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Veteran actress, Jaya Bachchan is celebrating her 73rd birthday today, and social media is filled with congratulatory wishes, throwback pictures, and interesting anecdotes of the actress. Jaya ji is known to be a person who doesn't quite engage with the media or talk about her personal life. But when she does get candid, the veteran actress often cracks witty jokes.
Earlier in the day, Jaya ji's son, actor Abhishek Bachchan posted a throwback picture from the 70s to wish his mom on her birthday. He wrote "Happy birthday. Love you." Jaya ji's granddaughter, Navya Naveli Nanda also shared old candid photos of her, and wrote, "Nani I love you. Happy Birthday!"
Once in a media interaction, Jaya ji spoke about her granddaughter Aaradhya and joked about her having Miss World (Aishwarya Rai) for a nurse. Jaya had ji said, "I think that Aishwarya does a very good job of the hands-on mummy. And sometimes I tease her and say Aaradhya is a very lucky girl — can you imagine having a nurse like Miss World Aishwarya.” Jaya ji further said, "I would like her (Aishwarya) to start going out but she is absolutely hands-down and doesn’t depend on anybody. I think that is great."
Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are one of the most looked up to saas bahu jodi of the glamour world. Back in 2007, while presenting the Filmfare awards on stage, Jaya ji had introduced Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as her daughter-in-law for the first time. Jaya ji had said on stage, “I am going to be a mother-in-law all over again to a wonderful, lovely girl who has great values, has great dignity and a lovely smile. I welcome you to the family, I love you.”
In one of the episodes of Koffee With Karan, Jaya ji had lauded her bahu, Aishwarya and had said, “I think its wonderful because she is such a big star herself. But when we all are together, I have never ever seen her push herself, I like that quality that she stands behind, she’s quiet, she listens and she’s taking it all in. Another beautiful thing is she’s fitted in so well. Not just into the family, but she knows that this is family, these are good friends, this is how one is supposed to be. I think she’s a strong lady, she has a lot of dignity." In the end, Karan had asked her that if she thinks she is the ideal Mrs Abhishek Bachchan, Jaya ji had instantly said, "Yes, I think so."
In a 2015 interview with the DNA, Abhishek Bachchan had opened up on Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's bond. He had said, "Ma and Ash gang up against me and they keep rattling on in Bengali. (Laughs) Mom knows the language because she is Bengali and Aishwarya had worked with Rituda (the late Rituparno Ghosh) in Chokher Bali, so she also can speak the language quite well. So whenever they have to team up against me, they start talking in Bengali. (Smiles)."
Happy birthday, Jaya ji!
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