Wife of the Shahenshah, mother of the Bluffmaster. Featuring under our spotlight in Fragrance of Yesteryears today is the vivacious Bengali all-rounder, Jaya Bhaduri - Bachchan.
Bong beauty, born to Indira and Taroon Kumar
Bhaduri, was a brilliant
student and successfully managed to hold the torch of brilliance
throughout her life and career ahead. She completed her education from
the Loreto Convent in Shillong and the Loreto House in Kolkata, and is
also an alumni of the Film and Television Institute of Pune.
Jaya debuted in Bollywood with Satyajit Ray's Mahanagar in her early teens but it was Guddi which marked the initiation of her adult roles. Prior to Mahanagar, she had short screen appearances in two Bengali films, one of them being a comedy. Mahanagar
had played a pivotal role in determining the direction of Jaya's
career, and it was after this movie that she developed a serious
interest in acting and enrolled in the Film and Television Institute of
Pune. She soon graduated, not with flying colors, but with golden
colors. Jaya was awarded a gold award for her meritorious performance
and was also rewarded with the titular role of Guddi. The role earned
her the reputation of the girl-next-door and despite the versatility
that Jaya showed by portraying the various different acts, she was
remembered by the audience for her pretty-innocent girl charm.
Post-Guddi, there was no dearth of roles and offers for Jaya and she started soaring towards success. Movies like Uphaar, Koshish, Kora Kagaz et al earned her acclaimed fame and recognition. Jaya and Amitabh came together for the first time for the movie Bansi-Birju
and later, at a time that was markedly a crucial phase in AB's career,
it was Jaya who accepted to play his leading lady when all others
refused, thus giving the audience the movie that would be remembered for
decades to come - Zanjeer. The success of Zanjeer
brought home accolades for AB and Jaya and soon their pairing was what
the audience craved on the screen. Their off-screen chemistry worked
wonders on-screen as well and Jaya went on to give a string of hits with
Before Jaya retired as a lead actress after the birth of her daughter, Silsila was her last movie. However, she returned to acting after 18 years with Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa and went on to play in other movies such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag among others.
many successes were marked with many accolades as well. Jaya is
renowned to have nine Filmfares awards and three IIFAs, among the
various other awards in her kitty.
Jaya is now a happy mother of
two children - Shweta Nanda
and Abhishek Bachchan
, who're both happily married and
settled. Jaya enjoys spending her time with her granddaughter, Aradhya,
who keeps her occupied most of the time these days.
Did you know?
- Jaya Bachchan had written the script for the movie Shahenshah which starred her husband, Amitabh Bachchan, in the lead role?
- Jaya has been bestowed with four Lifetime Achievement awards at various festivals?
- Jaya was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 1992?
wishes Jaya a lifetime of joy, happiness and success for the future and
hopes that she keeps dazzling the audience with her pretty smile.
Writer: Tia V.
Editor(s): Fariha L. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Komal P.