New Delhi: Jeetendra, 78, says lockdown and age have made him realise that when he was a busy actor, he missed out on spending time together with his two youngsters — son Tusshar Kapoor, who’s an actor, and daughter Ekta Kapoor, a producer.
The veteran actor had a quarantine particular birthday together with his household final month.
Talking about it with a smile, he advised IANS: “That is my world.”
As for dealing with the continuing lockdown, he stated: “I am into constructions now. I just have to give instructions. I don’t have to go to keep the bricks and all. I don’t go out much for work. So, things haven’t changed much.”
“But one thing I have learnt during lockdown is that when I was a busy actor, I could not give much time to my children. I missed that.”
Looking at Tusshar together with his son makes him realise what he could not be.
“When I look at Tusshar, he makes me proud. What a wonderful father he is. I was not even one percent of what he is. This is all the realisation that has come with age and lockdown. After all, you learn till you go to your grave.”
Jeetendra had an energetic appearing profession from the sixties to the nineties. There was a time when he would have 9 releases in a 12 months.
Looking again at these days, the actor stated: “You know how we used to work? I come from a middle-class background. I was so insecure. We used to start working from 7am to 1pm at one place, then 1pm to 5pm at another place then 6pm to 10pm at another place. Whenever there used to be just two shootings, we used to feel jobless. Now look how things have changed! People do one movie in a year. And they are happy, comfortable and confident.”
He shared that even the sample of releasing movies has modified within the nation.
“When a film released in Mumbai or Delhi, films didn’t release simultaneously. There was a movie called ‘Do Raaste’. It was a very big hit of Rajesh Khanna. It was first released in Mumbai and then in Delhi after 10 months. Can you imagine? Now within two weeks, everything is over,” he stated.
In the previous couple of years, Jeetendra was seen making appearances in actuality exhibits on tv. As for the large display, he featured in a track together with a lot of his associates in “Om Shanti Om” again in 2007.
He returned to appearing together with his daughter Ekta Kapoor’s manufacturing, “Baarish 2”, which not too long ago launched on ALTBalaji and ZEE5. It marked his debut within the digital world.
“An actor is an actor. You keep a camera in front of him and tell him to act, he will act. But making me act after such a long time was amazing. Being a part of Balaji, it was like homecoming. The cast and crew were very warm and friendly. I could see the amount of respect and love they had for me. I simply loved the vibe on the set, full of positive energy,” he stated.
He did battle a bit although, coming again in spite of everything these years. “My memory side has gone for a full toss. I could not remember the long lines properly. But the director was so wonderful. He made me feel comfortable,” he stated.
Did the expertise immediate him to behave extra? “You should never say no. You never know. Whenever Ekta has asked me, I have never said no to her,” stated Jeetendra, who had additionally performed a cameo in her hit TV present “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” years in the past.
“When you are young, you are fond of watching films and then you want to act in films. I became an actor. My hobby became my profession. It is a very beautiful thing. But coming back at the age of 78… is not coming back,” stated Bollywood’s ”Jumping Jack”.
He did discover a variety of adjustments, however he believes that “change is a way of life”.
“After every two years, there is a new technology. Earlier TV was the craze. A lot of movies started coming on TV, too. Now it’s the OTT platform,” he stated touching upon the subject of filmmakers instantly releasing movies on OTT platforms.
“The idea is to entertain people in any form. OTT will grow by leaps and bounds. It will become a way of life. But the theatre will never go away. It has the charm of outing — going out to a place, the cafeteria, meeting people there and enjoying a movie with a lot of people. See a movie alone and see a movie with a crowd, you will enjoy it differently,” stated Jeetendra.
He won’t be making a comeback on the large display anytime quickly, however his 1980 movie “The Burning Train” is being remade.
“There was a time when I was only doing remakes — from Telugu to Hindi and all,” he stated, recalling a string of his largest hits together with “Himmatwaala”, “Tohfa”, “Mawaali”, “Maqsad”, “Jeene Ki Raah”, “Jigri Dost” and “Khilona” amongst many extra.
“So today when I see somebody making a remake of my film, I think the people making the remake are better judges than me. I am totally disconnected from cinema. I cannot pass a comment on this,” he added.