Happy Birthday Jaya Bachchan: A throwback to her five evergreen performances

Koshish: The movie has Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar playing a deaf and mute couple as they fight against bigger odds of conflicts, pain and struggle in their marital life, as they try to carve out a niche for themselves in the stereotypical society. Long before they became classics, films like Abhimaan and Mili were the chief staple of audience’s daily entertainment dose. As the actor is celebrating her 70th birthday today, here’s a throwback to five of her finest works:

Abhimaan: If you revisit Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1973 film, there’s a little voice that squeaks inside you – they don’t make films like these anymore. Jaya Bachchan in Abhimaan. Jaya’s silent and gloomy mood in Silsila had its own voice. It’s endearing to see Jaya suffering silently, holding onto her dignity even as her husband is madly in love with Rekha’s character. Chupke Chupke: Jaya has a small part in yet another Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic. Their stolen, silent glances speak as much as Jaya’s chatter with her neighbours. If Amitabh’s grim anger fueled the narration, Jaya’s silent suffering navigated the story to its destination. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore. Unlike other romantic flicks, the film doesn’t have many songs. Most of her films were woven around trivialities of daily life, which made her fans relate to the actor on a personal level and etched her work in our memories forever. 2018-04-09T11:30:58+05:30″>
Updated: April 9, 2018 11:30:58 am

Jaya Bachchan turns 70 today. Jaya’s impressionable, unsophisticated act in Guddi was rooted in innocence. (Photo from Express Archive)
Silsila: In this Yash Chopra multi-starrer, Jaya held her own. She is torn between ambition and love. She played the on-screen wife of Amitabh Bachchan. Jaya yet again charms her way into audience’s heart with her effervescence. As a young biology student, Jaya had spark and spunk in great amounts. Mili was above all a great romance. Still, it soars high on their chemistry. Jaya Bachchan in Guddi. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd In Jaya, we see a woman straddling two different worlds of career and domestic life. (Photo from Express Archive)

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Mili: In yet another Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie, Jaya scoops out enough moments to shine. It takes its flight in small, needy, dense conversation between Jaya and Amitabh’s characters.