A superstar in her native India and around the globe, as well as one of the entertainment industry's most acclaimed beauties, Aishwayra Rai was a former model whose ethereal looks were matched by an a...
Sharon Stone and Hilary Swank were among the Hollywood stars who flew to India to raise money for AIDS research at a glittering gala in Mumbai on Sunday night (17Nov13). Basic Instinct star Stone mixed with the Bollywood elite by co-hosting the amfAR India gala at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel with superstar Abhishek Bachchan and his actress wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Speaking before the event, Stone revealed her involvement came about after a meeting with Rai Bachchan in Cannes, France, saying, "It is very kind of Aishwarya and Abhishek to support this cause. It all started in Cannes two years ago when she came up to me. It's wonderful to be here with her. More people should come forward to lend a helping hand."
Rai Bachchan adds, "This is (the) first event of amfAR in India and I am confident we will have several more to come in our country. I hope we all collectively raise funds, spread awareness and strengthen the force."
The event, which raised money for The American Foundation for AIDS Research, also featured a performance from pop star Ke$ha, a charity auction, and a fashion show by some of India's top designers.
Singer Ke$Ha will headline the amfaR fundraiser at Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace on 17 November (13). The event, which will raise money for the fight against AIDS, will be hosted by Sharon Stone, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan.
Madonna is helping to spread the message of female empowerment by joining Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez on the bill for a charity concert in London this weekend (01Jun13). The Material Girl will serve as a presenter at the Sound of Change Live mega gig, which will be headlined by the Crazy In Love superstar and feature performances by Lopez, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, John Legend and Timbaland, among others.
Prominent women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, human rights icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan have also signed up to make appearances during the four-hour show to highlight women's issues around the globe, and Madonna didn't hesitate to lend her support to the event.
A statement issued to Reuters reads: "Sixty percent of the children in the world not in school are girls. Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are women. I do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this."
The benefit concert, organised by bosses at Chime For Change, a women's campaign group founded by executives at Italian fashion house Gucci, is set to be broadcast live from Twickenham Stadium to more than 150 countries.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban made sure no one had any doubts about their romance on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday (19May13) as they kissed and cuddled for the cameras. Kidman, who jetted to France for the festival last week (ends17May13) as her husband wrapped up his stint as a judge on the 12th season of American Idol, was as giddy as a lovestruck teenager when her usually scruffy man showed up in a tuxedo for the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis.
After spending months as an Idol panelist, Urban is now letting his wife play the judge - she's working with Steven Spielberg and other top industry figures to pick this year's (13) big Cannes winners.
The couple pawed and smooched as the world's snappers flashed - and they didn't even seem to notice there was anyone else there.
It was quite the star-studded pair affair as the film's star Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel also hit the red carpet, where they rubbed shoulders with the pop superstar's castmates Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac and leading ladies Jane Fonda, Kirsten Dunst and one of the world's most beautiful women, Bollywood icon and Cannes regular Aishwarya Rai.
The actress, who became a first-time mother last November (11), will front a campaign aimed at eliminating new HIV infections in her native India and 21 other at-risk countries.
Announcing the news in a statement, the Pink Panther 2 star says, "Spreading awareness on health issues, especially related to women and children, has always been a priority for me, and now, as a new mother, I can personally relate to this - the joys and concerns of every mother and the hopes that we have for our children."
The Fight Club star admits he takes an interest in the Indian entertainment industry and would be open to signing on for a Bollywood project.
He tells Indian news agency IANS, "Indian cinema seems to be growing very well at its own pace. I would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and colour in the films there. The filmmaking, I hear, has evolved a lot in India, and of late we have witnessed some good films making a presence at the Oscars and the world stage. That tells you a lot about the quality of the actors and the films."
Pitt also regrets missing out on the chance to work with Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after she turned down a role in his 2007 epic Troy.
He adds, "Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, because she's a versatile actor. She is one of the most popular actresses of Bollywood, who has achieved huge acclaim in the west for her style, beauty and acting skills. I think we missed an opportunity to be cast together for Troy."
Jessica Simpson isn't the only star catching the wrath of the pregnancy police.
One of Bollywood's hottest stars, actress Aishwarya Rai, is being slammed in India for not losing the baby weight quickly enough. Rai, 38, who gave birth to daughter Aaradhya in November has been put through the ringer by fans and journalists. And it's turning into some real schoolyard ugliness. The worst example? One web site posted a video showing photos of her body with elephant sound effects streaming in the background. (An incredible 500,000 meanies have watched it so far.) Now, the criticism has opened up a fierce debate in India, with some fans suggesting that she should've lost the weight as quickly as fellow mom Victoria Beckham. Still, others are rushing to her defense. For her part, the former Miss World and L'Oreal spokesperson, who was named The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, says she's trying not to stress out and just wants to "enjoy motherhood." What do you think? Hasn't this whole baby weight pressure gotten out of control? Should Rai's critics be forced to eat Ring Dings and watch Knocked Up? More: Tyra Banks Leads the Charge Against Anorexic Models Second Weight Loss Surgery for Carnie Wilson 'Time' Cover Mom on 'Today': My Son Will Breastfeed Another Year — VIDEO
The superstar couple became first-time parents when the 38-year-old actress gave birth to a girl at a hospital in Mumbai, India last week (16Nov11).
Aishwarya was discharged from the medical facility on Tuesday (22Nov11) and photographers followed the family as they made their way home, but they have no plans to release any photos of the newborn.
Abhishek explains, "I'm still getting used to being called a dad. My nani (grandmother) has asked us not to release any pictures right now."
The 38-year-old actress, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan, son of veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, welcomed a daughter at a hospital in Mumbai, India last Wednesday (09Nov11).
The news was announced by the baby's famous grandfather, Amitabh Bachchan, in a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, " I am dada (grandfather) to the cutest baby girl!... Ecstatic!"
Amitabh is already grandfather to his daughter Shweta Nanda's two children.
The explosions were part of the latest terrorist attacks on the city, with bombs being set off during evening rush hour in Mumbai's busy Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar areas.
Actress Bachchan was set to be the special guest of the French government at a ceremony to receive the country's the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of her career, but postponed the event as a mark of respect for the estimated 22 people killed in the blasts.
In a statement, she says, "We are very shocked and saddened by this incident. Our prayers are with the people affected. It is important for us Indians to stand strong and tell the perpetrators of terrorism that they cannot shake us. We believe that justice will be done.
"We pray for the victims and their families. And keeping in mind what's happened, we didn't deem it prudent to celebrate. My family and I felt it would be prudent to request that the ceremony be postponed, and we thank the French government for understanding our sentiments in the current situation."
Was the first Indian actress to be invited to sit on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival
Co-starred with Sir Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth in "The Last Legion"
Appeared in "Mistress of Spices," from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Co-starred with Steve Martin in "The Pink Panther 2"
Starred in the critically successful, "Jeans" by S. Shankar
Garnered international attention for the lavishly produced "Devdas," which was a major box-office success; film received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival
Awarded the Miss World title
Played an abused wife in Jag Mundhra's indie film, "Provoked"
Made film debut playing a duel role in Mani Ratnam's "Iruvar"
Chosen by TIME Magazine's Asian Edition as one of Asia's "100 Most Influential People"
Made her US film debut in Gurinder Chadha's "Bride and Prejudice," a Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale
First Bollywood film "Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya"; directed by Rahul Rawail
Appeared in the popular Indian films, "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999) and "Mohabbatein" (2000)
A superstar in her native India and around the globe, as well as one of the entertainment industry's most acclaimed beauties, Aishwayra Rai was a former model whose ethereal looks were matched by an apparently limitless grasp of drama, comedy, musicals and action films in her native country. A former model, Rai began her acting career in ornamental roles in light comedies and musicals before showing her range in more dramatic fare like 1999's "Taal." Her breakthrough role came in the blockbuster "Devdas" (2002), which brought her international acclaim. Soon Rai was gracing the cover of magazines, which dubbed her among the world's most beautiful women. More hit films like the action thriller "Dhoom 2" (2006), as well as forays into English language films like "The Mistress of Spices" (2005), "Provoked" (2007) and "The Pink Panther 2" (2009) increased Rai's global exposure, as did a highly publicized marriage to fellow superstar Abhishek Bachchan. By 2010, Rai was among the most recognized performers in the world, and received one of her country's highest honors, the Padma Shri, among her growing accolades. Though Rai had yet to earn her Hollywood starmaking role, the stratospheric quality of her Indian career proved that Western celebrity was only a film away.
Three years older; was in the merchant navy; co-produced a film with his sister in the lead
"One day I was a student and the next I was Miss World and no, you are not able to change the world and no, you are not able to build an orphanage overnight, but that year was the opportunity for me to discover society. And I did get in touch with myself, too, because suddenly you are asked your opinion on everything. It was wonderful. I only have positive memories of Miss World. I wasn't about to go to the Olympics, but I felt this was a good opportunity to represent my country, to represent Indian women internationally." - Rai quoted to The London Times, March 30, 2007