We all know that ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) is based on the United Kingdom game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ and is one of the oldest and most popular Indian Television game shows ever. But we’re just gonna go ahead and say the truth: the show doesn’t really owe its success in India to its concept. Sure, everyone likes to improve their general knowledge and if that can happen by watching an interesting TV show, then it’s a win-win situation. But the fact that the makers of KBC roped in the iconic Amitabh Bachchan as the host, right from its first season, is what made this show get the highest of TRPs.
Barring a few seasons here and there, the actor has been the face of KBC since 2000. The man himself is a brand but that wasn’t solely responsible for the popularity of the show. Hosting a show is an art in itself and the ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood has surely mastered it.
There have been many a moments that proved that Senior Bachchan is not just a legendary actor but a legendary host too. He laughs, he cries, he sings- there is nothing that this man hasn’t done on the show. The best part is that he ensures that the audience is hooked by just being his brilliant self.
Here are 8 most iconic moments of him as the host of KBC that will definitely take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and memories, making you love him even more (if that’s even possible):
1. When his benevolence towards a KBC participant made the audience cry
One of the best parts of watching KBC is that we get to see people with extremely diverse backgrounds and lives in general. One such participant was Yusuf Mallu who was physically challenged and couldn’t walk after being in an accident.
Mallu who couldn’t stop crying on the show was comforted by Amitabh Bachchan as the legend wiped away his tears .When he revealed that he had been fasting since morning, Amitabh went ahead and helped him drink water. Though they seem like little gestures but this is what makes Mr. Bachchan larger-than-life and such a legend.
2. When he recited a poem from his father’s collection
No one is better at a strong dialogue delivery than Amitabh Bachchan. He has one of those unique baritones that could give one goosebumps. So obviously, when Amitabh decided to recite a poem written by his father Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan, it stole hearts across the charts. In case you are feeling a little demotivated, this motivational poem in his voice is just the thing you need to listen to.
3. When he danced with the adorable ‘Google boy’ Kautilya Pandit
Six-year-old Kautilya Sharma from Karnal (Haryana) is known as the ‘Google boy’ as he claims to have the answer to anything that he is asked. Though Kautilya wasn’t playing for money, he left Amitabh Bachchan and the audience in awe. Big B had the time of his life while quizzing the young boy on various topics. But the best moment of the episode when Kautilya expressed his desire to dance with the superstar and he happily obliged. The duo shook a leg to the popular Chennai Express track ‘Lungi dance’.
4. When he revealed the “secret” behind the long sleeves of his shirts
Have you ever seen Amitabh Bachchan feeling awkward and blushing? Probably not.
For a man, talking about a ladies blouse is not easy. And that too on national television. But BIG B can do it all…well, almost. He indulged in a humorous conversation with a female participant as they talked about the issues with her weight. The conversation quickly escalated to ladies blouses and that’s when Big B revealed how he makes his shirts and coats fit his extraordinarily long arms. Although the audience was reduced to splits as this took place, Amitabh couldn’t help but feel a tad bit awkward towards the end of it. See the legend squirming for yourself!
5. When he had a special birthday celebration with his 100-year-old fan
Amitabh Bachchan had a unique birthday celebration on the sets of game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ in 2013. The actor met a 100-year-old fan of his, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and the only thing she remembered is Amitabh. On meeting her favorite star, she was overjoyed and screamed his name aloud, and also later danced with the actor.
6. When he “met” Lallan Bhai
Big B had expressed his desire for the Season 7 finale to be a little hatke, ergo he decided to become a contestant himself!
Big B decided to play the character of an aam aadmi called Lallan Bhai as one of the lucky contestants. As Lallan, he also danced to his own hit numbers.
In short, the episode was one of the funniest ones we have ever watched and it was all Big B’s idea.
7. When he became a rapper along with Bachchan Junior
Amitabh Bachchan is perhaps the coolest father and grandfather. The 75-year-old can do anything and everything including rapping. One of the latest season’s episodes saw Abhishek Bachchan as the host, where the father-son duo entertained us all by rapping perfectly.
8. When he couldn’t control his tears on receiving a special birthday gift
On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the KBC team decided to make Big B’s big day special by compiling a video for him. The video showed some rare known facts of his life including some memorable childhood memories. Big B was so overwhelmed that he couldn’t control his emotions and burst into tears.
A small music session was also organized on the sets of KBC to give a heartfelt tribute to the superstar.
— Aaron Pereira (@aaron_pereira94) October 8, 2017
It goes without saying that ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ belongs entirely to Mr. Bachchan. There WAS no one better and there never WILL be a better host than him. Period!