October 27th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Real-life 'Slumdog Millionaire' a sensation in India

India is cheering its own real-life 'Slumdog Millionaire': a low-wage worker from an extremely poor neighborhood who took the $1 million prize on India's version of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?"

Like the protagonist in the 2008 Oscar-winning film, Sushil Kumar was reportedly dazzled and shocked after winning the top prize. "I never thought in my wildest dreams I could do this," he said, according to India Today. Kumar said he plans to buy a house with the money. (You didn't see "Slumdog Millionaire?" Watch the trailer.)

Shot in Mumbai, the episode's suspense builds as Kumar answers most of the questions and then saves his lifelines at the end. When he answers the final question correctly, the audience bursts into celebration.

"The pulsating excitement on the set and among the crew was unimaginable. It was as if they had won the biggest prize ever in the history of Indian television," host Amitabh Bachchan said, according to The Express Tribune.

The show was taped Tuesday and will air next week, The Washington Post reports.

Kumar's wife, Seema, was in the audience, reports said. The couple, who were recently married, started crying when Bachchan handed Kumar the big check.

"What a sensational day in the studios of 'KBC'! A young man from the interiors of Bihar, earning a meagre salary of just INR6,500 per month, coming from the most humblest of backgrounds, reaches the hot seat and cracks the ultimate prize — INR50 million! An incredible feat," Bachchan later posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com.

Bachchan, known as Big B, hailed the win as a victory for "the common man," showing that he has "the strength, the ability and the acumen to prove to the world that he is the best."

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  1. James

    Just come to America and purchase a 7-11 store. You will be just fine!

    October 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roadrunner

    The writer has shown insensitivity by calling this article a Real-life 'Slumdog Millionaire' .

    October 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Turner

    Lets give some of that money to dear old Pakis, they are running short on funding their terrorists Pakis, no worry, more money coming your way, keep the bombings up..

    October 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. you

    Good for him! Any millionaire outside of United States is a true winner! ^_^

    October 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. prettygal

    What a wonderful, heartfelt,uplifting story. Miracles do happen.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. prettygal

    Miracles do happen.I hope that this uplifting story lifts a few jaded hearts.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. prettygal

    One thing, though. The reporter-Zain-is Indian. She should have come up with a better analogy than Rob Lowe to A.Bachchan. A.B. is like a demi-god!!!! He is the biggest star in the world!

    October 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AKSHAY

      Thats a past tense now

      October 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. prettygal

    You can see that they are a nice, simple couple. Simple folk. I wish them joy.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. krm1007

    SHAME ON INDIANS..... For financing the terrorists waging this war. Shame on the Indians from running away scared from terrorists and taking bullets in their back. Shame on the Indians from counting the GDP statistics while American and Pakistani blood was being shed in the battlfield trying to make the world safe.
    Is this the kind of neighbors you would want living next door to you and your kids??? HECK NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD !!!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettygal

      What a joke!!!!!
      Shut up, you ignorant, Pakistani terrorist. Pakistan is terror central, and the whole world knows it.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. krm1007

    Amnesty International is calling for an impartial investigation into mass graves found in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Sunday, India's Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission released a report saying a three-year investigation had uncovered 2,156 unidentified bodies in 38 sites in the region. In a statement released Monday, Amnesty International asked Indian officials to allow impartial forensic experts to carry out a thorough investigation of the skeletal remains. The rights group also urged Indian authorities to ensure the safety of the witnesses who gave statements to police during the investigation. Indian authorities conducted the inquiry in response to allegations that Indian security forces have committed rights abuses in fighting a more than two-decade-long Muslim separatist insurgency. Rights activists say at least 8,000 people have gone missing in Indian Kashmir since the separatists began fighting in 1989 for independence from Hindu-majority India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan. Rebel attacks and Indian government crackdowns have killed at least 50,000 people

    October 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettygal

      Pakistan is Terror Central. The crossroads of all the world's major terrorists pass through Pakistan. The Islamic terrorists who now threaten the stability of Pakistan itself are Pakistan's OWN "Dogs of War"... there is something called karma in this universe. The terrorism that Pakistan has waged opon India for the past 20 years has come back to bite Pak in the ####.Pakistan will never succeed or prosper as long as it continues to wage terror opon its neighbors.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike Organ

    Looks like a great piece of marketing in a very nieve country that is ripe for it. I dont believe in fairy tales I grew up so this seems to me too much like manipulation. But on the other hand good luck to him hope he does recieve this money and the game show goes on thanks to the publicitiy they have generated with this cheap trick.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
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