For housewife cum tuition teacher
Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney, knowledge is the key to success and it was rightly proved in her case as she won Rs five crore on the
popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Sawhney, a housewife that gave tuitions to young children
in suburban Mumbai to add to the family income, is the first
woman to become winner of Rs five crore on the sixth edition
of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).
"My parents wanted me to study further but considering
my grandfather's poor health and his wish to see me getting
married I couldn't study more. After marriage I got caught up
in household chores and responsibilities," Sawhney, who has
studied till class XII, told PTI here.
"It was when I underwent a surgery that I took a
decision of taking tuitions at home. I truly believe that
knowledge is the key to success. It is not about how much
qualified one is, even by keeping yourself updated with the
current affairs one can become knowledgeable," she said.
Though she could not get the opportunity to study more,
Sawhney says she will ensure that her two daughters get the
best possible education.
"I want my daughters to study as much as they can. My
elder daughter is studying BMS and has keen interest towards
direction. The younger one wants to become an IAS officer,"
Sunmeet's husband Manmeet is a small time actor who has
appeared in about 150 commercials and Ram Gopal Varma's
The 37-year-old woman had not dreamt that she would win
Rs five crore on KBC show.
"In every season of KBC, I used to call at least 4-5
times but I never got the opportunity to be on the show. This
time luck was on my side as only in one call I got selected,
applied for written test, came on the hot seat and finally won
Rs five crore," Sawhney said.
Sawhney has not decided yet how she would spend the
winning amount. "All I know is that I would definitely do some
charity work," she said.
The show featuring Sunmeet winning the game show will be
aired on January 12.