Bollywood’s legendary actress Jaya Bachchan celebrates her birthday today. Filmfare takes a trip down the memory lane, to revisit her personal style that stood out above all else. The actress brought simplicity and elegance to the table. In an industry of high glam actresses, she made her own space with long loose tresses tied into a plaid and a minimal makeup look. She was mostly seen in a long winged eyeliner that made her ethereal almond eyes pop out. The actress invented the household trend, her floral printed chiffon saris and elegant pearl jewelery. She was synonymous to simplicity. The actress’s idea of fashion is all about comfort.
On several occasions, the Kal Ho Na Ho actor has been seen in the most gorgeous heritage silks, linen and soft cotton. Her wardrobe is all about subtle pastel colors, nudes and whites. When it comes to her jewelery collection, Jaya can be spotted multiple times in something as minimal as a basic pendant. But when the occasion calls for it, the actress showcases her grand collection of raani haars, navratnas and gulbandhs. Commenting on her simplicity, she said in an interview to a leading journalist, “I couldn’t handle the weight of the hairdo and the make-up. And there has to be a gali somewhere for plain-looking actresses, ”She has also popularly remarked that people liked her because she looked exactly like them. Her movies like Guddi, Piya ka Ghar, Kora Kagaz, Uphaar, Abhimaan, Koshish, and Mili revolved around middle-class identities, and class struggles.
Talking about her fashion in movies, Jaya Bachchan spoke to a leading daily in a 1998 interview, she said, “Professional dignity came to me naturally. I had seen my father maintain it. I never did wear skimpy clothes. They used to approach me to show a little. In Shor, I was supposed to wear clothes which were suggestive. I told Manoj Kumar, ‘I would not do it’. ”
Be it reel or real life, Jaya has always been the epitome of grace in the most beautiful saris. The actress recently also featured on the cover of a leading fashion magazine in India. The cover featured her with daughter, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, and granddaughter Navya Navel Nandai. The issue was called the family issue, and dived deep into the world of Jaya, Shweta and Navya.
Some of her popular looks include her look in the song Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si from Anamika. In the music video she looks very graceful in a plain white sari with golden borders. The colorful flowers on the golden border round off the look. Similarly, Jaya wears another beautiful sari for the song Say Se Sake. In the song, she is seen in the most gorgeous black and white sari. Her beautiful long tresses are left open, and she looks like a true diva.
Filmfare breaks down five of her most iconic looks in her movies:
In this 1972 movie, Jaya Bachchan broke her stereotypical image of a girl-next-door. She broke the mold with this glamorous role. For the movie she moved away from the staple saris and donned a western look. In the first scene of the movie, the actress can be seen in a white top with voguish balloon sleeves. Her look is completed with a pair of hoop earrings and a perfectly winged eyeliner. She is also seen in bell bottoms, bell sleeves, and a bouffant. The actress mouthed the popular dialogue of those times, ‘Dil toh is tarah bheja hai jaise bijli ka bill ho.’ She surprised her fans with the modern hair-dos and vintage shirts and trousers. In another popular scene from the movie the actress lets her hair down. She picks orange trousers and a matching orange top. The top features a big bow which matches the outfit. She makes a case for monochrome outfits, decades before they were trending.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Directed by Karan Johar, this 2001 movie saw Jaya Bachchan playing the role of Nandini Raichand, the wife of a business tycoon. Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya, were seen wearing coordinated outfits. In one of the looks, she was seen sporting a white sari with intricate embroidered patterns. She accessorized the look with silver earrings, necklaces, bangles, and a ring. Her jewelery throughout the movie was always on-point. In another popular scene, the actress picks a black embroidered sari. She rounds off the look with a pearl set that complements the sari really well. She also wears a matching black shawl and carries a black handbag. For the makeup, she picked filled brows, kohled eyes, white bindi, highlighted cheekbones and a nude lip.
In the 1973 movie Zanjeer, Jaya Bachchan played the role of Mala, a street performer. Even in this movie the actress won many hearts, with her Boho banjara look. She personified the character really well in a round-collar, red-hued ensemble. The outfit was accentuated with white patterns. The actress also sorted a headgear that was made out of her dupatta. Her dupatta had an attached silver-toned accessory that looked like earrings. She rounded off the look with rounded nose pins. For the makeup look the actress picked kohled eyes, a winged eyeliner, neutral eyeshadow and a pink nude lip.
Kal Ho Na Ho
One of the popular movies of Jaya Bachchan is Kal Ho Na Ho. The movie is directed by Karan Johar, who opened up in an interview and said that Jaya Bachchan was cast as he couldn’t visualize anyone else in the role of a mother. In the movie, Jaya Bachchan is seen in a collection of the most beautiful saris. One of her most beautiful looks is the one in the song Maahi Ve. In the music video, the actress is seen in a beautiful yellow chiffon sari. The sari has intricate silver sequin work. She also picks silver dangling earrings and wears silver bangles. In another popular scene on the Brooklyn Bridge, the actress can be seen in a black sweater and a gray shawl. Her tied hair makes her look very relatable.
Guddi was the movie that made Jaya Bachchan an instant star. In the movie, she plays the role of a school girl who is a big fan of movie hero Dharmendra. In the movie, Jaya is seen in a school uniform, but pulls it off with the utmost charm. She is seen wearing a blue pleated skirt, and white shirt. Her hair is tied in two plaits. She also wears white ribbon to tie her hair and accessories with hanging earrings. Her makeup is very neutral, she does a winged eyeliner and a nude lip. The creators of the movie wanted to exude innocence with her look, and no one could have played the role as well as Jaya did.