BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: South Asia
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Wednesday, 19 April, 2000, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Bollywood star lands Millionaire show
quiz show
Amitabh Bachchan will follow Chris Tarrant's example
Bollywood film star Amitabh Bachchan plans to host an Indian version of the TV hit show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The show is hugely popular in the UK and its format has been successfully exported to the US and across Europe.

Mr Bachchan confirmed that the show he will host is scheduled to air in Hindi on Star TV from July.

"I looked at the format, saw versions of the show and liked it," he said.

The show is to be called Kaun Banega Crorepati? (Who will become a millionaire?) and will retain the same format as that of its counterpart in Britain and the US.


Bachchan headshot
Amitabh Bachchan is set for his TV debut

The general knowledge quiz show's top prize will fall far short of $1m, however, with 10 million rupees ($230,000 or 145,000) on offer to the lucky contestant who answers all questions correctly.

Quiz shows are very popular in India, to such an extent that the country's postal service felt compelled to establish a special postcard to cater for the volume of viewer response.

Star coup

Securing Amitabh Bachchan's services is a coup for Star TV's parent company, News Television India Pvt Ltd., as he is by far the biggest star to emerge from India's so-called Bollywood industry.

Last June he was voted the greatest star of stage or screen by BBC News Online users, pushing Sir Laurence Olivier into second place.

He has declined to disclose how much the new show will earn him but explained his decision to sign up thus: "Television is one medium I haven't done anything on. So I decided to take on the assignment.

"Besides, I thought it would be different from what I do in films."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
South Asia Contents

Country profiles
See also:

01 Jul 99 | Entertainment
Bollywood star tops the poll
20 Nov 99 | Entertainment
Taxman scoops a million
15 Nov 99 | Entertainment
Watchdog clears TV Tarrant
02 Dec 99 | South Asia
Sequel planned for Bollywood hit
23 Mar 00 | South Asia
Bollywood's wax dreams
Links to other South Asia stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more South Asia stories