Happy Birthday Jaya Bachchan!

Jaya Bachchan nee Bhaduri is the daughter of author and poet Taroon Kumar Bhaduri (TK Bhaduri). She was born on April, 9 1948. The veteran actress turned politician is known for her contribution to Indian as well as to regional cinema. Not many know that she bagged her first film at the age of 15 - Satyajit Ray's Mahanagar. She was recommended for the role by Sharmila Tagore. After her stint in Bengali cinema, she went on to study acting at the FTII (Pune)... and there was no looking back.

The girl-next-door of the 70s was highly appreciated by fans and critics for her performance in the 1971 movie Guddi. She went on to star in many Bollywood movies including superhits like Sholay, Bawarchi, Abhimaan, Uphaar, Anamika, Jawani Diwani, Zanjeer, Chupke Chupke and many more.

Her acting career spanned the years 1963 to 1981. Now she is rarely seen onscreen, choosing to select her roles carefully if at all. 

Jaya married Indian megastar Amitabh Bachchan and gave birth to Shweta Bachchan Nanda and actor Abhishek Bachchan. After taking a break from her acting career, Jaya made a comeback in Bollywood with Govind Nihalani's Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa in 1998. Since then, she has acted in many big budget films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Fiza and Ki &Ka.

Jaya Bachchan has won 9 Filmfare awards and 3 IFFA awards.

She was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1992 and is currently Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha with the Samajwadi Party. Today, as the actress and political persona turns 71, SoundboxIndia celebrates with a list of favourite songs. Check them out below –

* Song: Meine kaha phoolon se
Film: Mili
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar 
Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Yogesh

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*Song: Teri bindiya re
Film: Abhimaan
Singer: Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 
Music: S.D. Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

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*Song:Yeh jeevan hai
Film: Piya Ka Ghar
Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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*Song: Bole re papi hara papi hara
Film: Guddi
Singer: Vani Jairam
Music: Vasant Desai
Lyrics: Gulzar

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*Song: Bahon mein chale aao
Film: Anamika
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music: R.D. Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

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