Jackpot for office worker on “Kaun Banega Crorepati”

An office worker too poor to own a television set has won an unprecedented $1
million on TV game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.

Sushil Kumar’s win this
week drew comparisons with the plot of 2008 Oscar-winning film “Slumdog
Millionaire” and, like its fictional protagonist Jamal, the 27-year-old also
watched the TV show as an escape from penury.

This is the first time a
contestant has won a million dollars on the popular TV show hosted by Amitabh
Bachchan. The episode will be broadcast next week and Kumar takes home 3.5 crore
rupees (about $720,000) after tax.

Kumar, who watched the show at a
neighbour’s house because his family was too poor to afford a television set,
said he had not made any grand plans for the money, a fortune in a country with
a per capita income of $1,265.

“I’m going to repair my house, fulfil a
few basic needs and then move to Delhi to study for the civil service exams,” he
told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Kumar works as a computer operator
in a government office in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar and earns
6,000 rupees (around $120) per month.

“Our house has almost broken down
and we have a lot of loans that have to be repaid,” he said.

“If it
hadn’t been for this money, I would have gotten old before I sorted out my
life.”

“I’ve been getting a lot of suggestions about what to do with the
money, but right now I can only think about my dream of getting through the
civil services exam,” he said.

“Slumdog Millionaire”, shot in the teeming
slums of Mumbai, tells the story of a young orphan who wins the TV game show
against all odds.

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