News|April 9, 2010 11:59 pm

Jaya Bachchan Turned to 62

A fine actress, dignified mother, Rajya Sabha Member, and lot more other adjectives can be added into her profile, she is none other than Jaya Bachchan. Born in April 9, 1948, Jaya turned to 62 today. Started her career with a bit role in Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar in 1963, when she was just 15, but later she became a nationally renowned actress after her entry into the Hindi film industry.

Early Life

Born in a Bengali family of Indira and Taroon Kumar Bhaduri, writer, journalist and stage artist in Jabalpur, Jaya studied in St. Joseph’s Convent School of Bhopal and later she studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

Career Life

After appearing as a child actor and starting her career with Satyajit Ray, she made her forst screen role as an adult in Guddi in 1971, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Playing a character of adult girl who is obsessed with actor Dharendra, she gave some brilliant performances in the movie. After that she never looks back, and moving toward her career, she worked in movies like Jawani Diwani, Koshish, Anamika, Piya Ka Ghar and Bawarchi.

After appearing as a child actor in Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar (1963), she made her first screen role as an adult in Guddi (1971) directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and gave some of her famous performances in films such as Jawani Diwani (1972), Koshish, Anamika, Piya Ka Ghar and Bawarchi. In 1973, she married to superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, and in same year she worked with her husband in films such as Zanjeer (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975) and Sholay (1975). After marriage, she restricted her film work in the coming years and after Silsila in 1981, took a sabbatical for films, only to return with Govind Nihlani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998).

During the late 1980s she wrote the story for the film Shahenshah which starred her husband in the lead. Then she started her career again with movies like Fiza, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, etc.

Of late, Bachchan became active in politics, notably with the Samajwadi Party and has been a Member of Parliament, representing Rajya Sabha.

During her career, she won three Filmfare Best Actress Awards, three Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards, and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.