Kaun Banega Crorepati, better known as KBC, is a famous Hindi television game show. For almost 13 seasons, this show has been hosted by none other than veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan. It is a Hindi adaptation of a British origin show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Amitabh Bachchan’s legacy is unparalleled. Both in terms of cinema and in hosting this reality show. KBC came with its debut season on 3 July 2000. The prize money in the show’s first season was Rs 1 crore. In 2013, this prize rose to 7 crores in its 7th season. For its latest season, meaning the ongoing one, the maximum prize money has been increased to a large sum of Rs 7.5 crore.
The contestants in the 14th season will be those who have contributed to the emancipation of the country. Big B recently shared to the Mint that “These contestants have contributed towards the country’s development. We want to make people aware of them through the show.” Actor Aamir Khan and two army officials were the first guests of season 14. They were successful in winning Rs 50 Lakh. They will be donating the money to any organization of their own choice.
If you are curious to know about how much money Big B makes out of this reality show, then you are at the right place. Today we will talk about Amitabh Bachchan’s per episode salary for all the seasons he has hosted. Keep reading to know more!
Season 1 Of KBC
As per Siasat, Amitabh Bachchan charged Rs 25 lakh for each episode of KBC season 1. It aired in 2000. Amongst the success of season 1, many well-known celebrities made their appearance. Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Sachin Tendulkar are to name a few.
Season 5 Of KBC
Sadly Big B could not host season 3 of KBC because he was ill. Information regarding his per episode earning in season 2 and 4 are not available. If we talk about season 5, which aired in 2011, he charged Rs 1 crore per episode. Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, and Katrina Kaif are some celebrities who appeared this season.
Season 6 And Season 7
Airing from 2012-13, KBC’s 6th and 7th seasons were marvelous. In season 7, the cash prize rose to Rs 7 crores. Therefore what Big B received was also a humungous amount. As per sources, Amitabh Bachchan was paid Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore per episode. Furthermore, the celebrities who were a part of this season were late actress Sridevi, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, etc.
Season 8 Of KBC
The reports confirm that for season 8, Amitabh Bachchan took home Rs 2 crore per episode. In addition, the famous personalities who made their gracious presence this season were Rani Mukerji, Parineeti Chopra, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, and Deepika Padukone.
Aired in the year 2017, Amitabh Bachchan charged a significant sum of Rs 2.6 crore per episode for hosting Season 9. Legendary cricketer Yuvraj Singh made his appearance this season. From the B-Town, it was talented actress Vidya Balan, who was another famous guest.
According to the reports, Amitabh Bachchan charged Rs 3 crore per episode for season 10. This season came out in the year 2018. A few celebrities who came this season were Ayushmann Khurrana and Aamir Khan.
Season 11, 12, And 13
For seasons 11, 12, and 13, Amitabh Bachchan was paid Rs 3.5 crore per episode. Furthermore, the list of celebrities who were a part of these seasons is very long. Everyone was a part of these seasons, from cricketers to Olympians to Bollywood celebrities. The special appearance, of course, was of our beloved Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra.
For the 14th season, it is said that Amitabh Bachchan will take home between Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore per episode. So, to sum it up, we can say that Amitabh Bachchan’s money is indeed humungous, but he deserves everything the way he hosts KBC.