Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is an Indian Hindi-language television game show, an adaptation of the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” franchise. It’s presented by megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The top prize money is Rs 70 million (75 million from this 75th year of independence).
Sushil Kumar, who appeared in Season 5 (2011), a simple computer instructor earning a meagre Rs 6000 in Bihar, was the first to win Rs 50 million (highest prize money in that season). Winning such a large sum of money may inspire one to live a dream life, but it may also have a negative impact, as now Sushil calls winning Rs 50 million “the worst phase of his life.”
Sushil after winning KBC, got media attention and became a local celebrity attending programmes every alternate day. He became a philanthropist, but people cheated on him. He couldn’t differentiate between right and wrong people. Due to this, his marital relationship also got strained.
Frequent interviews and programmes drifted him away from his normal life and studies. He started liking media publicity. He came into contact with media persons and students including some theatre artists. Slowly he got addicted to alcohol and smoking in their company.
He was a big cinema fan, and he also started dreaming of becoming a film director. He came to Mumbai and started working at a big production house to learn nuances of film making. He wrote three scripts, but he was not comfortable with something alien to him.
He started falling into depression. All his money was exhausted. Once his journalist friends came to know about his bankruptcy, they distanced themselves from him.
He was staying all by himself in Mumbai, where he got an opportunity in solitude to think objectively at himself. He realised that his film direction was sheer escapism, running away from the realities. Real happiness lies in small things, doing the work of own choice. It’s thousand times better to be a good person than being a big celebrity.
After leaving Mumbai, Sushil went back home and began a new life, prepared to become a teacher again. He involved himself in various environmental awareness projects that brought him peace, joy and above all, enthusiasm. He has thus returned to his normal life having resumed teaching and become an environmentalist after quitting alcohol and smoking.
Sushil is not alone in this world, who realised his mistakes and made amends. Just because someone stumbles and loses the way doesn’t mean that he or she has lost forever.
But I’m more worried about those who never realised that they were on the wrong track and got themselves ruined. I’ll talk about a few such live cases from my own bank in some other post.
But coming back to Sushil, we can safely infer that solitude is the place where silence allows us to listen to ourselves, to our own conscience to explore the potential available. “The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude”, said Voltaire.