“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 9 returned on Monday, on Sony Television Entertainment with Saroj Verma from Hisar becoming the first contestant to play the game show in its ninth season and creator Siddharth Basu saying that KBC is edutainment for the audiences.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 9 is here. The game show premiered yesterday on Sony Entertainment Television with mega star Amitabh Bachchan returning as the host and saw Saroj Verma, a school teacher from Hisar, Haryana becoming the first participant to play the game in its ninth season. She answered the fastest finger first round question in just 5.77 seconds but used two lifelines in the first question itself.
By the time, she entered the second round, she was left with no lifelines and ended up winning rupees 10,000 only. As fans may know, the game show has two levels of question rounds with the first giving only 45 seconds to the contestant to answer the question and the second allowing a minute. However, this season has come up with two new lifelines namely video-a-friend and Jodidaar of which the latter permits contestants to bring a friend to play alongside for just one query.
In the meantime, Siddharth Basu, creator of the legendary game show has said that KBC is edutainment and more relevant than ever before. He said that the show is about celebrating facts and the team works hard to reinforce authenticity over myth and fabrication. Talking about the format of the show, he said that it is still a challenge to capture the interest of the audiences as fatigue sets in after a point of time.
Also, the reducing attention span of the people and changing TV viewing habits pose challenges to the game show. Nevertheless, Basu is confident that unaltered facts that have not been molded to conform to a particular political narrative have it in themselves to gain the attention of the youth.
It is worth mentioning here that “Kaun Banega Crorepati” began its run in 2000 with Siddhartha Basu’s company Big Synergy Productions producing the game show and Amitabh Bachchan hosting the same.