Aishwarya Rai Bachchan needs no introduction. One of the most successful and beautiful actresses to have graced Indian cinema, she has acted in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English language films. She was crowned Miss World in 1994 and made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Tamil film Iruvar. Since then she has established herself as one of India’s most prominent actresses with award-winning performances in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Jodhaa Akbar.
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|Mangalore, Karnataka, India
|Brindya Rai, Krishnaraj Rai
Her Early Life and Modeling Career
Aishwarya Rai was born on 1 November 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka. Her father Krishnaraj was an army biologist while her mother Brindya was a homemaker. She has an elder brother Aditya Rai. Aishwarya did her schooling across different cities including Mangalore, Mumbai and Delhi due to her father’s transferable job. Later, she pursued architecture at Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture but dropped out to pursue a full-time career in modeling.
In 1991, Rai was awarded the first runner-up title at the Ford Supermodel contest which marked the beginning of her modeling journey. She appeared in advertisements for brands like Pepsi, Titan Watches and Longines watches. She was featured in Vogue, India Today and the American edition of Cosmopolitan. In 1994, she created history by winning the Miss World pageant where she also won the Miss Photogenic award. Her Miss World win made her an overnight sensation in India.
A Stellar Film Career with Many Hits
After winning Miss World, Rai Bachchan received many film offers. She made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Tamil political drama Iruvar where she played dual roles. Her first Bollywood release was Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya in 1997 opposite Bobby Deol which turned out to be a disappointment. However, her next Hindi film Jeans (1998) was commercially successful.
In 1999, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam opposite Salman Khan marked a significant turning point in her career. Her portrayal of Nandini, a woman torn between two lovers, earned her widespread praise and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Thereafter, she delivered strong performances in hit films like Taal, Devdas, Choker Bali and Raincoat before her self-imposed sabbatical from acting in 2010.
Rai Bachchan made her comeback after 5 years with Sanjay Gupta’s action thriller Jazbaa in 2015 followed by Karan Johar’s family drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. As of 2022, her last film release was Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan 1.
Some of her career’s biggest commercial hits include Dhoom 2, Sarkar Raj, Jodhaa Akbar, Race 2 and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. She continues to be one of the most in-demand actresses in Indian cinema today.
Global Recognition and Notable Accolades
Thanks to her unmatched beauty and powerful screen presence, Aishwarya has often been cited as the most influential and popular celebrity from India internationally. She was ranked 3rd in The Times ’50 Most Desirable Women’ in 2017.
In 2003, she became the first Indian actress to be invited as jury member for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. She has appeared for many consecutive years on red carpet events at Cannes as a L’Oreal brand ambassador.
She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009. Some of the other honours she has received over her stellar career include Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and several lifetime achievement awards for her contribution to Indian cinema.
In 1999, Rai Bachchan started dating Bollywood superstar Salman Khan while filming Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The relationship ended in 2001 as it failed to culminate in marriage.
She then started seeing Abhishek Bachchan, son of veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan, while shooting for Dhoom (2004) and Guru (2006). The rumours about their impending marriage sparked intense media speculation which continued for 2 years until Abhishek proposed to her in 2007. They finally tied the knot on 20 April 2007 in an extravagant wedding celebration now popularly referred to as ‘the Wedding of the Year’.
The couple has a daughter named Aaradhya Bachchan born in 2011. Despite persistent pregnancy rumours, they have not had a second child so far. Professionally, Aishwarya took a sabbatical from films after delivery to raise her daughter while her husband too started cutting down on work to give time to the family. She continues to strike a fine balance between her personal and professional life while constantly battling fake rumours and insensitive media scrutiny all these years.
FAQ about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Here are some frequently asked questions about the iconic Bollywood actress:
What is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s age?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born on 1st November 1973. She is currently 50 years old (as of 2023).
How tall is Aishwarya Rai?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is 1.7 m or 5 feet 7 inches tall. Her tall and slim figure adds elegance and poise to her personality.
How did Aishwarya Rai get her big break in films?
Aishwarya made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Iruvar in 1997. However, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam opposite Salman Khan marked her big break in Bollywood. Her portrayal of Nandini earned her widespread critical acclaim and her first Filmfare Best Actress award.
Is Aishwarya Rai a global icon?
Yes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s immense beauty, acting talent and graceful personality have made her a global icon. She was the first Indian to be on the jury at Cannes Film Festival. She has also been the longest serving brand ambassador for L’Oreal.
Who did Aishwarya Rai marry?
In 2007, Aishwarya Rai tied the knot with actor Abhishek Bachchan, son of veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan, in a lavish wedding ceremony dubbed ‘Wedding of the Year’.
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