, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Jeetendra is an Indian actor and TV producer. He has appeared in over 200 films.
He got his first big break when Shantaram cast him as the hero in 'Sehra' in 1963.
This was followed up with the classic, 'Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne' (1964). He came into
the spotlight in 1967 with Ravikant Nagaich's 'Farz', which went on to become a
golden jubilee success. The tee shirt and white shoes he picked up from a retail
store for the 'Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq' number in 'Farz' (sung by the legendary
Mohammad Rafi) became his trademark. His vigorous dancing in films like 'Farz', and
'Banphool' won him the epithet of 'The Jumping Jack'.
In the 1980s, Jeetendra was frequently paired up with Sridevi or Jayapradha for
remakes of South Indian potboilers, courtesy Rama Rao Tatineni, K. Bapayya and K.
Raghavendra Rao. Some of these films were produced by Padmalaya Productions.
Featuring elaborate sequences with colorful clay pots, dozens of extras, electronic
music by Bappi Lahiri, and lyrics by Indeewar, movies like 'Justice Chaudhry'
(1982), 'Mawaali' (1983), 'Himmatwala' (1983), 'Jaani Dushman' and 'Tohfa' (1984)
were huge hits, despite low critical acclaim.
He has also appeared in the TV serial, 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. He has been
the judge of the famous Reality TV Dance SHow, 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa', on Sony
Entertainment Television. He was also a judge, along with yesteryear's diva, Hema
Malini, for the dancing competition, 'Dancing Queen'.