‘Millionaire’ a plus for Star

Hindi skein 'Kaun banega crorepati' returns

NEW DELHI — The show that revolutionized reality TV in India is back after a five-year break.

A second season of “Kaun banega crorepati” — the Hindi version of the Celador-owned format “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” — launched June 6 on Rupert Murdoch’s Star Plus satellite channel with a telephone search for contestants.

The channel flashed its first question and will give a new one nightly until June 20.

Viewers phone in their answers, and all those who answer correctly get their names registered.

A computer-generated random search will whittle the number down to 500 in the second round, with a new quiz knockout leaving only 100 contestants by the third round. Ten contestants per episode then are invited on the show.

No date has been announced for the first episode, but it’s expected to air in a weekend primetime slot beginning in August.

Quizmaster is again Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who is credited with boosting the popularity of the first season in 2000.

The show made News Corp.-owned Star Plus the highest-rated Hindi-language satellite channel in India; it had previously lagged in the No. 3 spot.

With prize money doubled to 2 million rupees ($46,000), and due to the long break since the first season, Star execs are confident “KBC” will even be more popular the second time around.

“KBC” will compete against a string of reality shows in their second seasons, including MTV’s “Hero Honda Roadies,” Channel [V]’s “Get Gorgeous” and Sony’s popular “Indian Idol.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading