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.The show is hosted by Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi.
|Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran|
|Presented by||Suresh Gopi|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||360|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||BIG Synergy|
|Original release||9 April 2012 –|
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. For the first time 5th Season is aired on Mazhavil Manorama Channel.
In 2011, Business Standard announced that Kaun Banega Crorepati was going to be remade into five regional Indian languages. Suresh Gopi was selected to host the Malayalam version and was quoted saying:
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.
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.
|1||8, 9 May 2012||Suraj Venjaramoodu||₹ 3,20,000||First celebrity to play In the first season|
|2||21 May 2012||Kavya Madhavan||₹ 3,20,000||Played just after the 50 lakhs winner Shyla|
|3||7 June 2012||Samvritha Sunil||₹ 3,20,000||Quit the show due to the film shoot after getting to the second safe zone|
|4||28 June 2012||K. S. Chithra||₹ 3,20,000||Sang in the show|
|5||3, 4 July 2012||Jayaram & Parvathy||₹ 6,40,000||Appeared on the 50th episode of the show, first Double Celebrity episode|
|6||2 August 2012||Guinness Pakru & Ranjini Haridas||₹ 3,20,000||Second Double Celebrity episode|
|7||15 August 2012||Vijay Yesudas & Swetha Mohan||₹ 3,20,000||Appeared on Independence Day|
Second season started on 4 March 2013. 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.
|1||7 March 2013||Shweta Menon||₹ 3,20,000||Appeared on the day before International Women's Day|
|2||28 March 2013||Rimi Tomy||₹ 1,60,000||Appeared on the Maundy Thursday|
|3||15 April 2013||Rajeev Parameswaran & Shemi Martin||₹ 6,40,000||All Asianet serial celebrities week|
|4||15–16 April 2013||Shanavas Shanu & Shelly Kishore||₹ 6,40,000|
|5||16–17 April 2013||Shaju Kalabhavan & Fathimath Rasana||₹ 3,20,000|
|6||17–18 April 2013||Sarath & Anupama Meera||₹ 6,40,000|
|7||18 April 2013||Sajan & Anjana Haridas||₹ 3,20,000|
|8||16 May 2013||Madhu||₹ 3,20,000||Oldest celebrity ever|
|9||6 June 2013||Manoj K Jayan & Vineeth||₹ 6,40,000||First double-male episode|
|10||26–27 June 2013||Najim Arshad & Kalpana Raghavendra||₹ 1,60,000||Idea Star Singer winners|
|11||27 June 2013||Vivekanandan & Merin Gregory||₹ 1,60,000|
|12||4 July 2013||Asif Ali & Nadirshah||₹ 3,20,000|
|13||18 July 2013||Asha Sarath & Sudha Chandran||₹ 3,20,000||Appeared 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.
|1||27 May 2013||Mithu & Anila||₹ 1,250,000||Netaji Higher Secondary School||Pathanamthitta|
|2||27–28 May 2013||Samil & Faheema||₹ 3,20,000||G.M.U.P School||Malappuram|
|3||28 May 2013||Nandini & Goutham||₹ 20,000||Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School||Thiruvananthapuram|
|4||28–29 May 2013||Snehamol & Vishnu||₹ 3,20,000||A K G Memorial Government Higher Secondary School||Kannur|
|5||29–30 May 2012||Reshmi & Namitha||₹ 6,40,000||St.Vincent Colony Girls HS||Calicut|
|6||30 May 2013||Gopika & Alan||₹ 6,40,000||Government Higher Secondary School||Kasargodu|
|7||8 July 2013||Arshel & Amritha||₹ 3,20,000||St. Joseph High School||Kannur|
|8||8–9 July 2013||Ajay & Lija||₹ 3,20,000||St. George High School||Alappuzha|
|9||9–10 July 2013||Vijayalakshmi & Shahbas||₹ 1,60,000||Jayarani Public School||Idukki|
|10||10 July 2013||Gopika & Nanditha||₹ 80,000||Government Girls Higher Secondary School||Kottayam|
|11||10–11 July 2013||Arjun & Haritha||₹ 6,40,000||Government Higher Secondary School||Palakkad|
|12||11 July 2013||Priya & Ranjan||₹ 10,000||Bhavan's Vidya Mandir||Wayanadu|
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.
|1||1 January 2015||Namitha Pramod||₹ 160,000||Appeared on New Year's Day|
|2||19 February 2015||Amala Paul||₹ 6,40,000|
|3||2 March 2015||Chithra Shenoy & Divya Padmini||₹ 3,20,000||All Asianet serial celebrities week|
|4||3 March 2015||Gayathri Arun & Sneha||₹ 320,000|
|5||4 March 2015||Roopa Sri & Meghna Vincent||₹ 3,20,000|
|6||5 March 2015||Gauri & Niya||₹ 6,40,000|
|7||12 March 2015||Ramesh Pisharody & Dharmajan||₹ 3,20,000|
|8||19 March 2015||Tini Tom & Kalabhavan Shajon||₹ 3,20,000|
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).
|1||2 February||Sujatha Mohan and Swetha Mohan||₹ 1,60,000|
|2||14 February||Miya||₹1,60,000||Valentine's Day special episode|
|3||22–27 February||Innocent||₹ 6,40,000|
|4||8 March||Chippy Renjith and Gayathri Arun||₹ 80,000||Women's day special episode|
|5||16 March||Anusree||₹ 1,60,000|
|6||27, 28 March||Rajisha Vijayan and Aparna Balamurali||₹ 3,20,000|
|7||6 April||Rekha Ratheesh|
|8||10 April||Roopa Sree, Meghna Vincent|
|9||11 April||Sneha Divakar|
|10||12 April||Jewel Mary|
|11||13 April||Meena (actress)|
|13||20 April||Shalu Kurien|
|14||27 April||Sethu Lakshmi , Rajesh Hebbar|
|15||11 May||Jayaraj Warrier|
|16||15 May||Baby Meenakshi, Anika Surendran|
|17||16 May||Sreya Jayadeep, Gauri. P. Krishnan|
|18||17 May||Gaurav Melon, Baby Nayantara|
|19||18 May||Master Rudraksh, Master Ajaas|
|20||22 May||Vaikom Vijayalakshmi , Sithara (singer)|
|21||23 May||Ranjini Jose, Sachin Warrier|
|22||24 May||Kavya, Sooraj Santhosh|
|23||25 May||Sayanora Philip, Gayathri|
|24||26 June||Nandu, Thesni Khan|
|25||27 June||K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Sshivada|
|26||28 June||Sajan Surya, Devi Chandana|
|27||29 June||Surabhi Lakshmi|
|28||6 July||Sheela, Parvathy Nambiar||₹ 6,40,000||Appeared in the closing episode (100th episode) of Season 4 of the show|
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.
|1||1, 2 May||Keerthana & Darshana||₹ 1,60,000|
|2||3, 4 May||Sreya & Prathyusha||₹ 1,60,000|
|3||8 May||Allen & Kevin||₹ 10,000|
|4||8, 9 May||Malavika & Arya||₹ 80,000|
|5||10 May||Arundhati & Sarad||₹ 40,000|
|6||5 June||Abhiram & Meera||₹ 40,000|
|7||6,7 June||Arya & Sreya||₹ 6,40,000|
|8||7, 8 June||Juhina & Allen||₹ 1,60,000|
|9||9, 19 June||Aswin & Anuvinda||₹ 40,000|
|10||19, 20 June||Jeevan & Neha||₹ 3,20,000|
|11||21, 22, 23 June||Charudath & Shamna||₹ 12,50,000|
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).
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.
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.
|1||30 April 2013 – 1 May 2013 (Season 2)||Sanooja Rajan||Nedumangad||₹ 10,000,000|
|2||15–17 May 2012 (Season 1)||Shyla C.K||Painavu||₹ 5,000,000|
|3||6 April 2015 (Season 3)||Sooraj||Pappanamcode||₹ 5,000,000|
|4||7–8 May 2012 (Season 1)||Shobha||Kadakkavoor||₹ 2,500,000|
|5||22–23 August 2012 (Season 1)||Aneesh||Mavelikkara||₹ 2,500,000|
|6||7 March 2013 (Season 2)||Sangeetha||Pathanamthitta||₹ 2,500,000|
|7||4 April 2013 (Season 2)||Kishore K.P||Thrissur||₹ 2,500,000|
|8||11 March 2015 (Season 3)||Dhanya||Beypore||₹ 2,500,000|
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