STAFF REPORTER | Thimphu
A Bhutanese reality game show, Saya Dakpo, ‘The Bhutanese Millionaire’ is on the cards to test knowledge of the participants and also entertain the public.
A game similar to that of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants to be a Millionaire) played in India, the organizers are planning to break the common trend in Bhutanese reality TV shows.
Bhutan’s first-ever quiz reality show will be hosted on Samuh OTT platform in collaboration with Bhutan National Bank Limited (BNBL) and is set to begin by April this year.
The show is owned and designed by Samuh Mediatech and made available to the general public through Bhutan National Bank Limited’s (BNBL) mobile banking application MPay.
Samuh and BNBL, cosponsored by Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW) and the healthcare partner MOIT is organizing the show. It will give Bhutanese audiences something new and a reality show experience that has never been attempted before in Bhutan.
Powered by BNBL, MPay reality shows have been gaining a lot of popularity in Bhutan. However, the current shows only feature music and dance which caters to a niche audience.
Players can test their knowledge and use the Wheel of Luck, which has eight lucky signs, to become the first-ever Saya Dakpo of Bhutan. This unique combination of knowledge and luck will surely provide an engaging experience for viewers of all ages.
Interested participants can register with the MPay app by paying Nu 100 as registration fee. 100 lucky registered participants will be shortlisted for a chance to participate in the game show.
With a similar registration process in the audience game, one lucky person will be awarded Nu 20,000 weekly after successful submission. The participants will have to pay a registration fee Nu 25.
“Saya Dakpo – The Bhutanese Millionaire,” is designed to test the knowledge and luck of contestants. The show includes eight levels of 15 questions with a grand prize of Nu 1,000,000 making it the first of its kind in Bhutan.
With a knowledge-based quiz format, presented in both Dzongkha and English, the show will be for a duration of three months with 24 episodes.
Samuh, the concept designer of the show, has collaborated with Bhutan BNBL as the main show partner. All show registration and Saya Dakpo audience games are integrated exclusively on BNBL Mpay, which is an added convenience for all participants.
Saya Dakpo, Bhutan’s version of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ was launched in Thimphu on 3 March. The host of the show will be senior actor Gyem Dorji.