In a current interview with indianexpress.com, Siddhartha Basu, who helmed the present in the course of the launch, revealed the story behind the ultimate prize cash. Basu, who’s now a marketing consultant on the truth present, shared that given the large cash at stake, it was undoubtedly traumatic for him and the Star Plus group to ship.
When requested how did the group resolve to leap to crore from the pre-decided lakh, he mentioned, “Rupert Murdoch himself because it was then unprecedented on Indian TV and a game-changer, which he mentioned was out of attain of the opponents.”
“KBC stays probably the most bountiful present ever in India with hitherto unmatched payouts. The prize cash was one a part of such an enormous present — the open mass participation, the know-how, the funds, the expectation — all have been greater than something tried until then, so sure, you guess it was extremely traumatic, however then the problem was much more thrilling,” Siddhartha Basu additional mentioned.
Whereas it’s a identified story right this moment that how Sameer Nair, then VP, Star Plus Programming urged Amitabh Bachchan’s title because the host. Again then, no megastar had hosted a TV present in India, or wherever else for that matter. “The intention was to make the most important bang doable,” Basu shared.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t straightforward for the group as Massive B took a while to make up his thoughts about coming into the small display as he was typically counselled not to take action. Basu shared how the group flew to London on the unique set of Who Needs to Be a Millionaire? earlier than the senior actor gave his nod to the undertaking.
“Nonetheless, he (Amitabh Bachchan) determined to see the recording of the unique present in London earlier than making up his thoughts. As soon as he noticed it, he determined to do KBC with one rider that we replicate the circumstances and self-discipline of that present. There was no trying again, and the size and scope of reveals on Indian TV expanded exponentially,” he shared.
And in case you are questioning if Massive B had an extended listing of don’ts, he didn’t, as Siddharth Basu shared, “Initially, he had reservations about speaking about himself and getting private with contestants. He opened up slowly and now completely enjoys interacting with folks from all walks of life.”