aishwarya rai

Date of birth: 1973-11-01 
Birthplace: Mangalore, Karnataka, India 
Height: 5' 7 
Nationality: Indian 
Profession: actress 

Aishwarya Rai (born on November 1, 1973), is an Indian actress. She was awarded the Miss World title in 1994. Aishwarya Rai has acted in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English films. She is currently regarded as one of the biggest names in Bollywood.


Aishwarya Rai debuted in Mani Ratnam's Tamil language film, Iruvar with Mohanlal and Tabu. She played a dual role in the film. She was introduced to Bollywood by Rahul Rawail in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya; the film was a poor performer at the box office. However, her third project, a Tamil-language film, Jeans by S. Shankar was a commercial success and she also played the female lead in Rajeev Menon's Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain which was also a success.
She then appeared in popular Bollywood films Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Mohabbatein(2000). In 2002, Rai appeared with Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lavishly producedDevdas, which was a major box-office success. The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival and garnering international attention. 
In 2003, Rai was a member of the jury at Cannes. In 2004, she was chosen by TIME Magazine'sAsian Edition as one of Asia's "100 Most Influential People." She was the subject of a 60 Minutesprofile on January 2, 2005 - "The Most Beautiful Face in the World." 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 Rai is on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum.
In the past, Indian actors and actresses were celebrities in Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, but mostly unknown to the rest of the world. Aishwarya is one of the few Indian actresses to have attempted to step into Western territory. Although frequently the subject of gossip column speculation about an imminent Hollywood career, it was only in 2004 that Rai finally acted in a foreign film, when British director Gurinder Chadha hired her to play the heroine in Bride and Prejudice, a Hollywood-funded but Bollywood-influenced version of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Her next overseas venture, Mistress of Spices, from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and directed by Paul Mayeda Berges, was released in the U.K. in April 2006. She played the title role inUmrao Jaan which released on November 3, 2006. The film was a commercial failure but gained her positive reviews for her performance. She played a somewhat negative role in Dhoom 2, a sequel to the 2004 hit Dhoom, was released on November 24, 2006. Dhoom 2 has been a huge hit all over the globe.
On January 11, 2007, her film Guru, premiered in Toronto. It is rare for a Bollywood film to premiere in North America

Personal life

Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore in the state of Karnataka , India to Krishnaraj and Vrinda Rai. A practicing Hindu, Rai has described herself as having "immense faith in God and my friends". When at home she attends the Siddhivinayak Mandir, devoted to Ganesha. In the words of Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya is very "domesticated". She lives in Mumbai with her parents.
Aishwarya began dating Salman Khan, her co-star from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, after the filming of that movie. Their breakup a few years later generated a substantial amount of press attention. Aishwarya said that Salman physically abused her, which she claimed precipitated their parting of ways.
Aishwarya then started dating the then heartthrob of Bollywood cinema, Vivek Oberoi. Vivek openly admitted their relationship when on Koffee with Karan. He also later claimed that Salman had been calling him repeatedly, telling him to stay away from Aishwarya. The relationship eventually started to fall apart as Vivek's career slowed down with no huge success.
Then gossip columnists started to link her with Bollywood celebrity Abhishek Bachchan, son of the unrivalled, immensely popular Bollywood A-lister Amitabh Bachchan. Abhishek has now become quite successful in his own right and who co-starred with her in several films. She was frequently seen in public with him and his family, fueling rumors of an engagement. Finally, on January 14, 2007, Abhishek and Aishwarya officially announced their engagement. . 
Controversy erupted over the subsequent 'marriage' of Aishwarya with a tree to ward off evil forces and to ensure a safe married life with eventual husband Abhishek.


  • Stands 5 foot 7 inches tall.
  • The song "Kajra Re", which Aishwarya performed in the film Bunty Aur Babli, was voted best song of 2005 and best choreographed song of 2005 in a poll by the Hindustan Times.
  • 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. For her three-minute dance performance, Rai was reportedly paid three crore rupees, the equivalent of about 600,000 U.S. dollars.
  • When the IIFA awards took place in Amsterdam, Aishwarya had a breed of tulip named after her.
  • In 2000, Aishwarya Rai, Miss World 1994 from India, was named the Most Beautiful Miss World of All Time
  • She is the target of an obscenity case filed by a lawyer offended by her on screen kiss in the recently released hit, Dhoom 2.
  • A Public Interest Litigation alleging the promotion of untouchability was filed against Aishwarya for marrying trees in order to correct astrological differences with her fiancée, Abhishek Bachchan.

Awards and Honours


  • 1998, Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female, Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
  • 1998, Screen Discovery of the Year
  • 1998, Filmfare Best Actress Award South, Jeans
  • 2000, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, Stardust Millennium Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, Zee Lux Face of the Year
  • 2000, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, IIFA Best Actress Award , Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, Zee Gold Best Actress Award in Sensational Role, Taal
  • 2000, Zee Gold Best Critics Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, Zee Gold Best Actress Award, Taal
  • 2003, Zee Cine Award True Indian Beauty
  • 2003, Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female, Devdas
  • 2003, Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 shared with Shahrukh Khan for Devdas
  • 2003, Star Screen Award Best Actress, Devdas
  • 2003, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Devdas
  • 2003, Sansui Best Actress Award, Devdas
  • 2003, IIFA Best Actress Award, Devdas
  • 2003, Bollywood Awards Best Actress, Devdas
  • 2005, Zee Cine Critic’s Best Actress Award, Raincoat
  • 2005, IIFA’s Global Indian Media Personality
  • 2006, Indiatimes Number *5 In Sexiest Bollywood Stars Poll
  • 2007, Stardust Star of the Year Award - Female, Dhoom 2


  • 2000, Rupa Filmgoers Millennium Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2000, Priyadarshini International Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2001, BWSK Fantasy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Mohabbatein
  • 2002, RACE Best Actress Award, Devdas
  • 2002, RACE (V Shantaram) Best Female Artist Award, Devdas
  • 2004, GR8! Women Award for Contribution to Cinema
  • 2004, Global Foreign Artiste Debutantes to Mainstream Media Award
  • 2004, F Awards-For Excellence in Indian Fashion-Female Celebrity Model of the Year
  • 2005, MTV Immies Best Performance in a Song-Kajra Re
  • 2006, Zee Astitva Awards-Outstanding Contribution to Cinema

National Honours

  • 2002, Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Field of Entertainment matter on mobile

International Honours and Achievements

  • 1994, Miss Catwalk
  • 1994, Miss Miraculous
  • 1994, Miss Photogenic
  • 1994, Miss Perfect Ten
  • 1994, Miss Popular
  • 1994, Femina Miss India World-1st Runner-up
  • 1994, Most photogenic Face
  • 1994, Miss World 1994
  • 2000, Most Beautiful International Titleholder of All Times Gold Medal Winner
  • 2000, Most Beautiful Miss World of All Times-Received the highest score of 9.911
  • 2003, Cover of Time Magazine
  • 2003, Official Cannes Jury Member
  • 2004, Ran to Olympic Torch
  • 2004, Hello Magazine's Yearly Most Beautiful Poll, Winner
  • 2004, Wax London's prestigious Madame Tussauds Wax museum
  • 2005, Appeared on CBS 60 mins, Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America and The David Letterman Show

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