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Aishwarya Rai also known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after her marriage. She worked as a model before starting her acting career, and ultimately won the Miss India and Miss World pageant titles in 1994. Rai has starred in films in various languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali.
Often cited by the media as the "most beautiful woman in the world",Rai made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar (1997) and had her first commercial success with Jeans (1998). She earned public recognition with the Hindi films Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002), which fetched her two Best Actress awards at Filmfare.
After a series of unsuccessful films during 2003–2005, she appeared in the blockbuster action thriller Dhoom 2 (2006) and subsequently featured in such films as Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Enthiran (2010).She received critical acclaim for her performances in films like Chokher Bali (2003), Raincoat (2004), Provoked (2007) and Guzaarish (2010).Rai has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses of Indian cinema.
Rai has been in a notable relationship with Salman Khan, following which she married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. Her off-screen roles include duties as brand ambassador for various charity organisations and campaigns. In 2009 she was honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award given by the Government of India. Rai has been appointed as goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS in 2012.
Rai was born 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. He co-produced one of her movies, Dil Ka Rishta (2003).Rai's values and lifestyle were influenced by her family, and even as her fame continues to rise, she holds strong to a religious, value-based life, influenced early on by her parents.
The family moved to Mumbai, where 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 Collegein 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 but was unsuccessful later on.Then with plans to become an architect, she enrolled at Raheja College, but later gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling.
One of her earliest modelling assignment was, when she was in the ninth grade, for Camlin Pencils.One of her professors at Jai Hind College took pictures of her which were published in a fashion magazine.She decided to enter the Ford Supermodel Contest in 1991. At only 17 years old, Rai won the Ford Supermodel Contest and also appeared in Vogue Magazine India.She has been on the cover of Indian Vogue three times.
Rai became popular after appearing in a Pepsi commercial with actor Aamir Khan. She is the only female actor to have endorsed both Pepsi and Coca-Cola.She is one of the top brand ambassadors in the country and is one of the top paid Bollywood actresses in this respect.She modelled for Titan Watches,Longines watches, L'Oréal, Coca-Cola,Lakmé Cosmetics, Casio pager, Philips, Palmolive,Lux, Fuji films, Nakshatra Diamond Jewellery,and Kalyan Jewellers.She continued to model while pursuing her studies in architecture.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.
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, including Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival,and two National Film Awards.Rai appeared in dual roles, one of which was a depiction of political leader and former actress J. Jayalalithaa.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. Rai's portrayal won her critical acclaim, with a review on Rediff.com stating, "Aishwarya looks beautiful as usual. She can carry off any kind of dress and still manage to pass of as a spoilt brat. This film will most likely draw her accolades from all over, may be even get her recognised as an actress the way Manisha Koirala did in Khamoshi. In many scenes, there is no trace of makeup and she looks very fresh".The film was her first box office success in Bollywood, and earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award.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.Her performance was praised, with a reviewer from Rediff writing, "Ash always picked films that gave her scope to perform. With Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, she consolidated her position as an actress. Rai has excelled in Taal and will again enhance her reputation as an actress while in no way detracting from her image as a traffic-stopper. She looks ethereal and unlike the former film, has a very sober and soft role. Though she looks pained and tragic in most of the film, she does a good job of a woman who is very protective of her father and one who doesn't think twice before rejecting a lover who has insulted her father. The film revolves around her character most of the time and besides acting well, she also dances beautifully".She received another Best Actress nomination from the Filmfare Awards for her work in the film.
In 2000 she appeared in 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.Film critic Sukanya Verma noted, "Aishwarya Rai conveys the turmoil and pain of a rape victim well. But it is her transition from an emotional wreck trying to gather the broken pieces of her life back together that is amazing. Apart from a restrained performance, she also looks like a million bucks".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 box-office success.
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. The film received a special screening at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival,and was selected by Time Magazine's in its list of 10 best films of the millennium".It became the highest-grossing film of the year in India and overseas, earning a revenue of Rs 390 million domestically.Devdas won numerous awards, including 10 Filmfare Awards, and Rai received her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance.Taran Adarsh wrote, "It is Aishwarya Rai who steals the show with a performance that takes you by surprise. She dominates the film with a performance that is sure to win her accolades".Alan Morrison from Empire magazine cited "Aishwarya Rai proves she has the acting talent to back up her flawless looks".
Professional setback (2003–05)
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 2004 she appeared alongside Martin Henderson in Bride and Prejudice, Gurinder Chadha's Bollywood-style English adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She played Lalita Bakshi, the film's version of Austen's character Elizabeth Bennet. Based on 131 reviews, the film has a rating of 64 percent at the review website Rotten Tomatoes.She played a negative role for the first time in Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee, which also featured Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, and Jayapradha. The film was a box office success.In the same year she worked with director Rituparno Ghosh for the second time, in Raincoat, where she starred alongside Ajay Devgan. The film was highly acclaimed by critics, with Rai receiving rave reviews for her performance.The Hindu commented "Raincoat can easily be Aishwarya Rai's best performance, and as Neerja, the former beauty queen appears to have shed her inhibitions about looking unglamorous. What is more, she seems to have made an earnest effort to emote, using less of her body and limbs and more of her face, and eyes in particular".
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.Rai received much recognition and immense critical praise for her dance and expressions, which kept her in the media light despite her previous box office failures.Sukanya Verma from Rediff described as "The spicy ditty is awkwardly introduced into the movie. But once the song begins to roll, the audience, the Bachchans, the extras in the frame all end up drooling in unison at the hot, hot, hot Aishwarya Rai. Yes folks, she looks awesome.