Published On: Thu, Apr 7th, 2016

Birthday Greetings to Bollywood’s jumping jack Jeetendra, who turned 74 today.


12974329_878526062255897_3940913097298993374_nWhite boots, white trousers and a crisp white shirt devoid of sweat spots, even when the man wearing them indulged in various calisthenics. Jeetendra was India’s dancing star with an impeccable dressing sense that made him the darling of the masses. While Shammi Kapoor merely, or merrily gamboled, Ravi Kapoor a.k.a. Jeetendra’s frenzied moments would have put even a gazelle to shame. He didn’t woo but lead his heroine in a fast-paced dance that left both them and the audience breathless. He jollily tossed around heroines in film after film, from ’60s to the ’90s but a willing audience never got tired of the formula.

Born on April 7, 1942, this veteran actor has left his mark in Indian cinema with his innumerable skills – charming looks, dancing and impeccable acting.

Apart from his acting, his unique style of dancing – that gave him the name ‘Jumping Jack’ –is still remembered and emulated by almost one and all.

Jeetendra had a strong bond with writer/lyricist Gulzar. They mesmerized a number of hearts with some outstanding films like Parichay (1972), Kinara (1977) and Khushboo (1975 ) that had several beautifully penned songs like ‘Musafir Hoon Yaaron’, “Naam Gum Jaayega” and “O Majhi Re” composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar.

This talented actor’s charm hasn’t faded with time as he is still as popular as he was in his yesteryears. He is the chairman of Balaji Telefims – which is one the biggest production houses in India.


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology