Happy Birthday Jeetendra: When the actor called Sridevi and Jaya Prada his ‘bread and butter’, said he owed his career to Telugu films

Jeetendra, who has worked in several Hindi remakes of Telugu films, talked about how he makes his career for Telugu filmmakers. Popular films of the actor – Himmatwala, Justice Chaudhary to Tohfa – a popular South filmmaker. Directed by Raghavendra Rao. On his 79th birthday, we revisit an old interview in which the actor described how he credits his career in the South film industry.

“Telugu is a very beautiful word for me. I owe a lot of things to the Telugu people because my first big hit was the legendary filmmaker L.V. Was with Prasad. If I call someone after me, my father, it’s him. “

“I got a lot of love from Telugu people. In my worst crisis, these people have come to my aid. Therefore, I am indebted to him, ”Jeetendra continued in a talk show by K. Raghavendra Rao titled Sonarya Lahiri.

The actor, who has collaborated with the filmmaker in more than 11 films, is touted as the “coolest person I’ve met”. Even the director praised the actor all and said that his combination with Jeetendra was the most popular after his films with veteran actors NT Rama Rao and Chiranjeevi.

As the video progresses, Jeetendra recalls how he worked on a film called Didar-e-Yaar which took five years to complete but when it was released it was a big flop. “It bombed so badly. I had a loss of Rs 2.5 crore in those days. However, around the same time, the actor was shooting for Himmatwala with Raghuvendra Rao in Rajahmundry. Shot in just 42 days, the film proved to be the biggest hit of Jeetendra’s career.

“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 again. Himmatwala was a successful success.

She also recalled when Raghuvendra Rao said that she would have to share screen space in Himmatwala with Sridevi, who was the top actress in the South film industry at the time.


He said, ‘I was very happy when he said that Sridevi was going next to me. I called Sridevi and Jaya Prada my bread and butter.

Sridevi with Jeetendra Jeetendra acted in several films with Sridevi. (Photo: Express Archive)
Jitendra Jayaprada's movies Still from Jeetendra and Jayaprada’s film Thanedaar. (Photo: Express Archive)

Jeetendra ended the conversation by saying that if he ever made Raghuvendra Rao’s film with Mahesh Babu, he would happily work in a Telugu film.

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