Kaun Banega Crore 6 gets first crorepati in Kashmir's Manoj Raina
The new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC 6) is barely two days old, and the show is all set to see its first crorepati winner in Sunday's episode.
Manoj Kumar Raina, who originally hails from Srinagar and is now settled in Jammu, wins Rs 1 crore on the third episode of KBC 6. Raina, 44, is a northern railway employee.
"I am a content person and my life will not change because of the money. My wife and I have government jobs with decent salaries, and we lead a comfortable life. But then, this is surely a large amount and will act as a major security blanket for our middle-class family," Raina said. He plans to first build a house with the money and spend the rest on community service.
His friends and relatives, meanwhile, are elated. "All my Kashmiri relatives are elated that I have made them proud," Raina said.
Manoj had been making attempts to enter KBC since 2000, when the first season was aired, but he did not succeed.
When he finally got selected this year, he immediately got down to preparing for the show.
My posting is in a small town near Jammu where one has lots of free time in hand. I used my time reading books to prepare for the show. I knew that if I managed to make it to the show, I would have to answer questions only banking on knowledge," he said.
Raina, however, regrets he was not able to win the entire jackpot amount of Rs 5 crore.
The winner recalls how he was inspired by Amitabh Bachchan on the sets. "I was surprised that he was well aware of the situation in Kashmir. I invited him to Kashmir and shoot in the Valley as peace has been restored in the area," he said.
Within no time of his victory, Manoj has become a hero on Facebook and has been receiving congratulatory messages from all over Kashmir.
“The Kashmiri population is happy that one of them has gone ahead to represent the state on the popular TV show and has won big," Raina said.