Guwahati: The first thing that comes to our mind when we think of Jeetendra is his iconic dance steps. He is celebrating his 79th birthday today.
From the fast-paced Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq, or the badminton style sporty dancing in Dhal Gaya Din, the hook and aerobic-like dance steps in Naino Mein Sapna and the PT style dancing in Taki Taki, have rightfully earned him the title of Jumping Jack of Bollywood. From the 60s to the 90s, Jitendra ruled the big screen. Every actor had/has their own specialty and so did Jeetendra. The actor was regularly spotted wearing white outfits, both on-screen and off-screen that became iconic to him. Top-to-toe, Jeetendra would be clad in all things white and that exists even today
The evergreen heartthrob who made every girl’s heart skip a beat, has always been a natty dresser. On-screen, he set a fashion trend with his white pants and white shoes. It is said that the actor had randomly picked up the clothes from a shop before shooting for the song “Mast bahaaron ka main aashiq” in “Farz”, which went on to become his trademark style. When quizzed about the same on the sets of a television dance reality show a few years ago, Jeetendra confessed with a smile: “Dark clothes make me look short!”
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.