Saturday, June 23, 2001  

“I am not interested in politics”

Ashwini Bhatnagar talks to Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of KBC in Mumbai

ONE year of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) during which time it has created television history and you are back where you belong — right on top. How does it feel now?

I feel very good about this. There were a lot of apprehensions before starting this show — whether it will work or not as it was being attempted for the first time. I myself was very apprehensive about doing television, but, fortunately, everything worked out well. It has been a remarkable experience — wonderful moments of joy and happiness, great highs and the kind of statistics we have been seeing are quite amazing. Over three crore telephone calls from over 5,000 cities in the country, more than Rs 18 crore given out in prize winnings; it has been a wonderful experience.


And the shehnai gently trills...
by Janaki Bhatt
HANKS to shehnai wizard Ustad Bismillah Khan, the simple reed instrument has found a place of pride in the world of music. Before him, its use was restricted to religious functions and, at best, to wedding receptions. Today, it is a concert instrument.

Shivalik Hills
Home to prehistoric fossils

by Thakur Paramjit
TRANGE as it may seem, but it is true that many animals like giraffe and hippopotamus, whose names are synonymous with Africa today, were natives of the Shivalik hills.