Veteran Bollywood actor
Jeetendra, who earned the name of 'Jumping Jack' in the film industry for his energetic portrayal in moves, is celebrating his 79th birthday today. In his illustrious career, the actor gave several successful films, with many of them being remakes Telugu blockbusters, including Himmatwala, Justice Chaudhury, Tohfa and others. These films were helmed by popular south filmmaker K Raghavendra Rao, with whom Jeetendra collaborated on11 movies. On Jeetendra's special day, we revisit a throwback interview, where he opened up on how he owes his career to the south industry and actresses like Jaya Prada and Sridevi.
On K Raghavendra Rao’s talk show, Soundarya Lahiri, Jeetendra opened up on how the Telugu industry turned out to be a gamechanger for him and said, “Telugu is a very beautiful word for me. I owe a lot of things to Telugu people because my first big hit was with the legendary filmmaker LV Prasad. He is my guru. If I called anybody my father after my own, it is him.” The actor recalled how a film named Deedar-E-Yaar, which took five years to complete, turned out to be his biggest flop and he ended up losing Rs 2.5 crore at that time. VIDEO
However, he revealed that around the same time he was shooting for Himmatwala with Raghuvendra Rao, which was just shot in 42 days and turned out to be his career's biggest hit. “With the release of Himmatwala, I bounced back. I made so much money. I forget my loss. And life went on. Two things – Raghavendra Rao and Telugu brought me back to life. Himmatwala was a roaring success,” said the actor. Jeetendra also expressed his feelings when he came to know that Sridevi will share screen space with him and said, “I was so happy when he said Sridevi was going to star next to me. I used to call Sridevi and Jaya Prada my bread and butter.”
Here's wishing the legend a very happy birthday!
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