Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai - Profiles of Cine Artist

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 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 featured in films in various languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali. Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil biopic film Iruvar (1997), where she worked alongside Mohanlal. The film was a critical success and won many awards.

Rai made her Bollywood debut in the film in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, opposite Bobby Deol, which released the same year; the film was unsuccessful at the box office. Her third project, Jeans (1998), a high-budget Tamil film directed by S. Shankar, was a commercial success. The film included the song "Poovukkul", written by Vairamuthu, in which Rai's character is compared to the Seven Wonders of the World and described as the eighth. The film was India's official entry to the Academy Awards in that year.

In 1999 Rai starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan. The film had Rai playing Nandini, who is forced to marry Devgan despite being in love with another man (Khan). Her husband tries to help her locate her previous love, and his caring attention eventually wins her over.

In the same year she appeared in Subhash Ghai's Taal, in which she played Mansi, a young village woman who becomes a big pop star after being hurt by her lover, played by Akshay Khanna. The film was an average grosser in India but was a big success outside India, especially in the United States, where it became the first Indian film in the top 20 on Variety's box office list.

Mansoor Khan's Josh alongside Shahrukh Khan and Chandrachur Singh, in which she plays a Catholic named Shirley who falls in love with the sibling of her brother's enemy. The film was a commercial success. Later that year she appeared in Satish Kaushik's Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, opposite Anil Kapoor. It was a moderate success, and her performance earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination. Later that year she played a supporting role in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

The second-highest grosser of the year, the film was a major commercial success, and earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination. Later that year, she starred in the Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain, alongside Mammooty, Ajith Kumar, and Tabu. Rai plays Tabu's younger sibling, a dreamer at heart, whose hopes come crashing down when she discovers she's been cheated by her lover. Directed by Rajiv Menon, the movie was a successful venture commercially.

In 2002 Rai appeared alongside Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, an adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. She played the role of Paro (Parvati), the love interest of the protagonist, played by Khan. It became the highest-grossing film of the year in India and overseas, earning revenue of Rs 390 million domestically.

In 2003 she acted in Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film Chokher Bali, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel of the same name. She portrays the character of a young woman called Binodini, who is left on her own when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married. Rai's performance in the film was well-received by critics, with "Derek Elley" from Variety writing, "Rai dominates the film with her delicately sensual presence and physical grace". The film was critically acclaimed and did well at the box office, That year she appeared in the Bollywood film Dil Ka Rishta, with Arjun Rampal, and Rohan Sippy's Kuch Na Kaho, alongside Abhishek Bachchan, neither of which fared well at the box office.

In 2005 she appeared in Shabd, a film based on a love triangle, alongside Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan. The film was unsuccessful at the box office; it received average reviews from critics. Her next release was Paul Mayeda Berges's The Mistress of Spices, based on the novel of the same name by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, in which she starred alongside Dylan McDermott. The film received negative reviews from critics, and was a commercial failure. The same year she made a special appearance in a hugely popular seven-minute dance sequence for the song "Kajra Re", with Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, in Shaad Ali's Bunty Aur Babli.

In 2006 Rai portrayed the title role in J P Dutta's Umrao Jaan, the story of a courtesan and poetess from 19th-century Lucknow. The movie is the second adaptation of the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. Rai's work received mixed reviews, and the film was a critical and commercial failure.

Later that year she appeared as a master thief, Sunheri, in the Yash Raj Films production of Dhoom 2, directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. The ensemble cast included Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, and Uday Chopra. The movie was a blockbuster, and became the highest grossing film of the year in India, earning revenues of over Rs 770 million domestically.[69] A controversy arose regarding a scene containing a kiss between her and Hrithik Roshan.

In 2007 she appeared in Mani Ratnam's Guru as Sujata. Speculated to be based on the life of Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, it is a rag to riches story about an ambitious small-town man who ends up as the owner of the biggest corporation in India. The film was critically acclaimed, and performed well at the box office.  In the same year Rai appeared as a warrior from Kerala named Mira in Doug Lefler's epic film The Last Legion, alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth, and Thomas Sangster. The film was a critical failure.

In 2008 Rai starred alongside Hrithik Roshan in Ashutosh Gowariker's historical drama Jodhaa Akbar. Later that year she co-starred with husband Abhishek Bachchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Verma's Sarkar Raj, a sequel to his previous film, Sarkar. She plays the CEO of a major power company that is proposing a new power plant in rural Maharashtra. The film was a critical and commercial success.

In 1999 Rai participated in a world tour called the Magnificent Five, along with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Akshaye Khanna, and Twinkle Khanna. In the same year, she was appointed as Longines Ambassador of Elegance. In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2003 she became a global brand ambassador of L'Oréal, alongside Andie MacDowell, Eva Longoria, and Penélope Cruz.

Rai is the brand ambassador for The Eye Bank Association of India's nationwide campaign to promote eye donation in India. 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. 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.

Rai is married to actor Abhishek Bachchan, they met in 1997. Their engagement was announced on 14 January 2007 and later confirmed by his father, Amitabh Bachchan. The couple married on 20 April 2007 according to traditional Hindu rites of the Bunt community, to which she belongs. 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.

Films Acted

Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya
Aa Ab Laut Chalen
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Ravoyi Chandamama
Kandukondain Kandukondain
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin
23 March 1931: Shaheed
Shakti: The Power
Chokher Bali
Dil Ka Rishta
Kuch Naa Kaho
Bride & Prejudice
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na
Bunty Aur Babli
Mistress of Spices
Umrao Jaan
Dhoom 2
The Last Legion
Jodhaa Akbar
Sarkar Raj
The Pink Panther 2
Action Replayy

Family Background

Rai was born on 1 November 1973 into an ethnic Bunt family in Mangalore, Karnataka. Her father, Krishnaraj, was a marine biologist, while her mother, Brindya, is a housewife. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy.

Educational Qualification & Sports

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. With plans to become an architect, she enrolled at Raheja College, but later gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling.

Awards & Titles

Filmfare Awards

• 1999 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

• 2002 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Devdas

International Indian Film Academy Awards

• 2000 - IIFA Best Actress Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

• 2003 - IIFA Best Actress Award for Devdas

• 2005 - IIFA Global Indian Media Personality Award

• 2007 - IIFA Glamorous Star Award

• 2007 - IIFA Most Searched Personality on MSN India

• 2009 - IIFA Star of the Decade - Female

• 2009 - IIFA Outstanding Achievement by an Indian in International Cinema

Star Screen Awards

• 1997 - Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Aur Pyar Ho Gaya

• 1997 - Screen Awards – Discovery of the year

• 1999 - Star Screen Award Best Actress for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

• 2002 - Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 for 2002 (shared with Shahrukh Khan)

• 2002 - Star Screen Award Best Actress for Devdas

• 2009 - Star Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice) for Jodhaa Akbar

• 2011 - Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 for Guzaarish (shared with Hrithik Roshan)

Big Star Entertainment Awards

• 2010 - BIG Star - Film Actor of Decade (Female)

Zee Cine Awards

• 2000 - Lux Face of the Year

• 2000 - Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

• 2003 - Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Devdas

• 2003 - Zee Cine True Indian Beauty Award

• 2005 - Zee Cine Critics' Best Actor Award- Female for Raincoat

• 2011 - Zee Cine Critics' Best Actor Award- Female For Guzaarish

• 2000 - Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Taal

• 2007 - Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Umrao Jaan

Stardust Awards

• 2007 - Stardust Star of the Year Award - Female for Dhoom 2

• 2011 - Best Actress - Drama for Guzaarish

Bollywood Movie Awards

• 2003 - Bollywood Movie Award – Best Actress for Devdas

Zee Gold Awards

• 2000 - Zee Gold Best Actress Award for Taal

• 2000 - Zee Gold Best Actress in a sensational role for Taal

• 2000 - Zee Gold Critics Best Actress Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Sansui Awards

• 2002 - Sansui Best ActressAward for Devdas

Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards

• 2010 - Critics' Choice Cinematic Excellence Best Actress for Guzaarish

Other awards

• 2000 - Won Priyadarshini International Award category - Best Actress for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

• 2000 - Rupa Filmgoers Millennium Best Actress Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

• 2001 - Won BWSX Fantasy Award: Best Supporting Actress for Mohabbatein(2000)

• 2002 - Won RACE Award: Best Actress for Devdas (2002)

• 2003 - V. Shantaram Awards: Best Actress for Devdas

• 2003 - won Anandalok Awards for Best Actress: Aishwarya Rai for Chokher Bali

• 2005 - MTV Immies Best Performance in a Song (Kajra Re)

• 2006 - Zee Astitva Awards – Outstanding Contribution to Cinema

• 2007 - MTV Lycra Style Awards: Most Stylish Female for Dhoom 2

• 2007 - MTV Lycra Style Awards: Most Stylish Couple along with Hrithik Roshan for Dhoom 2

• 2008 - Reebok Zoom Glam Awards: Glam Couple Award along with Abhishek Bachchan

• 2008 - Central European Bollywood Awards: Best Actress Award for Guru

• 2009 - V. Shantaram Awards: Best Actress for Jodhaa Akbar'

• 2009 - Indian Youth Icon Awards: Global Face of the Year

• 2010 - NDTV Awards: "Icon of 21 years of Entertainment Award"

• 2010 - GQ awards: "Global Indian Woman" or woman of substance

• 2010 - 'Hello! Hall Of Fame' Awards: Global Icon Award

• 2010 - Masala! Awards: Global Artist Of The Year

• 2011 - Anandalok Awards Best Actress for Raavan

• 2011 - Pazhassi Raja award 2011's Abhinaya Kala Ratna Award

Femina Miss India

• 1994 - Miss Catwalk

• 1994 - Miss Miraculous

• 1994 - Miss Photogenic

• 1994 - Miss Perfect Ten

• 1994 - Miss Popular

• 1994 - Miss India (runner up)

National honours and recognitions

• 2002 - Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Field of Entertainment

• 2004 - GR8! Women Award for Contribution to Cinema

• 2009 - Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India

• 2010 - India Today Women Award for Global Achievement

• 2010 - GR8! Women Award for Social services and international recognition

• 2011 - Cosmopolitan Award for the Female of All-Time

• 2011 - FICCI Award of a Decade of Global Achievement

• 2011 - Abhinaya Kaala Ratna

International honours and recognitions

• Miss World 1994.

• TIME magazine put her picture on its cover page in 2003. Before Aishwarya, only Parveen Babi’s picture was placed in 1976

• She became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.

• Her life-like statue was installed in London's Madame Tussauds Wax museum in 2004

• She was in the list Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2004

• She was featured in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

• British Govt’s Next Step World Diversity Champion Award in 2005

• She was voted number 12 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Actresses of the Last 20 Years in 2005.

• She is the only Bollywood personality appeared on CBS 60 mins, Oprah Winfrey's show, Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show and The David Letterman Show

• E!: Entertainment Television, an American cable television voted her the "7th sexiest Celebrity in the World".

• Wax New York's Madame Tussauds Wax museum at Time Square in 2007.

• She was the only Bollywood Celebrity to appear in the Most Desired Women List with Rank of 27 by in 2008

• Ranked 60 on Most Desired Woman List by in 2009

• She has been accorded France's second highest civilian honour, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) by the French government for her “exceptional career” in 2009.

• Ranked 63 on Most Desired Woman List by in 2010

• She was in the list Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2010

• 2nd Wax Blackpool's Madame Tussauds Wax museum in 2011