Jeet (actor)

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Zeet (actor) portrait 2017.jpg
Jeet in 2017
Native name Jeetendra Madnani
  • Actor
  • model
  • singer
  • producer
Years active 2002–present
Notable work
Spouse(s) Mohona Ratlani (m. 2011)
Children 1
Awards BFJA-Most Promising Actor: Saathi (2003)

Jeet (born Jeetendra Madnani) is an Indian film actor, film producer and television presenter who predominantly works in Bengali cinema. He started as a model and then shifted to TV serials such as Bishabriksha, Janani and Daughters of the Century. He made his cinematic debut in Chandu a Telugu film. Then in 2002 he made his Bengali debut with Sathi.

Jeet's first success came in 2002, opposite Priyanka Trivedi, through Sathi, a highly successful romantic drama, directed by Haranath Chakraborty, for which he won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Most Promising Actor Award and Anandalok Awards for Best Actor. In the same year, he acted in the Bengali remake of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. This initial success was followed by other critical and commercial successes, including Nater Guru, Sangee, Bandhan and Yuddho. In 2005, he acted alongside Koel Mallick in Nater Guru, which released to critical and commercial success and fetched him his second Anandalok Award for Best Actor. This success was short-lived as Jeet starred in some commercial failures, including Saathihara, Priyotoma and Ghatak but this failure was short-lived as Jeet starred in Jor, which became a box office hit. 2010 proved to be a commercially successful year for Jeet as he starred in Wanted and Dui Prithibi (2010), both of which were critically and commercially successful ventures; the latter being the highest grosser of 2010, according to a study conducted by FICCI & Deloitte. In 2013, he appeared in the crime thriller Boss: Born to Rule, which was Jeet's first pan-India release. The film proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2013, grossing 6.75 crore (US$1.0 million)[1] and also earned him his first Filmfare Awards East nomination.

From 2014 to 2016, he has starred in many films, including four critically and commercially successful ventures - the psychological thriller The Royal Bengal Tiger, the comedy thriller Bachchan, the action comedy Badsha The Don and more recently the action drama Abhimaan.

In television, he appeared on several reality shows and also hosted some, including Koti Takar Baaji and Bigg Boss Bangla.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jeet was born into a Sindhi family.[3][4] Jeet had reportedly been in a relationship with his co-star Swastika Mukherjee during his shooting of the film Mastan.[5] Jeet subsequently married Mohana Ratlani, a school teacher from Lucknow, India, on 24 February 2011.[6] They became parents to a daughter on 12 Dec 2012.[7]



Jeet in one of his photoshoots during his initial days as a model

Jeet started with modelling assignments and then shifted to serials like Bishabriksha in 1994–95, directed by Bishnu Palchaudhuri, in which he played Taracharan; In 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.


Jeet collaborated with Haranath Chakraborty for Naater Guru, which had the debutante Koel Mallick in the female lead. He later acted with Priyanka Trivedi in the film Sangee, released on 14 June 2003. In 2004, his first film was with Raima Sen, named Shakti (2004 film). His other films of the year include Premi (opposite debutant Chandana Sharma), Mastan, Aakrosh, and Bandhan.


In 2005, he acted in Yuddho along with Mithun Chakraborty, Debashree Roy and Koel Mallick.[8] In 2005, Jeet collaborated with Koel Mallick in Shubhodrishti and Manik, both directed by Prabhat Roy. Jeet won the Anandalok Awards for Best Actor for Manik.

Jeet again acted with Koel Mallick in two consecutive films - Ghatak and Hero. He played the role of Govindlal in Raja Sen's directional venture Krishnakanter Will, which starred Swastika Mukherjee and Monali Thakur as female leads. His next film was with Hrishita Bhatt, titled Bidhatar 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 Barsa Priyadarshini 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.[9]


Jeet appeared with Koel Mallick in the films Saat Paake Bandha and Neel Akasher Chadni. He starred in Dui Prithibi, which was released on 14 October 2010. Dui Prithibi was the highest grosser of 2010, according to a study conducted by FICCI & Deloitte.[10][11][12][13][14]

Jeet next starred with Srabanti Chatterjee in Fighter, the remake of the Telugu film Lakshyam. He worked with Nusrat Jahan in Raj Chakraborty's action film Shotru, which was a remake of the Tamil film Singam. Roshni Mukherjee of The Times Of India gave the film a positive review.[15] Jeet reappeared with Priyanka Trivedi in Hello Memsaheb.[16] In 2012 he became a producer with the movie 100% Love, in which he also acted together with Koel Mallick. His second film in 2012 with Sayantika Banerjee was Awara, which was the highest-grossing film of the year 2012.[17] In 2013, he appeared in the gangster action film Boss with Subhasree Ganguly which was a remake of Mahesh Babu's Businessman. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, Jaya Biswas of The Times of India wrote that "Jeet [...] can dance, fight and emote as well."[18] Jeet won the Kalakar Awards for The King of Tollywood for the film. He was also nominated for Best Actor in the inaugural 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.[19] He also acted in Baba Yadav's second directional venture Game, in which he played the role of an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency (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.[20]

Other work[edit]

Brand endorsements[edit]

A relatively small budget ad of a regional brand of men's underwear had Jeet in the lead. He became the brand ambassador of Fashion at Big Bazaar (a unit of Future Group) on 18 September 2013.[21] In 2005, a special Durga Puja campaign of Thums Up launched Jeet as their brand ambassador in West Bengal.[22] Jeet launched the Times Food Guide 2012 in Kolkata.[23]

Sports ventures[edit]

Jeet was also the captain of the Bengal Tigers in the Celebrity Cricket League in the first few seasons.[24] Jeet had also acquired the Kolkata franchise of the first-ever multi-nation 2016 Premier Futsal season that started on July 15, 2016. The team is known as "Kolkata 5s" as each franchise was similarly named in the inaugural season.[25]

Television appearances[edit]

Name of the show Notes Channel
Star of Bengal Host Zee Bangla
Dance Bangla Dance To promote his film Shotru Zee Bangla
Koti Takar Baaji[26] Host Star Jalsha
Dadagiri Unlimited To promote his film The Royal Bengal Tiger. Zee Bangla
Mirakkel To promote his film Bachchan Zee Bangla
Mirakkel To promote his film Power Zee Bangla
Bigg Boss Bangla Host Colors Bangla

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film/Show 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) Won
2008 Anandalok Awards Krishnakanter Will Best Actor Won
2010 Zee Bangla Gourab Somman Awards Wanted Best Actor Won
2010 Anandalok Puraskar[27] Wanted Best Actor (Male) Nominated
2012 Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards Koti Takar Baaji Best Anchor Won
2013 Tele Cine Awards[28] Deewana Best Actor/Performance in a Leading Role Won
2013 Tele Cine Awards[28] 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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  2. ^ "Jeet to host Bigg Boss Bangla season 2?". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 Feb 2016. 
  3. ^ Filmy comeback
  4. ^ 'I am not an athlete with a number on my back, nor am I a telephone number'
  5. ^ "I want to gift Jeet a vase: Swastika". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 Feb 2011. 
  6. ^ "Marriages are made in heaven: Jeet". The Times of India. 
  7. ^ "Jeet's a father!". the Times of India. Retrieved 13 Dec 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Telegraph – Calcutta : Metro". The Telegraph. Kolkota. 
  9. ^ Tolly tally. Telegraph 12 March 2008
  10. ^ "Alive & Kicking". "The Statesman". 23 December 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "The revival of Bangla film industry". "Economic Times". 30 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Special Report". "Golden Reel". 28 January 2011. 
  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" (PDF). "Deloitte". Dec 2011. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Shatru Movie Review". The Times of India. 7 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hello Memsaheb (2011) - Bengali Movie Review". 12 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Awara (2012)". 
  18. ^ "Boss Movie Review". The Times of India. 11 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Royal Bengal Tiger Movie Review". The Times of India. 2 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Full Biography Bengali Film Actor Jeet". Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Superstar Jeet is the new face of FBB" (PDF). Future Group. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  22. ^ Reshmi Sengupta (18 August 2006). "Enter, box-office brandwagon- Door of product promotion opens up for cash-starved Tollywood". The Telegraph. 
  23. ^ "Times Food Guide 2012 launched in Kolkata". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012. 
  24. ^ "Kolkata's 'Bengal Tigers' to play in CCL II". Rediff. Retrieved 27 Nov 2011. 
  25. ^ "Bengali actor Jeet acquires Kolkata team of Premier Futsal league". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Jeet to host high-tech game show". The Times of India. 14 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "Anandalok Purashkar Nominations". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  28. ^ a b "13th Tele Cine Awards 2013". Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

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