Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, born in Jabalpur, is an Indian actress. She is an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Jaya is married to Amitabh Bachchan, a legend in Hindi cinema. Her son Abhishek Bachchan is also a successful actor. She started her career with a small role in Satyajit Ray's Bengali film, Mahanagar at the age of 15. After initial success in her native West Bengal, she tasted wide success with Guddi in which she played a schoolgirl obsessed with film star Dharmendra, after which she moved to Mumbai and starred in many Hindi hit films, such as Jawani Diwani, Koshish, Anamika and Bawarchi. Following the birth of her daughter Shweta she retired from films for a while and focused on raising her children. She returned to acting with Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998). In 2000 she starred in the film Fiza opposite Karisma Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. The film saw one of her best performances and she received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her work. Doing a few films every year, she starred in Karan Johar's family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) with her husband and then starred in Karan Johar's next film, Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). Of late, Jaya has been active in politics, aligned with the Samajwadi Party, she is a member of Indian Parliament.