One of the most popular game shows on Indian television is ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. The first episode of KBC as it’s famously called, went on air on July 3, 2000 and the last episode aired on November 7, 2017. While its been 17 years since the magic of the game reached Indian audiences, the celebrated “hot seat” can never be forgotten.
‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ and its famous seat are known for complimenting each other! If you have watched the show, “Lock kar diya jaye?” is the first thing that will strike your mind.
The hit reality game show was hosted by none other than Amitabh Bachchan, who never seems to get tired. He became an icon after this show became the biggest memory for any 90s kid.
After all, he hosted the longest game show in India ever! It gripped the entire country with general knowledge questions, but it was Mr. Bachchan’s wittiness which brought more viewership.
Once, a quora user asked, “How can I reach KBC hot seat? What is the procedure?”. People were so fascinated to just sit on the “hot seat” in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, that it became a trend!
In fact, even before the commencement of show, people were curious to fill the registration processes in advance so that they don’t miss any opportunity to meet Big B!
The show even inspired ‘Slumdog Millionaire‘, a movie which became a super commercial success. However, what exactly flashes behind that famous computer screen, is something everyone has always wanted to know!
Abhinav Pandey asked Quora regarding what Amitabh Bachchan really sees behind his Computer ji’s big screen and this is what an ex-contestant replied:
I was one of the luckiest persons who got the opportunity to be on prestigious hot seat so I guess I can answer this well. His computer may be responsive i.e. he may skip the content or operate the process a little bit. However, the computer operator who sets the questions, timers etc sits in another place. A contestant’s computer is unresponsive i.e. he can’t skip or flip the content shown over the screen. A typical computer screen of Bachchan sir consists of current questions, all options, winning streak, used and unused life lines. In the middle if he forgets details like name, place, job, village or companions of contestant then he could recall all by altering the screen option or check it on another big screen placed diagonally to the hot seat. Unlike popular belief Bachchan sir doesn’t know the correct answer before “Lock kar diya jaye (lock it please)”. After locking up the option the screen shows correct answer, incorrect answer and the details of correct answer. To alert candidates from wrong answers are just the good gestures of the host. When a candidate takes the ‘phone a friend’ life line, then the screen shows the names and details of the nominees. A timer on his screen provides the interval breaks. However it may be prolonged by the will of the host. Both the screens (hot seat and Bachchan sir’s) are kept off during the fastest finger first round.
Now that everyone has got the answer, let’s recall this moment when Amitabh and son Abhishek Bachchan made a grand entry at the show:
Last, but not the least, the Ambani kids Isha Ambani, Aakash and newly-engaged Anant Ambani too, played the famous quiz in 2017. Have a look: