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Jeetendra

Date of birth : 1942-04-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Amritsar, Punjab, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-19

Jeetendra is an Indian actor and television producer.

He was born Ravi Kapoor in Amritsar, Punjab in 1943 to Amarnath and Krishna Kapoor. His family was Punjabi. Ravi Kapoor was born in a business family that dealt with imitation jewellery. While supplying jewellery to V. Shantaram, he was cast as Sandhya's double in the 1959 movie "Navrang."

He started in Bollywood in the late 1950s when filmmaker V. Shantaram gave him a chance as actress Sandhya's double in Navrang (1959), but got his first big break when Shantaram cast him as hero in Sehra in 1963 & then in Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964). Since then, he has appeared in almost 200 films. Jeetendra came into the spotlight in 1967 with Ravikant Nagaich's Farz, which went on to become a golden jubilee success. The tee shirt and white shoes he picked up from a retail store for the "Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq" number in Farz (sung by legendary Singer Mohd Rafi) became his trademark. His vigorous dancing in films like Farz, and Banphool won him the epithet of the Jumping Jackflash.

In the 1980s, Jitendra was frequently paired up with Sridevi or Jayapradha for remakes of South Indian potboilers courtesy of Rama Rao Tatineni, K. Bapayya and K. Raghavendra Rao; some of these films were produced by Padmalaya Productions. Featuring elaborate sequences with colorful clay pots, dozens of extras, electronic music by Bappi Lahiri, and lyrics by Indeewar, movies like Justice Chaudhry (1982), Mawaali (1983), Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dushman, and Tohfa (1984) were huge hits despite low critical acclaim. He recently made an appearance in a popular TV serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as an old man. He was a judge of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, an Indian dance competition on Sony Entertainment Television.

Born in Amritsar Punjab, India. There he was friends with Rajesh Khanna who was also born in Amritsar. Their mothers attended Kirtan at same place. Jeetendra spent his childhood in Girgaum, Mumbai. He used to live in Ramachandra Building in a middle class locality. He still cherishes his memories there and visits the place during Ganapati festival every year. In her authorized biography, Hema Malini claimed that they almost got married, but she backed out. He then married his childhood sweetheart Shobha Kapoor, and has a son who is also an actor, Tusshar Kapoor and a daughter, Ekta Kapoor, who runs Balaji Telefilms. They producee popular TV serials in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. They have also produced five Bollywood films, two of which have Tusshar in the leading role. Jeetendra made a brief appearance in one of his daughter's produced films Kucch To Hai (2002) where he appeared alongside his son Tusshar.

Selected Filmography:

1959 - Navrang
1964 - Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne
1967 - Farz
1968 - Suhaag raat
1969 - Jigri Dost, Mere hazoor, Jeene Ki Raah, Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke
1970 - Humjoli, Khilona, Caravan
1972 - Parichay
1974 - Bidaai
1975 - Khushboo
1976 - Nagin
1977 - Dharam Veer
1978 - Badalte Rishtey, Swarg Narak
1979 - Jaani Dushman
1980 - The Burning Train
1982 - Justice Chaudhry
1983 - Mawaali, Himmatwala
1984 - Tohfa
1986 - Dosti Dushmani
1988 - Tamacha
1990 - Zahreelay
1992 - Dil Aashna Hai
1992 - Maa
1995 - Zamana Deewana
1996 - Dushman Duniya Ka
1999 - Mother
2003 - Kucch To Hai
2007 - Om Shanti Om (Special Appearance)


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