Yes, yes - she became Jaya Bachchan. And that leads me to the main point of today's 70s Week post...
Here's a piece of Filmi Girl advice from the future for 70s actresses: Don't Get Married.
"Wow, Filmi Girl, what has you ready to ship copies of The Feminine Mystique back in time to Saira, Hema, et. al.?" you must be asking.
Well, I was thinking about when I first started watching 1970s films and what surprised me most about them. Poor production values, outrageous costumes, silly plots, and wacky camera angles I was prepared for - I was, after all, the kind of child who stayed up until 2am to catch the late showing of The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini on cable.
Honestly, one of the biggest surprises the 1970s held in store for me was my rediscovery of Jaya Bhaduri. Watching films like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham had given me the impression of a bitter, old woman. I couldn't understand the affection for her, except as Amitabh Bachchan's wife. "Well, if they all love him, I guess audiences have to love her, too," I thought.
But I didn't. I hated her. I hated her passive-aggressively bitter mother character in Kal Ho Naa Ho and I hated her wimpy doormat mother character in K3G.
"Why are filmmakers forcing this dour woman upon me?" I asked. "Why can't they get somebody fun - like Kirron Kher - instead?"
The first glimpse I had of the lost Jaya was in Sholay. At first, the countenance of the solemn widow fit perfectly with the image of her I already had. But then there is that flashback sequence - you know what I'm talking about - and for the first time I saw Jaya full of life. She was joyful and spunky and I loved her.
And I loved the spunky knife-wielding badass from Zanjeer (reviewed here)
...the hilarious fangirl of Guddi (reviewed here)
... the sexy femme fatale of Anamika (reviewed here)
...and the girl who grows into the wise woman of Kora Kagaz (reviewed here).
Jaya Bhaduri was swallowed up and the cold and dour husk of Jaya Bachchan left in her place.
This talented young woman was sidelined for the career of her husband and that's a crime. Don't get me wrong, I do love Amitabh, but that love is now tempered by a bittersweet regret over the career Jaya never got to have.
Of course, I don't know anything about the personal lives of Jaya and Amitabh but my inner sob sister see Jaya die a little year after year as she stays at home with the kids while her husband goes off and gets to be AMITABH BACHCHAN doing important things day after day and having sultry affairs with Rekha.
I have to wonder what Abhishek thought of this dynamic because Aishwarya certainly hasn't cut back on her filmmaking to start popping out babies.
Here is how we should remember Jaya!
"Bahon Mein Chale Aao" from Anamika
"Main Ne Kaha Phoolon Se" from Mili
"Main Ek Raja" from Uphaar
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