An onscreen presence in her native India from the early 2000s, Jaya Bachchan achieved stardom and lead status with Pradeep Sarkar's Laaga Chunari Mein Daag -- Journey of a Woman (2007). In that film, she plays one of two sisters who migrate from the rural home of their family to a new life in the big city, but run headfirst into a series of complications and personal crises.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for Abhimaan (1973), Kora Kagaz (1974) and Nauker (1979).
- Won nine Filmfare Awards in the female acting category - a record she shares with Nutan.
- Took a hiatus from acting from 1981 to 1998 following the birth of her children.
- Received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 1992 and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
- Entered the Indian political arena in 2004 and is associated with the Samajwadi Party.