Jeet (actor)

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Born Jeetendra Madnani
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Height 5'10" [1]
Spouse(s) Mohona Ratlani (2011–present)
Children Navanya(daughter,2013) [2]

Jeet (born Jeetendra Madnani) is a Bengali film actor, producer and television presenter from Kolkata,India.

Jeet began his acting career with the lead role in Saathi directed by Haranath Chakraborty and released in the year 2002. The film not only met with good critical response and box office success but also helped Jeet in receiving the BFJA - Most Promising Actor Award. Followed by films Champion (2003), Naater Guru (2003), Shongee (2003), Premi (2004), Bondhon (2004), Juddho (2005), Hero (2006), Neel Akasher Chadni , Wanted (2010), Josh (2010), Dui Prithibi (2010), Fighter (2011), Shotru (2011), 100% Love[3] (2012), Awara (2012), Deewana (2013), Boss (2013), Game (2014), Bachchan (2014), he had established himself as one of the leading heroes of Tollywood.

He is the recipient of many awards including two Anandalok Awards for Best Actor, two Tele Cine Awards and one Kalakar Awards.

Early life[edit]

Jeet was born in a Sindhi family. As a child he studied at Andhra association school in Shah Nagar Road Kolkata, St. Joseph & Mary's School, New Alipore later in National High School, Hazra Road and completed his graduation from the Bhawanipur Education Society College of the University of Calcutta. However, his academic life was interrupted soon after for joining his family business.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Jeet married Mohana Ratlani, a school teacher from Lucknow on 24 February 2011.[5][6] He became the father of a baby girl.


A relatively small budget ad of a regional brand of men's innerwear had Jeet in the lead. The ad still remains a remembered ad for its outrageous appeal during those days. That was in the mid-1990s. The ad showed him in a not-so-prevalent-then sexy macho masculine avatar, together with a raunchy female model on a bike


Jeet started with modelling assignments and then shifted to serials like Bishabriksha in 1994–95 directed by Bishnu Palchaudhuri in which he played Taracharan, Janani by Bishnu Palchaudhuri in which he played Anil and Daughters of the Century by Tapan Sinha in which he was cast in the roles of Champiya and Kadambini. In order to pursue a career in acting, Jeet left for Mumbai.

In a vacation back in Kolkata, he started meeting directors and producers. In the meanwhile, to pursue his acting, he became associated with an organization called the Prosenium Art Centre. It was at this time that he acted in two English dramas – 'Arms and the Man' and 'Man at the Floor'. Thereafter he left for Mumbai again. He started giving regular auditions over there.


While giving regular auditions in Mumbai he came to meet a producer from South India who cast him in the Telugu film Chandu, which was released in 2001. However, the film did not manage to garner him the kind of plaudits he needed to increase his acting cache in a dramatic manner. In October 2001 when he was back to Kolkata once again he suddenly he received a call from Haranath Chakraborty to come up and meet him at NT1 Studio. The shooting of Sathi commenced from 15 January 2002 and the film released on 14 June 2002. Jeet made a big splash on Bengali screen with the film, which had Priyanka Trivedi in the female lead role. The film created box office records. The youth of Bengal went crazy with the new avatar of a Bengali hero. Jeet's simple yet powerful acting appealed across masses. Jeet played the character of Bijoy, an aspiring singer, who sacrifices many things to make her love fulfill her dream. He bagged the Most Promising Actor and also won Anandalok Awards for Best Actor for his performance in the film. The film also won the Anandalok Awards for Best Film in the year 2003. Though initially he mainly played romantic characters, he soon expanded his acting skills and successfully transformed into an action hero. In 2003, Jeet acted opposite many debutant female heroines who later on became some of the leading heroines of the Tollywood . The first debutant heroine he acted with was Srabanti Chatterjee in the film Champion. Champion was a high critically and commercially success. Jeet's comic timing and acting was praised by the audiences and critics. He again collaborated with Haranath Chakraborty for Naater Guru, which had debutant Koel Mullick, in the female lead. Based on Samaresh Basu's popular novel of the same name, the film proved to be a critical and commercial success at the box office. The film also starred Ranjit Mullick (father of Koel Mullick), Moushumi Chatterjee and Kanchan Mullick. Jeet again acted with Priyanka Trivedi in the hit film Sangee, which got released on 14 June 2003. In 2004, his first film was with Raima Sen, named Shakti. His other films of the year include Premi; opposite debutant Chandana Sharma; Mastan, Aakrosh, and Bandhan, while the former films have flopped or have done average at the Box Office, the later-Bandhan, opposite Koel Mullick became the Highest Grossing Bengali film film of 2004.


Mithun Chakraborty (right), Koel Mullick (centre) and Jeet (left) celebrate Yuddha's success at a city hotel.

In 2005, his successful film was Yuddha which had Mithun Chakraborty, Koel Mullick and Deboshree Roy in other prominent roles. The film made on a budget of 2 crore (including print and publicity), recorded an unprecedented initial of Rs 1.2 crore in the first week.Yuddha ran to 90 per cent occupancy at Mitra Cinema Hall, while Prachi Cinema Theater and Bharati Cinema Hall recorded 100 per cent collections [7] In 2005, Jeet collaborated with Koel Mullick for the two times in Shubhodrishti, directed by Prabhat Roy and Manik, also directed by Prabhat Roy. Jeet won the Anandalok Awards for Best Actor for Manik. He did a special appearance in the Mithun Chakraborty-Chiranjeet starrer Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai. Jeet again acted with Koel Mullick in two consecutive films-Ghatak and Hero, which were again hit at the box office. He played the role of Govindlal, in Raja Sen's directional venture, Pitribhumi which starred Swastika Mukherjee and Monali Thakur as female leads. His next film was with Hrishita Bhatt, titledBidhatar Lekha, which starred Priyanshu Chatterjee as the main antagonist. The film explores two lovers and their relationship in their last life that had come to a tragic end, and the pair confronts each other again in the current incarnation. He again collaborated with Swastika Mukherjee for the film Partner in 2008. Jeet collaborated with for Jor which made on a budget Rs. 1.25 crore crossed seven weeks in theater and proved to be a hit in the box office.[8]


Jeet with producer Boney Kapoor at the music launch of Deewana

Jeet appeared with Koel Mullick in the films Saat Paake Bandha and Neel Akasher Chadni after a hiatus of 3 years (they appeared last in 2006). He starred in Dui Prithibi, which released on 14 October 2010. The film also marks the colloboration of two of the biggest stars of Bengali cinema, Jeet and Dev, for the first time in celluloid. The film released in an unprecedented 209 theatres across West Bengal on a Thursday during 'Saptami' of the 'Durga Puja'. It ran for 5 weeks in the city The film had its longest multiplex run of 4 weeks at 'Bioscope', Axis Mall in Rajarhat and Inox Burdwan. "Dui Prithibi" completed an extraordinary run of 50 weeks at the distant rural theatres of Basanti at Dantan and Haraparbati at Jhatipahari. "Dui Prithibi" was the highest grosser of 2010, according to a study conducted by FICCI & Deloitte.[9][10][11][12][13][14] In another isolated report in 'The Times of India' on 15.6.12, it was reported that the film was made on a budget of Rs.35 million and did 'tentative business' of Rs.40 million. Dui Prithibi fell short of delivering a 'superhit/blockbuster', but the collections were good enough to adjudge the film a 'hit' and a considerable success. After the success of Dui Prithibi, he starred with Srabanti Malakar in Fighter, the remake of Telugu film Lakshyam. Produced by Eskay Movies, the film became a hit venture at the box office. He paired opposite debutant Nusrat Jahan in Raj Chakraborty's action film Shotru, which was a remake of Tamil blockbuster film Singam. His role of a cop received him accolades. Roshni Mukherjee of The Times Of India told "Shatru" is a killer, all thanks to Dibakar Singha and his deadly fists that become super 'hot', what with fire running through them.[15] Jeet reappeared with Priyanka Trivedi on the silver screen with Hello Memsaheb.[16] Jeet portrayed the role of a foreign-returned corporate honcho Megh Chatterjee who dons the guise of Oriya domestic help, named Priyo, and picks up the nuances and tricks of the trade from his own help back home, to become the domestic help of his love Mita. In 2012 he became a successful producer with his Blockbuster hit movie named 100% Love, in which he acted opposite Koel Mullick. His second film in 2012 was Awara,[17] opposite Sayantika Banerjee which has broken all the records in the history of Bengali cinema. After the satisfying box office results of Awara, Jeet appeared as a lead role in his next gangster action film Boss with Subhasree Ganguly which was a remake of Mahesh Babu's Businessman and was released in 2013. The film was directed by Baba Yadav under the banner of Reliance Entertainment. Jeet got positive reviews for his performance of a rookie named Surya, who moves to the country's commercial capital to become a mafia don and fell in love with the Police Commissioner's daughter. Jaya Biswas of The Times of India told "Jeet looks slim and fit. He can dance, fight and emote as well. His performance — as a shrewd and confident guy, who couldn't care less about scruples in life — is worthy of mention."[18] But the film garnered negative to mixed reviews for its storyline but was declared Super hit at box office along with highest opener film in Tollywood film industry. The film became the highest biggest opener film, earning Rs.72.5 lakhs, in its opening day. The film had also beaten the first day box office collections of Khoka 420, which was Rs.70 lakhs.[19] Jeet won the Kalakar Awards for The King of Tollywood for the film. He was also nominated for Best Actor in the inaurgal ceremony of Filmfare Awards East.


Jeet acted in an extended special performance with Abir Chatterjee and Shraddha Das in Neeraj Pandey's debut Bengali production venture The Royal Bengal Tiger. Produced by Neeraj Pandey's Friday Filmworks and Jeet's Grassroot Entertainment and distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the film turned out to be a critical and commercial success. Jeet's performance of a suave and slightly dangerous Anjan who completely transforms the main protagonist in the film, received critical acclaim from the critics[20] He also acted in Baba Yadav's second directional venture Game in which he played the role of a officer of DIA working in the Indian Army.

In 2014, Jeet co-starred with Aindrita Ray (in her debut Bengali film) in the film Bachchan, which released on 3 October 2014, to positive response from critics as well as from audiences.[21]

Brand endorsements[edit]

He became the brand ambassador of Fashion at Big Bazaar (a unit of Future Group) on 18 September 2013.[22]In 2005, a special Durga Puja campaign of Thums Up launched Jeet as their brand ambassador in West Bengal. The ad was enormously popular in regional channels and remains one of the most loved Bengali ads to date.[23]


Main article: Jeet filmography

Playback singer[edit]

Name of the film Banner
Bachchan Reliance

Special appearances[edit]

Jeet have done some special appearances in Anup Sengupta's Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai and in Srijit Mukherji's Hemlock Society.

Television appearances[edit]

Name of the show Notes Channel
Star of Bengal Host Zee Bangla
Koti Takar Baaji[24] Host Star Jalsha
Dadagiri Unlimited To promote his film The Royal Bengal Tiger. Zee Bangla
Mirakkel To promote his film Bachchan Zee Bangla

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Category Result
2003 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Sathi Most Promising Actor Won
2003 Anandalok Awards Sathi Best Actor Won
2005 Anandalok Awards Manik Anandalok Award for Best Actor Won
2006 Anandalok Awards Priyotama Best Upcoming Star(Male) Nominated
2008 Anandalok Awards Krishnakanter Will Best Actor Nominated
2010 Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Awards Wanted Best Actor Nominated
2013 Tele Cine Awards[25] Deewana Best Actor/Performance in a Leading Role Won
2013 Tele Cine Awards[25] Deewana Best Jodi with Srabanti Malakar Won
2014 Filmfare Awards East Boss Best Actor Nominated
2014 Kalakar Awards Boss The King of Tollywood Award Won


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  3. ^ Shoma A. Chatterji (3 February 2012). "100% Love". The Indian Express. 
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  6. ^ "Marriages are made in heaven: Jeet". The Times of India. 
  7. ^ "The Telegraph – Calcutta : Metro". The Telegraph. Kolkota. 
  8. ^ http://www.telegraphindia .com/1080312/jsp/entertainment/story_9011073.jsp
  9. ^ "Alive & Kicking". "The Statesman". 23 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "The revival of Bangla film industry". "Economic Times". 30 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Special Report". "Golden Reel". 28 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Is There a new 'New Wave' in Bengali Cinema?". "Bengali Movies". 
  13. ^ "Film industry wants Mamata to focus right in revamp shot". The Indian Express. 19 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "A symphony of art Media & Entertainment in East India-Bengal". "Deloitte". Dec 2011. 
  15. ^ "Shatru Movie Review". The Times of India. 7 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hello Memsaheb (2011)-Bengali Movie Review «  Calcutta Tube". 
  17. ^ "Awara (2012)". 
  18. ^ "Boss Movie Review". The Times of India. 11 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Megha. "Jeet's Bengali Movie Boss Box Office Collection Beats Khoka 420 Record". Cinema News Online. 
  20. ^ "The Royal Bengal Tiger Movie Review". The Times of India. 2 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Full Biography Bengali Film Actor Jeet". Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Superstar Jeet is the new face of FBB". Future Group. Retrieved 18 Sep 2013. 
  23. ^ "Enter, box-office brandwagon- Door of product promotion opens up for cash-starved Tollywood". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 Aug 2006. 
  24. ^ "Jeet to host high-tech game show". The Times of India. 14 October 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "13th Tele Cine Awards 2013". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

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