Deviyon Aur Sajjano, 14-Yr-Old KBC Junior Winner is Now a Superintendent of Police


Deviyon Aur Sajjano, 14-Yr-Old KBC Junior Winner is Now a Superintendent of Police

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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.

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.

Nineteen years on, the country is yet again celebrating his achievement.

It’s truly a one-of-its kind success story.

And police officers throughout the country are taking notice.

The IPS Association simply couldn’t hide its delight.

Saini cracked KBC with ease, let’s hope he overcomes the law-and-order challenge that the lockdown poses as smoothly.