BiographyAishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, on November 1, 1973. Her father, a merchant navy officer, relocated the family to Mumbai (formerly Bombay) when Aishwarya was 4 years old. She excelled at academics as a child and chose science as her area of concentration, hoping for a career in medicine (zoology being her favorite subject at the time). Instead, Ash opted for a career in architecture, and passed her college entrance interviews with flying colors.
aishwarya rai modelsAishwarya Rai entered the world of modeling when she was in the 9th grade, appearing in an ad for Camlin Industries. Initially, she modeled part-time while focusing on her studies. As more assignments started rolling in, Ash decided to take a break from architecture and concentrate on modeling.
Aishwarya Rai became well-known in India after she appeared in a Pepsi commercial. Other high-profile assignments quickly followed, including Palmolive, Casio, Philips, Sheetal Diva, and Prudent. What started off as a part-time hobby quickly grew into a full-fledged career, as more companies hired the young beauty with the magnificent blue-green (and sometimes blue-gray) eyes.
In 1991, at the age of 17, Aishwarya Rai was coaxed into entering the prestigious Ford Supermodel Contest by a friend. To her amazement, she won, and also took the Tulips Miss Super Vivacious prize, which was part of the same contest. Ash was spotted by famous photographer Steven Meisel, and was soon featured in Vogue magazine. Bollywood, the massive Indian film industry, quickly came calling, and she made her first film appearance in Mamagaru that year.
aishwarya rai wins miss worldInitially rejecting subsequent film offers, Aishwarya Rai hoped to finish her studies as an architect and be with her family. But her career plans were forever altered when she entered the Miss Femina World contest in 1994. The 20 year old became the first runner-up, and was tipped to take the title at the upcoming Miss World pageant in Sun City, South Africa. She was crowned Miss World in 1994, was named Miss Catwalk and was selected as having the Most Photogenic Face by the pageant's judges.
Aishwarya Rai's stunning beauty, elegance and charm made her the darling of India. She became even more famous in her native country after winning the Miss World title, and was again approached by big names in India's movie industry to star in films.
aishwarya rai is the queen of bollywoodAlthough she had little acting experience, she won over critics and audiences alike in 1997's Iruvar (aka The Duo). For her role as Aishi in 1997's ...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, Aishwarya Rai picked up India's Screen Best Female Debut award. In 1998, she took on the dual role of Madhumitha/Vaishnavi in Jeans, which also won the actress critical praise and much male adoration.
Aishwarya Rai was selected as the spokesmodel for Longines watches in 1999, and continued to appear in Indian films. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in 1999's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (Straight from the Heart).
In 2000, she starred as Meenakshi in Kandukondain Kandukondain (I Have Found It). That same year, she appeared in Mohabbatein (Love Stories) and won rave reviews for her performance as Preeti, a rape victim, in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. She was selected as Screen Weekly's Best Actress for 2000.
aishwarya rai in bride & prejudiceHer acting career has largely overshadowed her modeling work. Her movie resume is incredibly impressive (we don't know how she keeps up). In 2002, Aishwarya Rai was featured in no less than five Indian films, including 23rd March 1931: Shaheed and Shakti: The Power, where she appeared as the Dream Girl.
In 2003, Aishwarya Rai appeared in three films and, in 2004, she starred in four films including Bride & Prejudice. The following year, the actress was seen in two more flicks.
aishwarya rai is named no. 27 in 2008 top 992006 and 2007 proved to be busy years for Aishwarya Rai. She had roles in Umrao Jaan and Dhoom:2 in '06 and Guru, Journey Across India and The Last Legion in '07.
2007 also marked the year that the beautiful Aishwarya Rai was taken off the market, as she married fellow Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan.
Already famous in her native India, Aishwarya Rai has also gained notoriety in the U.S., and her No. 27 ranking on AskMen.com's 2008 Top 99 list is proof of that.
aishwarya rai in the pink panther 2After working on the 2008 flicks Jodhaa Akbar and Sarkar Raj, she was slated to appear in the Hollywood comedy The Pink Panther 2, opposite Steve Martin and Emily Mortimer, in 2009. She'll also share the big-screen with her husband in the Bollywood movie Raavana.
Look for her in 2010 in Endhiran.