How Kaun Banega Crorepati redefined Bachchan's aura

Interesting, how the motto of Kaun Banega Crorepati " ( KBC ) Season 11 has virtually defined Amitabh Bachchan s career. ‘Adey raho (broadly translated as‘ being persistent) says the slogan and, now that I think about it, its iconic host has literally symbolized the trait through a 50-year career.

KBC 11 ended this week and, given the recent health scare that the 77-year-old Bollywood icon has had, fans are keeping their fingers crossed in the hope that Big B will overcome all impediments and return on the hot seat next year.

For, even as KBC 11 ended on Friday, speculations took over, mainly triggered off by a cryptic blog entry the veteran actor made a few days ago. I must retire ... the head is thinking something else and the fingers another ... it's a message ..., he wrote on his blog in the early hours of November 27/28, sparking off a deluge of concern among fans.

Was Big B referring to the removal of film and television tasks? Sources close to the actor soon discarded such notions, saying that he simply meant that he was too tired to write, that it had been a long day and that the word withdraw alluded to retiring for the day or going to sleep.

Still, the conjectures have continued. Most fans feel Big B, given its incredible energy it will continue filming for movies. Cinematic tasks, after all, would let him work at his own pace. However, the hectic schedule of a five-day question contest could be more demanding.

The point to note here is those hectic years mark a significant phase of Big B's career graph. KBC after all marked his resurrection as an icon and a brad, at a time when he was struggling to reinvent himself as a Bollywood star.

The year was 2000. The previous year, Amitabh Bachchan He had four pitches: Lal Badshah, Sooryavansham, Hindustan Ki Kasam and Kohraam. Each of them tried to redo the image of the angry young man of Bachchan to adapt to his advanced age, and each one came out below expectations. Coming after a 1998 list composed of Major Saab (lukewarm at the box office) and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (where Govinda clearly overcame him in the bets), and Mrityudaata's failure in 1997, Big B was suddenly looking for a script to reinvent himself himself before public opinion. His last series of solo superhits had happened in the early nineties, and his stay as an entrepreneur with ABCL has soured.

KBC season one happened around the time. Over a matter of weeks, Big B's stardom suddenly witnessed rebirth. The angry young man of yore, who had redefined action and drama through the seventies and the eighties, was suddenly redefining home entertainment. KBC 's quizmaster par excellence was a charming gentleman with wisdom to share - far removed from the intense avatar he exuded in his heydays. From the larger-than-life action hero, KBC let Big B become the affable guy who would drop by in you living rooms every evening to serve an engaging spell of wisdom.

If the metamorphosis let Bachchan survive where every other actor of his era faded away long before him, the actor too gave KBC - as well as Indian reality television - a defining course. Not only is KBC considered a cut above most other shows on television, Bachchan's style of conducting it set the gold standard of show hosting in India.

It's a reason why, when the much younger superstar Shahrukh khan tried to organize the third season of the program, could not match the aura of Bachchan.

For the sake of Indian reality shows, we hope that all the rumors that Bachchan withdraws from television will be unfounded.

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