Jeetendra, popularly known as the ‘Jumping Jack’ of Bollywood, celebrates his 74th birthday today. A year shy of completing 3/4th of a century, this yesteryear superstar has lived a very simple life, and has enjoyed the best of all the worlds – with his stardom, happy family life, and now a part in the construction business along with Hiranandani. He has always spent his birthdays quietly with his family and friends. He once said that his life isn’t worth writing a biography on because it lacks the masala. But sometimes, wouldn’t you want to know more about a person who has lived a seemingly normal life, which is in its own way an ideal one?
He may have been the stepping stone for his children’s careers but he didn’t have one himself when he started. His first movie was Navrang in the year 1959 and since then, he has acted in over 200 movies, a feat which only a handful can compete with.
In her official biography, Hema Malini mentioned that she almost got married to Jeetendra. The marriage didn’t happen and Jeetendra married his childhood friend Shobha Kapoor. Jeetendra has always been very family-oriented and chose to spend more time with them when he retired from movies.
His dancing style
Jeetendra, during his career as an actor, was also applauded for his prowess as a dancer. His unique dancing style is what gave him the title of ‘Jumping Jack’. He is also an inspiration for a lot of actors today.
It is a well-known fact that the audience loved Jeetendra as an actor and gave him much appreciation. But unfortunately, he didn’t win any awards during his extensive career. On his retirement, he won multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards, from Filmfare to the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Jeetendra has managed to retain his friends from the film industry throughout his career and much after that. His friends include Rakesh Roshan, Rishi Kapoor and Prem Chopra, who he spends many of his evenings with (friendship goals, aren’t they?).
(Pssst…Did you know Jeetendra and Rajesh Khanna studied in the same school and were classmates. That school produced some legends!)
On his 74th birthday, we wish him a very happy life.