Not solely in Hindi cinema, however in all of Indian cinema, there are only a few stars who’ve starred in additional than 200 films. And crucial factor is that 120 of those films are thought-about hits. Listening to this truth, many individuals might really feel that maybe Amitabh Bachchan is being talked about. Many individuals might also consider Rajesh Khanna or every other identify. However the identify of the film star whose identify this feat is, folks cannot rapidly relate to this truth. His identify is Jeetendra.
What’s the very first thing that involves thoughts once you consider Jeetendra? Tune ‘Tohfa Tohfa’ or ‘Taki Taki’? Or his iconic look of white t-shirt, white pants and white footwear? There is a good likelihood a few of these would be the first to be remembered below the Jeetendra identify. That is additionally as a result of Jeetendra’s films, which had been probably the most watched by folks throughout the TV period, had been he dancing in his ‘Leaping Jack’ avatar, or he was taking part in an odd character within the remake of South .
As we speak, individuals who have realized dance kinds from all around the world can debate whether or not Jeetendra’s dance was a dance and the way a lot was a PT train. However the fact is that solely after seeing Jeetendra, many individuals had realized to bounce brazenly. However Jeetendra’s work as a hero in additional than 200 films and being an enormous star is an achievement not seen in these items.
Jeetendra appeared earlier than Amitabh and Rajesh Khanna
Amitabh Bachchan’s stardom was on a totally totally different degree amongst all of the actors who turned stars and superstars within the business between the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. There isn’t a doubt that the stardom of many actors of that period was usually hidden below the shadows. from Mr. Bachchan. However Ravi Kapoor, also referred to as Jeetendra, born on April 7, 1942, made his movie debut earlier than Amitabh and Rajesh Khanna. In the beginning of his profession, he labored on the movies of film legends like V Shantaram, ‘Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne’ and ‘Boond Jo Ban Gaye Moti’.
With each masala movie like ‘Himmatwala’ and ‘Mawali’ on Jeetendra’s account, there was a ‘Parichay’ or ‘Kinara’ primarily based on robust appearing. Appearing makes a person an actor, however field workplace makes a star. And a Jeetendra movie did such a feat on the field workplace in that interval, that it took nearly 40 years for the Hindi movie business to repeat! What was that act and what was that film? Let’s depend…
an important musical success
‘Chadti Jawaani Meri Chaal Mastani’, ‘Daiya Yeh Major Kahan Aa Phasee’, ‘Dilbar Dil Se Pyaare’, ‘Kitna Pyaara Vaada Hai’ and ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’… You have to have heard all these songs. However are you aware that each one these songs are from the identical film? These songs from the 1971 film Caravan starring Jeetendra, Asha Parekh and Aruna Irani are nonetheless iconic and massively widespread. However this film with Jeetendra within the lead function was not solely a musical hit, but in addition an enormous field workplace hit.
Field Workplace India statistics present that ‘Caravan’ had a gross of round Rs 36 million on the Indian field workplace in 1971. If added in line with 2017, this determine is over Rs 500 crore. However the true explosion within the journey of this ‘caravan’ occurred after 8 years, in 1979.
When Jeetendra’s film rocked China!
‘Caravan’ was launched in China in 1979, nearly 8 years after it was launched in India. There the craze of this movie was such that in a couple of days it broke the document of Raj Kapoor’s ‘Awara’ which was an important success overseas. Stories recommend that over 88 million tickets for ‘Caravan’ had been bought in its preliminary run. Whereas round 1 crore 90 lakh tickets had been bought for this Jeetendra film which turned successful 8 years in the past in India.
However the success of ‘Caravan’ in China didn’t finish right here. The movie was re-released a number of occasions and a determine within the yr 2000 says that the full ticket gross sales of Jeetendra’s movie in China was over 30 crores. ‘Caravan’ was the largest Indian movie to do enterprise on the Chinese language field workplace as much as that point.
‘Caravan’ tickets outsold ‘Sholay’!
Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri (now Bachchan) starred in ‘Sholay’ in 1975 and it remained India’s largest movie for a few years. Statistics says that round Rs 25 crores of ‘Sholay’ had been bought worldwide. By comparability, for Jeetendra’s ‘Caravan’, it bought over Rs 31 crores throughout the lifetime of the movie.
In response to Field Workplace India’s estimate of ‘Caravan’ earnings in 2017, Jeetendra’s movie had grossed over Rs 850 crore in China. If the taking from India is added, then the gross taking of ‘Caravan’ in Asia was greater than Rs 1300 crores. It took a very long time for an Indian movie to recreate such an explosive success in China.
‘Caravan’ and Aamir Khan
Everybody is aware of how effectively Bollywood celebrity Aamir Khan’s films have earned in China. His movie ‘Dangal’ grossed over Rs 1.3 billion on the field workplace in China. However are you aware the connection between Jeetendra’s ‘Caravan’ and Aamir Khan?
‘Caravan’ was directed by Nasir Hussain, one of many memorable filmmakers of Hindi cinema. With ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’, he gave Hindi cinema the mannequin of mass leisure films that’s adopted so far. Aamir Khan’s first movie within the lead function ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ was written by Nasir Hussain. Aamir is the nephew of Nasir Sahab. Whereas the director of ‘Caravan’ was Nasir, the producer was his youthful brother and Aamir’s father, Tahir Hussain. The identical ‘Caravan’ whose hero was Jeetendra!