Rare Photos: Happy Birthday to Jeetendra


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Jeetendra (born Ravi Kapoor on 7 April 1942) is an Indian actor, TV 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.

Jeetendra was born Ravi Kapoor in Amritsar, Punjab to Amarnath and Krishna Kapoor whose business dealt with imitation jewellery. 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”.

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. He was also a judge with Hema Malini of a competition called Dancing Queen.

In her authorized biography, Hema Malini claimed that they almost got married, but she backed out.He married his childhood sweetheart, Shobha Kapoor. Their daughter, Ekta Kapoor, runs Balaji Telefilms and their son Tusshar Kapoor is also an actor. 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.

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