KBC raises the ‘crore’ bar

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Amitabh Bachchan on the (above) new rectangular set of  Kaun Banega Crorepati 7 Amitabh Bachchan on the (above) new rectangular set of Kaun Banega Crorepati 7
SummaryThe iconic quiz show, which goes on air on September 6, has not only increased the prize booty to Rs. 7 crore, but has also acquired a brand new set in its seventh season

Ab hum seventh season mein hain toh prize money seven crore hai. Dekhte hi dekhte jackpot amount badhkar season ke saath nine crore ho jayega toh 14 crore bhi ho jayega

— Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepati loyalists are in for a lot of surprises on September 6 as the show in its seventh season has undergone an extreme makeover. For one, the prize booty has now gone seven-fold since it first made its debut on television. It’s a jackpot at Rs.7 crore. “Ab hum seventh season mein hain toh prize money seven crore hai. Dekhte hi dekhte jackpot amount badhkar, season ke saath nine crore ho jayega toh 14 crore bhi ho jayega,” quipped the iconic actor and anchor of the show, Amitabh Bachchan at a press meet for the same.

In an unexpected move by the makers of the quiz show, the familiar sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati too has got a makeover. It’s a first even from the franchise point of view. Producer, Siddharth Basu, CMD, Big Synergy Media Ltd, revealed at the launch of the show, “We have moved away from the iconic KBC set, making India the first-ever country to change the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire set worldwide.” Designed by Varsha Jain (who has earlier worked on Zee’s Buddha and Imagine TV’s Chandragupta Maurya), the standard KBC set has given way to a magnificent 360 degree multimedia stage.

Giving details, Varsha Jain reveals, “We have been seeing the same set for over a decade. So the effort was to go ahead and bring some newness to the show. But my major concern was to keep it simple, such that it doesn’t take away the attention from the game and the host.”

In order to create a better equipped set for KBC, its location was shifted from a studio in Film City to a floor in Yash Raj Studio. “YRF has better facilities, so we took full advantage of it. We have gone beyond the regular circular set to a rectangular one. This gave us an opportunity to shoot at 360 degrees than the regular 270 degrees. The 360 degrees format also made it possible to shoot in reverse angle,” explains Jain, adding that she introduced a pair of broad stripes of LED on either side of the set to bring variation to the standard colour theme of blue. “The LED lights can change colours from

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