Aishwarya Rai (born November 1, 1973), is a three-time Filmfare Award-winning Indian actress. She was Miss World in 1994 and has acted in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English films. Rai is married to Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan and is daughter-in-law to Amitabh Bachchan.
Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. Her ancestors are from the Bunt (community) of Mangalore.Her family later relocated to Mumbai(Bombay). Rai has one brother, Aditya Rai, who is three years older than she is. Aditya is a film producer, and has occasionally produced films in which Rai acted. Aditya got married in early 2004.
Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir at Santacruz, Mumbai, then entered Ruparel College, Matunga, Mumbai. She was an A student and was on track to become an architect.Her mother tongue is Tulu. She also speaks Hindi, English, Urdu,Marathi, Kannada and Tamil.
Rai began modeling on the side while studying architecture. In the 1994 Miss India contest, she was placed second behind Sushmita Sen, and went on to win the Miss World title that same year and the Miss Photogenic award. After the one year reign as Miss World in London, she then worked as a professional model, in advertising and Indian fashion magazines.
She has formerly dated Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. After much speculation concerning their relationship, her engagement to Abhishek Bachchan was announced on January 14, 2007 . The run-up as well as the marriage between Rai and Bachchan was heavily covered by the media. They married on April 20, 2007 in a private ceremony held at the Bachchans' bungalow Prateeksha .The newly married couple made their public appearance at Tirupati temple when they visited there for blessing. . Aishwarya Rai will face the camera for the first time after marriage in Jodha-Akbar.
On May 28 2007 in Mumbai, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan formally announced that Aishwarya was pregnant. Doctors say that she is expecting 2 twin girls, and is doing fine. Doctors have also said she must take it easy and is expecting early February 2008. The couple say they are, "Over the moon," and are very excited about the next generation of the family.
Aishwarya debuted in Mani Ratnam's Tamil language film, Iruvar with Mohanlal. She was introduced to Bollywood in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya; the film did not do well at the box office. However, her third project, a Tamil-language film, Jeans by S. Shankar was a critical and commercial success for which she was awarded the Filmfare Best Actress Award South. Aishwarya then appeared in many Bollywood films, a few successful films of her career include Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Taal (1999) for which her performance lauded. She was awarded the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in the former. In 2000 she had a supporting role in the hit film , Mohabbatein. Nevertheless, she has been in the limelight for quite some time for her relationships with Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi.
In 2002, Rai appeared with superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lavishly produced Devdas, which was a major box-office success and earned her the Filmfare Best Actress Award . The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival . It was during this time that she garnered the attention of the West as an Indian actress and went on to sign a few Hollywood projects.
As her name gained popularity in the West, seemingly on account of her beauty, she was chosen by Time magazine in 2004 as one of the World's "100 Most Influential People" and in 2003, appeared on the cover of Time magazine. She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2. A month later she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. She was also featured on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment . In 2003, she acted in the critically acclaimed Bengali film, Chokher Bali, an adaptation of one of Rabindranath Tagore's novel by the same name.
Rai has been a regular at the Cannes Film Festival since 2002, and was a member of the Jury at Cannes in the year 2003. In October 2004, a wax figure of Rai became on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum . The same month, her first foreign film released: Bride and Prejudice. The film was an inspired Indian version of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. The film did well commercially in the U.K but not in India. Her next overseas venture "Mistress of Spices" was critically acclaimed though not commercially successful. . She then appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi.
In between her overseas acting stints, she appeared in the Indian film Bunty Aur Babli in a hugely popular seven minute dance sequence for the song "Kajra Re". The dance sequence paired Rai with Abhishek Bachchan (apart from Amitabh Bachchan), who two years later became her husband.
At the end of the year 2006, she had two releases: Umrao Jaan and Dhoom 2. Umrao Jaan did poorly in India, however, her role in Dhoom 2, a sequel to the 2004 hit movie Dhoom brought her great attention. It was a hit commercially too. . Incidentally, both of these films also co-starred Rai's later husband, Abhishek Bachchan.
2007 saw the release of Mani Ratnam's Guru which premiered in Toronto. The film was commercially and critically very successful . Her most recent film, Provoked, based on the book "Circle of Light" , where she potrays a real life character, was released on 6 April, 2007 in India and the UK. The film did well commercially in the UK It was critically acclaimed all over the world. At the end of April 2007 her first American film, The Last Legion, was released in Russia and the Netherlands. The film is expected to open in North American theaters in August 2007.
Personality of Aishwarya RAI (extract)
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The dominant planets of Aishwarya RAI
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