Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran

Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran (English: Even you can become a Millionaire), also known by the acronym NAK, is an Indian Malayalam language game show. It is the official Malayalam adaptation of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and its successful Hindi version Kaun Banega Crorepati.[1]The show is hosted by Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi.

Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran
Presented bySuresh Gopi
Composer(s)Keith Strachan
Matthew Strachan
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Malayalam
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes360
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)BIG Synergy
Release
Original networkAsianet
Mazhavil Manorama
Original release9 April 2012 (2012-04-09) 
Present
External links
Website

Since its inaugural episode on 9 April 2012, the show has aired on Asianet. The show's first season and ended in 23 August 2012. The show's second season commenced on 4 March 2013 and ended on 18 July 2013. The fourth season commenced with an altered format on 24 January 2017.[2] For the first time 5th Season is aired on Mazhavil Manorama Channel.[3]

Background

In 2011, Business Standard announced that Kaun Banega Crorepati was going to be remade into five regional Indian languages.[4] Suresh Gopi was selected to host the Malayalam version and was quoted saying:[5]

Expecting and hoping that Ningalkkum Aakam Kodeeshwaran would be really very big in Kerala... It was a really enriching and rewarding experience to get trained under Siddhartha Basu, with support from the Big Synergy and Asianet team to get into this new role, as a Host for the No. 1 game show in the World.

The episodes for Ningalkkum Aakam Kodeeshwaran were shot at AVM Studios in Chennai, where its Tamil equivalent Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi was also shot.[6]

Production

Season 1

Shyla CK, a contestant from Idukki, was the first person to win 50 lakh (US$72,000) in the show, the highest amount won in the season. Shyla correctly answered the 14th question worth 50 lakhs, but she quit on the final question.[7]

The tagline of the season used for was Oru Chodyam Madi Jeevidam Mari Marayan (English: One Question Is Enough For Life To Change)[8]

Celebrity guests

No.DateGuest(s)Amount wonNotes
18, 9 May 2012Suraj Venjaramoodu 3,20,000First celebrity to play In the first season
221 May 2012Kavya Madhavan 3,20,000Played just after the 50 lakhs winner Shyla
37 June 2012Samvritha Sunil 3,20,000Quit the show due to the film shoot after getting to the second safe zone
428 June 2012K. S. Chithra 3,20,000Sang in the show
53, 4 July 2012Jayaram & Parvathy 6,40,000Appeared on the 50th episode of the show, first Double Celebrity episode
62 August 2012Guinness Pakru & Ranjini Haridas 3,20,000Second Double Celebrity episode
715 August 2012Vijay Yesudas & Swetha Mohan 3,20,000Appeared on Independence Day

Season 2

Second season started on 4 March 2013.[9] Sangeetha, a handicapped woman from Painavu had scored 25,00,000 in the 3rd day of the 2nd season. For the first time in the history of the show, the season started 'All Asianet Serial Celebrities Week' which started from 15 April 2013. Sanooja Rajan was declared as the first Crorepati of the show. This sparkling moment was aired on Asianet on 30 April 2013.

The tagline used for the season was Orarivum Cheruthalla, Deyvathinte Varamaanu (English: No Knowledge is Small, It Is The Blessing Of God)[8]

Celebrity guests

No.DateGuest(s)Amount wonNotes
17 March 2013Shweta Menon 3,20,000Appeared on the day before International Women's Day
228 March 2013Rimi Tomy 1,60,000Appeared on the Maundy Thursday
315 April 2013Rajeev Parameswaran & Shemi Martin 6,40,000All Asianet serial celebrities week
415–16 April 2013Shanavas Shanu & Shelly Kishore 6,40,000
516–17 April 2013Shaju Kalabhavan & Fathimath Rasana 3,20,000
617–18 April 2013Sarath & Anupama Meera 6,40,000
718 April 2013Sajan & Anjana Haridas 3,20,000
816 May 2013Madhu 3,20,000Oldest celebrity ever
96 June 2013Manoj K Jayan & Vineeth 6,40,000First double-male episode
1026–27 June 2013Najim Arshad & Kalpana Raghavendra 1,60,000Idea Star Singer winners
1127 June 2013Vivekanandan & Merin Gregory 1,60,000
124 July 2013Asif Ali & Nadirshah 3,20,000
1318 July 2013Asha Sarath & Sudha Chandran 3,20,000Appeared on the closing episode of season 2 of the show

Kids Special Episode

For the first time in the history of NAK, "The Kids special episode" started on Asianet from 27 May onwards. It was also continued from 8 July 2013 due to the request of Audience.

No.DateStudentsAmount wonSchoolPlace
127 May 2013Mithu & Anila 1,250,000Netaji Higher Secondary SchoolPathanamthitta
227–28 May 2013Samil & Faheema 3,20,000G.M.U.P SchoolMalappuram
328 May 2013Nandini & Goutham 20,000Christ Nagar Higher Secondary SchoolThiruvananthapuram
428–29 May 2013Snehamol & Vishnu 3,20,000A K G Memorial Government Higher Secondary SchoolKannur
529–30 May 2012Reshmi & Namitha 6,40,000St.Vincent Colony Girls HSCalicut
630 May 2013Gopika & Alan 6,40,000Government Higher Secondary SchoolKasargodu
78 July 2013Arshel & Amritha 3,20,000St. Joseph High SchoolKannur
88–9 July 2013Ajay & Lija 3,20,000St. George High SchoolAlappuzha
99–10 July 2013Vijayalakshmi & Shahbas 1,60,000Jayarani Public SchoolIdukki
1010 July 2013Gopika & Nanditha 80,000Government Girls Higher Secondary SchoolKottayam
1110–11 July 2013Arjun & Haritha 6,40,000Government Higher Secondary SchoolPalakkad
1211 July 2013Priya & Ranjan 10,000Bhavan's Vidya MandirWayanadu

Season 3

Third season kicked off from 29 December 2014 with the sparkling inaugural song of K S Chitra. This season started with a few differences from the last seasons. The timer from 1-5 questions was made 45 seconds and from 6-10 is 60 seconds. Also this season had the introduction of a new lifeline called 'Double Dip' replacing 'Fifty-Fifty (50/50)' from the previous seasons. This season also featured a fourth additional lifeline (not included as the main lifeline) called 'Code Red' which gave the opportunity for the contestant's family members to warn the contestant if they feel the answer is wrong.

Celebrity guests

No.DateGuest(s)Amount wonNotes
11 January 2015Namitha Pramod 160,000Appeared on New Year's Day
219 February 2015Amala Paul 6,40,000
32 March 2015Chithra Shenoy & Divya Padmini 3,20,000All Asianet serial celebrities week
43 March 2015Gayathri Arun & Sneha 320,000
54 March 2015Roopa Sri & Meghna Vincent 3,20,000
65 March 2015Gauri & Niya 6,40,000
712 March 2015Ramesh Pisharody & Dharmajan 3,20,000
819 March 2015Tini Tom & Kalabhavan Shajon 3,20,000

Season 4

Asianet announced the fourth season of NAK in late 2016. The first question for entry was published on the channel 7 November 2016 at 6:30 pm. Suresh Gopi hosted the fourth season. The show was launched on 16 January 2017 with Sujatha Mohan and Swetha Mohan rendering the inaugural song (Allah thero Naah).

Celebrity guests

No.DateGuest(s)Amount wonNotes
12 FebruarySujatha Mohan and Swetha Mohan 1,60,000
214 FebruaryMiya1,60,000Valentine's Day special episode
322–27 FebruaryInnocent 6,40,000
48 MarchChippy Renjith and Gayathri Arun 80,000Women's day special episode
516 MarchAnusree 1,60,000
627, 28 MarchRajisha Vijayan and Aparna Balamurali 3,20,000
76 AprilRekha Ratheesh
810 AprilRoopa Sree, Meghna Vincent
911 AprilSneha Divakar
1012 AprilJewel Mary
1113 AprilMeena (actress)
1320 AprilShalu Kurien
1427 AprilSethu Lakshmi , Rajesh Hebbar
1511 MayJayaraj Warrier
1615 MayBaby Meenakshi, Anika Surendran
1716 MaySreya Jayadeep, Gauri. P. Krishnan
1817 MayGaurav Melon, Baby Nayantara
1918 MayMaster Rudraksh, Master Ajaas
2022 MayVaikom Vijayalakshmi , Sithara (singer)
2123 MayRanjini Jose, Sachin Warrier
2224 MayKavya, Sooraj Santhosh
2325 MaySayanora Philip, Gayathri
2426 JuneNandu, Thesni Khan
2527 JuneK. P. A. C. Lalitha, Sshivada
2628 JuneSajan Surya, Devi Chandana
2729 JuneSurabhi Lakshmi
286 JulySheela, Parvathy Nambiar 6,40,000Appeared in the closing episode (100th episode) of Season 4 of the show

Kodeeshwaran Junior

This is a special round that contained school students as the contestants. The episodes were telecasted from 1 May 2017 to 10 May 2017, from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017 and again from 19 June 2017 to 23 June 2017.

No.DateStudentsAmount won
11, 2 MayKeerthana & Darshana 1,60,000
23, 4 MaySreya & Prathyusha 1,60,000
38 MayAllen & Kevin 10,000
48, 9 MayMalavika & Arya 80,000
510 MayArundhati & Sarad 40,000
65 JuneAbhiram & Meera 40,000
76,7 JuneArya & Sreya 6,40,000
87, 8 JuneJuhina & Allen 1,60,000
99, 19 JuneAswin & Anuvinda 40,000
1019, 20 JuneJeevan & Neha 3,20,000
1121, 22, 23 JuneCharudath & Shamna 12,50,000

Rules

The standard Millionaire format is used, with the Fastest Finger contest before the main game.

The money won after each question is roughly doubled from the previous amount won, exponentially increasing the amount won after each correct answer until the contestant reaches the final question, after which they win the maximum prize (1 crore).

Prize table

All seasons
  • 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

Lifelines

A contestant can use a lifeline when he/she is undecided about which answer is correct. A lifeline can only be used once.

  • Audience Poll: If the contestant uses this lifeline, it will result in the host repeating the question to the audience. The studio audience get 10 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.
  • Fifty-Fifty (50/50) (for season 1,2 & 4): If the contestant uses this lifeline, the host will ask the computer to randomly remove and eliminate two of the "wrong" answers. This will leave one right answer and one wrong answer, resulting in a situation of eliminating 50% of the choices as well as having a 50% chance of getting the answer right if the contestant is in a situation of making a guess.
  • Double Dip (for season 3): This lifeline allows the contestant to make two guesses at a question. Getting both answers incorrect results in the contestant's winnings dropping back down to the last milestone achieved. This lifeline differs from others in that once the player has chosen to use this lifeline, he/she must answer the question, and cannot walk away or use any further lifelines on that question.
  • Code Red (from season 3) which gives the opportunity for the contestant's family members to warn the contestant if they feel the answer is wrong.

Records

Sanooja Rajan from Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram made history by winning the top prize (10,000,000) in Season 2. This made Ningalkkum Aajam Kodeeswaran as the second version after KBC to have a top score winner in India. Shyla C. K was the top scorer of Ningalkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran in Season 1, winning 50 lacs. This season also witnessed the game played by pairs other than Individuals while previously pairs game were allowed only for celebrities.

Top scorers

No.DateNamePlaceAmount won
130 April 2013 – 1 May 2013 (Season 2)Sanooja RajanNedumangad 10,000,000
215–17 May 2012 (Season 1)Shyla C.KPainavu 5,000,000
36 April 2015 (Season 3)SoorajPappanamcode 5,000,000
47–8 May 2012 (Season 1)ShobhaKadakkavoor 2,500,000
522–23 August 2012 (Season 1)AneeshMavelikkara 2,500,000
67 March 2013 (Season 2)SangeethaPathanamthitta 2,500,000
74 April 2013 (Season 2)Kishore K.PThrissur 2,500,000
811 March 2015 (Season 3)DhanyaBeypore 2,500,000

See also

References

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