Jeetendra On Son Tusshar: i used to be Not Even 1 Per Cent Of What he's As A Father

Jeetendra On Son Tusshar: i used to be Not Even 1 Per Cent Of What he's As A Father

Jeetendra, 78, says lockdown and age have made him realise that when he was a busy actor, he omitted on spending time together with his two children -- son Tusshar Kapoor, who is an actor, and daughter Ekta Kapoor, a producer.

The veteran actor had a quarantine special birthday together with his family last month.

Talking about it with a smile, he told IANS: "That is my world."

As for dealing with the continued lockdown, he said: "I am into constructions now. I just need to give instructions. i do not need to attend keep the bricks and every one . i do not leave much for work. So, things haven't changed much."

"But one thing I even have learnt during lockdown is that once I was a busy actor, I couldn't give much time to my children. I missed that."

Looking at Tusshar together with his son makes him realise what he couldn't be.

"When I check out Tusshar, he makes me proud. What an exquisite father he's . i used to be not even one per cent of what he's . this is often all the realisation that has accompany age and lockdown. After all, you learn until you attend your grave."

Jeetendra had a lively acting career from the sixties to the nineties. There was a time when he would have nine releases during a year.

Looking back at those days, the actor said: "You skills we wont to work? I come from a middle-class background. i used to be so insecure. We wont to start performing from 7am to 1pm at one place, then 1pm to 5pm at another place then 6pm to 10pm at another place. Whenever there wont to be just two shootings, we wont to feel jobless. Now look how things have changed! People do one movie during a year. and that they are happy, comfortable and assured ."

He shared that even the pattern of releasing films has changed within the country.

"When a movie released in Mumbai or Delhi, films didn't release simultaneously. There was a movie called 'Do Raaste'. it had been a really big hit of Rajesh Khanna. it had been first released in Mumbai then in Delhi after 10 months. are you able to imagine? Now within fortnight , everything is over," he said.

In the previous couple of years, Jeetendra was seen making appearances actually shows on television. As for the large screen, he featured during a song along side many of his friends in "Om Shanti Om" back in 2007.

He returned to acting together with his daughter Ekta Kapoor's production, "Baarish 2", which recently released on ALTBalaji and ZEE5. It marked his debut within the digital world.

"An actor is an actor. you retain a camera ahead of him and tell him to act, he will act. But making me act after such an extended time was amazing. Being a neighborhood of Balaji, it had been like homecoming. The cast and crew were very warm and friendly. I could see the quantity of respect and love that they had on behalf of me . I simply loved the vibe on the set, filled with positive energy," he said.

He did struggle a touch though, returning in any case these years. "My memory side has gone for a full toss. I couldn't remember the long lines properly. But the director was so wonderful. He made me feel comfortable," he said.

Did the experience prompt him to act more? "You should never say no. You never know. Whenever Ekta has asked me, I even have never said no to her," said Jeetendra, who had also played a cameo in her hit television program "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" years ago.

"When you're young, you're keen on watching films then you would like to act in films. I became an actor. My hobby became my profession. it's a really beautiful thing. But returning at the age of 78... isn't returning ," said Bollywood's ''Jumping Jack".

He did notice tons of changes, but he believes that "change may be a way of life".

"After every two years, there's a replacement technology. Earlier TV was the craze. tons of flicks started approaching TV, too. Now it is the OTT platform," he said touching upon the subject of filmmakers directly releasing films on OTT platforms.

"The idea is to entertain people in any form. OTT will grow by leaps and bounds. it'll become how of life. But the theatre will never get away . it's the charm of outing -- going bent an area , the cafeteria, meeting people there and enjoying a movie with tons of individuals . See a movie alone and see a movie with a crowd, you'll enjoy it differently," said Jeetendra.

He won't be making a comeback on the large screen anytime soon, but his 1980 film "The Burning Train" is being remade.

"There was a time once I was only doing remakes -- from Telugu to Hindi and every one ," he said, recalling a string of his biggest hits including "Himmatwaala", "Tohfa", "Mawaali", "Maqsad", "Jeene Ki Raah", "Jigri Dost" and "Khilona" among more .

"So today once I see somebody making a remake of my film, i feel the people making the remake are better judges than me. i'm totally disconnected from cinema. I cannot pass a discuss this," he added.