on November 1, 1973 in Manglore, India, Aishwarya Rai was born
into a well-educated family and raised by her mother, who held
a teaching degree, and her father, a marine engineer.
age 4 Aishwarya, along with her older brother, moved with their
parents to Bombay where she would eventually major in architecture
at the Rachana Institute.
beauty, charm and intelligence, Rai also modeled professionally
- which led to her entering beauty contests and, ultimately, winning
the title of Miss World in 1994.
A series of
modeling assignments followed when Bollywood inevitably beckoned.
Rai soon landed her first film role in the critically acclaimed
Iruvar in 1997.
Miss World to Bollywood
Ush-war-ya Rye (or Ash as she is popularly known),
Aishwarya Rai has been a major international star ever since her
Rahul Rawail's Aur Paar Ho Gaya won her the Best Female
also has been awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for
her work in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and nominated for performances
in Mohabbatein and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai.
acclaim finally came in 2002 with her appearance opposite Shahrukh
Khan in Devdas,
the first Bollywood picture to receive a special screening at
the Cannes Film Festival, which later broke box-office records
in India and the United States.
Rai is the actress that Julia
Roberts calls "the most beautiful woman in the world."
Rai has graced the covers of magazines worldwide, including the
India edition of TIME Magazine as well as appearances in publications
ranging from The Rolling Stone to the UK's Hello!Magazine.
Bollywood to Hollywood
debut in Hollywood came with a starring role appearance in Bride
and Prejudice, a re-working of the Jane Austin novel directed
by Bend It Like Beckham director, Gurinder Chadha, which
had its U.S. release in Feburary, 2005.
Back in Bollywood
in 2007, the actress was at the center of controversy when a kissing
scene in "Dhoom
2" so outraged lawyer Shalendra Dwivedi that he filed
case against the actress and co-star Hrithik
Roshan for public lewdness and obscenity.
wedding day finally arrived on April 20 when a quiet, private
ceremony was attended by close friends and family. The wedding
was preceded by a tradtional Sangeet (music) celebration and a
ceremony. It was the first marriage for both Bollywood stars.
Ash's fortunes continued to rise when she won the Star of the
Year Award (female) at the Max Stardust Awards held in Mumbai
for her performance in Dhoom 2, the same role in which she was
nominated as Best Actress at the annual FilmFare
Rai was busy shooting her next Hollywood vehicle,
Pink Panther 2, and in 2008 opened in another Bollywood
Akbar, co-starring with Hrithik Roshan. The film marked the
widest distribution of any Hindi film to date, released in more
than 115 theaters in the United States alone.
The Bollywood superstar added Raavanan, Raavan, and Endiran to her movie credits in 2010 and also starred in two releases by year's end, Guzaarish, and Action Replay.
With the birth of a baby girl in November 2011, Rai began a prolonged absence from film work. But she is about to make a comeback in 2015 -- with the October release of Sanjay Gupta's action-thriller Jazbaa, co-starring Shabana Azmi and Irrfan Khan.
Following her comeback film, she is also slated to star alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in Karan Johar's romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
around the Web
Rai - IMDB - A complete biography and roster of film credits, TV appearances and television commercials with related personal details and fun facts.
Rai.com - A great view of the star in a handful of different
photo galleries including scenes from her films, plus chat, guest
book and related resources.
| Aishwarya Rai - Vital stats, brief bio, fan club contacts,
and featuring downloadable wallpapers plus an extensive gallery
of photos of the star in publicity shots and film appearances.
Profile - Aishwarya Rai - Archived overview of the star's
life and career at the digital version of the popular UK mag including
photo gallery, filmography.
- Aishwarya Rai - Dishing the dirt on the Bollywood star
regarding her past, troubling episodes with former boyfriend,
actor Salman Khan, and her sometimes strained relationship with
the Indian media.
of Bollywood" to Land in Hollywood
- An archived collection of Aishwarya Rai story articles gathered from
various publications including quotes from a TIME magazine interview,
with pictures and related resources from The Seoul Times.