Jeetendra is one of the most successful romantic heroes of the yesteryears, who was acclaimed as the dancing star of Bollywood he delivered a large number of hits during his long and worthy career and later after he retired from acting, this star of the masses diversified into film production.
Net Worth: $ 1.6 billion
Income Sources: Afetr a long and successful career in Hindi film industry, Jeetendra tried his hands at film and television production. He owns a well known production houses called Balaji Telefilms, Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment.
Born: 7th April, 1942 (72 years old)
Real Name: Ravi Kapoor
Nick Name: Jeetu, Jumping Jack
Marital Status: Married to Shobha Kapoor and has two children, Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor, both of whom are active in the Hindi film industry, as a producer and actor respectively.
Jeetendra hails from a Punjabi family from the holy city of Amritsar, with his parents Amarnath Kapoor and Krishna Kapoor engaged in the family business if imitation jewelry. He did his schooling from St. Sebastian Goan High School in Girgaaum, along with Rajesh Khanna, a close friend who later went on to become the super star of Bollywood. He initially supplied imitation jewelry in Hindi movies, during which he was chosen by V Shantaram to play the double of Sandhya in a film called “Navrang”, which was released in 1959. Jeetendra was paired opposite almost all the actors of the yesteryears and made hit pairs with them. During the prime of his career, he had an affair with Hema Malini and they were all set to get married at one point, when Hema backed out of the relationship. Jeetendra then went on to marry his childhood friend, Shobha Kapoor and this proved to be one of the most successful celebrity marriages in the industry. His children, Ekta and Tusshar, are enjoying a good career in the Hindi film industry today.
Jeetendra started his film career cast as Sandhya’s double in the 1959 movie called “Navrang”, followed by a full-fledged role in a movie called “Geet Gaya Patharon Ne”. His illustrious career spanned nearly three decades from the sixties to the nineties, during which he played lead hero in more than 200 movies. After acting with al big actresses of the sixties and the seventies, this evergreen actor made a hit pairing with South Indian actresses, Sridevi and Jaya Prada in a large number of hit movies including “Tohfa”, “Aulad”, “Himmatwala”, “Mawaali”, “Justice Chaudhary”, to name just a few. Besides the performances as a dancing star in big commercial movies, Jeetendra has also been part of some artistic ventures like “Khushboo” and “Parichay”. After the end of his film career, Jeetendra was seen on television, with his first appearance coming in the home production of Balaji Telefilms, “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, which happens to be one of the biggest television soaps in the history of Indian television. Additionally, he has been seen judging a few dance based television reality shows, such as Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Dancing Queen. Jeetendra has been honored with a number of awards and nominations during his career, including Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and Dada Saheb Phalke Award.