Two hours and we still haven’t had enough of the legendary actor
It was the grand premiere of Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 8 tonight and there was not a single low moment. Almost everyone who has ever seen KBC in the past, know the format of the game show. However, this is the first time in the history of KBC that the show was shot live in front of a huge audience in Surat. It was as if the whole of Surat was there to witness history in the making.
There’s a new lifeline – Triguni, which has a panel of three people – two winners from previous seasons and a quiz wiz. Last year one had to answer 15 questions to win Rs 7 crores, this season they’ve brought down the number to 14. The set is completely blue this season compared the blue and orange LED lights of season 7. People can play the game show from home through SMS and by logging online on the KBC website as well.
The grand premiere had a lot of highs. He may have gone older, but there is nothing Mr Bachchan can’t do – sing, dance, act and charm the ladies. Kapil Sharma hosted the show in his unique style making people laugh including Amitabh Bachchan. After all the contestants, Kapil requested a chance to play with Mr Bachchan on the hot seat. Of course, he did not answer a single question correctly, but his replies for knowing the answers surely entertained us. Faisal Khan aka Maharana Pratap gave an energetic and entertaining dance performance. The veteran actor pleased several members of the audience who came on stage to meet, greet and dance with him. Amitabh Bachchan’s singing and dancing was a another highlight of the evening. While the questions until the second question were too frivolous, the rest will surely left us a little perplexed.
A few things we thought would have been best if avoided. Neeti Mohan and Meiyang Chang’s slow rap at the start of the night – totally uninspiring. The infusion of CID Sr Inspectors Daya and Abhijeet who came to help Big B find a stolen cheque- what a waste of time. The mother and daughter-in-law, who came on the stage and translated one of Amitabh’s poems in Gujrati – that kinda killed the essence of the poem. The questions to fastest finger first should ideally be more intelligent and difficult. A question on who has Alia Bhatt not kissed onscreen for prize money of Rs 40,000. Lastly, everyone has a sob story to tell, but frankly, do we really need that in a game show. Guess the tear jerking moments are essential for TRPs.
Wethinks the grand premiere was indeed a success. We loved the first episode of KBC 8. Moreover, we would have diligently watched it even if it ran for another hour or so.
Reviewed by Letty Mariam Abraham
**** Very good