KBC host and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan welcomed a participant from Maharashtra’s Latur district. Balaji Saudagar Mane who worked as a labourer pasting banners on tall buildings for a Rs 8,000 monthly salary. The show witnessed several cute moments including one where Bachchan promoted the kabaddi team owned by his son Abhishek Bachchan and urged the contestant to watch and support his son’s team.
Bachchan was moved by Mane’s story of hardship. Mane said that he wanted to become a chartered accountant but had to quit his studies due to the poor financial condition of his family. The KBC host wanted the contestant from Latur to win more money so that this could transform his family’s lives forever.
Mane looked confident even though he had to use one of his lifelines very early in the game. However, it was the second question of the quiz show that caused quite a laughter in the KBC studio. The second question of the show read, “In which of these sports does a player usually continuously utter the name of the game during play?” Mane answered correctly by choosing the option of Kabaddi.
Bachchan told him that his son Abhishek also owned a Kabaddi team in India. He asked Mane, “Do you watch Kabaddi? It comes on television.” Mane said that he did not watch the game much as his passion was cricket. To which, Bachchan asked, “You should watch Kabaddi. You know why I am saying this? My son owns a team.”
This evoked loud cheers from the audience. Bachchan continued, “Let me tell you the name (of my son’s team) also. It’s called Pink Panthers.” Mane promised to not just watch the match but also support Abhishek’s team.
Bachchan jokingly said that he will ask Mane difficult questions if he did not watch and support Pink Panthers. Bachchan also promised to inform Abhishek about Mane’s support to his team.
Mane went on to win Rs 12.50 lakh on the show.