If you haven't replied with "Lock kar diya jaye?" when someone answers a question of yours, you haven't really grown up in the era of THE most popular game show that was the first of its kind to glue families to the idiot box at prime time, aka Kaun Banega Crorepati.
The hit reality game show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan (primarily) which has spanned 17 years (and counting!) is one of the biggest memories of every 90s kid, and has a nostalgic ring about it that inspires such affinity. But, besides that it was one of the first game shows to hook an entire country into the space of answering general knowledge questions and winning money—and a lot of its credit goes to its fantastic host, Mr. Bachchan.
The show even inspired a movie titled Slumdog Millionaire, which went onto receive critical acclaim and won many awards. So smitten are we, that we've often wondered what goes behind the scenes on this show, and what flashes on those famous computer screens!
Well, one of the contestants on the show who won Rs. 12.5 lakhs, has catered to the queries of us crazy fans in a Quora post. Read on...
I was one of the luckiest persons who got the opportunity to be on prestigious hot seat so I guess I can answer this well. His computer may be responsive i.e. he may skip the content or operate the process a little bit. However, the computer operator who sets the questions, timers etc sits in another place. A contestant's computer is unresponsive i.e. he can't skip or flip the content shown over the screen.A typical computer screen of Bachchan sir consists of current questions, all options, winning streak, used and unused life lines. In the middle if he forgets details like name, place, job, village or companions of contestant then he could recall all by altering the screen option or check it on another big screen placed diagonally to the hot seat. Unlike popular belief Bachchan sir doesn't know the correct answer before "Lock kar diya jaye (lock it please)". After locking up the option the screen shows correct answer, incorrect answer and the details of correct answer. To alert candidates from wrong answers are just the good gestures of the host. When a candidate takes the 'phone a friend' life line, then the screen shows the names and details of the nominees. A timer on his screen provides the interval breaks. However it may be prolonged by the will of the host. Both the screens (hot seat and Bachchan sir's) are kept off during the fastest finger first round.
As written by Abhinav Pandey on Quora.