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Aiswarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Biography
Ash Ash Baby
Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai was born on 1 November 1973 in Mangalore. Her
father Krishnaraj Rai was a marine engineer and her mother Vrinda Rai
is a writer. She has an older brother Aditya Rai who is in the
merchant navy. He also happened to co-produce Dil Ka Rishta in 2003,
which starred Ash. The family moved to Mumbai where she studied at the
Arya Vidya Mandir and later moved to Ruparel College. She was aspiring
to study architecture but that did not take off while her career in
the glamour industry took off.

Ash won the coveted Miss World crown in 2004. Soon after this she
pledged to donate her eyes after her death. She went on to become the
brand ambassador for brands like L=92Oreal, Pepsi, and Coco Cola. She
struck a pose for many international magazines like TIME and was also
voted one of the most attractive and influential women by several
polls. She is the first Indian actor to be part of the jury at the
prestigious Cannes Film Festival. She has appeared in The Oprah
Winfrey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and 60 Minutes. She was
also the first Indian actress to be replicated in wax at Madame
Tussaud=92s Museum in London.

She was briefly involved with actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi
before marrying actor Abhishek Bachchan, son of the iconic Amitabh
Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. They were married in 2007. The couple have
acted together in many movies. They were seen in the latest Lux ad and
have been roped in to be part of PETA=92s Lovebirds campaign.

The Rai Magic
Aishwarya began her career in the film industry with a Tamil film
Iruvar in 1997 which was a hit as opposed to her Hindi film Aur Pyaar
Ho Gaya with Bobby Deol. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for
her next Tamil film Jeans, which was also an entry to the Oscars. In
1999, she gained recognition in Bollywood with hits like Taal and Hum
Dil De Chuke Sanam, in which she played opposite Salman Khan and Ajay
Devgan, her role as Nandini fetching her the Filmfare Best Actress

In 2000, her Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain, saw a good turnout.
She took on the role of Shirley, Shahrukh Khan=92s sister in Josh and
then played his love interest in Mohabbatein which won her a
nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. In Hamara
Dil Aapke Paas Hai, she played Preeti Virat, a rape victim and was
considered for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. The year 2001 was a
quiet year for Ash.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali=92s Devdas (2002), in which she played Paro with
Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, was an instant blockbuster. It also
received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. She won the
Filmfare Best Actress award. In 2003, she acted the part of Binodini
in a Bengali film Choker Bali which was based on a novel by
Rabindranath Tagore. The film was nominated for the Golden Leopard at
the Locarno International Film Festival.

The year 2004 saw Ash in her first English film, Gurinder Chaddha=92s
Bride & Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen=92s Pride & Prejudice.
Her performance as Neerja in Rituparno Ghosh=92s Raincoat was praised.
This was followed by her second English film in 2005, The Mistress of
Spices, with Dylan McDermott of The Practice fame. Her dance sequence
Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli became one of the most popular tunes of
the year.

She had two films out in 2006. Umrao Jaan with Abhishek Bachchan
failed to do well while Dhoom 2 where she played Sunehri and shared a
=91controversial=92 liplock with Hrithik Roshan was a big hit. In 2007,
she played Sujata opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Guru, based on the
industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani and it was successful. Provoked, which
was based on a real episode of domestic violence, won critical
acclaim. The other English film, The Last Legion, did not do so well.

Jodhaa Akbar, released in 2008, in which she acted the part of Jodhaa
Bai with Hrithik Roshan was average. The sequel to Sarkar, Ram Gopal
Varma=92s Sarkar Raj, in which she plays a CEO alongside Amitabh
Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, is said to be one of her best
performances till date.

In 2009, Rai looked her gorgeous self in The Pink Panther 2 with Steve

Going Strong
She was also busy shooting for Mani Ratnam=92s Raavan with Abhishek
Bachchan and Endhiran with Rajnikanth in 2009. Both movies will be
released in 2010 along with Action Replay with Akshay Kumar and
Guzaarish, in which she will play Hrithik Roshan=92s nurse.

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