Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the host of popular quiz game show Kaun Banega Crorepati since 21 years, opened up about circumstances under which he decided to make a transition from films to television. The ‘Sholay’ actor was joined by daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda, his granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda and wife, Jaya Bachchan, via video link on the 1000th episode of KBC.
Bachchan turned emotional when he was shown a montage of clips that showed him celebrating with contestants over the years.
“Bhavuk kar diya (You made me emotional),” Bachchan said.
Shweta then asked her father how he was feeling about completing 1000 episodes.
“Darasal, ikkis saal ho gaye hain. San 2000 mein iski shuruat hui thi. Aur uss samay humko pata nahi tha, sab log keh rahe they ke aap film se television mein jaa rahe hain, bade parde se chhote parde par aa rahe hain, aapki image ko nuksaan hoga. Lekin humari apni kuch paristhitiyan aisi thi ke mujhe laga ke… Filmon mein kaam jo hai wohh mil nahi raha tha, lekin pehle broadcast ke baad jiss tarah ke reaction aane shuru hue, phir aisa laga ke puri duniya mil gayi hai (It has been 21 years since we began the show in 2000. At that time, I had no idea what would happen. People would warn me that moving from the big screen to the small screen would harm my career. But circumstances compelled me to take this on. You see, I wasn’t getting any films at that time, but after the show premiered, the kind of reactions I received made me believe that the world was with me),” Bachchan said.
The veteran actor then spoke about how each contestant on the show has taught him something.
“Prati din, prati contestant se mujhe kuch seekhne ko mila (Every day, every contestant taught me something),” he said.
Amitabh Bachchan took up Kaun Banega Crorepati after his entertainment company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd failed, leaving him in debt.