The finale episode of KBC 11 saw Big B welcoming the Chairperson of Infosys Foundation and Padmashree Sudha Murty by mentioning some of her great achievements.
Big B asked her how he should address her. She told him to call her Sudha Ji. The Bollywood megastar praised her for managing so many different roles in her life with ease. She credited her staff and people for it. She shared her values time more than money.
Big B asked her to elaborate on the incident when she gave her husband Rs 10,000 and three years to build Infosys. She revealed her mom had said she should save money without her husband’s knowledge, so they have something in times of crisis. But her husband convinced her he wanted to start a company. Hence, she gave him the money she had saved.
She was then questioned about the postcard she sent to JRD Tata. That’s when Sudha Murty revealed that in 1976 she was given the scholarship to go to America while she was in her last year of M.tech. Around the same time, she came across a vacancy in Tata telco where it was written that ladies may not apply.
This got her upset and she wrote a postcard addressed to JRD Tata Telco, Mumbai, not knowing if it would reach him. But contrary to her expectations, it did and she was called for an interview. She got the job.
But just after that, she took a train back to her hometown, Hubballi in Karnataka. She told her father about the job offer and also announced she was keen on taking up the scholarship. Her father advised her to take up the job if her agenda was to fight for the equality of women. She, hence, became the first woman to be appointed in a Telco.
During the course of the game, she also shared that she moved from working at the Telco to help her husband in building Infosys in Pune. She met JRD Tata on her last day who told her when she becomes rich, she must give back to society.
Sudha Murty also called herself a low maintenance wife, who enjoyed doing social work.
They began playing the game. She crossed the first ‘padav’ with ease. A video was shown in her life, where she shared she spent the first 25 years of her life studying, and the next 20 building Infosys with her husband Mr. Narayan Murthy. She then decided to focus on giving back to society. The work they have done to uplift women in villages was spoken about. Sudha Murty shared that the objective of god’s giving her money is ‘Samaj Sewa’. Big B was all praise for her.
Big B asked Sudha Murty about the story behind her book ‘Teen Hazaar Kaante’. She talked about solving Devdaasi problems in villages and how she has helped empower those women. With all the work she wanted to do in villages, she was advised by her father to be like the people she wanted to help.
When she was asked a question related to Bollywood, Sudha Murty happily confessed she loves cinema and has watched Mughal-E-Azam 4 times.
She was the first woman engineer of her batch in Hubballi, Karnataka. She told Big B the three conditions that were placed by the Principal before she could join. What perturbed her during her course was the fact that there was no toilet for women. After becoming the chairperson of Infosys Foundation, she got 16,000 toilets built. She shared how she looks after girls in the village and inspires them to work in her company, not as a housekeeper but software engineer.
Sudha ji’s sisters told Mr. Bachchan she was quite unafraid while growing up. She beat a man with her umbrella when he tried to snatch her chain and got a bob cut in Mumbai which caused a stir in their hometown. Big B confessed he likes women with long hair and doesn’t like it when his wife or granddaughter gets a hair cut.
Ms. Murty played the second ‘padav’ with full confidence. She talked about the books she has written and how her mother instilled the practice of writing in her. They continued the game. She won Rs 1,60,000 by answering a question on Beatles.
Ms. Murty answered the next question also with ease and earned Rs 3,20,000. She is called supportive and bubbly by her husband. She tells that the reason of longevity in their marriage is understanding. She shared her first meeting with her husband. His intelligence is what attracted her the most. She learned the creation of a job is the most important thing from her husband.
They played the 11th question for Rs 6,40,000. Sudha Murty took the help of the audience to answer the question. She consecutively took 50:50 for the next question as well and won Rs 12,50,000.
For the next question, Sudha Murty used ‘Flip the question’ and ‘Ask the expert’. She eventually managed to win Rs 25,00,000.
(With inputs from timesofindia)