Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Indian costume

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan photo
aishwarya-rai-bachcha1n, originally uploaded by Wahab Gull.

Here is a brief biography of Aishwarya Rai

Bachchan Rai (also known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aish and Ash) is an Indian actress and former model. She started her career as a model and became famous after winning the Miss World title in 1994.

During her career, Rai has acted in over forty movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali. She can communicate in several languages, including her mother tongue Tulu, as well as Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil.

In the 1994 Miss India contest, Aishwarya Rai won the second place behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World and later won the Miss World title the same year, where she also won the Miss Photogenic award.

Aishwarya Rai made her debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film, Iruvar (1997) with Mohanlal. The film won many awards including Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival, two National Film Awards, and two Filmfare Awards South. In Iruvar Rai appeared in dual roles, opposite veteran actor Mohanlal, one of her roles being a cinematic depiction of political leader and former actress J. Jayalalithaa.

Rai made her Bollywood debut in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997) opposite Bobby Deol, which did not do well at the box office.

In 2003, Aishwarya Rai acted in Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film, Chokher Bali, portraying the character of a young woman called Binodini and in 2004 she appeared in Rituparno Ghosh’s, Raincoat, alongside Ajay Devgan, for which Rai received rave reviews for her performance.

In 2004 Rai appeared in Gurinder Chadha's English film Bride and Prejudice alongside Martin Henderson, portraying the role of Lalita Bakshi.

In 2005 Rai acted in Paul Mayeda Berges's The Mistress of Spices, in which she starred alongside Dylan McDermott. The film received negative reviews by critics and was also a commercial failure.

In 2007 Aishwarya Rai starred in Jag Mundhra's British film Provoked alongside Naveen Andrews. The film was a commercial failure, though Rai received positive reviews from critics.

In 2007 Rai appeared as a female Indian warrior from Kerala named Mira, in Doug Lefler's epic film The Last Legion alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth and Thomas Sangster.

Aishwarya Rai returned to the Tamil film industry working with Rajinikanth for the movie Endhiran, directed by S. Shankar. In an interview to the news channel Aaj Tak she confirmed a fee of Rs 6 crores for the film, making her the highest paid Indian actress.

Aishwarya is also co-starring with Vikram in Mani Ratnam's next film, Ashokavanam, which is also being simultaneously made in Hindi, titled Raavan, with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead.

In 2009 Rai was awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions to Indian cinema. In the same year she refused to accept the second highest Order Of France, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as her father was suffering from serious illness, and she wanted her whole family to attend the award function. She is only the fourth Indian actor after Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das and Shahrukh Khan to be chosen for an Order Of France.

In 1999 Rai participated in a world tour called the Magnificent Five along with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Akshay Khanna and Twinkle Khanna. In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2006 Rai appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian art, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi.

In summer 2008, Rai joined her husband and father-in-law along with Preity Zinta and Ritesh Deshmukh, Shilpa Shetty on the Unforgettable World Tour, including USA, Canada, UK, and Trinidad.

Aishwarya Rai had previously dated Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. On April 20, 2007, she married Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is three years her junior, according to traditional Hindu rites of the South Indian Bunt community to which she belongs.

In 2004 she was chosen by Time magazine as one of the World's "100 Most Influential People", and appeared on the cover of Time magazine, Asia Edition in 2003. She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on 2 January 2005, which said that "at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls and even Julia Roberts", she was "The World's Most Beautiful Woman".

Rai became the first Indian to appear on such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, and was the first Bollywood personality to appear on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment. In 2005, Harpers and Queen's list of '10 Most Beautiful Women' in the world ranked her at the 9th spot.

In October 2004 a wax figure of Rai was put on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum. She was the 6th Indian and the second Bollywood personality after her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan to get this honor.

In 2005 she became a global brand ambassador of L'Oreal alongside Andie Macdowell, Eva Longoria and Penelope Cruz. The same year, a special Tulip in the Netherlands was named "Aishwarya Rai" after her.

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