Tonight, Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 will be his next Crorepati in Dr. Get Neha Shah. The Mumbai-based doctor took the hot seat on Wednesday and confessed to being beaten by host Amitabh Bachchan.
The fourth Crorepati of the season, who worked religiously during the coronavirus-triggered pandemic, believes their victory is the result of the blessings of their patients. In this exclusive chat with socialmediagossips.com, the 45-year-old talks about her big win, the interaction with Amitabh Bachchan and what she plans to do with the prize money.
Excerpts from the conversation:
Did you expect to return home as a Crorepati?
It was my wish, but to be honest, I didn’t expect it at all. Not even in my wildest dreams.
Why did you take part in KBC and how long have you been trying your luck?
There is only one reason and that is Amitabh Bachchan. For the past 20 years, I’ve wanted to sit in the hot seat across from him to play the game. I was a huge KBC fan and made sure I didn’t miss an episode. I end up watching each episode twice because I like it so much. It was a dream to be on the show from the start.
Tell us about your experience with Big B.
He has such a different and amazing aura. You just can’t take your eyes off him. As I speak to you, I am imagining him (laughs). He’s so graceful and kind on set. As a host, he made it so convenient for all of us and tried to build our confidence. It was just unreal to see him in person and to interact with him. It will always be the most memorable moment of my life.
Was there any special preparation that you carried out before you arrived at KBC 12?
Since I worked every day during the pandemic, I honestly didn’t get a lot of time. Since I got my first call after registration, I had been trying to brush up on my general knowledge and current affairs. I read newspapers online religiously and even bought some books. When I was called for the final audition in October, I knew it was actually going to happen. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity, so I took time to study every day.
It must have been a challenging year for you as a doctor. Was this victory a gift for all of your efforts?
It is definitely a gift. I think it happened because of all of the blessings of our patients. My father, who runs a clinic in Ghatkopar, is a very passionate doctor. We were the only ones who didn’t even close the clinic for a day knowing that socialmediagossips need us. I’ve tried my luck for 20 years and it has happened now. God was kind, but it was also the result of everyone’s good wishes.
Tell us more about the moment Amitabh Bachchan announced you as Crorepati.
It still hasn’t sunk in. At that moment I couldn’t think of anything. For me, it wasn’t about the money, but about moving up a level with every question. On the contrary, towards the end I was sad that my run was going to end and I will not be able to speak to Mr. Bachchan.
How will you use the prize money?
I think it won’t be until after watching the episode that I’ll find out that I’ve won a huge amount. Honestly, I didn’t think much about it, but a large part of it would be used to build a clinic for myself. I would also like to improve my father’s clinic and get some good high-end medical equipment.
Your mother was on set too. How did she deal with the excitement?
She was actually very nervous and prayed that I wouldn’t make a mistake after I got a certain good amount. She asked me not to talk about a few things. However, I did and so she was angry (laughs). Overall, it was a happy moment for her.
This season all four Crorepatis are women. What do you have to say about that?
I’m so proud that all of the winners were women. I think we are working really hard to make all of our dreams come true. And that is indeed evidence of that.