Jeetendra with daughter Ekta Kapoor
Veteran actor Jeetendra is living a relaxed life, says his daughter Ekta Kapoor, who does not want to force him back into facing the camera.
"We have asked him a lot of times to make a comeback. But there comes an age in life when you have to say to your parents, 'If you want to work then you can, but if you don't want to, then you can relax," Ekta said here on Wednesday while promoting her new show "Kundali Bhagya".
"He is very happy in his construction business. He gets a lot of time to spend with his friends. He started working at the age of 21 and still he is working. It's just that he is doing something else (other than acting).
"It's the age when we can request them to do acting, but can't force him. He is having a pretty relaxed life now. He has made over 200 films in a period of 40 years. So, now we should allow him to relax a little," she added.
Jeetendra, who celebrated his 75th birthday in April, made a special appearance in a song for the 2007 entertainer "Om Shanti Om". Otherwise, he has been away from the big screen.
Meanwhile, their home banner's latest project "Kundali Bhagya" will be aired on Zee TV starting from July 12. It's a spin-off of the channel's popular show "Kumkum Bhagya".
While "Kumkum Bhagya", which will soon complete 1,000 episodes, tells the love story of Abhi (Shabbir Ahluwalia) and Pragya (Sriti Jha), "Kundali Bhagya" will narrate the story of Pragya's sisters -- Preeta and Shrishti -- and their relations with a Punjabi family, whose elder son Rishabh Luthra's celebrity management firm manages Abhi's music career.
Actor Manit Joura will be seen essaying the role of Rishabh, while actor Dheeraj Dhoopar will play his younger brother Karan.
Dheeraj will be seen as a cricketer in the show, and Ekta says this role is her ode to cricket.
"I am waiting for my show to go on air and I hope it's not cricket season because when Sachin (Tendulkar) used to play, our TRPs used to come down. I was like, 'Oh, what happened? Oh, Sachin played.' That's the only time when we used to get badly affected even during the time of 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' and 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii'," Ekta said.
"Last time I got Divyanka to play a dentist as I was having a lot of dental issues and my dentist sorted my problem. So, it was an ode to him. Not that I am a cricket fan, but this time I have been hearing a lot about this cricketer called (Hardik) Pandya.
"I found it as an interesting world to explore as there is so much madness for cricket."