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Last updated at 12:59 BST, Friday, 28 October 2011

Real life Indian Millionaire winner


28 October 2011

In scenes which could have come from the blockbuster film 'Slumdog Millionaire' a man from one of India's poorest states has become the first person to win a $1m jackpot on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Nitin Srivastav

Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar celebrating his win


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A modest computer engineer and tutor by profession, Sushil Kumar used to draw a monthly salary of less than a $150 per month.

Not any more.

In the Indian version of Britain's popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Sushil Kumar has taken home the winner's cheque of $1 million .

Mr Kumar's brother said Sushil was particularly well-informed because he regularly listened to news and current affairs on the BBC's Hindi Service.

And he was understandably delighted with his windfall. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could do this," he said.

Mr Kumar plans to pay off his debts and buy a new home for his family.

The TV show, 'Kaun Bangega Crorepati', one of the most popular in India, was aired first in the year 2000, hosted by the noted Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Nitin Srivastava, BBC News, Delhi


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not talking a lot about himself and his achievements

to draw

to receive


having a good general knowledge and understanding of current affairs


a large amount of money which is received unexpectedly

in my wildest dreams

when I imagined what the best result for me could be

to pay off his debts

to pay all the money that he owes to companies and other people



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