By Arré Bench May. 29, 2020
In 2001, Ravi Mohan Saini won KBC Junior. He was 14 then. Now almost two decades later, he is an IPS officer, recently appointed the SP of Porbandar in Gujarat.
There has probably been no other show on Indian television in the past decade like Kaun Banega Crorepati that often has us rooting for contestants episode after episode. A contestant’s loss or win often feels personal. Now, 33-year-old Dr Ravi Mohan Saini brings us a follow-up story that transcends his small- screen victory.
In 2001, the game show introduced a special format for children called KBC Junior. Saini, who was 14 back then, managed to answer all 15 questions with ease and bagged the whopping prize of ₹1 crore. Almost two decades later, Saini, an IPS officer, has taken on the role of Superintendent of Police in Porbandar.
Ravi Saini, son of a submariner in the Indian Navy, won a crore on Junior KBC, in 2000/1. Best wishes to him in his newest assignment as a public servant
Ahmedabad: 14-yr-old winner of KBC is now Porbandar SP | Cities News,The Indian Express
— Siddhartha Basu (@babubasu) May 28, 2020
Saini went on to complete his schooling at Naval Public School in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. A native of Alwar, Rajasthan, he was only a Class 10 student when he participated in KBC Junior.
After his stunning win, Saini diverted all his attention to books and went on to pursue an MBBS degree from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Jaipur. In 2014, a dedicated Saini cleared his UPSC exam, securing an all-India rank of 461, to become an IPS officer and was posted in Gujarat. “My father was in [the] navy and I joined the police force after being inspired by him,” Saini told The Indian Express. He was serving as a Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone 1 in Rajkot before he was given charge as the SP of Porbandar.
From receiving ₹1 crore as winner of KBC Junior 2001 from @SrBachchan to joining the #IPS, Ravi Mohan Saini has been a super performer all the way. Welcome to the Indian Police Service & best of luck in the duty of the nation.https://t.co/GVvUoIYr1x
— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) November 23, 2017
Nineteen years on, the country is yet again celebrating his achievement.
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) May 29, 2020
It’s truly a one-of-its kind success story.
— Rakesh Khar (@rakeshkhar) May 29, 2020
And police officers throughout the country are taking notice.
“Aim high! The future you see, is the person you will be”
From 2001 @KBCsony‘s winner to taking charge as Porbandar SP, Dr Ravi Mohan Saini is the best example of above quote.
— Dipanshu Kabra (@ipskabra) May 28, 2020
The IPS Association simply couldn’t hide its delight.
Made a fortune in KBC at 14, now on duty at Porbandar to fight #Covid19
‘Lock kiya jaaye’ – iconic question asked to him by @SrBachchan on KBC Junior, is exactly the instruction of now an IPS Ravi Mohan Saini to Porbandar, all set to ensure compliance to #lockdown as city’s SP. https://t.co/H4WxUZEE7m pic.twitter.com/uOKH24zJ2J
— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) May 29, 2020
Saini cracked KBC with ease, let’s hope he overcomes the law-and-order challenge that the lockdown poses as smoothly.