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First episode date: July 3, 2000
Original network: Star Plus (1-3); Sony Entertainment Television (4-10)
Number of seasons: 10
Presented by: Amitabh Bachchan (1-2, 4-10), Shahrukh Khan (3)
KBC premiered on 3 July 2000 and was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, his first appearance on Indian television. KBC initially offered contestants the chance to win 1 Crore Indian rupees. The season ended in 2001. The show was well received in its premiere season.
No. of seasons: 10

Picture format: 480i (SDTV); 1080i (HDTV)

Original release: 3 July 2000 – present

Original language(s): Hindi/English

Season 1: 2000–01

KBC premiered on 3 July 2000 and was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, his first appearance on Indian television. KBC initially offered contestants the chance to win 1 CroreIndian rupees. The season ended in 2001. The show was well received in its premiere season.

Season 2: 2005–06

On 5 August 2005, the show was restarted after a four-year hiatus, and renamed Kaun Banega Crorepati Dwitiya or KBC 2. During this season, the top prize amount was doubled to 2 Crore Rupees. It was abruptly ended by STAR Plus after Amitabh Bachchan fell ill in 2006. Mr Bachchan had shot 61 of the 85 scheduled episodes when he fell ill. He announced he would return after he recovered, but when his health prevented him filming the remaining 24 episodes, Star TV took the decision to axe it.

Season 3: 2007

Star Television recruited Shahrukh Khan to host the third season of the show. The grand prize remained 2 Crore Rupees. The third season of the show began airing on 22 January 2007. The show started well but the show’s ratings dropped significantly due to the change of the host. The season ended on 19 April 2007 with a special finale.

Season 4: 2010

The fourth season (called KBC 4) was hosted by the returning Amitabh Bachchan and started on 11 October 2010, on Bachchan’s 68th birthday. This season was telecast four days a week, Monday through Thursday evenings. The tagline of the season was “Koi Bhi Sawaal Chota Nahi Hota” (English: No question is small. Literally: Every question is important). The show moved from STAR Plusto Sony TV. The new logo designed for the fourth season incorporated the new Indian Rupee symbol, which was unveiled earlier in the year. The contestant tryout for the fourth season opened on 2 August 2010 at 9 PM IST. The total prize money for this season was ₹ 1 Crore, and a jackpot question for ₹ 5 Crore. The fourth season of the show was highly successful due to the return of former host Amitabh Bachhan. The season ended on 9 December 2010.

During this season, much like its international counterparts, there were various rule changes made to the show. The number of questions were reduced from 15 to 13 and, as in the United States version of the show, a timer was added to each question. There was a 30-second time limit for questions 1 and 2, and a 45-second time limit for questions 3 to 7. Questions 8 to 13 were not timed. Any time not used was voided and not banked (unlike the United States version which banked the time for the final question). Much like other countries’ version of the game, the clock stops whenever a lifeline is used and if the time limit expired, the contestant was forced to walk away with their current winnings. This season introduced the “Double Dip” and “Ask the Expert” lifelines (similar to the United States counterpart from the Millionaire clock format).

Season 5: 2011

Amitabh Bachchan returned to host the fifth season which premiered on 15 August 2011 on the Independence Day of India and ended on 17 November 2011. It was again aired four days a week. Compared to the previous season, there was only one major gameplay change: there was only a single milestone (the Padao) that the contestant chose. The tagline used for the season was “Koi Bhi Insaan Chota Nahi Hota” (English: No human is small. Literally: No person is inferior). This season was the generally viewed as the most popular show on Indian television in 2011. This season introduced a play at home segment called “Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot“. This contest allowed home viewers to send an answer to a question via SMS during the show, with 1 Lakh Rupees going to the randomly picked winner, who can double or triple this amount by correctly answering further questions.

Season 6: 2012–13

The registration (contestant tryout) for the season started from 28 May 2012. This sixth season (labeled as KBC 6) was also hosted by Bachchan and premiered on 7 September 2012. It aired from Friday to Sunday evenings on Sony TV. The season ended on 26 January 2013. The tagline used for the season was “Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai” (English: It is only knowledge that gives you your right). This season retained the 13 question format of the previous season.

This season, KBC started a new tradition of giving an advantage to socially excluded people, known as “Dusra Mauka”. Sonali Mukherjee, a victim of acid throwing, appeared along Lara Dutta in the first such special. On 13 January 2013, another special aired in which Manoj Kumar, a Mahadalit was accompanied by Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee. The winner of season 6 was Sunmeet Kaur.


Season 7: 2013

The rehearsals for the show began on 26 June 2013. Registration started from 8:30 PM on 27 May 2013.

The seventh season (called KBC 7) was also hosted by Bachchan entitled “Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh” (English: If Learning stops, winning stops or simply: Learn to Win) was used as the tagline for the season. The total prize money was increased to ₹7 Crore, and the number of questions increased from 13 to 15. The season was commenced on 6 September 2013.

The season had a few changes, including a new lifeline called Power Paplu. This lifeline allowed the contestant to reuse a lifeline that was previously used on another question. (It could not be a lifeline that was used on the current question. For example, a contestant could not use “Ask the Audience”/”Audience Poll” twice on the same question.) Double Dip and Ask The Expert were discontinued and in lieu 50:50 and Flip The Question (also known as “Switch” or “Switch The Question”) were revived. The Phone-a-Friend was extended to 45 seconds. The prize for jackpot question was increased to ₹ 7 Crore. The Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013 set was a 360-degree multimedia stage. The final four questions were a part of Sapta Koti Sandook (English: The Seven Crore Jackpot) that let contestants win from ₹1 Crore, ₹3 Crore, ₹5 Crore and finally ₹7 Crore. The system of Fastest Finger First was also altered. Instead of playing one question, the winner of the leader board formed at the end of three questions, sits on the Hot Seat. (i.e. the player who answered the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time).

Season 8: 2014

The highest winning prize of this season was also ₹7 Crore. The registrations of KBC 8 were commenced on 22 July 2014 and the shooting started on 2 August 2014.Shooting of the entire show was held in Surat. This was the first time that KBC was shot outside Mumbai. The format underwent minor changes for the season, with the number of questions reduced to 14, the Double Dip replacing the 50:50, as well as the Flip being replaced by the Triguni (Three Wise Men) lifeline. The Phone-a-Friend was shortened down to 30 seconds and the original Fastest Finger First system (as used for seasons 1 to 6) was reinstated.

The grand premiere episode of the series premiered on 17 August 2014 (Sunday) at 8:30 PM IST for 3 hours. The season aired from on Monday through Thursday evenings. Initially running for 1.5 hours, the program reduced to an hour. The season ended on 6 November 2014, and aired its two grand finale episodes on 9 November and on 16 November 2014. The tagline for the season was “Yahan Sirf Paise Nahi, Dil Bhi Jeete Jate Hain” (English: Not only money here, hearts are also won). Three special guests appeared in the grand premiere episode: television comedian, Kapil Sharma from Colors TV‘s television series Comedy Nights with KapilDayanand Shetty and Aditya Shrivastava from Sony TV’s television series CID, and finally Rajput hero, Maharana Pratap a.k.a. Faisal Khan from Sony TV’s television series Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap gave a stellar dance performance. Among others the Shillong Chamber Choir led by Neil Nongkynrih performed a medley of evergreen songs of Bollywood followed by a patriotic song at the opening ceremony of KBC8.

Season 9: 2017

KBC returned to air with Bachchan resuming hosting duties as it premiered on 28 August 2017 airing on Sony TV. The tagline of this season was “Jawaab dene ka Waqt aa gaya hai” (English: The time has come to answer). The show aired from Monday to Friday at 9:00 pm. The season introduced a 16 question format, where the first 10 questions are timed (45 seconds for the first five questions and 60 seconds for the following five questions). The 50:50 lifeline replaced Double Dip and the Three Wise Men lifeline was replaced by the Plus One (from the United States version). Phone-a-Friend (now sponsored by Jio) introduced video calls. In case the contestant reaches the 16th question (Jio Jackpot Question), then the contestant cannot use the remaining lifelines. The last episode of the show was aired on 7 November 2017. Reportedly, with 19.8 million registrations, the show stood at the top of TRP ratings for the Indian television industry.

Season 10: 2018

The show started registration on 6 June 2018 and started airing from 3 September 2018. The tagline for the tenth season is Kab Tak Rokoge (English: How long will you stop). In this particular season, the Phone-a-friend lifeline was replaced with the Ask The Expert lifeline

Season 1

Guest(s) Year Amount won (₹) Notes
Sonali Bendre 2000 25,00,000 Played In The Diwali Special
Aamir Khan 2000 50,00,000 First Celebrity Guest To play the game, played during the Diwalispecial
Rani Mukerji December 2000 25,00,000 Played in the New Year special.
Shah Rukh Khan December 2000 50,00,000 Played in the New Year special.
Sanjay Dutt 2001 50,00,000
Anil Kapoor 2001 50,00,000 Played KBC host in Slumdog Millionaire
Sachin TendulkarMadhuri Dixit 10 February, 25 June 2001 50,00,000 Won ₹50,00,000 each in a special episode to raise funds for victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake
Amar UpadhyaySmriti Irani 2001 50,00,000 To celebrate the first anniversary of the show
Sakshi Tanwar 2001 3,20,000

Season 2

Guest(s) Year Amount won (₹) Notes
KajolAjay Devgn 18 September 2005 1,00,00,000 Biggest celebrity winners on KBC with Bachchan
John AbrahamBipasha Basu 9 October 2005 25,00,000
Sania MirzaLara Dutta 13 November 2005 50,00,000 Appeared on Children’s day.
Saif Ali KhanPreity Zinta 2005 50,00,000 To promote their film “Salaam Namaste”
Smriti IraniSaakshi Tanwar 2005 6,40,000 Second Time On The Show

Season 3

Guest(s) Date Amount won (₹) Episode Notes
Arbaaz KhanMalaika Arora Khan 14 February 2007 12,50,000 Valentine’s Day
Farhan AkhtarZoya Akhtar 14 February 2007 25,00,000 Valentine’s Day
Karan JoharFarah Khan 14 February 2007 25,00,000 Valentine’s Day Johar’s Second Appearance on the ShowFirst time he appeared in the audience with Bachchan in 2000 to support Shahrukh Khan
Preity ZintaRani Mukerji 27 February 2007 50,00,000 Holi Special Both Zinta and Mukerji’s second time on the show
Sanjay DuttBoman Irani 29 March 2007 50,00,000 Dutt’s second time on the show
Priyanka ChopraKareena Kapoor 19 April 2007 50,00,000 Series Finale
Salman KhanKatrina Kaif 19 April 2007 50,00,000 Series Finale

Season 4

Guest(s) Date Amount won (₹) Notes
Akshay KumarAditya Roy KapoorVipul ShahNeha DhupiaRannvijay SinghShefali Shah 1 November 2010 50,00,000 For the promotion of Action Replayy
Leander PaesS. SreesanthManoj KumarNiket KulshreshthaJwala GuttaAshwini Ponnappa 2 November 2010 25,00,000 Diwali Special
Disha VakaniRagini KhannaPooja GorAashka GoradiaBharti SinghAishwarya Sakhuja 3 November 2010 12,50,000 Diwali Special
Ajay DevganArshad WarsiShreyas TalpadeRohit ShettyTusshar KapoorKunal Khemu 4 November 2010 25,00,000 For the promotion of Golmaal 3.Devgan’s second time on the show.
Madhuri DixitDeepika PadukoneSanjay DuttAnil KapoorDharmendra 6,7,8,9 December 2010 Appeared in the Grand FinaleDutt’s third time on show and Dixit’s Second time in the Show.

Season 5

Guest(s) Date Amount won (₹) Notes
Deepika PadukoneSaif Ali Khan 18 August 2011 For the promotion of AarakshanBoth Padukone And Khan’s Second Time On Show.
Shahid KapoorSonam Kapoor 1 September 2011 12,50,000 For the promotion of MausamBoth Sonam & Shahid’s First Appearance on the Show.
Imran KhanKatrina Kaif 8 September 2011 12,50,000 For the promotion of Mere Brother Ki DulhanKaif’s Second Time On The Show KBC
Ranbir Kapoor 15 September 2011 12,50,000 For the promotion of Rockstar
John Abraham October 2011 For the promotion of Desi BoyzJohn’s Third Time On The Show.
Shahrukh Khan 20 October 2011 50,00,000 For the promotion of Ra.OneShahrukh’s Second Time On The Show As a Participant.
Ram KapoorSakshi Tanwar 27 October 2011 25,00,000 In Diwali Special Episode.Sakshi Tanwar 3rd Time On The Show KBC
Vidya Balan 10 November 2011 12,50,000 For the promotion of The Dirty PictureBalan’s First time on the Show.
Harbhajan Singh 15 November 2011 For The promotion of Pepsi Ad
Ranveer SinghAnushka Sharma 16 November 2011 For the promotion of Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.

Season 6

Guest(s) Date Amount won (₹) Notes
SrideviGauri Shinde 7 October 2012 6,40,000 For the promotion of English VinglishBoth Sridevi And Shinde’s First Appearance on the Show.
Karan JoharAlia BhattVarun DhawanSidharth Malhotra 14 October 2012 6,40,000 For the promotion of Student of the YearJohar’s Third Appearance On the Show While, Bhatt,Dhawan & Malhotra’s First Appearance on the Show.
Falguni Pathak 20 October 2012 For Giving Special Performance during Navratri
Shahrukh KhanKatrina Kaif 4 November 2012 25,00,000 For the promotion of Jab Tak Hai JaanShahrukh’s Third while Kaif’s Third Time on the Show.
Ajay DevgnSonakshi Sinha 18 November 2012 3,20,000 For the promotion of Son of SardaarDevgn’s Third while Sinha’s First Time on the Show.
Ram KapoorSakshi Tanwar, Amruta Mukherjee 16 December 2012 12,50,000 For the ChristmasSpecial EpisodeSakshi’s Fourth while Kapoor’s Second Time on the Show.
Sharad KelkarKritika Kamra 16 December 2012 6,40,000 For the ChristmasSpecial EpisodeBoth Kelkar and Kamra’s first Appearance on the Show.
Anil Kapoor 20 January 2013 For the promotion of Race 2

Season 8

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