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‘Yet to sink in': Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan presents Rahat Taslim, the winner of KBC 4, with a Rs. 1-crore cheque in Mumbai on Friday. — Photo: AFP
‘Yet to sink in': Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan presents Rahat Taslim, the winner of KBC 4, with a Rs. 1-crore cheque in Mumbai on Friday. — Photo: AFP

Rahat Taslim, 37, has won the prize money of Rs. 1 crore in the fourth season of the popular game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC).Coming from Giridih in Jharkhand, her confidence was lauded by the show's host actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Ms. Taslim said she was confused initially and had to use the ‘lifelines.' “But from the stage of Rs. 3.20 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh, I knew my answers and did not require lifelines.”

Ms. Taslim won the prize by opting for ‘double dip' to a question to which state the first woman President of an African nation belonged.

“I was confused, so I used my last lifeline [double dip],” she said, adding she quit the game as she did not know the answer to the jackpot query of Rs. 5 crore on the first heart transplant. “I did not have any lifelines left.”

Surprise story

The lucky housewife had only Rs. 3 in her mobile phone as balance when it all began on October 16, with a question on Hindu mythology. “I decided to take a chance and send the SMS,” Ms. Taslim said. She was confident of being selected, and got a call to give an audition in Mumbai on October 26.

“We were told that a bank account and PAN card was necessary for all contestants. When I went back home, the first thing I did was to open a bank account and apply for a PAN card,” she recalled.

On November 1, she was told that she was selected as a participant, and the episode featuring her was shot on November 8.

“I was confident of making it to the hot seat, but winning Rs. 1 crore is unbelievable. The feeling is yet to sink in,” she said.

Ms. Taslim, who conducts tailoring classes, wants to open a boutique.

“After ensuring my other needs are taken care of, I plan to utilise my prize money for charity, especially children's education,” she said.

Ms. Taslim was married off at an early age, but completed her degree in History after her children were born. Her husband is employed with a public sector company and is stationed in Kochi. — PTI

Rahat Taslim, who conducts tailoring classes, wants to open a boutique


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