Question on KBC leaves Amitabh Bachchan in quandary, says ‘God forbid Reserve Bank of India ever shuts down’


Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan welcomed a banker from Haryana as a contestant on his quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati on Wednesday nightNeha Malhotra hailed from Yamuna Nagar in Haryana and worked in a bank. It was during one of the questions when Amitabh Bachchan cracked a joke by saying that he would never wish a shutdown of the Reserve Bank of India.

Amitabh Bachchan
Photo: KBC on Sony TV

Very early in her game, Neha was asked by the show’s host, “Which of these banks can you not take a personal loan from?” The options were State Bank Of India, Union Bank Of India, Punjab National Bank and Reserve Bank of India. The answer was obvious given the contestant’s background as a banker.

She asked Bachchan to ‘lock’ the option D which said Reserve Bank Of India. “Are you sure? You answered it very quickly,” Bachchan asked. The contestant replied, “Sir, this is my question. This is about a bank.”

Bachchan asked one more time, “What should I do?” Malhotra replied, “Please lock it sir.” Repeating his usual line Bachchan was about to say, “Computer ji please lock Reserve Bank Of India.” But he stopped midway and said, “God Forbid, Reserve Bank Of India ever shuts down. (Bhagwan na kare Reserve Bank mein kabhi taala lage).”

Instead of saying Reserve Bank Of India pe taala lagaaya jaaye, Bachchan said, “computer ji option D pe taala lagaaya jaaye.” 

This caused a burst of huge laughter among the audience as Bachchan moved on to his next question. Neha went on to win Rs 6.40 lakh. The question which she could not reply and had to quit the game was about NASA’s plans to launch ‘Dragonfly mission’ in 2026 to Titan, a moon of the planet Saturn. Bachchan informed that the correct answer was NASA.

Last week, Bachchan was left in utter disbelief after a math teacher from Noida in Uttar Pradesh failed to answer a simple question on mathematics.