Aishwarya Rai


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Aishwarya Rai (Tulu:ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ ರೈ, Devanagari:ऐश्वर्या राय, Telugu:ఐష్వర్య రాయి, Tamil: ஐஷ்வரியா ரை, IPA: [æʃvərjɑː rɑːj]) (born November 1, 1973) is an Indian actress and former fashion model. She was awarded the Miss World title in 1994. Aishwarya Rai has also acted in Telugu, Bengali, Tamil and English films.

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. Rai has one brother, Aditya Rai, who is three years older than she is. Aditya is in the merchant navy, and has also co-produced a film with Rai in the lead.

Rai's native language is Tulu, Kannada ; she also speaks Hindi, English, Bangla, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu, and Tamil.

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.

Rai began modeling on the side while studying architecture. She was a contestant in the Miss India 1994 pageant, which she lost to Sushmita Sen. Rai later went on to win the Miss World title that same year. She appeared in her first film in 1997.

Aishwarya Rai debuted in Mani Ratnam's critically acclaimed Tamil language film, Iruvar alongside Mohanlal and Tabu in which she played a dual role. Rai's dual role in the movie was appreciated. After that She Act with Megastar Bharath Mammootty also. And She was introduced to Bollywood by Rahul Rawail in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya but the film did not progress due to poor publicizing of the project. Her third project, a Tamil-language film, Jeans by S. Shankar was the first commercial success in her career. In the film, she also sported a double role alongside with Prashanth. The song Poovukul Olindirukum's lyrics were based upon Rai, describing her as the seventh World Wonder. The film established Rai's career in the Indian regional film industries.

Her first major success was in the 1999 film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The following year, she appeared in the extremely successful Mohabbatein. In 2002, Rai appeared with Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lavishly produced Devdas, which was a major box-office success. The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival and garnering international attention for Rai.

In the past, Indian actors and actresses were celebrities in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, but unknown to the rest of the world. Rai was one of the first Indian actresses to become a Western celebrity.

In 2003, Rai was a member of the jury at Cannes. In 2004, she was chosen by TIME Magazine's Asian Edition as one of Asia's "100 Most Influential People." She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2, 2005 - "The Most Beautiful face in the World." A month later she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and on April 25, 2005, she was featured on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment. A wax figure of Rai is on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum.

Although frequently the subject of gossip column speculation about an imminent Hollywood career, it was only in 2004 that Rai finally acted in a foreign film, when British director Gurinder Chadha hired her to play the heroine in Bride and Prejudice, a Hollywood-funded but Bollywood-ized version of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. The movie came just shy of breaking even at the US box office but earned over 400% return on investment in global revenue.

Her next overseas venture, Mistress of Spices, written by Gurinder Chadha and her husband Paul Mayeda Berges, from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and directed by Berges, was released in the U.K. in April 2006 to a milder critical and commercial reception but rave reviews in Middle East and Asia.

Aishwarya has several other international, English-language films in the pipeline, including Provoked, and The Last Legion.

* The song "Kajra Re", which Rai performed in the film Bunty Aur Babli, was voted best song of 2005 and best choreographed song of 2005 in a poll by the Hindustan Times.

* Rai 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. For her three-minute dance performance, Rai was reportedly paid three crore rupees, the equivalent of about 600,000 U.S. dollars.

* Aishwarya also performed the much loved 'Kajra Re' at the Iffa awards held in Amsterdam (Holland).

Aishwarya Rai prefers not to talk to the media about her personal life. All the details mentioned in this section are based on what was reported by the media and have not been confirmed by Ms Rai, except as otherwise indicated.

Rai began dating Salman Khan, her co-star from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, after the filming of that movie. Their breakup a few years later generated a substantial amount of press attention.

Rai has been described by others in the Bollywood film industry as having traditional values and being "a paragon of age-old, dutiful Indian femininity". As a practicing Hindu, she has described herself as having "immense faith in its Gods", and when at home she attends the Siddhivinayak Mandir, devoted to Lord Ganesh. When not on the road, Rai lives in Mumbai with her parents.

Recently, the Bachchan family astrologer, Chandrashekhara Swami, was quoted as saying that Aishwarya will marry Abhishek Bachchan in 2007[8]. According to him, Aishwarya will make the announcement on November 1, 2006 - her birthday.

Awards

Rai has won two Filmfare Awards to date:

* 2000, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
* 2002, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Devdas

She has been nominated four times in the Best Actress category and once in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Filmfare Awards. She has also won three IIFA Awards, three Z-Gold Awards, four Star Screen Awards, an EU's Global Diversity Award, three Zee Cine Awards and a Rajiv Gandhi Award.

When the IFFA awards took place in Amsterdam, Aishwarya had a breed of tulip named after her as well.

* In 2005, Aishwarya also performed the much loved 'Kajra Re' at the IFFA Awards held in Amsterdam.
* She is said to be the second highest-paid actress in India after Rani Mukerji.
* She is 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs 122 pounds.
* She has been voted the most beautiful woman in the world in an online poll by Hello Magazine
* She has also been voted the most sexiest woman in Asia
* She is often referred to as the queen of BollywoodPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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