No prize yet for KBC winner

Published: 12 December, 2011 06:52 IST | Subhash K Jha |

Sushil Kumar hasn't be given the Rs 5 crore he won on the show

Sushil Kumar hasn't be given the Rs 5 crore he won on the show

Sushil Kumar, India's first Rs 5-crore winner on Kaun Banega Crorepati might have to move out of his hometown in Bihar, just to let his family live in peace.

Sushil Kumar with Amitabh Bachchan

Apparently, while he still hasn't received a single paisa of the winning amount, he is being flooded with requests for doling out monetary help to people from all across the country, even abroad. Naturally, Sushil doesn't know how to handle it.

Speaking from Motihari he said, "I get letters from all over the country, and now even from abroad for financial help.

The amount requested ranges from a few thousands to Rs 5 to 6 lakh. There are letters coming from even abroad. This morning, I got a letter from a needy Indian family in Sri Lanka. How do I know how needy they
really are?"

Worse, the money-seekers have started walking into Sushil's home. The distressed man adds, "People walk in with their requests at any time of the day without warning, often when there's no male member in the house. My wife and the other ladies feel insecure."

Speaking about the prize money that was promised to him, Sushil points out, "I haven't received a single paisa yet.

Nor have I got any intimation or call from the channel as to when the money will reach me. I don't even know how much I'll get after tax deduction, etc. Basically, I am being flooded with requests to share the fund that I don't even have."

Sushil is very clear about whom he wants to share his money with. "Why should I give money to people I don't know? I'll use the money for causes that are dear to me. But first my family and me need to improve our condition. Our home is yet to be repaired. We're waiting for the money."

Thankfully, Sushil admits that he is yet to get any extortion call, which is quite prevalent in parts of Bihar. "Thanks to the media which has made my KBC victory a national cause, I am saved from rangdaari(extortion).
But I wonder if these requests that are constantly invading my family's privacy, are not a form of rangdaari."
He now intends to write a book on his experiences after the triumph on KBC.

"Believe me, I've learnt so much about human nature in the last one month. It would make a very interesting story," says Sushil. The channel promised to revert with details on Sushil's prize money, but they didn't.

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