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Jeetendra 2012 ekta birthday.jpg
Jeetendra in 2012
Born Ravi Kapoor
(1942-04-07) 7 April 1942 (age 73)
Amritsar, Punjab, India)
Other names Jumping Jack
Occupation Actor
Chairman - Balaji Telefilms
Spouse(s) Shobha Kapoor
Children Ekta Kapoor
Tusshar Kapoor

Jeetendra (born Ravi Kapoor on 7 April 1942)[1] is an Indian actor, T.V and film producer as chairman of the Balaji Telefilms, Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment. Famous for his dancing, he was awarded a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Early life[edit]

Jeetendra was born Ravi Kapoor in Amritsar, Punjab to Amarnath and Krishna Kapoor whose business dealt with imitation jewellery.[citation needed] He attended St.Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, with his friend Rajesh Khanna and then studied at Siddharth College. While supplying jewellery to V. Shantaram, he was cast as Sandhya's character's double in the 1959 movie "Navrang".[citation needed]


The actor along with the actors of the film at the trailer launch of Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!

Jeetendra's active acting career spanned the 1960s to the 1990s. Jeetendra was frequently paired with Sridevi or Jaya Prada for remakes of South Indian films by Rama Rao Tatineni, K. Bapayya and K. Raghavendra Rao; these included Sanjog, Aulad, Majaal, Justice Chaudhry (1982), Mawaali (1983), Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dushman (1979) and Tohfa (1984). He also did many remakes in Hindi of Krishna's Telugu movies and had very close association with him. Besides these south Indian remakes, there was a subdued side of Jeetendra whenever he'd worked with the writer/lyricist Gulzar in films like Parichay, Kinara and Khushboo that had several beautifully penned songs like O Majhi Re, Musafir Hoon Yaaron and Naam Gum Jaayega, composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar.

Besides his frequent pairings with Sridevi and Jaya Prada during the '80s, Jeetendra's popular co-stars were Reena Roy, Neetu Singh, Hema Malini, Sulakshana Pandit, Bindiya Goswami, Moushumi Chatterjee, and Rekha.

On Television, he appeared in the TV serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in the role of an old man. He was one of the judges of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Indian Dance Series), an Indian dance competition on Sony Entertainment Television.[citation needed] He was also a judge with Hema Malini of a competition called Dancing Queen.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In her authorized biography, Hema Malini claimed that they almost got married, but she backed out.[2] He married his childhood sweetheart, Shobha Kapoor. Their daughter, Ekta Kapoor, runs Balaji Telefilms and their son Tusshar Kapoor is also an actor.[3] Jeetendra made a brief appearance in one of his daughter's produced films Kucch To Hai, a thriller movie released in 2002, where he appeared alongside his son Tusshar.

Awards, honours and recognitions[edit]


Main article: Jeetendra filmography


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