Kannadada Kotyadhipati

Kannadada Kotyadhipathi is an Indian Kannada language quiz game show, hosted by Puneeth Rajkumar. It is the official Kannada language adaptation of the internationally renowned Sony Pictures Television-owned game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and its successful Hindi adaptation Kaun Banega Crorepati. The fourth season started from June 23 2019 on Colors Kannada and before seasons were telecasted in Star Suvarna.

Kannadada Kotyadhipathi
Promotional poster
Created byDavid Briggs
Mike Whitehill
Steven Knight
Directed byRaghavendra Hunsur (season 1)
Shraddha Jain (season 4)
Presented byPuneeth Rajkumar (season 1-2)

Ramesh Aravind (season 3)

Puneeth Rajkumar (season 4)
Composer(s)Keith Strachan
Matthew Strachan
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Kannada
No. of seasons4
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)BIG Synergy
Original networkAsianet Suvarna (Star Suvarna) (season 1 - 3)
Colors Kannada (season 4)
Original release12 March 2012 (2012-03-12) 
External links
[Official Site Website]


After a series of fresh ideas in reality and fiction shows the Star Network’s Kannada general entertainment channel Asianet Suvarna has announced yet another path breaking reality show - Kannadada Kotyadhipati based on the most popular reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). The show which is meant for a common Kannadiga is one for the biggest reality shows in Kannada television offering the prize money of Rs 1 crore. The format and the rules for the edition of Kannadada Kotyadhipati will be same as the first edition of KBC. The show will be anchored by the actor Puneeth Rajkumar. Making his debut as an anchor for the first time on television Puneet Rajkumar expressed, "I am excited about being the anchor of this show which will give me an opportunity to interact closely with the common people. The format of the show is unique as this gives the common people an opportunity to use their knowledge and change their lives. Kannadada Kotyadhipati is produced by Big Synergy the same production house as KBC."

According to the Business Head of Suvarna, Anup Chandrasekharan, "The Star Network originally brought in KBC to India and made it the most popular reality show in the country. We at Suvarna have the best ingredients to make Kannadada Kotiyadipati a successful show."

There is only one 1 Crore winner till now, Hussain Basha, won 1 crore in the second season of the show.


The contestants must undergo an initial round of "Fastest Finger First", in which the host introduces the ten contestants of the episode and asks them all the same question. The contestants must then arrange the answers in the order described in the question. The contestant that places the four options in the correct order in the fastest time gets the chance to go on the hotseat.


A contestant can use a lifeline when he/she is undecided about which answer is correct. A lifeline can only be used once. The current lifelines in Kannadada Kotyadhipati:

Audience Poll: If the contestant uses this lifeline, it will result in the host repeating the question to the audience. The studio audience get 30 seconds to answer the question. Audience members use touch pads to designate what they believe the correct answer to be. After the audience have chosen their choices, the results are displayed to the contestant in percentages in bar-graph format and also shown on the monitors screens of the host and contestant, as well as the TV viewers.

Phone a Friend: If the contestant uses this lifeline, the contestant is allowed to call one of the three pre-arranged friends, who all have to provide their phone numbers in advance. The host usually starts off by talking to the contestant's friend and introduces him/her to the viewers. After the introduction, the host hands the phone call over to the contestant who then immediately has 30 seconds to ask and hope for a reply from their friend.

Double Dip: If the contestant uses this lifeline, the contestant is asked to choose two options among the four. If the contestant chooses an option which results in incorrect answer, he/she has another opportunity to opt among the remaining three options. There will be one correct answer and two incorrect at this situation. The contestant cannot quit the game if he/she uses this lifeline.

The Game's prizes
  • 1,000
  • 2,000
  • 3,000
  • 5,000
  • 10,000
  • 20,000
  • 40,000
  • 80,000
  • 1,60,000
  • 3,20,000
  • 6,40,000
  • 12,50,000
  • 25,00,000
  • 50,00,000
  • 1,00,00,000

Notable celebrity guests

The following celebrities have played Kannadada kotyadhipati.

Guest(s) Amount won Notes
Ramya 3,20,000 First celebrity guest to play the game.
Lakshmi 1,60,000 The amount she won was given as a charity to a blind children orphanage.
V. Ravichandran 12,50,000 To celebrate the 50th Episode. The amount won was left with Puneeth to be given to the apt donee. Which in turn was handed out in part to a boy with a rare blood related disorder and the rest was divided between the final participants of the last episode of the children's season.
Prabhudeva 25,00,000 The amount was denoted to charity
Anil Kumble 25,00,000 The amount he won will be given to a cancer research hospital and to Kumble foundation for wild life conservation.
Akul Balaji 1,60,000 The amount will be donated to a Haemophilia children society
Sihi Kahi Chandru 3,20,000 To Manonandhana
T.V actors from the show Krishna, Rukmini and Teju, Neela from Suvarna channel 10,000
Srujan Lokesh 6,40,000 Amount won is donated to Brahma charitable trust
Upendra 6,40,000 The prize money that Upendra was donated to Balyaalu and Chinchalagoppe village schools in Karnataka.[1]
Jaggesh 3,20,000 The prize money that Jaggesh won was donated to an educational institution.
Radhika Pandit 3,20,000 The prize money that Radhika Pandit was donated to Anand Ashraya and Parignan Foundation which is situated in North canara.[2]
Yash (actor) 25,00,000 The prize money Yash has donated the money for the charity. The entire amount will be used for the welfare of the people through his NGO Yashomarga Foundation,.

Notable Guests of Season 4 2019


  1. "Kannada actor Upendra plays game show 'Kannadada Kotyadipathi'". CNN-IBN. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. "Radhika Pandit in 'Kannadada Kotyadhipathi'". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
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