Megha Patil can hardly believe her life in the last couple of weeks. Earlier this month, after multiple rounds of auditions, she found herself on the sets of the popular game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati. “When I cleared the ‘Fastest Finger First’ round, I was stunned. I kept thinking ‘Did Mr Amitabh Bachchan just call out my name’.” But the real moment of victory came on October 4, when, after many gruelling questions, she hit the jackpot and won Rs 1 crore. “I still can’t describe that moment. I keep going back to it, to make sure it happened and I didn’t dream it up,” she says.
Patil is not the first contestant to reach the crore mark in the eighth season of the show. The Narula brothers from Delhi, Achin and Sarthak, collected winnings of Rs 7 crore in September, but the 49-year-old Patil is the first one from Mumbai to reach a crore.
Patil, a 49-year-old resident of Vasai has been trying to crack the game show for two years. “I’ve been watching the show since the first season and would always know the correct answers,” she recalls. One day, her son suggested that she participate. Last year, Patil reached the audition round, but didn’t make it through. “I also knew the answer to the Rs 3 crore question. But I wasn’t sure, so didn’t attempt it,” she says.
Patil has an inspiring story. Fighting cancer for the past eight years, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, and then with liver cancer in 2007. The homemaker, who takes tuition for children, has been struggling with hospital bills. Patil’s debt of Rs 35 lakh, thanks to treatment costs, also pushed her to take part in the show. Patil’s husband works in the Central Government, and her son studies at IIT Bombay while her daughter hopes to pursue architecture. “Apart from paying hospital bills, the money will also be set aside for their education,” she says.
The winning episode will air on Sony on October 20.