India’s favourite game show is back for the 13th season and the fans of the show couldn’t be happier as they get to see the biggest star of the millennia- Amitabh Bachchan is back again to host his 13th season of the show. He kicked off the season on Monday as the show also marks the return of a live audience in the show and subsequently return of the lifeline ‘Audience Poll’. Other lifelines available to contestants this season are ‘50:50’, ‘Expert Advice’ and ‘Flip the Question’.
This year, to reach the Hot Seat, contestants have to answer 3 questions and the one taking the least time gets to be on the Hot Seat.
Let us have a look at the previous winners and where they are now
Season 1 – Harshwardhan Nawathe
The sole crorepati of the first season was studying for UPSC at that time, later after winning he went to study in the United Kingdom and then started working there in an MNC.
Season 2 – Brajesh Dubey
Hailing from Guna, Madhya Pradesh and Engineer by profession, he was also the only winner of that season
Season 4 – Rahat Taslim
After a winnerless season 3 hosted by Shahrukh Khan, Big-B returned to host the 4th season and Rahat Taslim of Giridh, Jharkhand won a crore. After winning the amount, Rahat opened a garment showroom in a mall in Giridih.
Season 5 – Sushil Kumar
Sushil Kumar, a computer operator from Bihar scripted history by becoming the first person to win 5 crores but his life went downhill since then. He mismanaged the money, almost divorced his wife, got bankrupt and turned an alcoholic.
Season 6 – Sunmeet Kaur
She also won 5 Crores and later used that money to open her own fashion house.
Season 7 – Firoz Fatima and Taj Mohammad Rangrez
This season saw two winners in Firoz Fatima who used the money to stabilise her family’s situation. Another contestant, Taj Mohammad Rangrez, a history teacher by profession who also won a prize worth Rs. 1 crore through his knowledge, used the money for his daughter’s treatment for partial vision impairment, bought a house and funded the marriage of two orphaned girls.
Season 8 – The Narula Brothers
Achin Narula and Sarthak Narula from Delhi appeared in a special ‘Jodidaar episode’ and collectively won 7 Crore rupees which they used for their mother’s cancer treatment.
Season 9 – Anamika Majumdar
She is a social worker, who works with an NGO and she invested the money for the betterment of the NGO.
Season 10 – Binita Jain
Hailing from Guwahati, Assam, after winning the amount, she joined a coaching centre and took up a teacher’s job in Guwahati and helped her kids and family.
Season 11 – Sanoj Raj, Babita Tade, Ajeet Kumar, Gautam Kumar Jha
4 winners in season 11 graced the show. Sanoj Raj aspired to become an IAS officer.
Babita Tade also won a crore and she would prepare ‘khichdi’ for school kids and earn Rs 1500 monthly.
Ajeet Kumar still works as a jail superintendent. He previously worked with Indian Railways as a station master for over 16 years.
Season 12 – Mohita Sharma and Nazia Nasim
Mohita Sharma from Himachal is an IPS officers and Nazia Nasim has saved the money for her son’s future.
Now only time will tell how many contestants will be crorepatis this season, but one thing issue that the viewers will surely get their dose of general knowledge and entertainment.