30 November 1978
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Spouse(s)||Mohona Ratlani (2011–present)|
Jeet (born Jeetendra Madnani on 30 November 1978) is a Bengali film actor, producer and television presenter from Kolkata,India. Jeet began his acting career in 2002 with the film Saathi directed by Haranath Chakraborty, where he played the lead role for which he received the BFJA - Most Promising Actor Award for his performance. Followed by films Champion (2003), Naater Guru (2003), Shongee (2003), Premi (2004), Bondhon (2004), Juddho (2005), Hero (2006), Neel Akaser Chadni (2009) , Wanted (2010), Josh (2010), Dui Prithibi (2010), Fighter (2011), Shotru (2011), 100% Love (2012), Awara (2012), Deewana (2013), Boss (2013), Game (2014), Bachchan (2014), he had established himself as one of the leading heroes of Tollywood.
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.
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. 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. The first film was with 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. His second film in the year was with debutant Koel Millick, named, Naater Guru. 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 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. However, Jeet was not a newbee to ads. In 2012 he became a successful producer with his Blockbuster hit movie named 100% Love. His second film in 2012 was Awara, which has broken all the records in the history of Bengali cinema. His next project was Boss with Subhasree Ganguly which was a remake of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu's blockbuster movie Businessman and was released in 2013. The film was directed by Baba Yadav under the banner of Reliance Entertainment and declared Super hit at box office along with highest opener film in Tollywood film industry. He acted with Abir Chatterjee and Shraddha Das in Neeraj Pandey's The Royal Bengal Tiger and Baba Yadav's Game. His next Film was Bachchan, opposite to Aindrita Ray, which released on 3 October 2014. His upcoming projects is with Prosenjit Chatterjee and Nusrat Jahan under Reliance Entertainment, Grassroot Entertainment.
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|Name of the film||Banner|
|Name of the show||Notes||Channel|
|Star of Bengal||Host||Zee Bangla|
|Koti Takar Baaji||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
|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|
|2008||Anandalok Awards||Krishnakanter Will||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2013||Tele Cine Awards||Deewana||Best Actor/Performance in a Leading Role||Won|
|2013||Tele Cine Awards||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|