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Meet the FIRST CROREPATI of KBC 2013

September 13, 2013 13:09 IST

Meet the FIRST CROREPATI of KBC 2013

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History teacher Taj Mohammed Rangrez, 42, has become the first crorepati on the recently launched seventh edition of the television quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati.

He wants to use the money to get advanced eye treatment for his partially blind seven-year-old daughter.

“All that I want is that some renowned eye surgeon gives me an appointment and treats my daughter. I don't need any monetary support because now I am capable of spending a good amount on her treatment," said Rangrez.

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Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Taj Mohammed Rangrez
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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'My priority is getting treatment for my daughter'

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Rangrez has been teaching at a government school in Fatehnagar, near Udaipur, for the past 10 years. 

“Now that I have won, my priority is getting treatment for my daughter. We realised that she was blind only when she started banging into things in front of her when walking. Treatment is on after that, but she is partially blind.”

He also wants to buy a house, educate three underprivileged girls and get two orphan girls married.


Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Taj Mohammed Rangrez
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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'The journey from fastest finger first till hot seat is harder than playing the actual game'

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Rangrez has been trying to get onto KBC for the last two seasons. "It was my mother, who encouraged me to try and I finally got a chance to be in the hot seat.”  

Rangrez says that “the journey from the fastest finger first till the hot seat is harder than playing the actual game.

“Actually, it took 10-15 minutes for me to settle down because I was nervous sitting in front of Mr Bachchan. He made me comfortable and I am totally amazed by his simplicity,” says Rangrez of the show’s celebrated host.

"It is easy to get swayed by the audience and the presence of Mr Amitabh Bachchan once the camera starts to roll. But all that I had in my mind was to answer the questions correctly without exhausting the lifelines till the end."


Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Taj Mohammed Rangrez
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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'I am a big fan of Dilip Kumar and Mr Bachchan'

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Rangrez gifted Amitabh Bachchan a special photo frame with the picture of Lord Krishna. The special thing about this photo frame was that it had two hearts on the bottom two corners of the frame. Inside the hearts were two grains of rice on which the names Amitabh and Jaya were engraved.

“I am a big fan of Dilip Kumar and Mr Bachchan. I have got this opportunity because of the show. So KBC for me is a life time achievement and I will cherish its memories till I die," says the elated winner.

Watch Taj Mohammed Rangrez become a crorepati on Sunday, September 15, at 8:30 pm, on Sony Entertainment Television.


Image: Taj Mohammed Rangrez and Amitabh Bachchan


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