Aishwarya Rai

Actress, Model
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka, IN

Filmography

Actor (30)

Heart of India 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jasmine 2014 (Movie)

Jasmine Singh (Actor)

Saamna 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Action Replayy 2010 (Movie)

Mala (Actor)

Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Endhiran 2010 (Movie)

Sana (Actor)

Guzaarish 2010 (Movie)

Sofia (Actor)

Raavan 2010 (Movie)

Ragini Subramaniam (Actor)

The Pink Panther 2 2009 (Movie)

Sonia (Actor)

Jodhaa Akbar 2008 (Movie)

Jodhaa (Actor)

Sarkar Raj 2008 (Movie)

Anita Rajan (Actor)

Guru 2007 (Movie)

Sujata (Actor)

Provoked: A True Story 2007 (Movie)

Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Actor)

The Last Legion 2007 (Movie)

Mira (Actor)

Dhoom 2 2006 (Movie)

Sunehri (Actor)

The Mistress of Spices 2006 (Movie)

Tilo (Actor)

Umrao Jaan 2006 (Movie)

Umrao Jaan (Actor)

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

Lalita Bakshi (Actor)

Shabd 2005 (Movie)

Antara Vashisht (Actor)

Khakee 2004 (Movie)

Mahalaxshmi (Actor)

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na 2004 (Movie)

Diya Malhotra (Actor)

Chokher Bali: A Passion Play 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Devdas 2003 (Movie)

Parvati/"Paro" (Actor)

Kuch Naa Kaho 2003 (Movie)

Namrata Shrivastav (Actor)

Raincoat 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Josh 2000 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

Mela 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 1999 (Movie)

Ash/ Nandini (Actor)

Taal 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Iruvar 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Amitabh Bachchan Actor

Father-In-Law

Abhishek Bachchan Actor

Husband
Worked together on several films Bachchan proposed to Rai in New York after the world premiere of their film "Guru" (2007) Married April 20, 2007

Salman Khan Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999) Split a few years later

Vivek Oberoi Actor

Companion
Dated co-star in the past No longer together

Krishnaraj Rai

Father

Vrinda Rai

Mother

Aditya Rai

Brother
Three years older; was in the merchant navy; co-produced a film with his sister in the lead

Milestones

2009

Co-starred with Steve Martin in "The Pink Panther 2"

2007

Played an abused wife in Jag Mundhra's indie film, "Provoked"

2007

Co-starred with Sir Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth in "The Last Legion"

2006

Appeared in "Mistress of Spices," from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

2005

Made her US film debut in Gurinder Chadha's "Bride and Prejudice," a Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale

2004

Chosen by TIME Magazine's Asian Edition as one of Asia's "100 Most Influential People"

2003

Was the first Indian actress to be invited to sit on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival

2002

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

1998

Starred in the critically successful, "Jeans" by S. Shankar

1997

Made film debut playing a duel role in Mani Ratnam's "Iruvar"

1997

First Bollywood film "Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya"; directed by Rahul Rawail

1994

Awarded the Miss World title

Appeared in the popular Indian films, "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999) and "Mohabbatein" (2000)

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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