She has been cited as the most beautiful woman in the world. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ex miss world 1994 has come a long way in 2009 she was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award and in 2012 she was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the second-highest Order of France. There after Aishwarya Rai has many titles to her name. Today a wax statue of the actress stands proudly at the Madame Tussaud’s in London. She has a tulip in Netherlands named after her. A Barbie doll has also been designed on her by Mattel.
The actress is so popular that she has made appearances on Martha Stewart’s show Martha and on the The Tyra Banks Show in 2009. she also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 alongwith her husband in 2009.
Her fame to success was her Pepsi Commercial with Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudhary. As she knocks on Aamir’s door in a white shirt and black jeans with red lipstick saying “HI I’m Sajana, Can I have a Pepsi” made her an overnight star.
She made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Iruvar in 1997 Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Tabu and Revathi. The film was critically appreicated. There after she debuted in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya the same year the film was a box office failure. Her first commercial success was the Tamil omantic drama Jeans (1998) directed by S.Shankar. Prashant and Nassar were cast opposite her. Jeans was later submitted as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards.
Later she played the lead in Rishi Kapoor’s debut directorial venture Aa Ab Laut Chalen oppsite3 Akshaye Khanna (1988). The film was again a box office failure. Her first box office hit came with Sanjay Leela Bhansalai’s 1999 movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam alongwith Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn. She had begun dating Salman Khan after the film.
Her next hit was Subhash Ghai’s Taal opposite Akshaye Khanna and Anil Kapoor.. The film was a musical and a huge box office success. She later starred in Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, directed by Rajiv Menon. The film also starred Tabu, Mamootty and Ajith. Once again she had a box office sucess.
There was no looking back for her. She started choosing her roles carefully. she also started experimenting with her roles. Aishwarya decided not to play the conventional bollywood heroine. She had also broken off with Salman Khan by now.
Experimenting with Roles
She was cast as Shah Rukh Khan’s twin sister in Mansoor Khan’s Josh (2000). Chandrachud Singh played the lead opposite her. The film was a huge success. In her next Hamare Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) she was cast as a rape victim. The film starred Anil Kapoor and Sonali Bendre in the lead. She did films like Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (20002). she also made a cameo appearance in Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2000) as Salman Khan’s blind girlfriend. She also played a supporting actress in Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2000. The following year, she starred alongside Govinda and Jackie Shroff in the romantic comedy Albela. (2001). She played the lead opposite Shah Rukh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s remake of Devdas (2002) where she was cast as paro. The film also starred Madhuri Dixit and jackie Shroff.
In 2003, Aishwarya did two romantic dramas, her brother’s production début Dil Ka Rishta, alongside Arjun Rampal, and Rohan Sippy’s Kuch Na Kaho, alongside Abhishek Bachchan. By now rumours of her affair with Abhishek Bachchan had begun. Neither of these films fared well critically or commercially. The same year she did Rituparno Ghosh’s independent Bengali film Chokher Bali, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novel of the same name. She played the role of Binodini, an emotionally manipulative widow, struggling with her sexual desires in early-20th century Bengal. She received a lot of critical acclaim. In 2004 she did Rajkumar Santoshi’s Khakee where she played a negative role. She also met with an accident during the shooting of the film. The film was a huge hit. Her next Kyun Ho Gaya Na failed at the box office.
In late 2004, Rai garnered international recognition for her starring role opposite Martin Henderson in Gurinder Chadha’s British film Bride and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. She also did Rituporno Ghosh’s next Raincoat an adaptation of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Also featuring Ajay Devgan, She won critical acclaim.
In 2005 she did her first adult venture Shabd with Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan, however it was a box office failure. That same year she did Paul Mayeda Berges’s romantic fantasy film The Mistress of Spices, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Chitra Banerjee but none of the films did well that year. In 2006 she was cast in J.P. Dutta’s Umrao Jaan with Abhishek Bachchan but the film was a huge box office failure. At the same time her next film with Yash Raj Dhoom 2 release and it was a box office hit.
In 2007, she did Mani Ratnam’s Guru where she played Abhishek Bachchan’s wife in the film. There were rumours that they were married by now. The film was a fictionalised biography of businessman Dhirubhai Ambani. It was critically as well commercially appreciated.
Her next was Jag Mundhra’s independent British drama Provoked, as the real-life character of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a non-resident Indian who murders her husband after suffering from years of domestic abuse. She was hugely appreciated. She also did Doug Lefler’s epic film The Last Legion alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth, and Thomas Sangster.
After a series of films that under-performed either critically or commercially, Aishwarya Rai garnered both critical and box-office success with Ashutosh Gowariker’s period romance Jodhaa Akbar (2008). She married Abhishek Bachchan during the shoot of her film. She then co-starred with her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, and her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, in Ram Gopal Verma’s political drama Sarkar Raj, a sequel to the 2005 box-office hit Sarkar. . The film was a critical and commercial success
Rai’s next role was in the 2009 Harald Zwart-directed spy comedy The Pink Panther 2. Starring alongside Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer, In 2010, Rai was cast by Mani Ratnam in his bilingual Raavan modern-day adaptation of the Indian epic Ramayana. It was a moderate success.
Her next role was opposite Rajinikanth in the science fiction Tamil film Enthiran (2010), directed by S. Shankar It was the most expensive Indian film and one of the top grossers of the year. Her last film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish; She played the role of Sophia D’Souza, Mascarenas’ nurse, who is abused by her alcoholic husband. The film failed to garner any good reviews.
Later Rai signed Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine but left the film midway as she was pregnant. The actress gave birth to a daughter named Aaradhya. Post motherhood the actress returned to cinema this year with Sanjay Gupta’s thriller Jazbaa with Shabana Azmi and Irrfan Khan. The film opened to mixed reviews.
Though she turned to 42 her never ending charm is her grace with with she was even managed to give tough competition to the present b-town heroines. The recent flick of Aish’s and Ranabeer kapoor’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” is a great example for it. In this Romantic Drama Ranbir and Aish have set the temperature soaring with their steamy romance, and she was one of the main highlight of the film, While she was performing in her regular glamorous roles she even managed to grab the attention of audience with the unorthodox character from the film “SARBJIT”, she got acclaim from all over the world for her outstanding performance, and her character was also one of the main reason for the film to compete in the selections from Indian Movies to the Academy Race.
While she is busy with her film career she has also been endorsing a lot of products like Titan Watches, Longines watches, L’Oréal, Lakmé Cosmetics, Nakshatra Diamond Jewellery Kalyan Jewellers. She was named the official brand ambassador for De Beers diamonds in India. Rai has been ranked the 2nd most popular watch brand ambassador worldwide in a survey, conducted by World Watch Report. She supports PETA India and has pleged to donate her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India. In November 2004, Aishwara Rai created the Aishwarya Rai Foundation to help needy people in India. In 2009 Rai was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train, an international charity that provides free Cleft lip and palate surgery to children in need.
We at Ytalkies.com wish her a very Happy Birthday.