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‘It reminds me of my love’

Jeetendra’s daughter Ekta Kapoor’s new show, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Yeh Dharti, Yeh Nadiya, Yeh Raina, Aur Tum, sends veteran actor on a nostalgic trip.

tv Updated: May 22, 2011 13:50 IST
Rachana Dubey

Ekta Kapoor’s new daily soap,

Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Yeh Dharti, Yeh Nadiya, Yeh Raina, Aur Tum

flags off next Monday on Sony Entertainment. Its audio-visual promos got Ekta’s father, actor Jeetendra, reminiscing about his parents’ and his own love stories.

“There’s a promo where Sakshi (Tanwar) and Ram (Kapoor) are talking about his snoring habit. There’s another one where she buys vegetables, he takes her bags and walks behind her with a Mercedes following them slowly. That’s the kind of chemistry I saw between my parents, subtle with feelings often expressed by their eyes,” recalls Jeetendra, who was born to his mother when she was only 15 years old.

“My parents probably met each other for the first time when they were getting married. But they’ve led a beautiful life, where their love and willingness to live with and for each other grew everyday. That’s the kind of love the show highlights.”

The show revolves around a belief that most love stories actually begin only after marriage. Jeetendra agrees with the idea and admits that his own love story with wife Shobha bloomed that way.

“The show’s theme reminds me of us and our on-going love saga. We met at Marine Drive. I was 19 and she was 12. I was a struggling actor, sitting at the seaside to kill time. I found her attractive and mischievously threw some


(chickpeas) at her. She turned around angrily and almost picked a fight,” he laughs, adding that today his wife is his strength.

“She saw me through all my highs and lows and has given me two lovely kids. We’re still in love, and hope to be till we breathe our last.”