Jaya Bachchan honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

2Bollywood actress Jaya Bachchan will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a film festival in London.The 61-year-old actress will be awarded for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.Jaya started her career at the age of 15 with Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film Mahanagar (1963) and has acted in films like Guddi, Chalte Chalte and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in her forty-year long career in the industry.The award will be presented to Jaya on March 5 at “Tongues on Fire” film festival, which is dedicated to the cinema cultures of South Asia.

The festival will be hosted by British television and film actor Rizwan Ahmed.Jaya, husband Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek, filmmaker Shyam Benegal, actor Sharmila Tagore and her actor daughter Soha Ali Khan will attend the 10-day long festival, which begins in London from March 5.”This year’s Tongues on Fire could not come at a better time. With ‘My Name Is Khan’ smashing records at cinemas around the UK to become the most successful Bollywood film in British box office history, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of Asian cinema,” said Pushpinder Chowdhry, the director of the festival.

“Asian film has the feel-good factor and the appeal to speak to Asian and non-Asian audiences alike. The festival encompasses films from up-and-coming home-grown talent as well as established Asian filmmakers – from urban Glasgow to rural Afghanistan,” she added.

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