April 8, 2010

Favorite Jaya Bachchan Songs

Actor and politician Jaya Bachchan turns 62.

Born in 1948, she began her film career with a bit role in maestro Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar when she was just 15 but became a nationally renowned actress after her entry in the Hindi film industry and her first major hit was Guddi. With her bubbly performance in Guddi, and intense performance in films like Koshish, Abhimaan and Kora Kagaz she had established herself as a complete performer in the industry.

Wife of superstar Amitabh Bachchan and mother and mother-in-law of actors Abhisek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, Jaya has herself been an actor of high repute.

She married superstar Amitabh Bachchcan on June 3, 1973. Her daughter Shweta was born while Jaya and Amitabh were working on the film Sholay. Following this she retired from films and focused on raising her children. Her last film as a lead actress was Silsila (1981).

During the late 1980s, she wrote the story for the film Shahenshah which starred her husband in the lead. After a gap of film appearances for 18 years, She returned to acting with Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998), a film that sensitively portrays the Naxalite movement, and has since played mother roles, which she has been praised for. Later, she worked in film like Fiza, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. In 1992, she was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India. In the recent years, she also entered politics and was elected in the Upper House of Parliament as a Samajwadi Party candidate in 2004 but was the first casualty of the ‘Office of Profit’ controversy and had to resign in May 2006. She however was reelected in July 2006.

Here are my top ten songs of Jaya Bachchan

Hum Ko Manki Shakti Dena from Guddi

 Piya Bina Piya Bina from Abhimaan

Tere Mere Milan from Abhimaan

Chupke Chupke Chal Ri from Chupke Chupke

Sar Se Sarke from Silsila

Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si from Anamika

Tum Bin Jeevan Kaisa Jeevan from Bawarchi

Bahon Mein Chale Aao from Anamika

Beeti Na Bitaayi Raina from Parichay

Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin from Jawani Diwani


The Illusionist said...

Please post your Jaya Bachchan favorites.

Pardesi said...

Nadiya kinare heraye aayi kangana

Bol re papihara

Minnie said...

@Illusionist: Thanks a lot for continuing the tradition of top ten songs....great choices!

Lots of good wishes to Jaya Bachchan on her birthday! Here are some more of my fav songs of this actress par excellence :

Bole re papi hara

Yeh jeevan hai

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Caulfield said...

A very sweet song from Mili -

Maine kaha phoolon se

The Illusionist said...

@Minnie - You are welcome.. I am just trying to keep the tradition alive, not sure whether i can do as good a job as you do.

rudresh said...

Another song is Mera jeevan Kora Kagaz kora hi reh gaya

ApexHeights said...

Yes mera jeevan kora kagaz is good. She was damn good in those naughty roles of jawaani diwani and those numbers she did with randhir kapoor.

ApexHeights said...

has anyone else noticed if there is a strong resemblance between her and vidya balan's voice or is it just me..

Caulfield said...

No I don't think there is any resemblance to her voice and Vidya Balan's voice. So maybe it is just you.

ApexHeights said...

Well, I was referring to how Jaya Bahduri spoke during her younger years / movies.

there is a similar nasal twang or some kind of nasality in speech

Pardesi said...

Maybe a little bit, but both had an unaffected Hindi - so that could be the similarity

ApexHeights said...

Yes there is a certain clarity and unpretentiousness the way they speak and this also comes across free spirited. But then that was the case with kajol or even madhuri.

However , between jaya and vidya I mean they sound very similar and you could not differentiate if you did not see them speaking. or may be its just that I have a poor speech perception or too much into speech physiology.

ApexHeights said...

I think Jaya bahaduri had a lot of lata songs esp the high pitch ones and these were and may still be very popular radio numbers with an excellent recall value. Even now when you hear these numbers , instantly you are transported to dusty indian roads with these tunes playing in a paan shop in the dead of night.

There is this

Bole Re Papi Hara

Chupke Chupke Chal Di

ApexHeights said...

I guess these songs were posted up here. my bad !

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