It's a marriage made in heaven, literally. One of Bollywood's most celebrated couples -- Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan -- marked 42 years of being together on Wednesday with best wishes from the industry. Amitabh thanked his fans on his blog, fondly calling them his "extended family (Ef)".
"Self wishes are the order of the day... They serve both ways. They convey to you the Ef, of my marriage anniversary... And they inform the wife that she has not been forgotten even though she is not in the country at this moment," Bachchan wrote. "After 42 years it all seems so very close and immediate... The decision to be together... The information to the elders... Parents first and then .. Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, my first director and then Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Jaya's first director, and ours for many films thereafter," the Piku actor added.
Big B also recalled his traditional Bengali wedding and their honeymoon in London. "The hurried simple preparations... The ceremony in Bengali tradition... The drive from my rented place to the apartment of a dear friend of Jaya's family... My driver Nagesh insisting on driving me, sehra bound, to the site, not permitting my brother to do the honours... And finally after it was all over, the entrance of the bride into our home and the departure soon after to London with some dear friends for a honeymoon... Our very first visit to the UK," wrote Bachchan.
The star couple got married after working together in Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer. Since then, the two have worked together in a number of successful and critically acclaimed films. We take a look at seven films where the couple spread the magic of their effervescent romance on screen.
After starring together in two forgettable films in 1972 (Bansi Birju and Ek Nazar), the two were again cast for Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer. The film was a super hit and is considered one of the milestones of the Hindi film industry. Zanjeer also boasts of an unforgettable performance by Pran.
When the two were working together for this Hrishikesh Mukherjee film, there were rumours that the couple was struggling with issues similar to the film's plot. Abhimaan was critically acclaimed for its sensitive approach to ego tussle between husband and wife.
Jaya played a cute, lovely girl suffering from pernicious anemia in this Hrishikesh Mukherjee film. The film's songs continue to charm music lovers even today.
Chupke Chupke (1975)
One of the most hilarious flicks by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Chupke Chupke starred Dharmendra, Jaya, Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan.
With Rekha, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, Silsila certainly tops the list of films the Bachchan couple has featured in. The Yash Chopra film also starred Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar in lead roles.
When Jaya played the silent and suffering widow in Ramesh Sippy's blockbuster film, it was huge shift from the cute, bubbly girl she mostly played.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
Amitabh and Jaya came together after a long time for Karan Johar's family saga starring Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Kajol.