In a heartwarming episode of the famous television show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), which aired on October 11, 2023, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan made a special mention of Arunodai Sharma on his 81st birthday. Arunodai Sharma, an 11-year-old wonder kid, has become a household name and a symbol of Himachali pride for his remarkable achievements and his recent encounter with the Bollywood icon.

KBC Star Arunodai Sharma
11-Year-Old KBC Star Arunodai Sharma: A Heartfelt Salute from Amitabh Bachchan

Early Beginnings

Arunodai Sharma, a native of the serene village of Bagi in Tehsil Kotkhai, District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, demonstrated his exceptional intellect and passion for knowledge early in life. His journey to KBC began as he embarked on a quest for exploration, driven by his inquisitiveness and a deep love for the iconic quiz show.

A special mention of Arunodai Sharma on his 81st birthday

Rising to the Challenge

Arunodai’s path to KBC was marked by hard-fought battles. After successfully clearing three elimination rounds, including a ground audition, Arunodai emerged as one of the top 30 contestants. These 30 young minds eventually participated in the Student’s Special Week, where they had to prove their mettle.

A Remarkable Journey (KBC Star Arunodai Sharma)

Arunodai’s journey from the “fastest finger chair” to the coveted hot seat was not without its challenges. In the final stage, he had to compete against four other children to secure his spot. With unwavering determination and grace under pressure, Arunodai clinched his place in the hot seat.

The KBC Triumph

Arunodai Sharma’s presence on KBC left an indelible mark. His wisdom, maturity, and quick wit were on full display as he navigated the quiz show. Arunodai walked away with an impressive prize of ₹12,50,000. Amitabh Bachchan was deeply impressed by Arunodai’s spontaneity and simplicity, leading the legendary actor to shower him with praise on his personal blog and social media platforms.

A Showcase of Himachali Culture

Arunodai Sharma, the young Himachali ambassador, brought a taste of Himachal Pradesh’s rich culture to the KBC stage. He even had the legendary Amitabh Bachchan dancing to the Himachali folk dance, ‘nati.’ Arunodai proudly donned a Himachali cap during the show, earning him the affectionate title of “Sunder Topidhari” from Amitabh Bachchan. His performance served as a cultural ambassadorship for Himachal Pradesh on a grand scale.

Recognition and Awards

Arunodai Sharma’s achievements extend beyond KBC. He received several prestigious awards, including the ‘Sulabh International Sanitation and Human Rights Prize for Excellence’ from Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak in Delhi on March 5, 2022. He was also honored with the ‘Divya Himachal Media Group Prize for Excellence’ by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, on April 12, 2022, in Kangra.

Arunodai’s exceptional talents were further acknowledged as he received the ‘Prize of Excellence’ from the PHD Chamber of Commerce during its 11th National Conference on Heritage Tourism in Shimla on April 20, presented by H.E. the Governor, Rajender Nath Arlekar. Arunodai Sharma’s journey from a small village in Himachal Pradesh to the national stage is nothing short of remarkable. His achievements continue to inspire young minds, and his charming presence on KBC has forever etched him into the hearts of millions, with special blessings from the legendary Amitabh Bachchan himself.

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