KBC is a Farce

20 08 2005

I have followed Kaun Banega Crorepati since it’s first avatar that appeared on Indian television in July 2000. (The Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire ). I was a curious college going brat at that time and maybe I didn’t see the gimmicks that they played around at that time. But today was the worst of all their gimmicks.

Today, they started the show with Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta. The ostensible reason being today is Rakhi day and they want to collect money for charity. The real reason behind it all was that it was done to promote Yashraj’s new movie called Salaam Namaste which released today. It was clear, as Saif was wearing the same yellow jacket that he supoosedly weared while shooting some scenes of the movie. So what better promotion can they get than by sending their leading stars on a winning spree on KBC.

The farce became all the more clear as the show went along. Twice I found that the contestants were not sure of the answers they gave and still the Big B locked their answer and pronounced it right. And I was observing the behavior of Preity and Saif. Their body language suggested that they knew the answers beforehand. Amazingly they had won 25lacs without using any of their 4 lifelines. Does that suggest that they are super intelligent? No, because the questions that they were being asked were like peanuts, even I could answer them without any hitch.

Contrast them to the show where Madhuri Dixit appeared nearly 5 years ago. She looked ravishing in her sari and sounded like an average intelligent person. She even took the pains to call up her husband based somewhere in the USofA when she used the phone-a-friend lifeline, and acted like a perfect actress, giving the audience and the viewers the impression that she really didn’t know the answers to some of the questions. But then such celebrity guests only add some much needed masala that helps the TRPs grow to new heights.

Even the Harshvardhan Navathe episode seemed like a farce. I can go to the extent that entire episode was fixed. The Star guys had to create a crorepati before the Zee guys launched their dus crore show. And what better timing could there be than to make a crorepati just a week before the Zee show’s launch!

And people dont realize that with all this farce going around, the Star guys are raking in the moolah, the Airtel guys are emptying your pockets and cash registers of MTNL/BSNL are ringing all the more loudly. Us gullible people want 2 crores and at least one crorepati, but the Star guys are determined to create a few more farcical Harshvardhan Navathes.

Just random thoughts!