Teji Bachchan

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Teji Suri Bachchan
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Native name
Punjabi: ਤੇਜੀ ਸੂਰੀ ਹਰੀਵੰਸ਼ ਰਾਏ ਸ਼੍ਰੀਵਾਸਤਵ ਬੱਚਨ
Hindi: तेजी सूरी हरिवंश राय श्रीवास्तव बच्चन
Teji Suri

(1914-08-12)12 August 1914
Died21 December 2007(2007-12-21) (aged 93)
Harivansh Rai Bachchan
(m. 1941; died 2003)
RelativesBachchan family

Teji Suri Harivansh Rai Srivastava Bachchan née Tejwant Kaur (12 August 1914 – 21 December 2007) (born Teji Suri) was a social activist, the wife of Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. She was also known to be a confidant of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.[1]


Born into a Punjabi Sikh family in Lyallpur, Punjab, British India (present-day Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan).[2]

She met Harivansh, then an English professor, at the Allahabad University while she was teaching psychology at Khoob Chand Degree College, Lahore, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, Pakistan). The couple got married in Allahabad in 1941. Bachchan became a home maker and lover of stage. During his lifetime, Harivansh remained completely engrossed in his muse, leaving his wife to handle all family matters. Even in social engagements, the poet willingly played second fiddle to his gregarious wife.[1]

The Bachchans had two sons: Amitabh Bachchan and Ajitabh Bachchan. Amitabh is a Bollywood actor[3] and his wife Jaya Bachchan is also film actress and Member of Parliament.

The Bachchans were a part of India's literary circuit and high society.[4] The couple sang at events.[5]

Teji played Lady Macbeth in her husband's Hindi adaptation of Macbeth. They also played a cameo appearance in Yash Chopra's 1976 film, Kabhi Kabhie.

She was also appointed as one of the Directors of the Film Finance Corporation in 1973. The Film Finance Corporation of India (and its successor National Film Development Corporation of India), a Government of India undertaking's main objective was to finance the production of purposeful films of good quality with a view to improving the general standards of the medium.[6]

Teji Bachchan was in the Lilavati Hospital for almost the whole of 2007 and she was shifted to the ICU in November 2007 after her condition became worse.[7] She died at the age of 93 on 21 December 2007 after prolonged illness.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Teji Bachchan: Indira's friend". Sify. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ India, Frontier (13 January 2011). "Amitabh Bachchan reminisenses his mothers lohri festival stories". in.com. p. 1. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Amitahb Bachchan". IMDb. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ "'The poet's poem'". Express India. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Nation". The Tribune. 20 January 2003. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  6. ^ Brief encounters with Mrs Teji Bachchan Archived 26 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Amitabh's mother Teji Bachchan hospitalised". Express India. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Teji Bachchan passes away". Indiatimes. 21 December 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2011.