Jaya Bachchan birthday special: Rare pictures of the veteran actress
Jaya Bachchan was born as Jaya Bhaduri in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, on April 9, 1948
She is a gold medallist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
Jaya made her debut in 1963 with Satyajit Ray's Bengali film 'Mahanagara'
As her adult, her first role was in the memorable 'Guddi' (1971), directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
'Koshish' (1972), in which she and Sanjeev Kumar played a deaf and mute couple with utmost conviction, is considered among Jaya's best performances ever
Curiously, Jaya played Sanjeev Kumar's daughter in another film that released the same year 'Parichay'
Big B and Jaya worked together for the first time in the 1972 film 'Bansi Birju' (Amitabh had made a special appearance in 'Guddi')
Amitabh and Jaya went on to act opposite each other in a number of memorable films
During this time, they also fell in love, and got married June 3, 1973
Some of Big B-Jaya's famous films as a pair are 'Zanjeer' (1973), 'Abhimaan' (1973), 'Mili' (1975), 'Chupke Chupke' (1975), 'Sholay' (1975) and 'Silsila' (1981)
Jaya's strength as a lead heroine was that she was equally adept at commercial as well as offbeat cinema, which explains her success while collaborating with directors as diverse as Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gulzar, Ramesh Sippy and Prakash Mehra
Jaya was pregnant with her first child Shweta during the filming of 'Sholay'
Following Yash Chopra's 'Silsila', Jaya decided to take a prolonged break from acting to concentrate on family matters
Amitabh and Jaya's second child, Abhishek, was born on February 5, 1976
After a huge gap of 17 years, Jaya returned to the big screen with the 1998 film 'Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa'
In the early 90s, she produced the popular sitcom Dekh Bhai Dekh
Since the turn of the millennium she has acted in a handful of films, a couple of which have been major hits, namely 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' and 'Kal Ho Naa Ho'
Apart from acting, she is also a Samajwadi Party MP. In picture with the cast of 'Tere Mere Sapne', which was produced under the A.B.C.L. banner
Jaya became a grandmother for the third time when Abhishek and Aishwarya's daughter, Aaradhya, was born in November 2011
For her contribution to cinema, Jaya was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1992. In picture: Jaya with veteran actors Shammi and Asha Parekh