Top 20 Bollywood Power Couples: Time-Tested Love Story Of Amitabh Bachchan And Jaya Bachchan

Mina Muzumdar |Sep 09, 2019

As Amitabh Bachchan has reigned in the Hindi film industry the entire few last decades, Big B and wife Jaya Bachchan are also the most powerful couple in Top 20 Bollywood Power Couples.

During his career spanning over five decades and participation in more than 190 films, Amitabh Bachchan is regarded as the greatest Indian actor of the century. But he not only has influence in Bollywood but his influence is also widespread in India.

A life long has been dedicated to the Indian cinema, Big B has imprinted a mark on the heart of the audience. At the age of 73, he is still navigating a career path without fear of veering off the beaten track.

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

However, besides being admired for his incredible dedication for Indian cinema, the Star of the Millennium is also praised for his 46 years still-counting marriage to wife Jaya Bachchan, which makes them the most enviable in Top 20 Bollywood Power Couples.

Like any other couple, their love was not a happy ending fairy tale but a time-tested love story with major up and down. Little would know that life challenged the golden couple numerous times when one time Amitabh was near death because of a fatal accident and the second time he experienced a huge financial crisis that the superstar had to declare he was bankrupt.

Here are the full heart touching story of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.

The first meeting

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

In early 1970, when Amitabh Bachchan was still struggling to find his footing in the Hindi film industry, Jaya Bachchan was a popular actress at that time. One destined day, Jaya came across his at Pune Film Institute and though they caught each other attention, there was no certain at that moment.

Love alarm

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

In an interview, when talking about the first impression with his lovelady like it was still vivid in his mind, Big B admitted he just couldn't help but fall in love with her beautiful warm eyes. Then, Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan’s flame officially started off on the set of Ek Nazar.

The wedding bell

In 1973, the young Amitabh Bach had a promise with his friend that if  Zanjeer became a big hit, he would then travel to London with them. However, his parent didn't give him permission to travel oversea with his girlfriend until they got married. And instead of saying 'No', he got down on one knee to propose Jaya Bachchan and received an instant 'Yes' from her.

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

And instead of having an extravagant wedding like Bollywood superstar, their wedding was as simple as possible for them to catch the flight to London on the very next day.

Jaya Bachchan gave up her career for their family

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

The couple welcome their first child Shweta Bachchan in 1974 and then blessed with son Abhishek Bachchan in 1976. At the pinnacle of Jaya Bachchan's career, the actress decided to retire from work for the sake of her family.

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan


Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan's extramarital affair rumours with Rekha

Three years after their beautiful wedding, Amitabh Bachchan was rumoured to have an extramarital affair with his co-star Rekha. However, despite the uproar in their relationship, the couple still upheld their poise and respect for each other with Jaya Bachchan firmly insisted she trusted him with her life.

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan's extramarital affair rumours with co-star Rekha

"I totally trust my husband and I know this industry. I have never been threatened or felt insecure about anything he did."

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan underwent a huge financial crisis

At the age of 57, Amitabh Bachchan lost everything he had as the superstar had to declare he was bankrupt.

Amitabh Bachchan Jaya Bachchan

But like palm trees through life's storms, in such circumstances when people yield to pressure, he made his way back to Bollywood and raised everything from the ash again.

And along his major downfall in life was a woman who constantly and quietly at his back to support him all the way she could, it is Jaya Bachchan.

With the couple just celebrated their sapphire wedding, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan remain as the most influential couple in Top 20 Bollywood Power Couples. 

And like Amitabh Bachchan said "Bad luck either destroys you or makes you the man or woman you really are," the golden couple of Bollywood inspired the young with their heart-touching tale that was tested through the darkest time in life.


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