Jeetendra Birthday: Here’s Paying An Ode To Bollywood’s Jumping Jack!
Jeetendra and his unmatched energy is definitely something we miss in Bollywood. Let’s take a look at some of his iconic performances that earned him the title of Jumping Jack.
The Jumping Jack of Bollywood turns 79 on April 7! Jeetendra, also known as Jeetu by his colleagues and fans, has enthralled the audience with his energetic dance moves throughout his career. What started as a one-off performance ended up earning him the title of the Jumping Jack of Bollywood. And now as we look back, there is no one better suited for the title. Although Bollywood now has quite a few amazing dancers, matching up to Jeetendra’s charm and energy is a difficult task.
Check out one of his classic performances in Humjoli:
Today, on his 79th birthday, let’s take a look at some of Jeetu Ji’s iconic dance numbers that prove why he’s still the Jumping Jack of Bollywood and why the tag can never go to anyone else.
Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq (Farz)
Although Jeetendra did quite a few films before Farz, this is the first time he danced on screen. It was the first time in Bollywood that an actor had left his female lead behind in acing the dance steps. The song features Aruna Irani opposite Jeetendra who initially wondered how he’d perform but was later impressed looking at his moves.
Dhal Gaya Din, Ho Gayi Shaam (Humjoli)
Then came this iconic number from Humjoli. If you’re a true Bollywood fan, there’s no way you don’t hum to this song while playing badminton. The song featuring Jeetendra and Leena Chandavarkar became an instant hit, with both the actors matching up to each other’s moves.
Taki O Taki (Himmatwala)
Every time Jeetendra is remembered, we’re always reminded of his iconic Taki steps. Although Jeetrenda starred opposite many actresses, his pairing with Sridevi was one of the most loved ones. Both the amazing dancers matched step-to-step and created magic on screen.
Naino Mein Sapna (Himmatwala)
By now, Jeetendra was known for his iconic white pant and white shoes. He was also seen mentioning that they make him look taller which is why he prefers lighter coloured clothes. This popular dance number featuring Sridevi also got a remake in Ajay Devgan’s Himmatwala.
Baap Ki Kasam (Mawaali)
The tunes of this upbeat song will make you move your feet even today. The way Sridevi and Jeetendra caught every beat is just commendable. Jeetendra ditched his white pant look for a darker shade and looked stunning as he enhanced this energetic song with his electrical performance.
Jeetendra’s Take On His Dancing
Jeetendra dancing has always been lauded in the industry. Once when he was asked about his dance skills, the actor replied, “I never went to any disco, I didn’t know anything about dance. Whatever jumping or dancing I did in films, is because of my Ganapati and Govinda (Lord Krishna)”.
Flaunting His Trademark Dance Moves
On his 76th birthday, the veteran actor was seen cutting a lawn shaped cake, reminding us of the iconic song Dhal Gayaa Din. As the music played, the actor himself got notalgic and was seen showing off his trademark dance moves.
Truly, even today there is no one who can take away Jeetendra’s title of being the Jumping Jack of Bollywood. The way he mastered the art of dancing was unmatched. While many heroes try to ape his style, there’s no one who can match his swag. Here’s wishing the ‘Jumping Jack’ of Bollywood a fabulous year ahead. Happy Birthday, Jeetendra sir.
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