Jeetendra Recalls How He Narrowly Escaped Death, Reveals Wife, Shobha Saved Him From A Plane Crash

Jeetendra recalled how he escaped death and his wife, Shobha Kapoor saved him from a plane crash on Karwa Chauth.

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Jeetendra Recalls How He Narrowly Escaped Death, Reveals Wife, Shobha Saved Him From A Plane Crash

Born as Ravi Kapoor and known as the ‘Jumping Jack of Bollywood’, Jeetendra is an institution of talent. He had acted in more than 200 films as a lead actor in his six-decade-long film career. Jeetendra had met his wife, Shobha Kapoor when she was only 14. At the time when Jeetendra was struggling to make a mark in Bollywood in the early '60s, Shobha had stood by him throughout his struggling period.

It was in 1974 when the two had embarked on their journey together, as husband and wife. They are not just proud parents of Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor but are also doting grandparents of Laksshya Kapoor (born to Tusshar via IVF) and Ravie Kapoor (born to Ekta through surrogacy).

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Recently, Jeetendra appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show and revealed how he once escaped death. Reminiscing the same, the veteran actor revealed that he was supposed to take a flight to Chennai but his wife, Shobha Kapoor kept delaying his trip as it was Karwa Chauth. Jeetendra revealed that when he reached the airport, he got to know that the flight was delayed. Talking about the same, he revealed:

"Maine phir Shobhaa ko phone kiya ghar pe. Maine kaha flight delayed hai, abhi jaa rahi hai 8.30-9 baje. Chand nikal raha hai ki nahi nikal raha hai dekh lo, khatam kar lete hai kissa (I called Shobha up and informed her that my flight was delayed by around two hours. I told her I could be home for the moonrise so she could complete the Karwa Chauth ritual)."

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When Jeetendra reached home, Shobha didn't leave him stating that the moon was not visible. Jeetendra and his family lived close to the airport and he could see the airport from his balcony. Stating how he witnessed the plane getting crashed in front of him, Jeetendra shared, "Mere balcony se dekhta hoon ek aag ka gola aise aise jaa raha hai." The flight that got crashed was Indian Airlines Flight 171 and he lost one of his co-stars in the disaster.

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Do you know Jeetendra and Shobha were all set to tie the knot on April 13, 1973, but their wedding was called off due to Jeetendra's father’s ill health? But when his marriage with Shobha was called off, his movies had also started hitting low at the box office and on the personal front, Shobha too had gone into depression. But, Jeetendra had promised Shobha that if his next movie would be a hit, he would marry her. His next movie, Bidaai was a blockbuster and finally, on October 31, 1974, the duo had tied the knot.

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Jeetendra and Shobha completed 47 years of marital bliss in 2021!

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