Jaya Bachchan is one of the finest actresses in the Hindi film industry, particularly known for reinforcing a naturalistic style of acting in both mainstream and parallel cinema. The actress made her film debut as a teenager in Satyajit Ray's 'Mahanagar'.
In her entire film career, she received accolades and awards for several of them. She was even conferred with the Padma Shri Award in 1992. It's her birthday today and we bring to you her 8 memorable film performances.
Jaya essayed the role of a young school girl named Kusum, who is obsessed with actor Dharmendra, who played himself in the film. It also had that famous song, Humko Mann Ki Shakti Dena which is remembered even today.
Her portrayal of Mili, a girl who suffers from pernicious anemia, was highly appreciated by the audience.
Gulzar's 1972 film 'Koshish' had Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan play a deaf-mute couple.
4. Jawani Deewani
Jaya Bachchan tried to break out of the mould with a glamorous role in this film.
A writer (Sanjeev Kumar) rescues a young woman (Jaya Bachchan) lying injured on the road. She awakens with amnesia, but insists that she is the writer's wife. Whether she is the victim or the perpetrator of a devious plot, is what forms the crux of the film.
The film told the the story of a chauvinistic singer-husband who is unable to accept his wife's superior popular appeal as a singer.
7. Kora Kagaz
This marital drama directed by Anil Ganguly, had Vijay Anand and Jaya Bachchan in leading roles. It featured the iconic song, Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz.
This cult film, directed by Yash Chopra, is considered a classic for its treatment of the themes of abandonment and familial responsibility.