Jeetendra and Sridevi were the definitive screen pair of the 1980s in Bollywood. They starred in a number of Hindi films of... well, to be honest, variable quality. So many light and fluffy flicks, the duo didn't garner much critical acclaim in their joint films (if any!). With 16 films together shot between 1983 and 1988, they churned out their masala capers with regular fare - and the audience ate them up. As we go over box office India, its made crystal clear why they did so many movies together as most were hits and nearly all recovered their initial investment, making them favourites of film producers and distributors.
Reflective of a cinematic era filled with joie-de-vivre, an insouciance and innocence (naivete!), its a dubious decade tinged with technicolor dreams. Movies were churned out, often remakes of Tamil or Telugu originals, the melodrama, the song and dance routines were fun and frothy, and as the box-office records show, it clearly entertained the masses, if not a single critic.
As the myriad images here show, it was a colourful era! And despite the near 20-year age gap between Jeetendra and Sridevi, the pair looked great on screen. Also needs to be noted, Jeetendra stayed in shape throughout the years to match steps with his ever-increasingly younger co-stars. In fact, at 70+, bless his socks, he's fitter than his contemporaries and many of his juniors till date. At a recent party, when Sridevi and Jeetendra greeted each other, guests looked back and snapped innumerable pics as it was a reunion filled with nostalgia and joy.
Both remained friends and fans of the other till... the very end.
|Sridevi and Jeetendra|
1988 - Sone Pe Suhaaga
1987 - Himmat Aur Mehanat *
1987 - Aulad
1987 - Majaal
1986 - Ghar Sansar
1986 - Dharm Adhikari
1986 - Aag Aur Shola (* Sridevi's guest appearance) *
1986 - Suhaagan
1985 - Balidaan
1985 - Sarfarosh *
1984 - Akalmand
1984 - Maqsad (Not paired with Jeetendra, Sridevi was Rajesh Khanna's love interest).
1984 - Tohfa
1983 - Mawaali
1983 - Justice Chaudhury
1983 - Jaani Dost
1983 - Himmatwala
* - Flops
Sridevi; well, she was a Goddess then, she's a Goddess now! More polished and refined, be it her performance or look, she's aged (well, she sort of stopped aging) remarkably well.
From IMDB: The pair of Jeetendra-Sridevi did 16 films together between 1983-88 and 13 of them were hits and 3 were flops.
The 13 hits were; Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dost (1983), Justice Chaudhry(1983), Mawaali(1983), Akalmand (1984), Tohfa (1984), Balidaan (1985), Suhagan(1986), Ghar Sansar (1986), Dharm Adhikari (1986), Aulad (1987) and Sone Pe Suhaaga (1988).
The 3 flops of the pair were Sarfarosh (1985), Aag Aur Shola (1986), Himmat Aur Mehanat (1987).