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Jaya Bachchan
Born Jaya Bhaduri
April 9, 1948 (1948-04-09) (age 61)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Occupation Actress, Politician
Years active 1963, 1971- 1981, 1998- present
Spouse(s) Amitabh Bachchan (1973-present)

Jaya Bhaduri or Jaya Bachchan (9 April 1948) (Bengali: জয়া ভাদুড়ী বচ্চন, Hindi: जया बच्चन), is an Indian actress. She is an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Jaya is married to Amitabh Bachchan, a legend in Hindi cinema. Her son Abhishek Bachchan is an actor.

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. She appeared alongside her husband Amitabh Bachchan in films such as Zanjeer (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975) and Sholay (1975). 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 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.


Early life

Jaya was born in a Bengali family to Indira and Taroon Kumar Bhaduri, writer, journalist and stage artist in Jabalpur. She studied in St. Joseph's Convent School, Bhopal where she was also the School Head Girl. And later studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Her sister Rita is the wife of Rajeev Verma, an Indian actor who is usually known for playing fatherly roles such as Salman Khan's dad in Maine Pyar Kiya


Jaya Bhaduri and Anil Dhawan in Basu Chatterjee's Piya Ka Ghar 1972, one of the films which exemplified her girl-next-door image.
Jaya Bhaduri in Jawani Diwani, 1972 musical hit film, and a rare glamorous role

She started her career with a supporting role in Satyajit Ray's Bengali film, Mahanagar at the age of 15, with Anil Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee. Though she had appeared in 13 min. short film, Suman prior to it [1]. The Bengali comedy Dhanni Meye (1971) was a great early success for Jaya.

After initial success in her native West Bengal, she joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, here she was picked out to play the eponymous role of Guddi in the 1971 hit, Guddi in which she played a schoolgirl obsessed with film star Dharmendra after which she moved to Mumbai and starred in many Hindi hit films, such as Jawani Diwani (1972), which remains one of the few glamorous roles, she did, compared to the girl-next-door look she usually used in most of her films. Koshish, Anamika, Piya Ka Ghar and Bawarchi. She acted with her husband Amitabh Bachchan in the hit films Zanjeer (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975) and Sholay (1975).[2][3].

Her daughter Shweta was born while Jaya and Amitabh were working on the film Sholay. Following this she retired from films and focused on raising her children. Her last film as a lead actress was Silsila (1981), also opposite her husband (incidentally "Silsila" was a surprise flop of the year). After which she stopped acting in movies. During the late 1980s she wrote the story for the film Shahenshah which starred her husband in the lead.

After a gap of film appearances for 18 years, She returned to acting with Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998), a film that sensitively portrays the Naxalite movement, and has since played mother roles which she has been praised for. In 2000 she starred in the film Fiza opposite Karisma Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. The film was considered one of her best performances and she received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her work. Doing a few films every year she also starred in Karan Johar's family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) with her husband again. She then starred in Karan Johar's next film, Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). She played the role of Preity Zinta's mother, Jennifer, for which she again received a best supporting actress award.

Her latest film is Laaga Chunari Mein Daag where she appeared with son Abhishek Bachchan and actresses Rani Mukerji and Konkona Sen Sharma.

Political career

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

Bachchan returned to the Upper House as MP of Samajwadi Party in July 2006. Her husband, Bollywood film star Amitabh Bachchan, accompanied her to the swearing-in ceremony.

Personal life

On 3 June 1973, she married actor Amitabh Bachchan. The couple have two children: Shweta Bachchan-Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan, who is also an actor. She has lived her entire married life in the public eye, yet she has always kept her distance from the media (especially when it comes to her personal life).

Awards and recognition

Filmfare Awards


IIFA Awards


Honours and recognitions

  • 1972, BFJA Awards: Special Award (Hindi film) for Guddi [1]
  • In 1992, she was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.
  • In 1998, she was honoured with the Omega Award for Excellence : Lifetime Achievement [2]
  • She is a recipient of the "Yash Bharati Samman", UP state's highest award from the Government of Uttar Pradesh. [3]
  • 2001, BFJA Awards: Best Actress in Supporting Role [4]
  • 2002, Best Actress in a supporting role, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham at the Sansui Viewers Choice Awards [5]
  • 2004, Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sansui Awards. [6]


Year Film Role Other notes
1963 Mahanagar Bani Bengali film
1971 Guddi Kusum/Guddi Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Uphaar Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1972 Jawani Diwani Neeta Thakur
Bawarchi Krishna Sharma
Parichay Rama
Bansi Birju Bansi
Piya Ka Ghar Malti
Ek Nazar Shabnam
Koshish Aarti Mathur Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Shor Raat Ki Rani/Rani
Jai Jawan Jai Makan
1973 Gaai Aur Gori Neeta Thakur
Anamika Anamika/Kanchan/Archana
Phagun Krishna Sharma
Zanjeer Mala
Abhimaan Uma Kumar Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1974 Aahat
Dil Diwana
Kora Kagaz Archana Gupta Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Naya Din Nai Raat
Doosri Sita
1975 Mili Mili Khanna Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Chupke Chupke Vasudha Kumar
Sholay Radha
1977 Abhi To Jee Lein Jaya
1978 Ek Baap Chhe Bete
1979 Nauker Geeta Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1981 Silsila Shobha Malhotra Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1998 Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa Sujata Chatterji
2000 Fiza Mother Nishatbi Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Nandini Raichand Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2002 Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Mansi Devi
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Jennifer Kapur Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Sabitri Sahay
2008 Lovesongs
2010 Aap Ke Liye Hum

See also

Filmfare Award
Preceded by
Hema Malini
for Seeta Aur Geeta
Best Actress
for Abhimaan
tied with
Dimple Kapadia
for Bobby

Succeeded by
Jaya Bachchan
for Kora Kagaz
Preceded by
Jaya Bachchan
for Abhimaan
Dimple Kapadia
for Bobby
Best Actress
for Kora Kagaz

Succeeded by
for Julie
Preceded by
for Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
Best Actress
for Naukar

Succeeded by
for Khoobsurat
Preceded by
Sushmita Sen
for Biwi No.1
Best Supporting Actress
for Fiza

Succeeded by
Jaya Bachchan
for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Preceded by
Jaya Bachchan
for Fiza
Best Supporting Actress
for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Succeeded by
Madhuri Dixit
for Devdas
Preceded by
Madhuri Dixit
for Devdas
Best Supporting Actress
for Kal Ho Na Ho

Succeeded by
Rani Mukerji
for Yuva
Preceded by
Shabana Azmi
Lifetime Achievement
Javed Akhtar

Succeeded by
Rishi Kapoor


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