Aishwarya Rai Biography
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Also Known As: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Born Country: India
Born in: Mangalore
Famous as: Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Abhishek Bachchan
father: Krishnaraj Rai
mother: Brindya Rai
siblings: Aditya Rai
children: Aaradhya Bachchan
education: University of Mumbai
awards: 2003; 2000 · Devdas; Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2009 - Padma Shri
2003; 2000 · Devdas; Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - IIFA Award for Best Actress
2003; 2000 · Devdas; Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - Zee Cine Award for Best Actress - Viewers Choice
2003; 2000 · Devdas; Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - Screen Award for Best Actress
2002 · Devdas - Screen Award for Jodi No. 1
1997 · Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya - Screen Award for Best Female Debut
2011; 2005 · Guzaarish; Raincoat - Zee Cine Award for Best Actress
2007 · Dhoom 2 - Stardust Award for Actor of the Year – Female
2007 · Dhoom 2 - IIFA Award for Most Glamorous Star of the Year
2003 · Devdas - Zee Cine Award for True Indian Actress
2009 · Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam; Devdas - IIFA Award for Star of the Decade (Female)
2000 · Taal; Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - Zee Cine Award for Lux Face of the Year
2009 · Jodhaa Akbar - Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice)
2009 - IIFA Award for Outstanding Contribution to International Cinema
2003 · Devdas - Bollywood Movie Award – Best Actress
2005 - IIFA Global Indian Media Personality Trophy
2011 · Guzaarish - Stardust Award for Best Actress in a Drama
2015 · Jazbaa - Stardust Award for Power-Packed Performance of the year
2011 · Guzaarish - Star Guild Award for Cinematic Excellence - Female
2010 - BIG Star Film Actor (Female) of the Decade
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an Indian model and actress. She first garnered international fame after winning the ‘Miss World 1994’ pageant. After modeling for a few years, she ventured into the film industry as an actress. Thanks to her beauty and acting skills, she went on to make a name for herself in the Hindi film industry. The recipient of two ‘Filmfare Awards’ and ‘Padma Shri,’ the fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India, Aishwarya has often been cited in the Indian and international media as "the most beautiful woman in the world." Prior to entering the film industry, she did not have much of an acting experience, but with the guidance of several seasoned directors, she went on to emerge as one of the finest actresses of Bollywood. Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film ‘Iruvar.’ Subsequently, she caught the attention of Bollywood filmmakers after appearing in the movie ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.’ Although she has been criticized for her performance in some of her movies, she has also displayed brilliant performances in films like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,’ ‘Devdas,’ ‘Jodha Akbar,’ ‘Chokher Bali,’ and ‘Raincoat.’ She was the first Indian actress to become a jury member at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’
- Aishwarya Rai was born on November 1, 1973, into a Tulu speaking family in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, to Krishnaraj and Vrinda Rai. Her father was an Army biologist who died on March 18, 2017. Her elder brother, Aditya Rai, is in the merchant navy.
- When the family moved to Mumbai, Rai attended ‘Arya Vidya Mandir High School.’ She then went to ‘Jai Hind College’ for a year, and later joined ‘DG Ruparel College’ in Matunga. She secured 90 percent in the intermediate exams.
- During her teens, she learnt classical dance and music for five years. Initially, she aspired to become an architect, and enrolled at ‘Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture.’ However, she gave up her studies to pursue a career in modeling.
- She was featured in the American edition of ‘Vogue’ after winning an international supermodel contest organized by ‘Ford’ in 1991.
- In 1993, Aishwarya Rai gained popularity in the modeling industry after appearing in a ‘Pepsi’ advertisement alongside actor Aamir Khan. The breakthrough in her career came in 1994 when she won the second place in the ‘Miss India’ pageant. Subsequently, she was crowned ‘Miss India World.’ She then represented India in the ‘Miss World’ pageant, and won the crown.
- In 1997, she made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film ‘Iruvar.’ She portrayed both ‘Pushpavalli’ and ‘Kalpana’ in the film. The same year, she made her Bollywood debut with the film ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.’
- In 1998, she appeared in a Tamil film titled ‘Jeans.’ The film was a commercial success, and she earned praise for her acting and dancing skills. Rai’s first successful Hindi film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 1999 romantic drama ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ where she appeared alongside Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn. She was praised for her beauty and acting skills, and the film pushed her acting career in the right direction.
- Her next hit was Subhash Ghai's ‘Taal’ in 1999, where she was featured alongside Akshaye Khanna and Anil Kapoor. She was praised for her acting and dancing prowess. In 2000, she starred in a Tamil film titled ‘Kandukondain Kandukondain,’ for which she earned positive comments for her powerful acting.
- In 2000, she also appeared in ‘Josh’ alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Chandrachur Singh. The film earned mixed reviews, but emerged as a commercial success. After her film ‘Dhai Akshar Prem Ke,’ opposite Abhishek Bachchan, flopped in 2000, she appeared in a supporting role in ‘Mohabbatein’ the same year.
- After appearing in another flop film titled ‘Hum Kisise Kum Nahin,’ Rai played the lead role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2002 love-saga ‘Devdas’ where she appeared opposite Shahrukh Khan. The film, which was a commercial success, was screened at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’ Rai’s acting skills garnered positive reviews from the critics.
- In 2003, her acting skills were once again praised when she delivered a powerful performance in Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film ‘Chokher Bali,’ which was based on Rabindranath Tagore's novel of the same name. The film was a commercial and critical success.
- In 2004, she appeared in the Hindi film ‘Khakee’ where she played the role of a gun moll. The film received moderate critical and commercial success. In the same year, she was featured in ‘Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...’ opposite Vivek Oberoi. The film failed commercially.
- In late 2004, Aishwarya Rai earned international acclaim for her role in Gurinder Chadha's British film ‘Bride and Prejudice.’ The film was a commercial success. Her next hit Hindi film was Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Raincoat.’ The film won the ‘National Film Award’ for ‘Best Feature Film’ in Hindi.
- In 2005, she was featured in ‘Shabd.’ Apart from her acting skills, she was praised for her ‘drop-dead gorgeous’ looks. Her only successful venture that year was a special appearance in ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ in which she was featured in a song titled ‘Kajra Re.’
- In 2006, she had two film releases—‘Umrao Jaan’ and ‘Dhoom 2.’ While Rai’s role in ‘Umrao Jaan’ was critically acclaimed, ‘Dhoom 2’ was her first major commercial success since ‘Devdas.’ She also starred in the British drama film ‘Provoked,’ for which she earned positive comments from the critics.
- In 2007, she was featured in Mani Ratnam's ‘Guru.’ The film gained international acclaim, and was a commercial success. Rai was highly praised for her fine performance. After a series of unsuccessful films, she garnered success in ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ in 2008. She was praised for her wonderful performance in the film. In the same year, she starred with husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Sarkar Raj.’
- In 2009, she was featured in ‘The Pink Panther 2,’ where she portrayed a criminology expert. In 2010, Rai starred in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan,’ a modern-day adaptation of ‘Ramayana.’ In the film, which was released in Tamil and Hindi, her performance was praised by the critics.
- Her next role was opposite South Indian superstar Rajinikanth in the 2010 science fiction Tamil film ‘Enthiran’ which was a successful film. She then appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s drama ‘Guzaarish.’ Although the film flopped, critics described her performance as her best to date. After this film, she took a break from Bollywood due to her pregnancy.
- In 2015, she made a comeback with ‘Jazbaa.’ According to the critics, the film scored only because of Rai’s performance. In 2016, she appeared in the biographical movie ‘Sarbjit,’ and her performance was largely criticized. Rai's last release in 2016 was Karan Johar's ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ for which she received positive comments from the critics.
- In 2018, she played the role of a singer in the comedy-drama movie ‘Fanney Khan,’ co-starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.
- Some of Aishwarya Rai’s major works include ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,’ ‘Taal,’ and ‘Devdas.’ Two of her films with Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh—‘Chokher Bali’ and ‘Raincoat’—earned her applause from the critics. Her performance in ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ too was critically acclaimed.
- Aishwarya Rai won ‘Filmfare Awards’ for ‘Best Actress’ for ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999) and ‘Devdas’ (2002). While ‘Taal’ earned her a ‘Best Actress’ nomination, ‘Mohabbatein’ earned her a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ nomination.
- In 2009, she was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India for her contribution to arts. It is the fourth-highest Indian civilian award.
- She was awarded the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,’ a national order of France, in 2012.
- In 1999, Aishwarya Rai dated Bollywood actor Salman Khan. The couple ended their relationship in 2002 due to "verbal, physical and emotional abuse” on part of Khan. She dated Vivek Oberoi in 2004.
- She started dating actor Abhishek Bachchan while filming ‘Dhoom 2.’ Their engagement was announced in January 2007, and they got married on April 20, 2007 in Mumbai. Their daughter Aaradhya was born on November 16, 2011.
- Aishwarya Rai is a highly popular international figure and has over 17,000 websites dedicated to her! In October 2004, she was honored with a wax figure in London's ‘Madame Tussauds’ museum.
Aishwarya Rai Movies
1. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
(Musical, Romance, History, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Action)
2. Iruvar (1997)
3. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
(Musical, Drama, Comedy, Romance)
4. Devdas (2002)
5. Guru (2007)
(Drama, Musical, Romance, Biography)
6. Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)
7. Mohabbatein (2000)
(Romance, Drama, Musical)
8. Guzaarish (2010)
(Romance, Comedy, Drama)
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