Jaya Bachchan, the iconic, strong woman with an illustrious film career has been an inspiration forever, for many. An incredibly fascinating actress, she is the flag bearer of reinforcing a natural style of acting in both mainstream and art films.
Since her debut as a teenager in Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar, there wasno looking back for this supremely talented actress. Recipient of Padma Shri, 9 Filmfare Awards, alongside Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to movies, Jaya is a phenomenal woman.
As the veteran actress turns a year older, let’s reminisce her incredible body of work in movies; taking into account those which had Big B as her co-star:
Mili: Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, this was a romcom that featured the real life power couple in titular roles. Jaya’s character Mili, a cheerful girl who is a bundle of joy, is instrumental in spreading happiness. Her neighbour Shekhar (essayed by Amitabh) is a drunkard who falls in love with this spirited girl. Mili’s ways inspire Shekar and change him for the better.
Abhimaan: This is a musical movie directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee again. Essaying the role of a couple facing a troubled marriage, both Amitabh and Jaya were brilliant. It is believed that the movie was based on sitar maestros Ravi Shankar-Annapurna Devi’s marriage.
Zanjeer: It was an action film that went on to become a blockbuster hit. Amitabh played the role of inspector Vijay, and Jaya played Mala. This was a classic movie that ushered in a whole new trend in Hindi cinema.
Bansi Birju: The couple shared the screen together for the first time in this romantic film directed by Prakash Verma. Jaya was Bansi, a prostitute who got married to Birju, played by Amitabh.
Sholay: It marked their third consecutive film with each other. One of the iconic hit movies that saw Amitabh-Jaya communicating in restrained manner, hiding feelings, where the silence spoke volumes through their masterful acting.
Silsila: Directed by Yash Chopra, this romantic drama is yet another classic which featured Amitabh, Jaya; along with Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Sanjeev Kapoor.
Chupke Chupke: The duo starred in the remake of the Bengali comedy film, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was an ensemble cast with notable performances.
Guddi: Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, this movie was a huge ‘city hit’ and marked Jaya’s maiden movie as an adult. She was phenomenal in the role of a school girl. It starred Dharmendra, Utpal Dutt, and had Amitabh Bachchan make a guest appearance.
Apart from the above-mentioned movies, both of them featured in movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Ek Nazar, Ki & Ka and Akka (Marathi movie).