If you can't be in the famous 'hot-seat' being quizzed by the venerable quizmaster Amitabh Bachchan, the next best thing for Kaun Banega Crorepati fans is getting a photograph clicked while sitting in a mock-up of the chair next to a cardboard cut-out of the superstar.
Last week, Bachchan, who hosts the fifth edition of the reality game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), flagged off a van with a mock-up of the show, which will travel to 22 cities in India. KBC 5 will go on air on August 15.
"This van will travel to 22 cities of India. There are many audience and aspirant contestants who don't get the opportunity to come to Mumbai and play Kaun Banega Crorepati with me. They will get a chance to sit on the mock-up of the hot seat and click a picture with my statue," Bachchan said on the occasion.
Giving a preview of this edition of the show, Bachchan said: "There are very minute changes and the format of the game is intact. The changes have been made to make the game more thrilling. Even people watching the show at home can play the game. Their prize money will be less though."
He said that the previous season had shown that "contestants from small-town India came in large numbers and did what most metro town inhabitants could not achieve. The power of opportunity, the power of determination if the resources materialise, and the ultimate joy of disproving most others, is really the triumph of the common man."
Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar