Aishwarya Rai
Indian actress
Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai is an Indian film actress. She worked as a model before starting her acting career, and ultimately won the Miss World pageant in 1994. Rai has starred in over 40 films in various languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali. Often cited by the media as the "most beautiful woman in the world", Rai made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar (1997), and had her first commercial success in Jeans (1998).
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Indian jeweller pulls 'racist', 'slave-child' ad with Bollywood actress
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major Indian jewellery chain has withdrawn an advert featuring Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with a dark-skinned boy holding a parasol over her...
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Aaradhya poses prettily like mom Aishwarya
The Times Of India - about 3 years
People who can see the Bachchan gardens, or rather the lawns of his bungalow, Prateeksha, say that a few days ago, they witnessed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan posing with daughter Aaradhya     
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Aaradhya goes to play school, Ash ready for comeback
Bollywood Mantra - about 3 years
Ever since Aaradhya Bachchan is born, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been a hands-on mom.
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Trend file with Secret Closet: Double the fun with combo trends
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
Why wear just one trend when you can double the fun? Not to mention take on the added challenge of sporting two together. 2013 saw the trial and error of countless independent textured styles. Taking this a step further, we forecast a grouping of these elements in the coming year. The process has already begun to a large extent. Another way to look at it is fabric blocking, with contrasting materials aesthetically infused together in harmony. Here are some of the ways you can try it! Leather and lace  BCBG spring 2013, Giovanna Battaglia Hyper feminine meets biker chic with this double-edged sword combination. It is the perfect example of opposites attracting, bringing together delicate luxe with urban sporty glamour. Pair a lace summer dress with a rugged motorcycle jacket, leather tights with a lace top, or leather separates with lace insert panels for a peek-a-boo effect. Wool and shimmer Maheen Karim in shimmer boucle jacket ...
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Hilary Swank & Laurent Fleury: Kiss Kiss in Paris!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Hilary Swank and her boyfriend Laurent Fleury share a kiss while strolling around the city on Monday (November 25) in Paris, France. The 39-year-old actress and her beau ironically shared their sweet kiss in front of the Saint Laurent store! PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Hilary Swank Last weekend, Hilary was in India to attend the amfAR Gala, which was also attended by Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, among other notables. 15+ pictures inside of Hilary Swank and her boyfriend Laurent Fleury sharing a kiss in Paris…
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Aishwarya fed up of Jaya Bachchan’s interference?
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai has been living as a dutiful daughter-in-law since she got married to Abhishek Bachchan in 2007.     
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Aishwarya Rai to live separately from her in-laws!
The Times of India - over 3 years
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan thanks Salman Khan
Bollywood Mantra - over 3 years
Recently, Salman Khan has mentioned Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s name in the reality show, ‘Bigg Boss 7’ after a long time.
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Aishwarya Rai says thanks to Salman Khan!
The Times of India - over 3 years
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan felicitated at Giant Awards
The Times of India - over 3 years
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan felicitated at Giant Awards     
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Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nina Davuluri made history Sunday night when she became the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America. Much of the media coverage since has focused on the entirely predictable racist comments tweeted after she won ("OMG Miss America is a terrorist!" -- wow, I didn't see that one coming). Of course, that only lasted a few hours before public shaming websites popped up exposing the bigoted tweeters and encouraging followers to spam them back. The pushback is heartening and well-intentioned, but misses what ought to be the real shame target: India. After all, despite being a country of almost a billion people, India has left it to America to crown the first Indian beauty queen who looks... well, Indian. The Indian beauty myth has its roots in the so-called history of the Aryan-Dravidian divide, which has permeated Indian consciousness for decades. As the story goes, Aryans invaded India sometime in 1200 B.C., driving Dravidians, the original Indian race, farther south. The Aryans- ...
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Fashion Police: Golden Catastrophe
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Actor Raveena Tandon is not really known for being much of a style icon but this time around, she took it a bit too far. The actor was recently spotted at the Miss Diva 2013 beauty pageant looking like she just stepped out of a box full of golden glitter! As much as we love a woman in a hot sari, Ms Tandon was a complete mess. The Charge sheet Hair and Make-up It is often said that long, flowy hair is a perfect accessory to a good-looking sari and in this case, we totally agree! This extra-tight, dramatic up-do seems like something we would see in Star Trek! Unfortunately for her, her matching heavy make-up has made things worse. Her face looks oily, cakey and excessively shimmery, and that pink lip shade is downright tacky. Considering her overpowering outfit, it would have been best if she had gone with subtle, bronze-ish make-up with a neutral lip shade. Outfit This golden Sabyasachi sari with a matching blouse is stunning, but the high ...
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Aishwarya, Rani to dance with Prosenjit?
The Times Of India - over 3 years
If all goes well, that will soon be true, with our own Tollywood Don Prosenjit Chatterjee making Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee dance to his tunes on stage.     
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Watch: Aishwarya Rai turns slim
The Times of India - over 3 years
Watch: Aishwarya Rai turns slim     
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at an event
The Times of India - over 3 years
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at an event     
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I don't believe in comebacks: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The Times of India - over 3 years
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Who Is This Gorgeous Bollywood Actress?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Bollywood has no shortage of stunning stars (ahem Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra), and one gorgeous actress has good reason to celebrate today. Katrina Kaif, the British-Indian actress who turns 29 today, has been turning heads since she began her modeling career in Hawaii at the age of 14, as the face of Mumbai jewelry brand Nakshatra. She then signed modelling contract with an agency in London and even participated in the London Fashion week. Since making her film debut in 2003, the Bollywood stunner has appeared in over 30 films, and is wildly popular on social media (she has over 474,000 followers on Twitter). Kaif has been hot on our radar since attending several high-profile events this year, including the Vancouver for the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) back in February of 2013, and the Cannes Film Festival in May. Scroll through the gallery below to see more of Katrina Kaif.
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Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Masoom' remake?
The Times of India - over 3 years
Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Masoom' remake?     
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to make a come back in Bollywood
The Times of India - over 3 years
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to make a come back in Bollywood     
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to be back on screen
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aishwarya Rai
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    As of May 2016, Rai is filming for Karan Johar's romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.
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    In 2016, Rai starred in Omung Kumar's biographical drama Sarbjit.
    More Details Hide Details The film is based on the life of Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh, who was convicted of terrorism by a Pakistani court, and how his sister Dalbir Kaur fought relentlessly for his release. Rai played the role of the sister of Sarabjit Singh (played by Randeep Hooda). The film premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, and received mixed to negative reactions from critics, as did Rai's performance. Few reviewers expressed that Rai was "miscast" as she neither looked nor sounded like a Sikh woman. Her Punjabi accent and her over-the-top performance in some scenes was largely criticized, though several critics took note of how much she stood out in the film's quieter scenes. Rajeev Masand summarised that "she's required to scream and shout and weep copiously to express her anguish; the shrillness does her no favors. In quieter moments – like one in which Dalbir can't bear to part with her stillborn baby – the actress shines." Commercially, the film performed poorly.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In 2013 Rai and her husband Abhishek Bachchan have been roped in as the brand ambassadors by the TTK Group.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    In 2012, she was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a national order of France.
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    However she silenced her critics by walking the red carpet at the "AmfAR Cinema Against Aids" gala in 2012 Cannes Film Festival for the 11th time.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Rai has made it to the issue of New York Magazine’s list of "Forty Women That Women Find Beautiful", where she grabbed the 21st position in the list, with New York Magazine saying "She may be the "world’s most beautiful woman," but what we really love is that she never feels fragile onscreen,". She was considered by the media one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities in India. Rai has received 10 Filmfare Awards nominations, and has won two Best Actress trophies for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002). In 2009 she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest Indian civilian award, by the Government of India for her contributions to the arts.
    In September 2012, Rai had joined United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and renowned Hollywood actor Michael Douglas at a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace in New York.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    In 2011, she has received a lot of negative publicity for failing to lose her post-pregnancy weight as is apparently "required" of a public figure.
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    Rai gave birth to a baby girl on 16 November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Her daughter became popularly known by the name of "Beti B", a name attributed to her by fans and the media, since the couple took over four months to name their daughter. Rai is commonly referred to by fans and the media by the nicknames "Ash" and "Aish", but has stated that she dislikes being called as such. She has discouraged people from referring to her by names other than "Aishwarya" as she does not want to "spoil her good name".
  • 2010
    Age 36
    They have been described as a supercouple in the Indian media She ranked 2nd in The Times of Indias 50 most desirable women of 2010, and ranked 9th for 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    Rai with her husband Abhishek Bachchan appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on 28 September 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She is the first Indian celebrity who appeared in The Oprah Winfrey Show twice.
    In a poll conducted by the newspaper Daily News and Analysis in 2009, she was voted as one of India's most popular icons.
    More Details Hide Details She attended the 83rd Academy Awards, along with her husband, Abhishek.
    In 2009 she made appearances on Martha Stewart's show Martha and on the The Tyra Banks Show.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year Forbes listed Rai at 387th out of 1,411 actors on their list of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. She is the highest-ranked Indian actor on the list.
    Her international presence shot up when Abhishek Bachchan accompanied her to the Cannes Film festival shortly after their marriage, and later to The Oprah Winfrey Show, appearing on 28 September 2009.
    More Details Hide Details They were described as being more famous as a couple than Brangelina.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    In 2008 American television channel E!: Entertainment listed Rai's eyes as the sexiest on their Sexiest Body Parts list.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    The couple married on 20 April 2007 according to traditional Hindu rites of the Bunt community, to which she belongs.
    More Details Hide Details Token North Indian and Bengali ceremonies were also performed. The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence, "Prateeksha", in Juhu, Mumbai. They have been described as a supercouple in the Indian media. Rai is very close to her family and lived with them in Bandra, Mumbai, until her marriage. Rai is Hindu and deeply religious.
    Their engagement was announced on 2007 and later confirmed by his father, Amitabh Bachchan.
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    Rai married actor Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 with whom she has a daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Her off-screen roles include duties as a brand ambassador for several charity organisations and campaigns. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS). In 2003, she was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. Rai was born into a Tulu-speaking Bunt family in Mangalore, Karnataka. Her father, Krishnaraj, was an Army biologist, while her mother, Brinda, is a homemaker. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy. Rai's movie Dil Ka Rishta (2003) was co-produced by her brother and co-written by her mother. The family moved to Mumbai, where Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir High School. Rai did her intermediate schooling at Jai Hind College for a year, and then joined DG Ruparel College in Matunga, securing 90 percent in the HSC exams. She trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens. Her favourite subject was zoology, so she initially considered a career in medicine. Then with plans to become an architect, she enrolled at Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, but later gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    The UK magazine Eastern Eye ranked her third in the list of "Asia's Sexiest Women" in 2006, and she was ranked eighth in 2009.
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    In May 2006, Rai was featured in People Magazine as one of the "World's Most Beautiful People".
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    She appeared along with various other Bollywood actors at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details The performance showcased Indian culture as a lead-up to India hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Rai is a UN Microcredit Spokesperson. She supports PETA India. She pledged to donate her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India and appeared in a public awareness film on eye donation. In November 2004, Rai created the Aishwarya Rai Foundation to help needy people in India. In 2009 Rai was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train, an international charity that provides free Cleft lip and palate surgery to children in need. Her work with Smile Train will focus not only on India, but on 76 different developing countries around the world.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    Rai appeared on such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, and was the first Bollywood personality to appear on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment. In 2005 Harpers and Queen's list of "Most Beautiful Women in The World" ranked her ninth.
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    Also in 2005, Mattel released a limited edition of Barbie dolls of Rai in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details The British magazine Maxim ranked Rai first on their list of "Hottest Women of India".
    In 2005 she was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on, which said that "at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls and even Julia Roberts", she was "the world's most beautiful woman".
    More Details Hide Details The same year, a tulip in the Netherlands was named "Aishwarya Rai" after her.
    In February 2005 Rai performed with other Bollywood stars at the HELP!
    More Details Hide Details Telethon Concert, an event to raise money for the victims of the 2004 tsunami earthquake. Along with other members of the Bachchan family, she laid the foundation of a special school for underprivileged girls in Daulatpur village in Uttar Pradesh in 2008. Construction is being funded by the Bachchan family and the school will be named after Rai.
    In 2005 she became a brand ambassador for Pulse Polio, a campaign established by the Government of India in 1994 to eradicate polio in India.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Rai was appointed spokesperson for the International Year of Microcredit, raising awareness of the main goals and priorities of the United Nations' poverty alleviation efforts.
    She then co-starred with her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, and her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, in Ram Gopal Verma's political drama Sarkar Raj, a sequel to the 2005 box-office hit Sarkar.
    More Details Hide Details Rai was cast as Anita Rajan, the CEO of an international power firm who proposes to set up a plant in rural Maharashtra. The film was a critical and commercial success, with praise directed to the performances of the three leads. Rai's next role was in the 2009 Harald Zwart-directed spy comedy The Pink Panther 2. Starring alongside Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer, Rai portrayed the role of Sonia Solandres, a seductive criminology expert. Like its predecessor, the sequel received negative reviews from critics, but did a moderate business of $34 million at the American box office. Roger Ebert wrote, "Rai is breathtaking in Bollywood films, where they devote a great deal of expertise to admiring beauty, but here she's underutilized and too much in the background"; USA Today mentioned her expressions as "wooden" and added, "She looks gorgeous, but her expression rarely changes".
    Rai's only successful venture of 2005 was a special appearance in Shaad Ali's comedy Bunty Aur Babli, in which she featured in the popular item number Kajra Re.
    More Details Hide Details Rai had two film releases in 2006, J P Dutta's Umrao Jaan and Yash Raj Films' Dhoom 2. The former, an adaptation of Mirza Hadi Ruswa's Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), tells the story of a doomed courtesan from 19th-century Lucknow. Rai played the titular role, a character famously played by Rekha in the first film adaptation of the novel. Reviewers, while comparing the film to its previous adaptation, were critical of the film as well as of Rai's performance. BBC noted, "While only Aishwarya could emulate the grace and poise of Rekha, she doesn't quite capture the intensity of Umrao's abiding melancholy", adding that "Rai's incandescent beauty and artistry.. does indeed keep the audience watching, though not necessarily emotionally engaged." In the Sanjay Gadhvi-directed adventure film Dhoom 2, Rai portrayed Sunehri, a petty thief who helps the police catch an illusive criminal; the film had an ensemble cast including Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, and Uday Chopra. Though critically unsuccessful, the film was Rai's first major commercial success since Devdas; the film was declared a blockbuster, and became the highest grossing Indian film of 2006 with gross revenues of over. Rediff.com commented, "She is all gloss and no depth. You seldom feel any tension in her behaviour and expressions. Sunehri enters the film nearly 50 minutes after its opening in a disguise.
    Rai next co-starred alongside Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan in the 2005 adult drama Shabd, which tells the story of an author who convinces his wife to pursue an illicit relationship with a younger man in research for his next book.
    More Details Hide Details The film received predominantly negative reviews and proved a commercial failure. The Times of India concluded, "For the umpteenth time, Ms Rai looks drop-dead gorgeous. And that's about it. She is like that picture postcard you get when what you were actually waiting for is a letter. It's very beautiful to look at, but is of no use because it says nothing." That same year, Rai took on the lead role of Tilo in Paul Mayeda Berges's romantic fantasy film The Mistress of Spices, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The film received negative reviews from film critics and emerged as a commercial failure. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian termed Rai's performance as "annoying" and wrote that she "wafts and simpers" through the entire film.
  • 2004
    Age 30
    In late 2004, Rai garnered international recognition for her starring role opposite Martin Henderson in Gurinder Chadha's British film Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.
    More Details Hide Details International film critics were appreciative of Rai's "beauty" but questioned her acting abilities; a review carried by The New York Times mentioned her as "radiantly beautiful but inert". With a worldwide gross of $24 million against a production budget of $7 million, Bride and Prejudice proved a commercial success. Rai next collaborated with director Rituparno Ghosh, for the second time, in the relationship drama Raincoat, an adaptation of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. Also featuring Ajay Devgan, Raincoat met with wide critical acclaim and among other wins, won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. The Hindu noted, "As Neerja, Rai appears to have shed her inhibitions about looking unglamorous. What is more, she seems to have made an earnest effort to emote, using less of her body and limbs and more of her face, and eyes in particular". She eventually received another Best Actress nomination at Filmfare.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    In 2003, Rai featured in two romantic dramas of Bollywood, her brother's production début Dil Ka Rishta, alongside Arjun Rampal, and Rohan Sippy's Kuch Na Kaho, alongside Abhishek Bachchan.
    More Details Hide Details Neither of these films fared well critically or commercially. She was later noted for her starring role in Rituparno Ghosh's independent Bengali film Chokher Bali, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel of the same name. She portrayed the character of Binodini, an emotionally manipulative widow, struggling with her sexual desires in early-20th century Bengal. The film was a major critical success and Rai earned positive notice for her performance; Derek Elley of Variety noted, "Rai dominates the film with her delicately sensual presence and physical grace". Commercially, the film was a sleeper hit. After the success of Chokher Bali, Rai returned to mainstream Hindi film with Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee (2004), an action thriller featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan and Tusshar Kapoor. The film tells the story of five constables embroiled in a mystery surrounding a terrorist attack; Rai's role was that of Mahalakshmi, a gun moll. While filming for Khakee, Rai was accidentally hit by a running car, which resulted in the fracture of her left foot. Upon release, the film received moderate critical and commercial success. In her next release, the romantic comedy Kyun! Ho Gaya Na, Rai played Diya Malhotra, a university student who develops a one-sided attraction toward her friend Arjun Khanna (played by Vivek Oberoi). The film received positive to mixed comments from critics, but failed commercially.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    The show faced early cancellation due to the 11 September 2001 attacks, and the team prepared to return to India as soon as possible.
    More Details Hide Details However, the shows continued successfully in Canada. In 2002, she participated in the show From India With Love in the UK, along with Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. It took place at two outdoor venues, Manchester's Old Trafford and London's Hyde Park, with over 100,000 spectators. In the summer of 2008, Rai, her husband Abhishek Bachchan, her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, and actors Preity Zinta, Ritesh Deshmukh and Madhuri Dixit starred in the "Unforgettable World Tour" stage production. The first leg covered the USA, Canada, Trinidad, and London, England. Rai is also involved in the functional and administrative operations of her father-in-law's company, originally known as ABCL, and rechristened as AB Corp. Ltd. That company, along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., developed the Unforgettable production.
  • 2000
    Age 26
    In 2000, Rai starred in Kandukondain Kandukondain, a Tamil language adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Rajiv Menon, the film also starred Tabu, Mammooty and Ajith Kumar in prominent roles. Rai was cast as Meenakshi (based on the character of Marianne Dashwood), the younger sister of Tabu's character. The film was a critical and commercial success and earned Rai positive comments from critics; a review carried by The Indian Express summarised, "Attacking her role with just the perfect dollop of innocence, Aishwarya does full justice to her part, and matches up perfectly to Tabu." Rai next starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Chandrachur Singh in the action drama Josh. She portrayed Shirley Dias, the twin sister of Khan's character who falls in love with his arch enemy's brother (played by Singh). The casting of Rai as Khan's sister was considered an unusual pairing at the time; director Mansoor Khan, however, described it as "perfect". Despite earning mixed reviews from film critics, Josh emerged as a commercial success. Satish Kaushik's social drama Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai was Rai's next release; she played a rape victim in the film. Co-starring Anil Kapoor and Sonali Bendre, the film was well received by critics and did moderate business at the box office. Film critic Sukanya Verma praised Rai's decision to star in the film and added that she "conveys the turmoil and pain of a rape victim well. But it is her transition from an emotional wreck trying to gather the broken pieces of her life back together that is amazing."
  • 1999
    Age 25
    In 1999, Rai began dating Bollywood actor Salman Khan; their relationship was often reported in the media until the couple separated in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Rai cited "abuse (verbal, physical and emotional), infidelity and indignity" on the part of Khan as reasons for ending the relationship. Though they both appeared in Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (in which her then longtime boyfriend, Salman Khan, had a brief cameo) and Kuch Naa Kaho, Abhishek Bachchan fell in love with Rai whilst filming Dhoom 2.
    In 1999, Rai starred in the romantic drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which became a significant turning point in her career.
    More Details Hide Details The film, an adaptation of Maitreyi Devi's Bengali novel Na Hanyate, was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-starred Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan. She played the main protagonist Nandini, a Gujarati woman who is forced into wedlock (with Devgan's character) despite being in love with another man (played by Khan). TheMovieReport.com praised Rai's performance over her co-actors and noted, "Rai, in a luminous, award-winning performance (largely considered her big dramatic breakthrough—and justifiably so), fills in the conflicted emotional shades that Khan fails to bring with his one-dimensional presence". Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam emerged as a major commercial success and won Rai a Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Rai next took the leading role of Mansi, an aspiring singer, in Subhash Ghai's musical Taal; alongside Akshay Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Alok Nath. A reviewer for Rediff praised her dancing prowess in it. A moderate domestic success, Taal was notable for being the first Indian film to feature in the top twenty listing at the American box-office. Rai received a second Best Actress nomination that year at the Filmfare Awards ceremony.
    Her first role in 1999 was in the melodrama Aa Ab Laut Chalen, directed by Rishi Kapoor.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical failure and had a below average performance at the box office. Rai's portrayal of Pooja Walia, a traditional Indian woman living in the United States, met with negative reviews; Rediff.com published, "Aishwarya Rai sports a plastic smile and never gets a scene where she can portray any depth. All she does is cry and smile and look pretty".
  • 1998
    Age 24
    In the 1998 big-budget Tamil romantic drama Jeans directed by S.
    More Details Hide Details Shankar, Rai appeared alongside Prashanth and Nassar. She played Madhumita, a young woman who accompanies her ailing grandmother to the United States to seek medical attention. A commercial success, the film earned Rai praise for her acting and dancing skills. Unlike in Iruvar, Rai practised and dubbed for her own lines in the film. Jeans was later submitted as India's official entry to the Academy Awards for 1998.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    Rai made her acting debut in 1997 with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar, a semi-biographical political drama, featuring Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Tabu and Revathi.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical success and among other awards, won the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival Rai featured as Pushpavalli and Kalpana – dual roles; the latter was a fictionalised portrayal of politician and former actress Jayalalithaa. Due to Rai's weak Tamil-speaking skills, her dialogue in the film was dubbed by Tamil actress Rohini. That same year, she was cast as Ashi, a naive teenager in her first Bollywood film – Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, a romantic comedy opposite Bobby Deol. Both Iruvar and Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya were commercial failures and reviewers were critical of Rai's acting ability in both the films. However, for the latter, she won a Screen Award for Best Female Debut.
    She made her acting debut with the 1997 Tamil film Iruvar and had her first Hindi film release in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya that same year.
    More Details Hide Details Her first commercial success was the Tamil romantic drama Jeans (1998), following which she achieved wider success and two Best Actress awards at Filmfare for her performances in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002). She garnered critical appreciation for portraying Rabindranath Tagore's heroine, Binodini, in the Bengali film Chokher Bali (2003), a depressed woman in the relationship drama Raincoat (2004) and as Kiranjit Ahluwalia in the British drama film Provoked (2006). Rai's greatest commercial successes have been the romance Mohabbatein (2000), the adventure film Dhoom 2 (2006), the historical romance Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and the science fiction film Enthiran (2010). She also received praise for portraying a nurse in the drama Guzaarish (2010). Rai took a sabbatical from film acting in 2010, and made her comeback with the thriller Jazbaa (2015).
  • 1994
    Age 20
    In the 1994 Miss India pageant, she won second place, behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World, also winning five other sub-titles, including "Miss Catwalk", "Miss Miraculous", "Miss Photogenic", "Miss Perfect Ten" and "Miss Popular".
    More Details Hide Details With Sen representing India at the Miss Universe pageant, Rai's duties as the first runner-up included representing India in the rival Miss World Pageant, held that year in Sun City, South Africa. She went on to win the crown where she also won the "Miss Photogenic" award and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty − Asia and Oceania. After winning the pageant, Rai spoke of her dream for peace for this world, and her desire to be an ambassador of peace during her one-year reign in London. Rai continued to pursue a career as a model until she became an actress.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    In 1993, Rai gained huge public recognition for her appearance in a Pepsi commercial with actors Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudhry.
    More Details Hide Details The single line – "Hi, I'm Sanjana," of her dialogue in the commercial made her instantly famous.
  • 1991
    Age 17
    In 1991, Rai won an international supermodel contest (organised by Ford) and was eventually featured in the American edition of Vogue.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on November 1, 1973.
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