Bollywood hot and top actress Aishwarya Rai was born on
1st Nov 1973 in Manglore, , into a traditional south Indian family. Her fathers name is Krishnaraj, was a marine biologist. Her mother name is Brindya. Rai was younger of the two siblings, her brother being 3 yrs elder. Karnatka, India
Birth Name : Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai
Nickname : Ash, Gullu
Spouse : Abhishek Bachchan (2007 to present)
The family permanently moved to Mumbai, where Rai attended the
. Rai joined DG Ruparel College in Matunga, securing 90 percent in the HSC exams. Her favorite subject was zoology. She also trained in classical dance. Arya Vidya Mandir High School
Aishwarya Rai's aim was to be become an architect.
Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. She was an architecture student before she entered modeling as her part-time job. One of her earliest modeling assignment was, when she was in the ninth grade, for Camlin Pencils. She was best known for her Pepsi commercial with Mahia Chaudhry. She became popular after appearing in this advertisement with actor Aamir khan. In 1991 Rai took part in the Ford Supermodel Contest and also appeared in Vogue Magazine and has been on the cover.
rai got her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998). She gained the attention of Bollywood through the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her performance of this film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award, and she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award in 2002 by acting the movie Devdas directed by Bhansali.
In the 1994 “Miss
” contest, she won second place, and was crowned “Miss India World” at India Sun City. 's top Bollywood directors were soon lining up to work with Ash. Her film debut in Mani Rathnam's 'Iruvar' (1997) received critical acclaim and her performance in “Aur Paar Ho Gaya” (1997) directed by Rahul Rawail garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. Her third project, ''Jeans'' (1998), a high-budget Tamil film directed by S. Sankar was a commercial success. India
In 1999 she appeared in Subhash Ghai's
Taal, in which she played Mansi. The film was an average grosser in but was a big success outside India , especially in the India , where it became the first Indian film in the top 20 on Variety’s box office list. United States
In 2000 nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her special appearance in Aditya
Chopra's Mohabbatein. In 2001 Ash was nominated for FilmFare's Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai".
In 2003 Aishwarya became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Ash is also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team, joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their international ambassador.
n 2003 she acted in Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film Chokher Bali, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tahore’s novel of the same name.
2004 saw Aishwarya take on the leading role in her first English language film for Gurinder Chadha in "Bride & Prejudice". She also became the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussaud's wax museum in
In 2006 Rai portrayed the title role in J P Datta’s Umrao Jaan, the story of a courtesan and poetess from 19th-century
. Later that year she appeared as a master thief Sunheri, in the Yash Raj film sproduction of Dhoom 2, directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. And other cast included Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, and Udaya Chopra. The movie was a blockbuster, and became the highest grossing film of the year in Lucknow , earning revenues of over Rs 770 million domestically. India
In 2010, she paired with Rajinikanth in the science fiction Tamil film “Enthiran”, directed by S. Shankar. The film—the most expensive ever made in India—was released worldwide in 2010, and is the highest-grossing Indian film when all its versions are totalled.
Year Title Language Role
1997 Iruvar Tamil Pushpa / Kalpana
1997 Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya Hindi Ashi Kapoor
1998 Jeans Tamil Madhumita
1999 Aa Ab Laut Chalen Hindi Pooja
1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hindi Nandini - (Filmfare Best Actress Award)
1999 Ravoyi Chandamama Telugu Special appearance
1999 Taal Hindi Mansi (Nominated-Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2000 Mela Hindi Champakali (Guest appearance)
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil Meenakshi Bala
2000 Josh Hindi Shirley
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Hindi Preeti Virat (Nominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2000 Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke Hindi Sahiba Grewal
2000 Mohabbatein Hindi Megha (Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award)
2001 Albela Hindi Sonia
2002 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Hindi Suman Guest appearance
2002 Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin Hindi Komal Rastogi
2002 23 March 1931: Shaheed Hindi Special appearance
2002 Devdas Hindi Parvati (Paro) Filmfare Best Actress Award
2002 Shakti: The Power Hindi Herself (Special appearance in song "Ishq Kamina")
2003 Chokher Bali Bengali Binodhini
2003 Dil Ka Rishta Hindi Tia Sharma
2003 Kuch Naa Kaho Hindi Namrata Shrivastav
2004 Bride & Prejudice English Lalita Bakshi
2004 Khakee Hindi Mahalakshmi
2004 Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na Hindi Diya Malhotra
2004 Raincoat Hindi Neerja (Nominated - Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2005 Shabd Hindi Antara Vashist/Tammana
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Hindi Special appearance in the song "Kajra Re"
2005 Mistress of Spices English Tilo
2006 Umrao Jaan Hindi Umrao Jaan
2006 Dhoom 2 Hindi Sunehri (Nominated - Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2007 Guru Hindi Sujata (Nominated - Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2007 Provoked English Kiranjit Ahluwalia
2007 The Last Legion English Mira
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hindi Jodhaa Bai (Nominated - Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2008 Sarkar Raj Hindi Anita Rajan
2009 The Pink Panther 2 English Sonia Solandres
2010 Raavan Hindi Ragini Sharma
2010 Raavanan Tamil Ragini Subramaniam
2010 Enthiran Tamil Sana Dubbed into Telugu as Robo and Hindi as Robot
2010 Action Replayy Hindi Mala
2010 Guzaarish Hindi Sofia D'Souza (Nominated - Filmfare Best Actress Award)
2012 Ladies and Gentlemen Hindi
Miss World 1994.
Runner up, Miss
Ambassador (spokesperson) for Longines watches since 1999.