Jaya Bachchan Age Boyfriend Husband Family Biography

Jaya Bachchan (née Bhaduri; born 9 April 1948) is an Indian actress and politician. She is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, serving since 2004. Known primarily for her work in Hindi and Bengali cinema, she is noted for reinforcing a natural style of acting in both mainstream and “middle-of-the-road” cinema. She has received several accolades, including nine Filmfare Awards and the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour awarded by the Government of India.

Making her film debut as a teenager in Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar (1963), Bachchan’s first screen role as an adult was in Guddi (1971), directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, with whom she collaborated in several films thereafter. She was noted for her performances in films like Uphaar (1971), Koshish (1972) and Kora Kagaz (1974). She starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan in several films, including Zanjeer (1973), Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975) and Mili (1975). The cult film Sholay (1975) saw her playing the much-lauded role of a young widow.

Following her marriage to Amitabh Bachchan and the birth of their children, she restricted her work in films, notably starring in Nauker (1979) and Silsila (1981). After a 17-year sabbatical, she returned to acting with Govind Nihalani’s independent drama Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998). She has since played emotionally troubled mothers in the commercially successful dramas Fiza (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). After another hiatus, she will make her comeback in 2023.

Personal life

Early years and family

Jaya Bhaduri is the daughter of Taroon Kumar Bhaduri, a journalist, author, and poet and his wife, Indira. She studied at St Joseph’s Convent School, Bhopal and graduated from Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.

On 3 June 1973, she married Amitabh Bachchan. The couple have two children: Shweta Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, who is also an actor. Shweta is married to industrialist Nikhil Nanda, grandson of the Kapoor family in Delhi, and has two children, Navya Naveli and Agastya Nanda, while Abhishek Bachchan is married to actress Aishwarya Rai, and has a daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan.

Drona speech controversy
Bachchan’s speech during the musical launch of Drona in the second half of 2008 was criticised by some sections of politicians in Maharashtra. In response to the film’s director, Goldie Behl, making his introductory speech in English, she said in Hindi, “Hum UP ke log hain, isliye Hindi mein baat karenge, Maharashtra ke log maaf kijiye”. (Translation: “We are people from UP, so we will speak in Hindi. People of Maharashtra, please forgive us.”) Subsequently, she encouraged actress Priyanka Chopra to speak in Hindi.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray commented that she had no business referring to all the people of Maharashtra in her statement. He threatened to ban all Bachchan films unless she apologised in a public forum for hurting the sentiments of Maharashtrians. MNS workers began to attack theatres screening The Last Lear, which starred her husband. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also criticised her statement, “After making all your success and fortune in Mumbai, if you feel like saying that we are from UP, it’s very unfortunate”. Amitabh tendered an apology for her statement on her behalf.

Jaya Bachchan Age Boyfriend Husband Family Biography

Maiden 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
Film Career
DebutFilm, Bengali (Child Actor): Mahanagar (1963)
Film, Hindi (Actor): Guddi (1971)
Awards, Honours, Achievements Padma Shri

1992: In the field of Art
Filmfare Awards

1972: Special Award for Uphaar

1974: Best Actress Award for Abhimaan

1975: Best Actress Award for Kora Kagaz

1980: Best Actress Award for Nauker

1998: Special Award for Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa

2001: Best Supporting Actress Award for Fiza

2002: Best Supporting Actress Award for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

2004: Best Supporting Actress Award for Kal Ho Naa Ho

2007: Lifetime Achievement Award
International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)

2001: Best Supporting Actress Award for Fiza

2002: Best Supporting Actress Award for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

2004: Best Supporting Actress Award for Kal Ho Naa Ho

Honours & Recognitions

1994: Yash Bharti Award, UP state’s highest award

2013: Master Deenanath Mangeshkar (Vishesh Puraskar) Award for her dedicated services to Indian theatre and cinema

2017: Best Parliamentarian Award by Lokmat
Note: She has many more accolades to her name.
Political Career
PartySamajwadi Party

Samajwadi Party Flag
Political Journey2004: Elected as the Member of Parliament
• 2004-2006: Represented Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha

• 2006: Disqualified as a member of the Rajya Sabha

• June 2006 – July 2010: Second term

• 2012: Third term

• 2018: Re-elected for the fourth time in the Rajya Sabha
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 April 1948 (Friday)
Age (as of 2023) 75 Years
BirthplaceJabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Zodiac signAries
SignatureJaya Bachchan's Signature
HometownKolkattaDeccan Chronicle
SchoolSt. Joseph’s Convent School, Bhopal
College/UniversityFilm and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune
Educational QualificationDiploma in Acting Man’s World India
CasteBengali Brahmin Wikipedia
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian India Forums
AddressJalsa, B/2, Kapol Housing Society, VL Mehta Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049, Maharashtra, India
HobbiesListening to Music, Reading, and Cooking
Controversies• She has been seen lashing out at paparazzi for clicking her photos and asking irrelevant questions from her on various occasions. India Today
• Her controversial remarks on the use of English language at the music launch of the film Drona (2008) made a huge controversy, she said,

Hum UP ke log hain, isliye Hindi mein baat karenge, Maharashtra ke log maaf kijiye” (she was from Uttar Pradesh and people of Maharashtra should excuse her for speaking in Hindi). Later, Amitabh Bachchan apologised on her behalf. Rediff
• On 21 December 2021, the Rajya Sabha was disrupted and adjourned after Jaya Bachchan, a member of Samajwadi Party in Rajya Sabha, said the bad days of the government were here. It all started when Ms. Bachchan rose to speak on the Narcotics and Drugs Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and objected to a “personal remark” made by one of the members of the treasury benches against her. She also accused Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was in the chair of being partisan. She said, “I don’t want to thank you. I don’t know if I should recall the days when you used to sit here (Opposition bench) and troop into the well shouting slogans against the government or now when you are sitting in that chair.” Ms. Bachchan signed off her speech by saying – “You don’t have any empathy for your colleagues sitting outside, your bad days will be here, I curse you.”The Hindu
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsAmitabh Bachchan (Actor)
Marriage Date3 June 1973
Husband/SpouseAmitabh Bachchan
ChildrenSonAbhishek Bachchan (Actor)

DaughterShweta Bachchan Nanda (Indian author)

ParentsFather– Taroon Coomar Bhaduri (Author and Poet)

Mother– Indira Bhaduri
SiblingsSister(s)– 2 Times of India
• Rita Verma

• She has one more sister.
Actor(s)Dilip Kumar and Dharmendra
Actress(es)Nargis Dutt and Hema Malini
Travel Destination(s)London and Switzerland
Colour(s)Blue and White
Money Factor
Salary (as a Member of Parliament)Rs. 1 Lakh + other allowances Times of India
Assets/PropertiesJaya Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan’s joint declared property (as in 2018)

Immovable Assets: Rs 460 crore

Movable Assets: Rs 540 croreTimes of India


Acting career

Jaya Bachchan with husband Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai
Jaya Bachchan is an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India. She first starred in Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film, Mahanagar (1963) at the age of 15, with Anil Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee.She then appeared in two more Bengali films: a 13-minute short Suman, and the comedy Dhanyee Meye (1971), where she played the role of Uttam Kumar’s sister-in-law.

Inspired by her experience with Ray, she joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and graduated with the gold medal. Hrishikesh Mukherjee cast her in Guddi (1971), to play the eponymous role of a petite school-girl obsessed with film star Dharmendra. Guddi was a commercial success, and created the girl-next-door image for her, which she was often associated with through the rest of her career. While she did venture out to play glamorous roles as in Jawani Diwani, (1972) and a semi-negative character of an amnesia-faking heroine in Anamika (1973), she was most recognised for her roles epitomising middle-class sensibility, which she played amiably in films of “middle-cinema” directors such as Gulzar, Basu Chatterjee and indeed Hrishikesh Mukherjee. These films include Uphaar (1971), Piya Ka Ghar (1972), Parichay (1972), Koshish (1972) and Bawarchi (1972). They also made her a superstar.

In Gulzar’s Koshish (1973), Bhaduri and Sanjeev Kumar played a deaf couple who struggle through their difficulties as disabled people. She described the film as “a learning experience” which motivated her to do social work in future.

She first acted with Amitabh Bachchan in Bansi Birju (1972), followed by B. R. Ishara’s Ek Nazar also in the same year. When Amitabh had faced a string of flops and most lead heroines refused to work with him in the Salim–Javed scripted Zanjeer (1973), she agreed to step in. The film turned out to be a big hit creating Amitabh Bachchan’s angry-young-man image. All their successive films as a pair were huge hits – Abhimaan (1973), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Sholay (1975).

Jaya Bachchan with her husband Amitabh Bachchan in 2002
Her daughter Shweta was born around the time Jaya and Amitabh were working on Sholay. Following this, she retired from films and focused on raising her children, making an exception for Yash Chopra’s Silsila (1981), once again opposite her husband. During the late 1980s, she wrote the story for Shahenshah (1988), which starred her husband in the lead.

After a gap of 17 years, she returned to acting with Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998), a film about the Naxalite movement. In 2000, she starred in Fiza for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred in Karan Johar’s ensemble family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) with her husband. She then starred in Johar’s romantic comedy-drama, Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), playing Preity Zinta’s mother, Jennifer Kapur, both of which also earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred with her son Abhishek in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) and Drona (2008).

In 2011, she appeared in the Bangladeshi film Meherjaan starring with Victor Banerjee and Humayun Faridi. The film is based on a Bangladesh-Pakistan love story in the backdrop of the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities.

Political career
Bachchan was first elected in 2004 as the Member of Parliament from the Samajwadi Party, representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha till March 2006. She got a second term from June 2006 till July 2010 and in February 2010 she stated her intent to complete her term. She was re-elected in 2012 for the third term and again in 2018 for her fourth term in the Rajya Sabha from Samajwadi Party. Also, she campaigned for All India Trinamool Congress during 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election.

Parliamentary Committee assignments
13 September 2021 onwards: Member, Committee on External Affairs

Positions held

Jaya Bachchan has been elected 4 times as Rajya Sabha MP.

As per the Election affidavit of 2018 (Rajya Sabha), Jaya Bachchan has assets worth ₹1,001.63 crores and liabilities worth ₹105.64 crores.

1.20042006MP (1st term) in Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh (by-poll)SP
2.20062012MP (2nd term) in Rajya Sabha from Uttar PradeshSP
3.20122018MP (3rd term) in Rajya Sabha from Uttar PradeshSP
4.2018PresentMP (4th term) in Rajya Sabha from Uttar PradeshSP

Awards and recognitions

Civilian Award

Major film awards

1972Filmfare AwardsSpecial AwardUphaarWon
Best ActressNominated
1975Kora KagazWon
1998Special AwardHazaar Chaurasi Ki MaaWon
2001Best Supporting ActressFizaWon
2002Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…Won
2004Kal Ho Naa HoWon
2007Lifetime Achievement AwardWon
2001International Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressFizaWon
2002Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…Won
2004Kal Ho Naa HoWon

Other film awards


Honours and recognitions


1963MahanagarBengali film
1971GuddiNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
UphaarFilmfare Special Award. Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Jai Jawan Jai Makan
Aahat – Ek Ajib KahaniReleased in 2010
Dhanyee MeyeBengali film
JananiBengali film
1972Jawani Diwani
Bansi Birju
Piya Ka Ghar
Ek Nazar
KoshishNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1973Gaai Aur Gori
AbhimaanFilmfare Award for Best Actress
1974Dil Diwana
Kora KagazFilmfare Award for Best Actress
Naya Din Nai Raat
Doosri Sita
1975MiliNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Chupke Chupke
1977Abhi To Jee LeinUnreleased
1978Ek Baap Chhe BeteGuest appearance
1979NaukerFilmfare Award for Best Actress
1981SilsilaNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1995AkkaMarathi film
1998Hazaar Chaurasi Ki MaaFilmfare Special Award
2000FizaFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe
DeshBengali film
2003Kal Ho Naa HoFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
2008Love Songs : Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
2010Aap Ke Liye Hum
2011MeherjaanBengali language Bangladeshi film
2013SunglassBilingual film
2016Ki & KaCameo
2023Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

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