Jaya Bachchan is an Indian film actress and politician.
She is currently the Member of Parliament representing Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, notably serving four terms since 2004.
She is recognised as one of the finest Hindi film actresses of her time, particularly known for reinforcing a naturalistic style of acting in both mainstream and “middle-of-the-road” cinema.
She was born on 9 April 1948 to Taroon Kumar Bhaduri, a famous author and poet.
During her career, she won nine Filmfare Awards: including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress, which makes her the overall most-awarded performer in the female acting categories, along with Rani Mukerji.
She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
She is a recipient of the Yash Bharti Award, UP state’s highest award from the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
In 2017, she won Best Parliamentarian award.
Making her film debut as a teenager in Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar (1963), Bachchan is an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India. She had passed with the gold medal.
Her first screen role as an adult was in Guddi (1971), directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, with whom she would collaborate in several films.
She was noted for her performances in films including Uphaar (1971), Koshish (1972) and Kora Kagaz (1974), among others. She appeared alongside her husband Amitabh Bachchan in films such as Zanjeer (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Sholay (1975).
Following her marriage to actor Amitabh Bachchan and the birth of their children, Bachchan restricted her work in films. After her appearance in the Silsila (1981), she took an indefinite sabbatical from films. She returned to acting with Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa in 1998. Since then, she has appeared in several critically and commercially successful films such as Fiza (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), all which garnered her critical acclaim, as well as several awards and nominations.
She appeared with her son Abhishek in the films Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) and Drona (2008).
During the late 1980s, she wrote the story for the film Shahenshah (1988), which starred her husband in the lead.
In 2011, she appeared in the Bangladeshi film Meherjaan starring with Victor Banerjee and Humayun Faridi.