Who is Jitesh Singh Deo? And why is everyone talking about him?
For those of you who don’t know, Jitesh Singh Deo is Mr India World 2017. And Unlike Anil Kapoor’s character from the 1987 film, this Mr India is not going out of sight anytime soon.
On December 14, 2017, Jitesh Singh Deo managed to bag this coveted title, and an opportunity to represent India in the Mr World competition in 2020, from a group of 16 finalists – all walking the ramp in an ensemble designed by ace designer Manish Malhotra, fashion director Nivedita Saboo and Peter England. At the contest judged by Bollywood heroine Kangana Ranaut, designer Manish Malhotra and tennis player Bhupathi, among others, Deo managed to surpass others after months of rigorous training.
Rohit Khandelwal, who was the winner of the contest last year, and acted as a mentor to this year’s contestants said: “It has been a wonderful journey. All the boys are winners in their own right. However, there can be only one winner. The winner is very deserving. I am looking forward to the prestigious Mr World representation and hope that we bring the crown home again.”
Of course, all those who made it to the finals are definitely praiseworthy of the title. But what set Jitesh Singh Deo apart?
Jitesh Singh Deo is a 22-year-old model and aspiring actor from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow. An alumnus of the City Montessori School and Indraprastha Engineering College, Jitesh Singh Deo, according to a report, loves to travel and swim, and lives by the motto: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
According to the representation’s official website, Jitesh Singh Deo also aspires to win an Oscar someday.
This attempt at the trophy was, in fact, not his first. Jitesh Singh Deo had earlier participated in the Mr India contest in 2015. Speaking to PTI after his victory, Jitesh Singh Deo said, “I did not anticipate it but I had some belief in myself. The power of belief motivates you always. I was speechless when my name was announced. I was blank.”
“Winning this trophy comes with a lot of responsibility. The competition (Mr World) is going to be tougher. Today, I am enjoying the moment but tomorrow onwards, a new journey will begin and I have to work hard,” Jitesh Singh Deo added.
Before his victory, Jitesh Singh Deo had said that if he wins the contest, he would take the opportunity to travel to “different parts of India and learn about the rich heritage and culture”.
The first runner-up was Abhi Khajuria from Chandigarh and the second Pavan Rao from Mumbai. Prathamesh Maulingkar, a model and entrepreneur from Goa, won the Mr India world 2017 title.