Jaya Bachchan Age, Caste, Family, Children, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Birth nameJaya Bhaduri Full NameJaya Bhaduri Bachchan (After Marriage) NicknameDidibhai Jansatta Profession(s)Actor and Politician Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 158 cm in meters- 1.58 m in feet & inches- 5’ 2” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourSalt & Pepper Career DebutFilm, Bengali (Child Actor): Mahanagar (1963)
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Jaya Bachchan is a popular Indian actress and politician.
Jaya Bachchan was an NCC cadet in her school and was the head of her NCC batch. In 1966, she was awarded the best All India NCC Cadet on the Republic Day celebrations.
At the age of 15, she started her career as an actor in the Bengali films, out of which one was directed by Satyajit Ray.
Jaya Bachchan with Satyajit Ray in a Film
After acting in three Bengali films, she joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. She is one of the students of FTII who has graduated with a gold medal.
She has acted in various Bollywood films including Uphaar (1971), Koshish (1972), and Kora Kagaz (1974).
A Still From Uphaar (1971)
In 1970, Jaya saw Amitabh at Pune Film Institute. At that time, Amitabh was a struggling actor while Jaya was already a star.
Reportedly, Jaya was featured on the cover of a magazine, Amitabh came across this cover and realised that she is the lady of his dreams. Later, Jaya and Amitabh met officially on the sets of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film ‘Guddi’ (1971).
She acted with Amitabh Bachchan as the female lead for the first time in Prakash Verma’s film ‘Bansi Birju’ (1972).
Poster Look of Bansi Birju
Sharing her first meeting with Amitabh, Jaya said in an interview,
I was introduced to him on the sets of Guddi. I was impressed by him and somewhat in awe as he was Harivanshrai Bachchan’s son. I felt he was different, though people laughed at me when I said that. I expressed my feelings and said he’s going to make it big, even though I was aware he wasn’t the usual stereotype hero. I fell in love with him very soon.”
As per the sources, the legendary actor Rajesh Khanna, who was a very close friend of Jaya, was not happy with her friendship with Amitabh Bachchan.
Jaya and Amitabh fell in love while they were shooting for ‘Ek Nazar’ (1972) and got married after the release of Zanjeer (1973). In an interview Amitabh shared their marriage story, he said,
While shooting for Zanjeer, I promised Jaya that we will go together on a trip abroad if the movie becomes a hit. The movie was a hit. In an attempt to keep the promise, I decided to take Jaya on a trip. This idea was opposed by my father, he was against the idea of Jaya and me making a trip as friends. To keep my promise to Jaya along with making sure I did it with his father’s will, I got married to Jaya.”
Some of her movies with her husband are Zanjeer (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975), and Sholay (1975).
Jaya was three months pregnant with her first child, Shweta, while she was shooting for the movie ‘Sholay’ (1975).
Jaya used to call Amitabh ‘Lambuji’ until their daughter, Shweta, started calling him the same.
An Old Picture of Jaya And Her Family
The trouble in their happy married life started within three years of marriage when rumours of Amitabh and Rekha’s affair heated up.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha
Jaya said in an interview,
I totally trust my husband and I know this industry. I have never been threatened or felt insecure about anything he did. I am associated with a family who believes in having a relationship. You should not be very positive about anything. Especially in this profession, where you know that nothing is easy here. If he really left me and then he never belonged to me.
Reportedly, she once called Rekha for dinner and said that she would never leave her husband whatever the truth is.
An Old Picture of Jaya And Rekha
There were rumours that Jaya stopped Amitabh from working with Rekha in films.
In 1981, Jaya appeared as the ‘lead actress’ for the last time in the Bollywood film Silsila (1981). It is said that this film is based on the real-life love triangle of Amitabh, Jaya, and Rekha, directed by Yash Chopra.
After this movie, Jaya took a break of 14 years from the film industry to raise her kids.
Later, she wrote the story of the superhit Bollywood film Shahenshah (1988), which turned out to be a big hit.
In 1995, she made a comeback in the Marathi film ‘Akka’ alongside Amitabh Bachchan.
Jaya Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan in Akka
Shweta Bachchan Nanda with Her Husband and Kids
Later, Jaya appeared in many Bollywood and Bengali films including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001), Desh (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007). Jaya has also appeared in the Bangladeshi film Meherjaan in 2011.
Jaya Bachchan with Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Aaradhya
In 2004, Jaya was elected as the Member of Parliament from the ‘Samajwadi Party,’ representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha till March 2006. Her second term was from June 2006 till July 2010. In 2012, she was re-elected for the third term, and in 2018 she was elected for the fourth term in the Rajya Sabha.
Jaya Bachchan in an Event of the Samajwadi Party
Jaya Bachchan’s real sister Rita Bhaduri is married to Rajeev Verma, who played the character of Salman Khan’s father in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989).
In an episode of KBC 11, Amitabh Bachchan revealed that he was attracted to Jaya Bachchan’s long hair.
An Old Picture of Jaya
In another episode of KBC 11, Amitabh revealed that he has saved Jaya’s contact number as ‘JB.’
Jaya has appeared in various TV commercials along with her husband.
A Still From Jaya and Amitabh’s TV Commercial
When asked about the Nepotism in Bollywood she said,
Nepotism charges are not true. My son is still struggling. The first film you can get maybe if you are from the film industry, but lots of sons of lots of film people are still waiting.”
In an interview, Jaya said that she has to take care of Amitabh just like her child.
Candid Moment of Jaya Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan
In 2012, Jaya moved to tears while she was talking about Delhi Nirbhaya rape case.
After declaring her assets in Rajya Sabha elections 2018, she became one of the richest MP in India.
In December 2019, Jaya Bachchan was in news for passing lynching comment on Hyderabad vet rape-murder case. She said,
People now want the Government to give a definite answer. Such people (the accused in a rape case) need to be brought out in public and lynched.”
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