Jaya Bachchan is a popular Indian actress and politician. She is an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Jaya is married to Indian Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and her son Abhishek Bachchan is also an Indian actor. After appearing as a child actor in Satyajit Ray's Mahanagar (1963), she made her first screen debut as an adult in Guddi (1971) directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and performed in films including Jawani Diwani (1972), Koshish, Anamika, Piya Ka Ghar and Bawarchi.
Jaya appeared alongside her husband Amitabh Bachchan in films such as Zanjeer, Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Mili and Sholay. Her daughter Shweta was born while Jaya and Amitabh were working on Sholay. She restricted her film work in the coming years and after Silsila in 1981, took a sabbatical for films, only to return with Govind Nihlani's Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998). During the late 1980s she wrote the story for the film Shahenshah which starred her husband in the lead.
In 2000 she starred in Fiza for which she received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her work. She also starred in Karan Johar's family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) with her husband. She then starred in Karan Johar's next film, Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). She played the role of Preity Zinta's mother, Jennifer, for which she again received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. In Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, she appeared with son Abhishek Bachchan. During her career, she won three Filmfare Best Actress Awards, three Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards, and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Bachchan was elected as a Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament, representing Rajya Sabha, and in February 2010 she stated her intent to complete her term. On 3 June 1973, she married actor Amitabh Bachchan. The couple has two children: Shweta Bachchan-Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan, who is also an actor. Shweta is married to industrialist Nikhil Nanda in Delhi, and has two children, Navya Naveli and Agastya Nanda , while Abhishek Bachchan is married to Aishwariya Rai, also an actor.