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Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is one of Bollywood's pre-eminent leading ladies. This Indian darling burst upon the world stage when her striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss World crown in 1994. This former architecture major soon became one of India's most famous models, landing a prestigious Pepsi campaign and appearing in Vogue magazine. India's top Bollywood directors were soon lining up to work with Ash. Her film debut in Mani Rathnam's IRUVAR (1997) received critical acclaim and her performance in Rahul Rawail's ...AUR PAAR HO GAYA (1997) garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000, she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, and in that same year, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her special appearance in Aditya Chopra's MOHABBATEIN. In 2001, Ash was nominated for FilmFare's Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's HAMARA DIL AAPKE PAAS HAI.

Ash's star continued to rise in 2002 working again with Sajay Leela Bhansali in DEVDAS. DEVDAS was the most ambitious and most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to ever receive a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United States. Daily Variety's Derek Elley describes DEVDAS as "...some of the most sumptuous production values in Bollywood history... Elley describes Ash as almost Audrey Hepburn-like, Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann says I loved her in DEVDAS and Julia Roberts calls her the world's most beautiful woman."

2003 brought even more exciting opportunities. Ash became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Ash is also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team, joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their international ambassador. She graced the covers of India Today and the prestigious Time Magazine. Time has also listed her on their list of the '100 Most Influential People in the World Today'. She has graced numerous covers in numerous countries worldwide including the USA, UK, China, Russia, Israel, United Emirates, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. Ash was also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine's annual 'Hot List', Hello Magazine's 'Most Attractive Women in the World', Stuff Magazine, FHM magazine, V-Life from Variety Magazine, GQ Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Harper's & Queen and countless others.

2004 saw Aishwarya take on the leading role in her first English language film in BRIDE & PREJUDICE for Gurinder Chadha. She also became the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London.

With over 17,000 websites dedicated to her, Ash finally launched her official website: www.AishwaryaWorld.com

Aishwarya's career continues to grow even stronger-she will soon be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker's JODHAA AKBAR and The Queen of Bollywood is already becoming the talk of Tinseltown and is currently in negotiations on other major motion pictures.

Aishwarya's other film credits include Manit Ratnam's GURU; THE MISTRESS OF SPICES for director Paul Berges, Jag Mundhra's PROVOKED, JP Dutta's UMRAO JAAN and Sanjay Gadhvi's DHOOM 2.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Aishwarya Rai Facts

OccupationActress, Model
BirthdayNovember 1, 1973 (50)
BirthplaceMangalore, Karnataka, India
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Aishwarya Rai compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Bride and Prejudice (2005)
Kuch Na Kaho (2003)
Devdas (2002) user recommendation
Shakti: The Power (2002)
Mohabbatein (2000)
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