Jaya Bachchan, last seen on the screen in 2008 playing her own son’s mother in Drona, is all set to return to acting with her maiden television appearance in an adaptation of Gujarati author Kajal Oza Vaidya’s novel Yog Viyog.
While a major chunk of the story would feature the senior actress, a substantial part would require another actress to play the younger version of Jaya’s character. Hunt is on for an actress, preferably a fresh face, to fit the bill. Says a source close to the project, “The adaptation of the novel is nearly done. Jayaji is in preparation for her part. But the producer Endemol are yet to find a younger actress to play Jaya’s role.”
Apparently, the prerequisites for the young actress are not so much physical as emotional. Says the source, “We are not really looking so much at a physical resemblance as the younger actress’ ability to emote as powerfully as Jayaji.” Names are being short-listed for Mrs Bachchan’s younger version. In the meanwhile the senior actress would begin shooting for the serial next month.
Says the source. “It was always Jayaji or no one else for the part. The author agreed to part with the television rights only on condition that the actress agree to play the central role.” The television adaptation is being considerably revamped. It promises to be very different from the novel.
After Hrs suggests...
Simple, sweet and pretty, Mouni Roy should be perfect as the younger Jaya. Not only is she a Bengali like Jaya, she is also a good actress. Whether it was playing a naughty girl in Junoon — Nafrat Aisi Toh Kaisa Ishq or the goddess Sati in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, Mouni has proved her acting chops. In fact, even when she made her debut in Kyunki Saas Bhi Bahu Thi, which had the iconic Tulsi (Smriti Irani), Mouni drew eyeballs as Krishna Tulsi.
Like Jaya, Ankita epitomises the classic Indian face. She can easily carry off the coy, simple and unassuming look that Jaya is known for. She has proved to be the ultimate desi bahu and beti in Pavitra Rishta. She has undergone the entire gamut of emotions from being playful, mature to sacrificing, something which Jaya epitomised in her career.
A Marathi actress, she earned appreciation in her debut Hindi TV serial Parichay. Kirti played the girl heady in love, wronged wife, and a mother efficiently and is currently seen as a girl with political ambitions in Desh Ki Beti Nandini. She started out as a young and cheerful girl-next-door and wedding planner, who is thrust into politics.