Name: Jaya Bachchan
Birthdate: 9th of April, 1948
Marital Status: On the 3rd of June in 1973 she tied the knot with actor, Amitabh Bachchan. They have 2 children, Abhishek Bachhcan and Shweta Bachchan-Nanda. SHweta married Nikhil Nanda who is an industrialist and this couple also has two children, Agastya Nanda and Navya Naveli. On the other hand, Abhishek Bachchan is married to actress Aishwarya Rai and they have a daughter named Aaradhya.
1) In 1992 and 2012, Jaya Bachchan was awarded with the Padma Shri, which is India’s 4th highest civilian award given by the Indian Government.
2) She received a Filmfare special award for ‘Uphaar’ in 1972. Again in the year 1998 she got the same award, this time, for ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’.
3) Two years down the line in 1974 she was given the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in the film ‘Abhimaan’. She received similar awards in 1975 and 1980 for ‘Kora Kagaz’ and ‘Naukar’ respectively.
4) In 2001, 2002 and 2004 Jaya Bachchan was given the prestigious Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for the films ‘Fiza’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ and ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ respectively. She won the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Awards for the above films as well.
5) In 2007 she was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
6) In the year 2004, she received the Sansui Lifetime Achievement Award.
7) In 2010 during London’s ‘Tongues on Fire’ film festival, Jaya Bachchan was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
8) Two years later she was again given a similar award at JIFF (Jaipur International Film Festival).
9) In 1972, Jaya Bachchan received the Bengali Film Journalists’ Association Special Award (Hindi) for the film ‘Guddi’.
10) In 1999 she was given the Anandalok Special Editor Award.
11) In the year 2001, she had also received two awards in the Best Supporting Actress category- the first being the Zee Cine Award for ‘Fiza’ and the second being the Sansoi Viewers Choice Award for ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’.
12) She had also been honoured with Omega Award for Excellence: Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 1998.
13) In 2000 she was given the MAMI award for her contribution to Indian cinema.
14) More recently in 2013, she received the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award (Vishesh Purushkar) for her contribution to the Indian film industry.
15) In 1972 she had earned two Filmfare Best Actress nominations, one for ‘Guddi’ and the other for ‘Uphaar’.
16) Two years down the line in 1974 she was nominated for a similar award, this time for her film ’Koshish’.
17) Again in 1976 and in 1982 she was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for ‘Mili’ and ‘Silsila’ respectively.
18) In 1966, during India’s Republic Day celebrations she was awarded with the Best All India NCC Cadet Award.
Jaya Bachchan was elected to be a member of the Samajwadi Party, a party which was representing Rajya Sabha. In the month of February in 2010, she wanted to complete her term and two years later in 2012, she was again elected.
Biography: Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, the Indian actress and politician was born on the 9th of April in the year 1948 at Kolkata to a Hindu Bengali background. Her mother was Indira Bhaduri and Taroon Kumar Bhaduri, her father is a writer, stage artist and journalist based in Kolkata. She did her schooling from Shillong’s Loreto Convent and later on from the well-known Loreto House in Kolkata. She graduated as a gold medallist from the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, situated at Pune, India.
At the young age of 15, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan set her foot into the film industry. She played a supporting role in ‘Mahanagar’, a Bengali film directed by Satyajit Ray and starring Haren Chatterjee, Sevalika Devi, Anil Chatterjee, Vicky Redwood and Madhabi Mukherjee. Previously she had also appeared in two other Bengali films-‘Dhanni Meye’ in 1971 and in ‘Suman’ which was a 13 minute short film.
After passing out from FTII, she was selected to play the protagonist in the Hrishikesh Mukherjee film, ‘Guddi’. Here she played the role of a young school girl, alongside actor Dharmendra. This film was a huge success and she received a lot of accolades and appreciation for her performance in the film. She was associated with this girl next door image through the rest of her career. She did try to break past this barrier by doing some glamorous roles as in the film, ‘Jawani Diwani’ (1972), as well as some negatives role as in the film, ‘Anamika’ (1973). She has worked with Gulzar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and many other eminent directors of her time, and they brought out films such as ‘Koshish’ (1972), ‘Parichay’ (1972), ‘Piya Ka Ghar’ (1972), ‘Bawarchi’ (1972) and ‘Uphaar’ (1971). In the film ‘Koshish’, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan along with actor Sanjeev Kapoor enacted the role of a deaf couple, who struggle through all odds and obstacles of life. Bhaduri later stated that this film motivated her to work for the society in the long run.
In the year 1972, she starred in Prakash Verma’s ‘Banjsi Birju’ alongside her future husband, Amitabh Bachchan. Same year she appeared in another film with Amitabh Bachchan. This time it was ‘Ek Nazar’ directed by B. R. Ishara where she played the role of a girl called Shabnam. During that period of time, Amitabh Bachchan had given a series of flops, as a result of which most top heroines refused to work with him. Soon enough in the 1973 film ‘Zanjeer’, Jaya Bhaduri stepped in alongside Amitabh Bachchan and this film turned out to be a huge hit and it was one of the precursors which led to the development of Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man image. Soon after the success of ‘Zanjeer’, she and Amitabh did a string of films together such as ‘Chupke Chupke’ (1975), ‘Abhimaan’ (1973) and ‘Sholay’ (1975). Their daughter Shweta was born while both Jaya and Amitabh were working on the sets of ‘Sholay’. In the year 1979 she appeared in ‘Nauker’ directed by Ismail Memom and starring Sanjeev Kapoor, Mehmood, Yogeeta Bali, Lalita Pawar, Madhu Malini and Manmohan Krishna. Here she enacted the role of a servant by the name of Geeta. As a lead actress, her last film opposite Amitabh was ‘Silsila’ (1981). Soon enough Jaya decided to retire from films and focus on raising her children. In the later part of the 1980s she wrote the story of ‘Shahenshah’ which had Amitabh Bachchan playing the lead role. She did not appear in any films for a period of eighteen years. She then made a comeback in 1998 by appearing in ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’ directed by Govind Nihalani and starring Milind Gunaji, Nandita Das, Seema Biswas, Joy Sengupta and Anupam Kher. This was a film which dealt with the Naxalite movement. Two years later in 2000 she starred in Khalid Mohammed’s action crime drama film, ‘Fiza’ starring Karishma Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Neha. She had even signed up for Karan Johar’s ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ (2001) starring Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. Soon after ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ she starred in KJo’s romantic comedy drama, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003) starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. This film was a super hit and it won seven FIlmfare Awards and two National Film Awards. Jaya Bhaduri received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role of Jennifer, Preity Zinta’s mother. She first shared the screen with her son Abhishek Bachchan in Pradeep Sarkar’s ‘Laga Chunari Mein Daag’ starring Rani Mukherjee, Konkona Sen Sharma and Kunal Kapoor. In 2011 she had starred in Rubaiyat Hossain’s Bengali flick ‘Meherjaan’ starring Victor Banerjee and Humayun Faridi. This film depicts a romantic story of two persons belonging to two different nations- Bangladesh and Pakistan, in the backdrop of Bangladesh’s independence war with Pakistan in 1971. Here she played the role of Mehejaan, a Bangladeshi girl who falls in love with a Pakistani army officer.
Some of her projects include ‘Meherjaan’, ‘Aap Ke Liye Hum’, ‘Drona’, ‘Lovesongs’, ‘Laaga CHunari Mein Daag’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’, ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, ‘Fiza’, ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’, ’Silsila’, ‘Naukar’, ‘Ek Baap Chhe Bete’, ‘Abhi Toh Jee Lein’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Chupke Chupke’, ‘Mili’, ‘Doosri Sita’, ‘Naya Din Nai Raat’, ‘Kora Kagaz’, ‘Dil Diwana’, ‘Aahat’, ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Phagun’, ‘Anamika’, ‘Gaai Aur Gori’, ‘Jai Jawan Jai Makan’, ‘Shor’, ‘Koshish’, ‘Samadhi’, ‘Ek Nazar’, ‘Annadata’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Bansi Birju’, ‘Parichay’, ‘Bawarchi’, ‘Jawani Diwani’, ‘Uphaar’, ‘Dhanni Meye’, ‘Guddi’ and ‘Mahanagar’.