'Jumping Jack' Jeetendra turns 71

Mumbai, Apr 7 : Veteran actor-producer Jeetendra, popularly called Jumping Jack for his quirky dance routine, turned 71 years on Sunday.

Born as Ravi Kumar, Jeetendra's active acting career spanned from 1960s to the 1990s.

He was frequently paired with Sridevi or Jaya Prada for remakes of South Indian films by Rama Rao Tatineni, K. Bapayya and K. Raghavendra Rao; which included films like 'Justice Chaudhry' (1982), 'Mawaali' (1983), 'Himmatwala' (1983), 'Jaani Dushman', and 'Tohfa' (1984).

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' (1977 film) and 'Khushboo'.

The legend is till date memorable for some of the songs, he had starred in like 'O Majhi Re', 'Musafir Hoon Yaaron', and 'Naam Gum Jaayega', composed by Rahul Dev Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar.

Besides films, he appeared in the role of an old man in the TV serial 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', produced by daughter Ekta Kapoor.

He was one of the judges of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (Indian Dance Series).

He is also the chairman of the Balaji Telefilms, Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-04-2013)

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