Bollywood actor Jeetendra was one of the best stars of his era and the actor often appeared in films from the South. In many of his conversations actor he shared that he had lived in the south for months, and his wife Shobha had brought children Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor with him on the weekends. In 1976, Jeetendra was to leave for one of his planned trips to Chennai, but his wife stopped him.
During his performance at The Kapil Sharma Show, Jeetendra recalled an incident when he was rescued from an Indian Airlines crash in 1976, which killed 96 people. Jeetendra said his flight was scheduled for 7pm, but when he arrived at the airport, he found the flight two hours late. Karva Chauth was also that day, so he thought he could return home and help his wife complete the fasting ritual.
He remembered: “Maine phir Shobha ko ghar pe phone kiya. Maine kaha delayed flight hai, abhi jaa rahi hai 8: 30-9 baje. (I called Shobha and told her my flight was two hours late. I told her I could be home to the moonrise to complete the Karwa Chauth ritual).
Jeetendra arrived home, but his wife was still waiting for the moonrise to keep him from leaving the airport again. Jeetendra remembered going to the balcony and saw a fireball heading for the ground. “A mere balcony with a blanket of a little girl and a little girl (from my balcony I saw a ball of fire in the sky). It went towards the airport and…, “he said.
The actor Himmatwala remembered that a few hours later his phone rang when all the experts called him to check on him. “My ticket is there, I have to go, that flight crashed,” he said. Indian Airlines flight 171 from Mumbai to Chennai turned shortly after takeoff towards the airport and the subsequent plane crash had 96 victims. One of Jeetend’s acting stars, Rani Chandra, died in a plane crash.