Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Biography

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Abishek and Aishwarya
Abishek and Aishwarya

Aishwarya Rai born 1 November 1973, also known by her married name Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India.Rai has received numerous awards and accolades, including two Filmfare Awards from eleven nominations, and she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009. She has often been called “the most beautiful woman in the world.

Aishwarya Rai (Ash) is one of Bollywood’s pre-eminent leading ladies. This Indian darling burst upon the world stage when her striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss World crown in 1994. This former architecture major soon became one of India’s most famous models, landing a prestigious Pepsi-Cola campaign and appearing in Vogue Magazine. India’s top Bollywood directors were soon lining up to work with Ash. Her film debut in Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar (1997) received critical acclaim and her performance in …Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997), directed by Rahul Rawail, garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) in that same year, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her special appearance in Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein (2000). In 2001 Ash was nominated for FilmFare’s Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik’s Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000).

Ash’s star continued to rise in 2002, working again with Sajay Leela Bhansali in Devdas (2002), the most ambitious and most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to receive a special screening at that year’s Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the US.

Ash had even more exciting opportunities in 2003. She became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. She is also the latest member of the elite L’Oreal Dream Team, joining renowned international beauties Catherine Deneuve and Andie MacDowell as L’Oreal’s international ambassador. She graced the covers of India Today and the prestigious TIME Magazine, which also listed her on their list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”. She has graced numerous covers worldwide including the US, UK, China, Russia, Israel, United Emerites, Italy, Spain and France. Ash was also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s annual “Hot List”, Hello Magazine’s ‘Most Attractive Women in the World”, Stuff Magazine, FHM magazine, V-Life from Variety Magazine, GQ Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s & Queen and countless others. In 2004 Aishwarya took on the leading role in her first English-language film: Gurinder Chadha’s Bride & Prejudice (2004). She also became the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world-famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London.

She began 2005 with appearances on 60 Minutes (1968), Late Show with David Letterman (1993) and the most watched television program in the world: “Oprah” (1972). Her career continued to grow with roles in The Mistress of Spices (2005) for director Paul Mayeda Berges, Jag Mundhra’s Provoked: A True Story (2006), Sanjay Gadhvi’s Dhoom 2 (2006) and legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis’ The Last Legion (2007) opposite Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley and a comic turn as the villainess in Steve Martin’s The Pink Panther 2 (2009).

Filmography and Awards:

Film

Year Language Role Director(s)

Remarks

Iruvar 1997 Tamil Pushpavalli/Kalpana Mani Ratnam Dubbed into Telugu as Iddaru  
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya 1997 Hindi Ashi Kapoor Rahul Rawail  
Jeans 1998 Tamil Madhumitha/Vaishnavi Shankar Dubbed into Telugu and Hindi with the same title  
Aa Ab Laut Chalen 1999 Hindi Pooja Walia Rishi Kapoor  
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 1999 Hindi Nandini Sanjay Leela Bhansali Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Ravoyi Chandamama 1999 Telugu Unnamed Jayanth C. Paranjee Special appearance in song “Love to Live”  
Taal 1999 Hindi Mansi Subhash Ghai Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Mela 2000 Hindi Champakali Dharmesh Darshan Special appearance  
Kandukondain Kandukondain 2000 Tamil Meenakshi Rajiv Menon Dubbed into Telugu as Priyuralu Pilichindi  
Josh 2000 Hindi Shirley Dias Mansoor Khan  
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai 2000 Hindi Preeti Vyas Satish Kaushik Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke 2000 Hindi Sahiba Grewal Raj Kanwar  
Mohabbatein 2000 Hindi Megha Shankar Aditya Chopra Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress  
Albela 2001 Hindi Sonia Heinz Deepak Sareen  
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam 2002 Hindi Suman K. S. Adhiyaman Guest appearance  
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin 2002 Hindi Komal Rastogi David Dhawan  
23 March 1931: Shaheed 2002 Hindi Unnamed Guddu Dhanoa Special appearance  
Devdas 2002 Hindi Parvati “Paro” Chakraborty Sanjay Leela Bhansali Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Shakti: The Power 2002 Hindi Herself Pasupuleti Krishna Vamsi Special appearance in song “Ishq Kamina”  
Chokher Bali 2003 Bengali Binodini Rituparno Ghosh  
Dil Ka Rishta 2003 Hindi Tia Sharma Naresh Malhotra  
Kuch Naa Kaho 2003 Hindi Namrata Shrivastav Rohan Sippy  
Khakee 2004 Hindi Mahalakshmi Rajkumar Santoshi  
Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na 2004 Hindi Diya Malhotra Samir Karnik  
Bride & Prejudice 2004 English Lalita Bakshi Gurinder Chadha Dubbed into Hindi as Balle Balle! From Amritsar to LA  
Raincoat 2004 Hindi Neerja Rituparno Ghosh Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Shabd 2005 Hindi Antara Vashist/Tammana Leena Yadav  
The Mistress of Spices 2005 English Tilo Paul Mayeda Berges  
Bunty Aur Babli 2005 Hindi Unnamed Shaad Ali Special appearance in the song “Kajra Re”  
Umrao Jaan 2006 Hindi Umrao Jaan J.P. Dutta  
Dhoom 2 2006 Hindi Sunehri Sanjay Gadhvi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Guru 2007 Hindi Sujata Desai Mani Ratnam Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Provoked 2007 English Kiranjit Ahluwalia Jag Mundhra Dubbed into Hindi with the same title  
The Last Legion 2007 English Mira Doug Lefler  
Jodhaa Akbar 2008 Hindi Jodhaa Bai Ashutosh Gowariker Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Sarkar Raj 2008 Hindi Anita Rajan Ram Gopal Varma  
The Pink Panther 2 2009 English Sonia Solandres Harald Zwart  
Raavan 2010 Hindi Ragini Sharma Mani Ratnam  
Raavanan 2010 Tamil Ragini Subramaniam Mani Ratnam  
Enthiran 2010 Tamil Sana Shankar  
Action Replayy 2010 Hindi Mala Vipul Amrutlal Shah  
Guzaarish 2010 Hindi Sofia D’Souza Sanjay Leela Bhansali Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Jazbaa 2015 Hindi Anuradha Verma Sanjay Gupta  
Sarbjit 2016 Hindi Dalbir Kaur Omung Kumar Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress  
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 2016 Hindi Saba Taliyar Khan Karan Johar  
Fanney Khan 2018 Hindi TBA Atul Manjrekar Filming  

 

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