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Jeetendra in February 2020
BornRavi Kapoor
(1942-04-07) 7 April 1942 (age 79)
Amritsar, Punjab, British India
(present-day Punjab, India)
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
  • Actor
  • Chairman of Balaji Telefilms
👩 Spouse(s)
Shobha Kapoor (m. 1974)
👶 ChildrenEkta Kapoor
Tusshar Kapoor

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 2006. He had done more than 80 remakes of various South Indian films especially of Telugu language. He is one of the most successful actors in the history of Bollywood.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jeetendra was born Ravi Kapoor in Amritsar, Punjab, to Amarnath and Krishna Kapoor, whose business dealt with imitation jewellery, supplied to film industry. He attended St. Sebastian's Goan High School in Girgaum, Mumbai[2] with his friend Rajesh Khanna and then studied at Siddharth College in Mumbai. While supplying jewellery to V. Shantaram, he was cast as Sandhya's character's double in the 1959 movie Navrang.[3]


Jeetendra's active acting career spanned the 1960s to the 1990s. Jeetendra got his first major break of his life with V. Shantaram's Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964). However, it was the film Farz (1967) that served as his stepping stone to success. The tee shirt and white shoes he picked up from a retail store for the Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq number in Farz, became his trademark. Farz was followed by films such as Caravan and Humjoli, in which Jeetendra had more dance numbers. His vigorous dancing in the films won him the epithet; "Jumping Jack of Bollywood".[4][5]

He has acted in nearly 200 films as the main lead, a feat matched by just a handful of his peers since the inception of Hindi cinema. Jeetendra was frequently paired with Jaya Prada or Sridevi for remakes of Telugu films by Rama Rao Tatineni, K. Bapayya and K. Raghavendra Rao; these included Sanjog, Aulad, Majaal, Justice Chaudhury, Mawaali (1983), Himmatwala (1983) and Tohfa (1984). He also acted in 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 such as Parichay, Kinara and Khushboo that had several beautifully penned songs such as "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 Jaya Prada and Sridevi during the '80s, Jeetendra's popular co-stars were Mumtaz, Hema Malini, Moushumi Chatterjee, Reena Roy, Neetu Singh, Sulakshana Pandit, Rekha and Bindiya Goswami. With Rekha he has done Souten Ki Beti'Raaste Pyar Ke'Sada Suhagan'Santaanand many more

Personal life[edit]

Jeetendra (right) with daughter Ekta (center) and son Tusshar (left) in 2016

Jeetendra had met his wife, Shobha, when she was only 14. She completed school, went to college, and was employed as an Air Hostess with British Airways. When Jeetendra was struggling between 1960–66 to establish himself as an actor, he was in a relationship with Shobha and she was his girlfriend until 1972. It was not until the release of Bidaai on 18 October 1974, that Jeetendra and Shobha decided to get married, which they did in a simple ceremony at Janki Kutir with only a few family members and friends present (Gulzar, Rajesh Khanna and Sanjeev Kumar amongst the noted celebrities).[6] In her authorized biography, Hema Malini claimed that they almost got married, but she backed out.[7]

Jeetendra and Shobha have two children from their marriage. Their daughter, Ekta Kapoor, runs Balaji Telefilms and their son Tusshar Kapoor is also an actor.[8] 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]

  • 1998 – Guest of Honour Award at the 18th Ujala Cinema Express Awards[9]
  • 2000 – Lifetime Achievement Award in film personalities[10]
  • 2002 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zee Gold Bollywood Movie Awards in New York.[11]
  • 2003 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2004 – "Legend of Indian Cinema" Award at Atlantic City (United States).[12]
  • 2005 – Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2008 – Sansui Television Lifetime Achievement Award[13]
  • 2012 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • 2012 – Lions Gold Awards: Most Evergreen Romantic Hero[14]



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  10. "The Hindu : Gavaskar flays 'forces' behind match-fixing". Hinduonnet.com. 11 September 2000. Archived from the original on 10 January 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  12. [1] Archived 8 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  13. "Winners of Sansui Awards 2008 – RS Bollywood Online". Radiosargam.com. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  14. "19th Lions Gold Awards 2013 Winners". Pinkvilla. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.

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