Sushil Kumar’s life took a turn for the worse after winning Rs 5 crore on KBC

Sushil Kumar’s life took a turn for the worse after winning Rs 5 crore on KBC
Written by Sana Farzin | Mumbai |

September 15, 2020 at 10:56:15

Sushil KumarAfter winning KBC in 2011, Sushil Kumar participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2012. (Photo: Express Archive, Sushil Kumar / Facebook)

Sushil Kumar made history by becoming the first contestant to take Rs 5 crore from Amitabh Bachchan-host Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2011. The winner of season five wanted to become an IAS officer of Bihar. However, after failing to invest his prize money wisely, Kumar is now struggling in his life. In a long Facebook post written in Hindi, he called the latter phase of the KBC victory the worst in his life.

Kumar started the post by sharing how 2015-2016 was the most challenging time for him. He said that he does not know how to handle new development in his life. Kumar shared, “I became a local celebrity and was invited to many events across Bihar for 10–15 days every month. Because of that, my education took a back seat. Also, I used to take the media very seriously then. And whenever they call me, to avoid making me unemployed, I started investing in various businesses. “

Sushil Kumar said that most of these enterprises closed down and lost a lot of money. He also shared that after KBC’s win, he became obsessed with charity and would donate close to Rs 50,000 every month. However, many people misused his philanthropy and paid him a lot of money. Kumar revealed that his relationship with his wife also started to get tense, as he felt that he had lost the sense of right and wrong.

The KBC 5 winner further stated that he found a way to get regular income during this period. Along with a friend, he rented some cars in Delhi. Due to this, he started regularly visiting the capital city. “During this time, I met groups of some students and became aware of new ideas and beliefs. I would feel like a frog in a well, because I had no knowledge of many things. He added that he soon became addicted to smoking and alcohol as the group often consumed it during their meetings.

Changing these media students also made Sushil Kumar interested in filmmaking. He shared that he would spend his entire day at home watching movies. He wrote that once when he was watching Pyaasa, when his wife entered the room and reprimanded him for watching the same movie several times. He also asked her to go out of the room. As the two had not been talking for a month, Kumar stepped in for a walk, when he received a call from a journalist.

“When I spoke to the reporter, they asked me something that made me angry. And I told them that I had lost all my winning amount and bought two cows. Selling milk of cows is my way of living and earning. The news report spread like wildfire, ”he shared. After that, connecting him, people stopped calling him for events, and others stayed away from him.

After another major fight with his wife that almost reached the point of divorce, Sushil Kumar shared that he moved to Mumbai with a new identity to become a film producer. Since he did not have much technical knowledge, a producer suggested him to start working on TV serials. Kumar wrote that he started working with a popular TV production; However, he soon became restless.

“After spending six months alone in the city, I realized that I had not come to Mumbai to be a filmmaker. I was running away from my problems. I realized that happiness is when you follow your heart. I came back home and started preparing for a teaching course, which I also cracked. I am also involved in a lot of environmental work that gives me peace. I drank alcohol in 2016 and quit smoking last year as well. Now I feel that each day is like a celebration for me, ”noted the Motihari resident.

Signing as the ‘KBC 5 winner’, Sushil Kumar ended the note by saying that it is important to have fewer requirements in life and work towards fulfilling it.

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