“Kaun Banega Crorepati” is unquestionably the biggest quiz show ever on the Indian television till date, as it gives the participants the opportunity to make millions by using their knowledge and reasoning ability. The show has completed 8 seasons till now, with the first three seasons being aired on Star Plus channel and the subsequent seasons showcased on Sony TV channel. Besides the big prize money, another reason for the popularity of the show is that it has been hosted by none other than the Superstar of the Century, Amitabh Bachchan. The only exception is Season 3 of the show, when Shahrukh Khan had to replace Mr Bachchan, who was forced to take leave due to health reasons. Produced by Big Synergy Productions, “Kaun Banega Crorepati” is based on the UK show called “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and involves contestants from all over the country, who are selected on the basis of a question put on the hosting TV channel, which they need to answer by a simple phone call or SMS. The chosen contestants play the round called “Fastest Finger First”, the winner of which makes it to the “Hot Seat”. Here, they are asked a series of questions worth increasing prize monies, till they reach the final question, which is worth a big fortune. During the course of answering the questions, the contestants are provided certain lifelines to help them out and they also have to follow some rules during the conduct of the game.
Here is the list of the big winners in all the seasons of “Kaun Banega Crorepati”:
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 1
Season 1 of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” was presented in the year 2000-01. Harshvardhan Nawathe, an aspiring civil services candidate, became the first ever contestant to win Rs 1 crore prize money on “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 2
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” came back with its second season in 2005, after a considerable gap of four years. This season, Brijesh Dwivedi became Crorepati on the show, while another crore worth of prize money was bagged by the celebrity couple, Ajay Devgan and Kajol in a special episode.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 3
Season 3 of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” was hosted by Shahrukh Khan in 2007, but unfortunately, none of the contestants were able to win the ultimate title of Crorepati in this season.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 4
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 4 was aired on Sony TV for the first time in 2010 and saw the return of Mr Amitabh Bachchan. This season saw Rahat Taslim as the winner of the grand prize of Rs 1 crore.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 5
Season 5 of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” 2011 saw a big change, with the prize money raised to a whopping Rs 5 crore. This phenomenal sum was bagged by Sushil Kumar from Bihar, who became the highest prize winner on the show till date. Anil Kumar Sinha was another contestant who won Rs 1 crore this season.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 6
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 6 2012 featured two such contestants who were able to get the prize worth Rs 1 crore, namely Manoj Kumar Raina and Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 7
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 7 again saw two Crorepati contestants, Taj Mohammad Rangrez and Firoz Fatima winning Rs 1 crore each.
“Kaun Banega Crorepati” Season 8
Brothers Achin and Sarthak Narula created history on “Kaun Banega Crorepati” by winning an incredible prize money of Rs 7 crore in Season 8 of the show, which was aired in 2014.
In addition to these big winners, Ravi Saini won Rs 1 crore on “Kaun Banega Crorepati” Junior and Vijay and Arundhati Raul bagged the same amount in “Kaun Banega Crorepati” Jodi.