The Shahanshah is back on the tube with the seventh season of the popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati. And the winning has already begun…
Amitabh Bachchan returns with the seventh season of Kaun Banega Crorepati in a slightly new avatar, with a few significant changes. As we had reported earlier, this time the show will have more lifelines, more questions and more moolah. The Fastest Finger First round includes three questions and the contestant who answers all the three in the shortest time makes it to the hot seat.The participants can win up to Rs 7 crore by answering not 12, but 15 questions.
Wider choice of lifelines
KBC 7 will have a wider choice of lifelines this year. Phone a Friend and Audience Poll continue to exist, while Flip the Question (Alat Palat) returns in the place of Ask the Expert, and 50:50 comes back to replace Double Dip. A brand new lifeline called Power Paplu has been introduced. This will aid those who seek to revive any already used lifeline. Though making it to the hot seat has become more difficult this time, once a contestant reaches that place, it’s not very difficult to play the game. All this, thanks to the ease in the level of questions and a widened choice of lifelines. In fact, host Amitabh Bachchan has already found his first crorepati in the second week of the show itself. Now you know what we meant when we told you there were changes! Also, co-participants (hot seat contenders) can play on the side and the one who answers the most questions can win a sum of Rs 1 lakh.
New look and feel
The new set of KBC this year is also interesting. For the last six seasons, the set has been round; this year, however, it is constructed in a rectangular shape and has orange and blue LED lights.
Sonu Nigam performs on the opening episode
The opening episode of the show featured Sonu Nigam performing a medley of Big B’s hit songs like Yamma yamma, Yeh dosti and Mach gaya shor, with the star actor joining in to shake a long leg. Last season’s crorepati winner Sammit Kaur Sahni paid a visit to the sets to express her gratitude to KBC. The show also featured a colourful dance to mark the beginning of the ten-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. It was treat to watch!
Less drama, more knowledge
The previous seasons had a distracting tone which went over the top in trying to highlight the conditions of its deprived contestants. But this time, fortunately, the makers have skipped all this drama and focus on the game… and the game alone. They have finally realised that KBC is a knowledge based quiz and are treating it as one. The dramatic video clips are still shown, but only for a short span of time.
Though many aspects have been changed this year, what hasn’t changed at all is Big B’s charm and his interactions with excited hot seat contestants. Bachchan continues to make participants feel special, with genuine appreciation for the compliments they shower on him.
Kaun Banega Crorepati looks promising and we know it can get only better and better. So keep watching!
Reviewed by Vinod Talreja
**** Very good