Happy Birthday Jaya Bachchan: Top movies of Bollywood’s veteran actress

New Delhi: Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan is celebrating her 73rd birthday today and she has been receiving a lot of wishes from fans on social media. The gorgeous wife of Amitabh Bachchan is fondly known as Jayaji and she is one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema. Jaya, who is also a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992 for her contribution to the Hindi film industry. On her birthday, here is a list of the best movies of the noted actress:

Abhiman 

Abhimaan was a Hindi musical drama film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Asrani and Bindu. It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan.

Zanjeer

Directed by Prakash Mehra, Zanjeer, starring Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan was released in 1973 and was a blockbuster. In the film, Big B played the role of a cop and the actress was seen playing a role of a nomadic woman. The movie showed the crackling chemistry of Jaya and Amitabh. It’s said that real-life love blossomed on the sets between the two stars and soon, they got married. 

Koshish 

Koshish starred Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, and directed by Gulzar. Koshish is considered a landmark movie in the history of Indian cinema. The movie depicts a deaf and mute couple and their conflicts, pain and struggles to carve out a niche for themselves in a desensitized society.

Guddi

Guddi was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Jaya played the role of a 14-year-old school-girl who is obsessed with Bollywood star Dharmendra (who appears in the film as himself). Jaya was nominated for the Best Actress award and the movie was a big hit at the box office.

Silsila 

Silsila was one of the most romantic and much-talked-about movies by Yash Chopra, the film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Sanjeev Kumar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Shashi Kapoor. Yash Chopra was reportedly inspired by the real-life love triangle of Amitabh-Jaya-Rekha and decided to bring this story from real to reel.

Mili

Released in 1975, the movie garnered huge applause from the critics. The film revolves around, Shekhar, a misanthropic man, played by Amitabh, who falls in love with his cheerful neighbour, Mili (Jaya Bachchan). The movie showed the protagonist’s unconditional love for Mili, who was suffering from cancer. Jaya and Amitabh’s terrific performance as lovers had made the film evergreen.

Sholay

Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 directorial Sholay is one of the most evergreen films. Besides, Jai-Veeru’s friendship, action sequences, and dialogues, the film was also loved for Jaya and Amitabh’s cute chemistry. 

Chupke Chupke 

Chupke Chupke was a remake of the Bengali film Chhadmabeshi, it was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film starred Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash, Usha Kiran, David Abraham Cheulkar, Asrani and Keshto Mukherjee. The music was composed by S.D. Burman. This film is highly remembered for Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan’s comic act which came in the same year when the all-time blockbuster Sholay was released.

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