When Kaun Banega Crorpati was launched at the dawn of the new millennium, it heralded a new era in television programming. Suddenly, many people saw it as a golden goose which can change lives forever. With the legendary Big B as the anchor, KBC achieved iconic status in the folklores of Indian television. Every weekday at 9PM, millions of households used to be present in front of their home television to see Big B present the contenders to the audience in his patented baritone voice. The magic of the first edition is still remembered by many in this age of instant fame.
But the first hurdle for KBC happened when Big B became ill and was advised rest for an year or so. Afterwhile, KBC 2 was launched but with limited success and shows. Soon, the health of Big B was not co-operative and the producer thought enough is enough and swapped Big B with Shahrukh Khan and brought forward KBC 3 with youth as a flavor. But the grace of Big B could not be replaced with the charm of SRK and the audience yearned for Big B to return to his favorite show which put him out of his financial troubles once for all.
In tune to the public sentiment, the producers of KBC have launched the latest version of KBC, with Big B back at the helm of things in Sony television. And the show began with that familiar background score and familiar sets which are present in the psyche of the audience. But what people of the country were not prepared for is the partisan attitude of the producers with regard to non-hindi speaking audience. Ardent viewers of the show are pointing out that the latest version of the KBC is being produced as if it were limited to the Hindi speaking elements of the country rather than the entire country which speaks languages other than Hindi.
The quuestions, the contenders being selected for the show are somehow are coming from the Northern belt and also the audience questions, aired during the break are being asked in Hindi with Devanagari script which not everyone follows. Have the producers at the KBC have decided to throw away the audiences from the southern and Eastern parts of India and have concentrated on the Northern and Western belt which is predominantly Hindi? This question comes into the minds of those ardent viewers who are sometimes spending thousands of rupees to gain an entry into the show.
Bias or no-bias, KBC is a popular show which attracts eyeballs and TRPs. It is the duty of the producers and directors of the show to ensure transparency in the selection and other matters. Hope this falls on right ears.