Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: A dream come true for Sunil Kumar Tandi, Kaun Banega Crorepati has made this Bolangir resident a celebrity overnight and the state proud of him. He won Rs 50 lakh in the Amitabh Bachchan-hosted quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati 9, telecast on Sony Television. Sunil is reportedly a District Welfare Officer at Sundargarh.
The government officer is the first person from Odisha to win Rs 50 lakh in this season of KBC which has been constantly topping the charts as most watched television show in India.
The episode is scheduled to be aired today on Diwali.
Along with Sunil, there were nine other contestants waiting to get to the hot seat to play the game. Being the fastest in the ‘fastest fingers first’ segment, Sunil won the opportunity to sit on the hot seat with senior Bachchan.
Sunil was overwhelmed after meeting the legendary ‘Shehenshah of Bollywood’ one-to-one and proved to be a champion once the question and answer rounds began. Bachchan appreciated and encouraged him throughout the game for his smooth performance.
In the show, Sunil appeared to be very practical and answered each and every question cleverly. Even Big B appeared to be impressed with his confidence and risk-taking attitude.
Sunil was accompanied by his friend from Bolangir Jaykrushna Sahu, a teacher by profession, who also came in as the Jodidaar. Sunil also used the phone-a-friend lifeline to call his friend Madanjeet Hota to help him answer a question.
With ease Sunil completed as many as 14 rounds out of the total 16 rounds. However, left with no more lifelines, he decided to quit the game and proudly walked away with Rs 50 lakh.