job on television.
How do you feel when women on the show call you hot and sexy?
I am grateful that young women still find me attractive at this age. But sometimes it is very embarrassing to hear young ladies flatter me.