Who wants to be (almost)
a crorepati in Afghanistan
Oct 20 (IANS) "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", the
popular British television gameshow that spawned "Kaun
Banega Crorepati", is to have a version in Afghanistan
- the world's fifth poorest country.
the top prize of a million Afghanis in this South Asian nation
will be the equivalent of $21,000.
is the 107th country to be lured by the quiz show's promise
of instant riches since its launch in Britain in 1998.
Louwerse, managing director of 2waytraffic, the company that
owns the rights to 'Millionaire', said $21,000 was a Уlife
changingФ amount of money in Afghanistan.
deal is said to be the first time that a global entertainment
format has been legitimately sold in the country since the
fall of the Taliban in 2001.
television executives visited studios in Europe. Shams Prods,
a Kabul-based production company, will begin filming 52 hour-long
episodes in November, 2waytraffic said.
will travel and travel and it's still ground-breaking. There
are still territories in Asia and South America where the
format would work well,Ф Louwerse said.
is ranked 174th out of 178 countries in terms of poverty -
ahead of only Burkina Faso, Mali, Sierra Leone and Niger in
sub Saharan Africa.
to the country's second National Human Development Report
released last year, Afghanistan has slipped a place in the
poverty league since 2004 and average life expectancy dropped
from 44.5 to 43.1 years from 2003 to 2005.