On Tuesday, October 25, Sushil Kumar of Bihar became the first person ever to win five crore rupees in the TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati 5.
Sushil Kumar, a computer operator and tutor by profession says “It feels like a dream for someone who hasn’t seen anything beyond a couple of thousand rupees as his salary.”
Sushil works for a government agency where he computes records. His salary depends on how many data files get uploaded on the website. Since the process is slow, he gets his measly compensation of Rs 6,000 once every six months.
His financial condition, he admits, became worse with every marriage in his family as the responsibilities and expenses increased. “Today, we don’t have a house of our own. We used to have one, but it was in a bad state and we couldn’t afford another roof. A rented house is a pain in Bihar,” he says, adding that now, he’d like to build a dream home for himself, one that would be sufficient for his parents, two elder and two younger brothers, his wife and the family’s kids.
“I had calculated that all this could be sorted out in Rs 25 lakh. I aimed to win only that much.” Sushil will use this money to clear his parents’ and brothers’ debts too.
“Since we didn’t have the resources when I was a child, I couldn’t study. After a point, I took up a menial job which looks useless,” he says. “With so much running on my mind, my blood froze with every question after Rs 12.5 lakh. On the last question I blanked out and used double dip, which is considered the most lethal lifeline. Now, I’ll quit my job, study and help other kids’ education.”
The host of the show, Amitabh Bachchan, praised Kumar for his determination and confidence.
“Today, he has come and won five crore in the show, which is the top prize. Any person can achieve a lot, if he takes upon any challenge and is determined to achieve something in life. He is a living example of this theory,” said Mr. Bachchan.
“It is a very big thing for me to meet Amitabh Bachchan. I used to see him on the television, so when I came here I touched his feet because I was unsure if I would be able to reach this stage, since ‘Fastest Finger First’ is very tough and there is no guarantee if one would play the game, even if he is very knowledgeable. So, I hugged him and I think this is a big achievement for me,” said Kumar.
In the past, the first season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ saw Harshvardhan Nawathe from Mumbai walking away with Rs 1 crore.
In 2004, Rahat Taslim from Jharkand won Rs 1 crore but quit before the jackpot question for Rs 5 crore.
The episode, featuring Sushil Kumar’s win, will be telecast November 2.