For her rendition of girl-next-door characters in movies like Guddi and Bawarchi, Jaya Bachchan has an image very distant from her contemporaries like Zeenat Aman or Sharmila Tagore. The plain cotton saree draped over her shoulder with her no make-up look endeared her with the conservative audience of the 70s. However, rumor has it – and it has had it from quite a while now – that Jaya Bachchan is quite the alcoholic. NetTV4U reported that Jaya Bachchan had taken to alcohol and smoking during the hard times of the Amitabh-Rekha infamous affair. She has never confirmed such allegations; the Bachchan family is known to keep matters of their personal lives away from public knowledge.
Once close family-friend, late politician Amar Singh had claimed that Amitabh Bachchan had warned him against accepting Jaya Bachchan in his political party because of her “inconsistent nature and habits.”
Among others from 70s Bollywood, Rakhee had her own struggle with alcoholism. The light-eyed actress never found respite is any of the two marriages, one ended up in a divorce, the other in separation, and she took to alcohol to find an escapade. The Kabhi Kabhi actress was also diagnosed with cancer and many speculate that her excessive drinking was had led to the condition.
Meena Kumari, despite her skyrocketing success in films, lived a desolate life. Celebrated as the tragedy queen, she was much like the depressed alcoholic wife she had played in the timeless movie of the 60s, Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam, and succumbed to liver cirrhosis just at 40.
From the next generation, Sushmita Sen and Manisha Koirala are reported to be addicted to alcohol by many entertainment sites. They have been caught smoking many times by paparazzi as well. Though Konkana Sen Sharma would enjoy a few sips of alcohol every now and then, she had quit both smoking and drinking back in 2010. Among the leading ladies of the 2020s, Sonam Kapoor doesn’t mind relishing a rich smooth drink during celebrations and is often photographed with her happy drink at the parties.