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Meet Hussain Basha, the Kannadada Kotyadhipati

Written by: Prakash Upadhyaya
Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 17:14 [IST]

Kannadada Kotyadhipati 2 is coming up with the tagline - Life Changing Questions, and it has turned out to be true at least in Hussain Basha's life as he has created history by winning Rs 1 crore on the show. All of a sudden, he is getting a lot of attention from public and media.

From meeting Congress President Parameshwar to his visit to Shankar Bidari's office, the young boy is being treated just like another popular celebrity. However, the attention seems to have not made much difference in him, as success has not gone into Hussain Basha's head.

Hussain Basha, who visited Oneindia on April 23, shared about what he is going through now, about his family background, education and more with us. Here are the excerpts:

Please give us a brief introduction about your background, education and family.
I am basically from Chellur near Karatagi in Gangavathi taluk, Koppal district. I am born to a poor agriculturist family and have four sisters and a younger brother in my family. I did my schooling till seventh grade in the village itself and completed my high school in Siddaa Ganga in Tumkur. Due to financial issues, I could not continue my education for the next four years. In between, I did small jobs and even worked as a lorry cleaner in Bangalore. In 2010, I joined a college to do PUC. Presently, I am pursuing BA.

You have become a celebrity overnight. What are you going through now and how does it feel to be in the news?
It feels great to have won Rs 1 crore. But I am bit shy to talk to media as this is the happening in my life for the first time. Nonetheless, it is helping me to meet new people.

How was your experience on Kannadada Kotyadhipati hotseat?
It is a great experience. I was awestruck when I went to AVM Studios in Chennai, as the sets was beyond my imagination. However, I was not good at Fastest Finger but somehow I made it to the hotseat. Puneet Rajkumar sir was very encouraging in the beginning and the initial questions were easy. But as I started giving right answers one after the other, the game became tougher.

What was going in your mind before facing the 15th question?
Luckily, there was a two-day gap before facing the crore question. Somewhere at the bottom of my heart, I wanted to quit the game. Frankly speaking, I required only four lakhs to clear my family loans and I was sure that I would get at least minimum Rs 3.20 lakhs from the show.

Well, you went on to answer it..
Yes, my thoughts changed in the two days time and I decided to face it once for all. I did not want to waste the golden opportunity of my life time.

Were you confident of your answer?
Well, I had read it somewhere and felt like I knew the answer. Hence, I asked Puneet to lock the answer. I took 15 minutes to answer the question.

Hussain Basha

What did Puneet say after winning Rs 1 crore?
He was very happy and told me that he wanted at least one person to win a crore in the second season. I fulfilled his wishes and he praised me for the same.

Hussain Basha At Oneindia

You seem to be familiar with Bhagavad Gita...
Siddaganga school had a great influence on me. As I studied there for three years, I got to learn about the Hindu dharma and it helped me to study some Sanskrit shlokas.

Hussain Basha At Oneindia

What would you like to do with the winning amount?
I would like to clear all my family debts at the first place. But I have not planned yet apart from clearing my loans. I just want to continue my education and give the same to my sisters. I would like to help them to achieve their goals.

Hussain Basha At Oneindia

What is your goal in life?
I want to study IAS. As my financial condition is good now, I would like to take a break from small jobs and concentrate only on my studies.

Hussain Basha At Oneindia

Your last word...
People in my region hardly give importance to education. Children are wooed to take up agriculture as it is the prime occupation of the people in my place. Now, looking at me, they could give importance to education.

Topics: kannadada kotyadhipati, puneet rajkumar, suvarna tv, prakash upadhyaya
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Story first published:  Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 16:17 [IST]
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