Sushil Kumar
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Government clerk Sushil Kumar’s life imitated art (Slumdog Millionaire specifically) when he became the first person to win $1 million on India’s Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, reports the AP. Amitabh Bachchan, Indian movie legend and the host of Millionaire, told Kumar, “You have created history. Your grit and determination has made you come so far in this show.”

Kumar couldn’t afford a TV to watch Millionaire but visited friends’ home and wowed them as he answered one question after another. At their encouragement, he took his first plane ride to Tuesday’s taping in Mumbai. Earning $120 a month in government work, which he supplemented with a tutoring gig, Kumar would have been perfectly happy to get a few questions right. Instead, he went for the gusto and used his final lifeline to take home the show’s highest prize. He plans to use his windfall to pay for a prep course so he can secure a job in the Indian civil service, help his family members financially, build a library for the children of his hometown, Motihari, and buy a new home — and, presumably, a TV to watch his favorite show. His winning episode will air next week.

Doesn’t news like this put a smile on your face, PopWatchers? What else do you think Kumar should do with his winnings?

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