Rai born on November 1, 1973 (Ash to fans and media) is a Bollywood
and Hollywood actress, also a supermodel and Miss World of 1994.
Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore to Krishnaraj and Vrinda Rai,
in the South Indian state of Karnataka; She speaks English, Hindi,
Kannada, Tamil and Tulu. Her brother Aditya Rai is a film producer.
In the 1994 Miss India contest, Aishwarya Rai placed second behind
Sushmita Sen, and eventually went on to win the Miss World title
that same year. She then worked as a model, in advertising and Indian
The first film she acted in was a Tamil movie Iruvar in (1997),
directed by Mani Ratnam. Aishwarya Rai's earliest films made money,
but Rai herself did not impress critics -- they commented that her
performances were stilted, as if she were still modeling.
Her breakthrough performance came in 1999 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's
film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Later successes include Taal and Devdas.
Aishwarya Rai has also acted in other Tamil films such as Jeans
and Kandukondain Kandukondain, and in the Bengali film Chokher Bali.
Devdas, in which Aishwarya joined Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh
Khan and Madhuri Dixit, was a huge hit, lavishly produced as it
was. The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a
special screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2003, Aishwarya Rai was a member of the jury at Cannes. In 2004,
she was chosen by TIME Magazine's Asian Edition as one of Asia's
"100 Most Influential People." Aishwarya Rai was the subject
of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2, 2005 - "The Most Beautiful
face in the Bollywood." A month later she appeared on the Late
Show with David Letterman, and on April 25, 2005, she was featured
on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment. A wax figure
of Aishwarya Rai is on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax
Although frequently the subject of gossip column speculation about
an imminent Hollywood career, it was only in 2004 that Aishwarya
Rai finally acted in a foreign film. By an Indian director Gurinder
Chadha hired her to play the heroine in Bride and Prejudice, a Hollywood-funded
but Bollywood-ized version of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride
and Prejudice. The movie failed to break even at the US box office
but more than made back its cost in the rest of the world; as a
result, Aishwarya's Hollywood profile rose a notch.
She appeared at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games
in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture,
on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi.
Earlier in her career, Aishwarya had a turbulent relationship with
Bollywood star Salman Khan. Since breaking up with Salman, she has
been romantically linked with Vivek Oberoi and Abhishek Bachchan.
Aishwarya Rai has won two Filmfare Awards to date:
2000, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
2003, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Devdas.
She has been nominated four times in the Best Actress category and
once in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Filmfare Awards.
She has also won three IIFA Awards, three Z-Gold Awards, four Star
Screen Awards, an EU's Global Diversity Award, three Zee Cine Awards
and a Rajiv Gandhi Award.
Chaos (2007) ... (pre-production) (in English)
The Rebel (2007) (announced) ... Rani Laxmibai
Singularity (2006) (announced) ... Tulaja (in English)
Guru (2006) ... (announced)
Jodha-Akbar (2006) (pre-production) ... Jodha Bhai
Dhoom 2 (2006) ... (filming)
The Last Legion (2006) (post-production) ... Mira (in English)
Umrao Jaan (2006) (post-production) ... Umrao Jaan
The Heart of India (2006) ... Mumtaz Mahal
Provoked (2006) ... Kiranjit Ahluwalia (in English)
Mistress of Spices (2005) ... Tilo (in English)
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) ... Dancer ("Kajre Re" song)
Shabd (2005) ... Antara Vashisht
Bride & Prejudice (2004) ... Lalita Bakshi (in English)
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na (2004) ... Diya Malhotra
Raincoat (2004) ... Neerja/Neeru
Khakee (2004) ... Mahalaxshmi
Kuch Naa Kaho (2003) ... Namrata Shrivastav
Chokher Bali (2003) ... Binodini (in Bengali)
Dil Ka Rishta (2003) ... Tia Sharma
Shakti: The Power (2002) ... Dream Girl
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002) ... Special Appearance (song)
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002) ... Komal Rastogi
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) ... Special Appearance
Devdas (2002) ... Parvati ('Paro')
Albela (2001) ... Sonia
Mohabbatein (2000) ... Megha
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000) ... Sahiba Gareval
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) ... Preeti Virat
Josh (2000) ... Shirley
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) ... Meenakshi (in Tamil)
Mela (2000) ... Champakali
Sanam Tere Hain Hum (2000) ... Special Appearance
Ravoyi Chandamama (1999) ... Special Appearance (Song) (in Telugu)
Taal (1999) ... Mansi
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) ... Nandini
Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) ... Pooja Walia
Jeans (1998) ... Madhumitha/Vaishnavi (in Tamil)
...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997) ... Ashi Kapoor
Iruvar (1997) ... Pushpa/Kalpana (in Tamil)
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