On his birthday, Amitabh Bachchan gifts India a better KBC

Updated: Oct 12, 2010, 11:26 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: He looked younger, sharper, wackier, smarter- Amitabh Bchchan in his third avatar on Kaun Banega Crorepati’s season four epitomised the India of the new decade which is similar in essence like ten years back when the quiz show created sensation.

Three years after it went off air, hugely popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati`s fourth season commenced here tonight with a grand party coinciding with its original host Amitabh Bachchan`s 68th birthday.

And the legendary superstar proved why he is the Shahenshah of Bollywood. He rocked like a veteran, stylish pop star surrounded by hot babes in the remixes of his own popular songs and recreated historic scenes from some of his old films.

The prize money for this season has been increased to Rs 5 crore. The show, based on the UK game show `Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?`, was first aired in 2000 and was hosted by Bachchan, his first appearance on television that revived his career.

While the first two seasons were hosted by the Big B, the third episode of KBC was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan with the same prize money but the show failed to create any magic on the TV screen as its TRPs dipped.

Now with the fourth edition, Big B`s enigmatic presence is back on the small screen with a few changes in the format.

The number of questions has been reduced from 15 to 12. This time there is a time limit to answer the questions. For the first two questions, the time limit is 30 seconds. And while ‘Computer ji’ has become ‘Computer mashay’, time is being referred to as ‘Mr Ghariyal’. From third to seventh question, one will have 45 seconds and after seventh question, there is no time limit.

KBC 4 will also have some innovative options for phoning a friend for help. In "KBC 4", three experts will be there on call and you can talk to them as options for an answer. They will appear on TV live as opposed to a voice. The first episode had cricket commentator Charu Sharma as the expert.

Whats more, actor Sanjay Dutt too made an appearance to add more glamour to the show. He appeared for the first contestant Rajesh Chauhan, a Madhya Pradesh native from a small village, who took home Rs 3,20000.

On the whole, the show looks exciting and has created a lot of hype. The only thing to wait and see is whether it will garner the same TRPs or not, specially with reality show "Bigg Boss 4" running at the same time on Colors.

While so much has changed perhaps for good, one thing, thankfully, remained the same- the warmth extended by Bachchan to all participants touched even those glued to their TV sets at home.