Actor and politician Jaya Bachchan turns 62.
Born in 1948, she began her film career with a bit role in maestro Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar when she was just 15 but became a nationally renowned actress after her entry in the Hindi film industry and her first major hit was Guddi. With her bubbly performance in Guddi, and intense performance in films like Koshish, Abhimaan and Kora Kagaz she had established herself as a complete performer in the industry.
Wife of superstar Amitabh Bachchan and mother and mother-in-law of actors Abhisek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, Jaya has herself been an actor of high repute.
She married superstar Amitabh Bachchcan on June 3, 1973. 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).
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.
Later, she worked in film like Fiza, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. In 1992, she was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India. In the recent years, she also entered politics and was elected in the Upper House of Parliament as a Samajwadi Party candidate in 2004 but was the first casualty of the ‘Office of Profit’ controversy and had to resign in May 2006. She however was reelected in July 2006.
With inputs from News Tomorrow