Kaun Banega Crorepati’s 11th season (KBC Season 11) ended on Friday with the Karmaveer Special Show. Host of the show Amitabh Bachchan said while finishing the show, “Today I say good night to you from this stage for the last time.”
Superstar Bachchan has been as charismatic on the small screen as he has been in films. Kaun Banega Crorepati or KBC and Bachchan proved mutually beneficial, as the show couldn’t have got a better mascot while the superstar’s fortunes seemed to be dwindling, with his company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd faltering, when he joined the show.
Right from the first show broadcast on 3 July 2000, Bachchan won hearts anew with his impeccable Hindi, the warmth of his reception of guests, encouraging temperament and, most importantly, giving the audience in millions of homes feel they could be a winner, too, much as in these 19 years, only six contestants managed to win the entire prize money on offer.
- Harshvardhan Navathe (19 October 2000): Rs 1 crore
- Vijay Raul and Arundhati (2 May 2001): Rs 1 crore
- Ravi Saini (14 May 2001): Rs 1 crore
- Sushil Kumar (2 November 2011): Rs 5 crore
- Sanmeet Kaur Sawhney (12 January 2013): Rs 5 crore
- Achin and Sarthak Narula (9 October 2014): Rs 7 crore
In the last episode, social worker Sudha Murti was quizzed. She won Rs 50 lakh, which she donated for charity.
The 11th season of KBC did not see the energy and enthusiasm of Bachchan wane a bit.
The director of the show for the past seven years, Arunesh Kumar was asked what changes had taken place in Bachchan as a host over the years. Aruneshsh said that the superstar only became better year after year. “But as a human being, he is the same. As a human being, he has been as energetic, humble and lovable as ever,” he said.
Arunesh said while the show started at 9 PM for the public, for the crew it started at 8 PM, with every member applying a lot of effort to get everything right. Occasionally, when a contestant acts funny, he or she might have rehearsed it at home but, with that, the contestant also shares some knowledge. “KBC is truly a celebration of knowledge,” Arunesh said.
The director insisted that any ad-lib on the show was indeed uttered impromptu and that these improvisations were not scripted.
Arunesh said that Bachchan’s energy and dedication to work never reduced. He said between the first and the 11th season, the star’s energy increased by 11%.
Bachchan has been reporting ill for some time. He recently said that he was going to retire. Director Arunesh had a word of encouragement for the fans of the megastar, saying, “Bachchan sāhab‘s popularity goes far and wide. Everyone is wishing him good health. I am confident if KBC resumes next year, it will be hosted again by Big B.”
Arunesh said while KBC had been inspiring many people, during the show, every crew member learnt something from every single moment, which was his own motivation.
Arunesh said all preparations were started ahead of time but no part of the show was scripted.