Amitabh Bachchan has reinvented himself with Kaun Banega Crorepati. 

What an amazing actor who has developed himself into a terrific anchor. An actor who doesn't need heavy direction. Like a Rolls Royce or a Stradivarius violin, he is responsive to the lightest touch. 

He brings to the show a very classy mass appeal. His charisma is such that country got after so many years of stale Ajit ones, hilarious KBC anecdotes and jokes. 

Kaun Banega Crorepati was the brainchild of Sameer Nair, programme chief of Star TV,  also a serious Amitabh Bachchan fan. Because AB combines style and class with incredible mass appeal. His stature, sense of drama, bilingual eloquence and burnished baritone make for brilliant TV host. All the Cassandras cried he would be diminished by the small screen. Fact is, he has enlarged it. And how!

An actor is used to his script, learning his lines. Here, he had to go online with a minimal script for introductions alone, orient himself with the technology of a multi-camera recording, get into the nitty gritty of the format and game, equate with individuals with widely varying backgrounds. It was understandably grueling. Thus before the first recording, he had prepared himself thoroughly with discussions and rehearsals. Again and again and again. He does not go to a single recording without being thoroughly primed and prepared. Nor does he wind up without a review, which is wonderful for a director. 

Whether the show can exist without Amitabh Bachchan or not is something that he has answered best himself. This is a globally successful format. Everyone knows that. But once he was in, one could not see the show without him. He is the consummate performer -- in sync with the show and an incredible force. He reads everything about KBC that comes his way. He registers everything said to him. Fortunately, it has been bouquets all the way. The brickbats have been few and far between.



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