Actress Jaya Bachchan turns a year older today and her charming smile still makes hearts skip a beat. Even a guest appearance in a film is enough to raise its box office stock. Yet, over the years, Amitabh Bachchan’s better half seems to have preferred a life away from the arclights with more focus on family, politics and issues of national importance.

On her 68th birthday, we take a pictorial look at her life and times so far.Jaya was born on April 9, 1948 to journalist Taroon Kumar Bhaduri and Indira, a Bengali family living in Jabalpur. She studied at St Joseph’s Convent School in Bhopal where she was also the Head Girl and later studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She is among FTII’s first and most illustrious alumni.

On June 3, 1973, Jaya married actor Amitabh Bachchan. She met the future Angry Young Man when he was a struggling actor and starred with him in films at a time no other actress would. Together, they created celluloid magic in films like Zanjeer, Sholay and Abhimaan.

Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan have two children, Shweta (born in 1974) and Abhishek (born in 1976). Jaya was pregnant with Shweta while shootingSholay.

Jaya’s daughter Shweta is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda, grandson of Raj Kapoor, and the two have a daughter named Navya Naveli and a son named Agastya.

Jaya Bachchan’s son Abhishek is married to former Miss World and Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai. They have a daughter named Aaradhya who turned four last November.
She starred opposite husband Amitabh Bachchan in Abhimaan (1973), which won her the Filmfare award for Best Actress. This was when Filmfare gave the award to two actresses – the other recipient was Dimple Kapadia for Bobby(1973).
Jaya Bachchan returned to the silver screen in 1998 with an acclaimed performance in Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Ma.Jaya Bachchan also featured in a cameo in this year’s Ki And Ka along with husband Amitabh Bachchan.Here’s to wishing Jayaji a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.