On Kaun Banega Crorepati 5, contestant Sushil Kumar from Motihari only had his know-ledge to guide him. But Kaun Banega Crorepati 6 contestants have a guide in the KBC 5 Rs 5-crore jackpot winner.
Motihari’s famous lad Sushil last month returned to the podium, which had catapulted him to every TV set in the country. If last time it was to try his luck at the iconic quiz show, this time he took the chance to help others achieve success.
Officials of Sony and Big Synergy invited Sushil back to the KBC set for motivating contestants selected for the latest season starting Friday. He attended the shoots of the first two episodes in Mumbai on August 25.
Sushil though was not alone motivating and mentoring the 20 new contestants for the show (10 each for each episode). Moumita Das, a homemaker from Bengal who won Rs 25 lakh, and Tapan Maiti, a former daily wager in Calcutta Municipal Corporation who won Rs 12.5 lakh, were also invited.
Back home in Motihari, Sushil recounted his experience at KBC the second time around. First, it was Amitabh Bachchan’s encouragement to last year’s successes.
“He (BigB) encouraged us to search for a stable platform in life with the break we received thanks to KBC 5. He hoped for many more success stories at KBC and that the show continues to shape lives of sincere contestants in the future,” recounted Sushil.
Sushil went to boost confidence and courage of the contestants. “I was invited by the organisers to encourage and motivate the new contestants, who have been selected to participate in KBC 6, to a better performance,” Sushil told The Telegraph on Thursday.
“In my address to the new contestants, I advised them to leave all their inhibitions behind to perform well on the show. I encouraged them to overcome any complex they have, never to lose confidence and take courage for achieving desired triumph in life.”
He added: “I also suggested the contestants appearing on the first and second episodes to play the game sportingly and not consider the questions by its value. Lust for money cannot help fetch a huge reward. Rather it would confuse them. I asked the contestants to put in sincere effort to prove their worth on the show.”
Wealth had immense power to throw off balance a common man, something that prompted Sushil to pour water on his head after winning the jackpot last year. That is exactly what he told the BigB when the great actor asked Sushil this time why he drenched himself in water.
He had replied: “I had done so because the warmth of wealth often disbalances, confuses and misleads a common man like me.”
That does not stop wishing for success to every common man like him. The motivator said: “I wish that KBC 6 produces at least one Sushil Kumar from different parts of the country every week. I hope it proves before the universe that India has the largest number of genius, who have been surprising the world, in every discipline of life.”
Sushil has, without a doubt, surprised “in every discipline” — from knowledge to talents. His success on KBC gave Sushil the chance to come before another great of the entertainment world — Madhuri Dixit — and perform before being eliminated.
On his other ventures following KBC, he said: “I was nominated as the brand ambassador for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme in Bihar but after one advertisement, and that too without any remuneration, the Union rural development ministry has become silent and is not concerned about any further involvement on my part in MGNREGA.”
Now, he is bent on making something of his career. His last attempt to clear the civil services examination this year proved futile. Sushil plans to prepare for PhD for a stable platform. His family — parents and wife Seema — also said it was time that Sushil sincerely exerted himself to work for a strong footing.
Quoting English author Virginia Woolf from one of her essays, Sushil said: “Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” He added: “Happiness is short-lived and I am adamant to find a permanent platform soon.”