In the early 70’s when Bollywood was packed with great actresses like Nutan, Asha Parekh, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Hema Malini etc., it was very difficult for a new entrant to make her presence felt but the veteran and exceptionally talented Jaya Bhaduri (now Bachchan) made her debut with Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s GUDDI (1971) and created an uproar in Indian Cinema. From 1971 to 1976, in a short span of just five years she reached the pinnacle of success and placed herself in the legacy of legendary actresses like Meena Kumari, Nargis, Vyajantimala and others. Jaya Bachchan turns 66 today and Glamsham.Com wishes her birthday greetings and prays for a healthy life.
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While we all know that Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan made a debut with GUDDI, few know that GUDDI is not her first movie. In fact, Jaya Bhaduri made her debut seven years earlier in 1963 with the legendary film wizard Satyajit Ray in his Bengali movie MAHANAGAR, when she was just 15 years old.
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In an interview Jayaji had revealed, ”I was interested in sports and drama. My father being a stage artist in Kolkata, I also developed a passion to perform on stage. I was studying as well as doing stage in my leisure time. Many great artists from Bengali Cinema used to watch papa’s stage shows. Hence when Satyajit Ray was making MAHANAGAR, he was in search of a young face with talent. Sharmila Tagore and Robi Ghosh who had seen me in plays recommended my name that’s how Satyajit Ray called me and took a screen test.”
Later she joined FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) in Pune and when she was in her final year at the institute, eminent filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee, came to the institute searching for heroine for his movie GUDDI. He met the principal, who recommended Jaya’s name. Impressed by the few movie clippings that Jaya had done at the FTII, Hrishikesh da instantly signed Jaya as his heroine. Rest is history.