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Aishwarya Rai is a Mangalore, Karnataka-born Indian actress and model known internationally for being the winner of Miss World pageant of 1994. Also noted for being one of the most beautiful women in the world, she has been gaining popularity as a highly regarded Bollywood actress. Born on 1 November, 1973, Aishwarya has been active in the field of entertainment since 1991.

A globally recognized model and an actress who has influenced all the world with her skills, how rich is Aishwarya at the present? As of 2015, she counts her net worth at $35 million, the major source of her wealth obviously being her career in the entertainment industry. Apart from being a well-known and highly regarded actress in Bollywood, she is also a name known widely by Hollywood fans.

Aishwarya Rai Net Worth $35 Million

Born in Mangalore but raised in Delhi, Aishwarya was a bright student in her school. Before graduating intermediate, she had already been trained for classical dance and music for five years. Even though she wished to become a medical doctor in her life, she gave up this idea when modelling struck her pathway. Given her exceptional beauty and intelligence, Aishwarya managed to win many beauty contests including international supermodel contest in 1991. She was already popular worldwide and had already been featured by “Vogue” before she went on to win Miss World pageant in 1994.

After reaching the peak in her modelling career, Aishwarya initiated her acting career through a Tamil movie “Iruvar” in 1997 which was a success. However, after that, her movies like “Aur Pyar Ho Gaya”, “Aa Ab Laut Chalen” went on to be complete failures at box office. Even though her acting in another Tamil movie “Jeans” was highly praised, her breakthrough in Bollywood was from the 1999 movie “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” in which she starred opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan.

To date, she has played a part in many high grossing Bollywood movies like “Taal”, “Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai”, “Devdas”, “Jodhaa Akbar”, “Dhoom 2”, “Guzaarish”, “Mohabbatein” among many more. Even though she has sometimes been criticized for her emotionless acting, her performances in the above mentioned movies have been very well praised by the critics. Apart from acting, Aishwarya has also been one of the finest dancers in Bollywood which complements her beauty to perfection.

During her career as an actress, Aishwarya has earned two Filmfare awards which are considered as the “Oscar” of Bollywood. She has earned a total of ten nominations in Filmfare awards which prove her acting excellence. Aishwarya was also rewarded with a “Padma Shri” award given by Government of India in 2009, which is the fourth-highest Indian civilian award. Also, she has earned the Order of France for her contribution to acting.

A very popular name in India and the Pacific, Aishwarya has also acted in Hollywood movies like “Pink Panther”, “Mistress of Spices”, “Pride and Prejudice” and many more.

As for her personal life, she is married to another Bollywood actor, Abhishek Bachchan and is a mother of a daughter. For now, Aishwarya lives in Mumbai with her family.

Quick Facts

Birth date: November 1, 1973
Birth place: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Profession:Actress
Nationality:Indian
Awards:Miss World pageant (1994), Filmfare Awards for The Best Actress (1999 (1999), 2002), Padma Shri, Indian civilian award for her contributions to the arts (2009), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2012)
Movies:“Iruvar” (1997), “Jeans”, "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999), "Devdas" (2002), “Jodhaa Akbar”, “Dhoom 2”, “Guzaarish”, “Mohabbatein”, "Enthiran" (2010)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Aishwarya Rai was to pair opposite Ajay Devgan in a film that was to be produced by Amitabh Bachchan's production company ABCL. The yet untitled project was be based on a family oriented subject with Jaya Bachchan playing Ash's mother. It is learned that actor Vinod Khanna and Mrs. Bachchan play a separated couple in the movie. Amitabh Bachchan himself was not be seen acting in this film that was be produced by ABCL in association with Spice Team Entertainment. Sharbani Deodhar was directing the film. Amitabh Bachchan himself chose not to enact the lead role opposite Jaya because the two elderly characters in the movie are not shown married to one another. Vinod Khanna's name for the role was suggested by the Big B only. The film was likely to go on floors in September 2005. It was be shot in Mumbai and London. The film was shelved after announcement.
2Producer, actor Arif Khan (Anil Kapoor duplicate) was producing a film titled "Main Bana Chahti Hoon Aishwarya Rai". The film was about a village girl who comes to Bombay then gets a chance to star in a music video. She then struggles to become a heroine. Aishwarya objected to the films title and wanted it changed. Arif then changed it to "Banke Rahoongi Aishwarya". This was in 2004.
3In 2004 she was going to produce a Hollywood movie along with Zachary Coffin (an actor in India). The film was titled "Windfall" and was based on the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984. Aishwarya Rai was playing the role pf Jasmime Singh, a NRI who returns to India to search for her father. Her father was the factory plant manager the night the massacre occurred. The film was shelved after announcement.
4Secretary Hari Singh's daughter Bhumicka Singh, debuted as a actress in the movie Aap Ki Khatir (2006).
5Starred in Kalpana Lajmi's 2005 shelved film Singhasan. A political thriller.
6Starred in Vikram Bhatt's Mulaqaat. Starring Himself, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Chandrachur Singh. The film was shelved after a few days of shooting.
7Feroz Khan was planning a film titled "Nasha" about the problems drugs are causing to society. It was to be produced and directed by Feroz Khan. The film was going to star Amitabh Bachchan, Feroz Khan, Fardeen Khan and Lopsang. After Amitabh fell ill, Feroz shelved the idea and decided to start the Kurbani remake.
8In October 1999, Feroz Khan signed her for his next "Qurbaan Tujh Pe Mere Jaan" co-starring Ajay Devgan and Fardeen Khan. The film was to be produced and directed by Feroz Khan. It was a love story set against the back drop of the film industry. The film was announced but then shelved. After "Qurbaan Tujh Pe Mere Jaan" was shelved, Feroz Khan launched "Tera Saath Hain Kitna Pyaara" starring Aishwarya Rai and Fardeen Khan. It was to be produced and directed by Feroz Khan. The title was taken from a song by the same name from Feroz Khan's earlier hit "Janbaaz". This film too was also shelved after the announcement.
9Released "Aishwarya's Greatest Hits" on DVD containing 50 of her music videos to date. [May 2003]
10Will start her world-wide tour to perform alongside stars Lara Dutta, Celina Jaitly, Hrithik Roshan, and Fardeen Khan. [April 2004]
11Gave birth to her first child at age 38, a daughter Aaradhya Bachchan on November 16, 2011. Child's father is her husband, Abhishek Bachchan.
12Due to her popularity, a second wax statue of Aishwarya was added to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, UK in October 2011. This new statue took inspiration from Ash's look at Cannes in an Ellie Saab gown. The previous one had Aishwarya's statue draped in a sari. It was made exclusively for the Blackpool's new Bollywood world tour.
13Aishwarya is the first goodwill ambassador for Smile Train, a charity that works worldwide for children with cleft lip.
14Aishwarya has won the esteemed V. Shantaram Award twice: 2009 Best Actress for Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and 2003 Best Actress for Devdas (2002).The V. Shantaram Award is voted on by members of the Directors Guild.
15The youngest actress to receive the Padmi Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honor, from the Government of India for her contribution to cinema.
16Forbes listed her in the 387th position out of 1,411 actors as the most bankable Indian star in Hollywood. (February 2009).
17Turned down the role of Neha in Dostana (2008) because she felt that her real life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan wouldn't work well for their characters.
18For her 34th birthday, she went to go see Beyoncé Knowles in concert in Mumbai.
19Her wedding ceremony lasted a total of three days. It was the most awaited and talked about wedding in years and the press followed it like Princess Diana's wedding.
20Her wedding invitations were embossed with two entwined As and delivered along with a box of chocolate meringues. Within the invitation was also a poem about new beginnings written by Amitabh Bachchan's father and renowned poet Harivash Rai Bachchan.
21About 15 kilos of henna was special ordered from Sojat in Rajasthan for the henna ceremony before her wedding.
22Her wax statue at Madame Tussauds Museum in London was borrowed by the museum in New York for six weeks. The statue was flown to New York and made its debut on August 15, 2007, making her the first Indian actress in the American version of the museum.
23Was considered for the part of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006).
24Director Brett Ratner is a fan of Aishwarya's and he wanted her to be cast in Rush Hour 3 (2007), but she turned down the offer.
25Has appeared on more magazine covers worldwide than any other Bollywood or Indian star.
26Is the second of five Indian women to win the Miss World title. The first was Reita Faria, who won in 1966. Others include Diana Hayden who won in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999, and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
27Her favorite Western designer is Giorgio Armani. Whenever she is in London, clothes are taken to her hotel for her to choose from.
28Is active in various charities and often visits orphanages.
29Was invited in 2005 to be a presenter at The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005), but was unable to attend because she was busy filming for The Mistress of Spices (2005).
30Twice turned down the lead in the Hindi version of Chandramukhi (2005).
31In 2005, Hugh M. Hefner attempted to create and Indian version of Playboy for India, which would feature South Asian women and Indian pop culture articles, but no nudity. He wanted to have Aishwarya on the cover of the first issue. The magazine was rejected.
32Is often referred to as "the most beautiful woman in the world".
33In January 2007, she announced that she has accepted a marriage proposal from current boyfriend, actor Abhishek Bachchan.
34Turned down the part of Malvika Talwar in Baabul (2006).
35Came in #1 in BollySpice.com Magazine's list of "Top 10 Actresses of 2006".
36Has been in seven movies with now husband Abhishek Bachchan, more than with any other actor.
37Her Pepsi ad with Aamir Khan was shot in one night during the infamous Bombay riots.
38She secured 90% marks in HSC at Ruparel college in Mumbai.
39She was the first choice for the role of Jane Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but she turned it down due to filming conflicts.
40Is the most photographed woman in India.
41Listed #3 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/ 2006).
42Caused a day long traffic jam in Dubai, United Arab Emirates while filming a soap commercial. People would stop for hours just to catch a glimpse of their favorite actress. (September 5, 2006)
43Listed as number 3 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25- 2006)
44Good friends with fellow Indian superstar and icon, Madhuri Dixit. The two worked together in the super-hit and widely acclaimed Devdas.
45Got her education at Arya Vidya Mandir and DG Ruparel College, both in Bombay, India. She was also accepted into Raheja College of Architecture in Bombay, but never went.
46Was considered for the role of Kalyani in Water (2005).
47Featured in People Magazine as one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. (Issue May,8,2006)
48Is the second Indian actress to appear on the cover of TIME magazine in 2003. The first was Parveen Babi in 1976.
49When Karan Johar asked Aishwarya on his talk show which film she wishes she could have been a part of, she responded Khamoshi: The Musical (1996).
50Was cast with a small role in Lajja (2001), but was dropped because there were already too many major stars in the film.
51Performed to an audience of 85,000 in Melbourne, Australia at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games with 800 backup dancers. (March 2006)
52In mid 2001, Aishwarya started work on two films titled Radheshyam Seetaram and Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke. For reasons unknown, filming stopped on these films in February 2002. Filming was never completed and the films have now been shelved. The only glimpse of the movies that exist for the public to see are photographs from the sets and publicity shots.
53Turned down the lead in Corporate (2006) because she didn't have any dates available for filming. The role was given to Bipasha Basu.
54Was considered for the role of Priya in Krrish (2006).
55When President George W. Bush visited India in March 2006, he invited Aishwarya, along with Aamir Khan, to a luncheon. Aishwarya could not attend because she was in Brazil at the time filming for Dhoom 2 (2006).
56Turned down the part of Sandhya in Saamna (2006).
57Was originally signed on to play the part of Simmi in Bluffmaster! (2005), but was replaced without any notice by Priyanka Chopra. Director Rohan Sippy then gave Aishwarya a "special thanks" in the end credits as an apology.
58The first actress from India to get signed on with the American Library Association and also have a poster made of her for schools and library's all across America.
59Was voted as E's 7th sexiest celebrity in the world.
60Roger Ebert has said he considers her the most beautiful actress in the world.
61Was voted number 12 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Actresses of the Last 20 Years. (December 2005)
62Her favorite film is Casablanca (1942).
63In the summer of 2005, Mattel released limited-edition Barbie dolls inspired by Aishwarya and her costumes. They were released only in Britain and sold out within minutes. These dolls are now considered rare collectibles among fans.
64Turned down the role of Anna in A Sublime Love Story: Barsaat (2005).
65Director Andy Tennant offered her a small part in Hitch (2005), but she was busy filming Bride and Prejudice at the time.
66Turned down a small role as Breseis in the film Troy (2004).
67When Oprah Winfrey saw Aishwarya's interview on 60 Minutes (1968), she was so fascinated by her that she got a hold of Ash and invited her to be a guest on her show. On April 25, 2005, Aishwarya became the first Indian and South Asian actress to be featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986).
68Member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
69A tulip produced in 2005 was named for her.
70Voted #9 in Harpers and Queen magazine's list of the 100 most beautiful women of today. (Harpers and Queen, June 6, 2005)
71On January 2nd, 2005, she became the first Indian actress to be interviewed on 60 Minutes (1968).
72In 2004, Aishwarya became the first Bollywood and Indian actress to have her own statue at London's Madame Tussauds museum.
73Has over 17,000 Web sites dedicated to her.
74Has refused to work with Salman Khan after their break-up, in spite of several offers.
75Turned down a role in San wa (2005) due to her touring schedule. The role was eventually given to Mallika Sherawat.
76Ran the Olympic-torch relay in June 2004.
77Was listed in Time magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world (The 2004 TIME 100).
78Has gained a cult following in Pakistan.
79Is good friends with actress Preity Zinta.
80Has won over 100 awards since 1994 when she was 20.
81Won the title of Miss Photogenic in the 1994 Miss World Pageant.
82Has a puppy named Sunshine, which was given to her as a gift by friend Vivek Oberoi.
83Is a trained classical dancer. She learnt classical dance and music for five years while in her teens.
84During the filming of the song 'Dola Re Dola' from the movie Devdas (2002), Aishwarya's ears were bleeding because to the heavy earrings she had to wear, but she continued to perform anyway.
85Sued the magazine Star and Style for a sum of Rs 20 million (2 crore) for printing an article claiming that actress Raveena Tandon had caught her and Akshay Kumar in a compromising position at the poolside of a five- star hotel.
86After winning the title of Miss World in 1994, the host of the event, Richard Steinmetz, actually asked Aishwarya out. But being a professional, she refused right away.
87Shah Rukh Khan recommended her to play Kaurwaki in the film Ashoka the Great (2001). But the director wanted to cast someone who hadn't already been paired with Shahrukh as a leading lady.
88Before she was famous, she auditioned to do voice-dubbing for a television serial and was rejected.
89Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are the only stars to advertise for both Coca Cola and Pepsi.
90Was originally intended for the role of Priya in the film Chalte Chalte (2003).
91Is fluent in the languages English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and Urdu.
92The first movie star she ever met was Rekha. Aishwarya was still in high school at the time and was a model. While at a grocery store with her mother, Aishwarya was tapped on the shoulder by none other than Rekha herself. Rekha recognized Aishwarya from her modeling ads. She complimented the young Aishwarya on her good looks and wished her all the best.
93Turned down the role of Mastani in the film Bajirao Mastani (2015).
94Turned down the lead in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003). The role was given to Gracy Singh.
95Is an ethnic Bunt, like fellow actors Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Shetty. The Bunts are a South Indian community from Mangalore who mainly speak Tulu, which is Aishwarya's mother tongue.
96Gained 20 pounds for Bride & Prejudice (2004) because she didn't want her character to look like a supermodel and also felt that it would add a sense of realism to the character.
97The first Bollywood star to appear in Rolling Stone magazine. (Issue 932, October 2, 2003).
98In April 2003, L'Oréal signed her as its new international brand ambassador (spokesperson).
99In a poll conducted by Hello magazine, she was voted the number-one attractive woman of 2003, beating actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
100Is featured in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
101Has achieved iconic status all over South Asia.
102Was the face of Coca Cola South Asia as well as the Middle East.
103Made her first commercial for Camlin pencils when she was in the 9th grade.
104Loves collecting watches.
105Was originally cast in the role of Jwala in the film Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), but dropped out before filming started due to contract problems. The role was later given to Ameesha Patel.
106Created a frenzy at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival when she arrived at the premiere of her film Devdas (2002) in a coach and wearing a beautiful yellow-orange-embroidered sari.
107Despite the fact that she is adorned with jewelry in her music videos and movies, she is apparently not too fond of it.
108Has made over 50 music videos in only seven years.
109The first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival.
110In April 2003, she suffered an accident on the sets of Khakee (2004) when a car driven by a stuntman got out of control, hit her, took her down a crevice, and slammed her into a cactus plant. She broke a bone in one foot and suffered severe cuts, and she was rushed to a hospital. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor safety standards on Bollywood film sets.
111Sister of Aditya Rai.
112Daughter of Vrinda Rai.
113Ambassador (spokesperson) for Longines watches since 1999.
114Runner up, Miss India 1994.
115Was offered Rani Mukerji's role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
116Miss World 1994.
117Wanted to study medicine, but circumstances prevented her.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Her blue-green eyes


Quotes

#Quote
1[In 1999] I'm like the Terminator. I won't stop till I win. Just everything must be perfect.
2God has given me plenty of reasons to smile and I feel it's time to spread it around. There are a lot of children out there who so desperately need help, but can't receive timely care because their families cannot afford this surgery or are ill-educated about this condition.
3[on being voted the most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood] Wow! Me the most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood? Thank you! I must confess that any acknowledgment of hard work makes me feel content. In all humility I want to thank all those who feel I'm bankable.
4[Her thoughts on modern women versus the queens of the era of Jodhaa Akbar (2008)] I consider myself lucky to be born in today's era where a woman has far more freedom to exercise her rights. It took them ages to get ready for one appearance, and imagine staying behind curtains all day long.
5[In 2007] I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I've never said I'd never kiss, or whatever on screen. I've always maintained I'd cross that bridge when I come to it. Again, I'm accused of playing it safe. The truth is, I don't know what tomorrow holds. So I can't make a close ended principle about it.
6[Upon hearing that Julia Roberts had said that Aishwarya was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen] That was embarrassing; at first I didn't believe she said that. I thought it was a rumor started by a journalist. But it's sweet. She's an incredible actor and she seems like a wonderful person, so all you can do is say, "Thank you"
7[on attending the dinner for Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2005] I am surprised at my life's turn of events. Six of us were asked to raise the toast for the evening. And I raised it for my parents and for my fans, without whom I wouldn't have reached where I am today. Nicole Kidman had to rush out for some premiere, but she said that she and her son loved Bride & Prejudice (2004) and I told her how I loved all her performances. Sean Penn told me that I spoke well and I told him that I've always been his fan!
8[on meeting producer Harvey Weinstein for the first time at the 2005 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People] He is a big fan of Indian films. He has seen Devdas (2002) and said he respected my work. It's a big compliment coming from somebody who has such an immense body of work and yet is so humble from him? He discussed a few ideas and scripts with me. He is starting his own company. We are discussing projects. Time will tell all.
9I have never deliberately driven attention to the fact that I am working in Hollywood films. I have categorically stated that I am working in different kinds of films, be it British, Hindi, Tamil or Bengali. It's all about doing films, which are my passion.
10[on the rumors that her black eye was the result of abuse by Salman Khan] For some perverse reason, no one wants to believe me, that I fell down the stairs. First the media calls me the woman of the millennium, a woman of substance. Then how can the same media make me out to be such a doormat? I'm a self-respecting woman, I don't take nonsense from anyone. No one tries caveman tactics on me. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger can fall and get hurt, so why should I be any different?
11[on celebrating her 33rd birthday] I am just not the birthday bash kind. My day will start with a visit to the Siddhivinayak temple with my family, something I do every year. There will be no loud parties . . . my birthday is a very private affair. Concidering I have to leave for Dubai tomorrow, it will be over early, too. Only family and friends will be there.
12As far as The Last Legion (2007) is concerned, it is a film based on a book [a novel by Valerio Manfredi]. I don't think the character of Meera [her role] is there in the book. I did the film for the new experience and it is for the first time that I was with a complete foreign crew. Working with Ben Kingsley was a great experience. Meera is an Indian in the film and she has great roots and you will identify with her strength. I feel for Indian audiences, and want them to feel pride in what I am doing: I am not doing films just to be there as guest appearances.
13[In 2006] It is a very tricky situation when you get the chance to work in English films. I do films based on characters, not to get an entry into Hollywood or whatever. In English, my _Bride & Prejudice (2005)_ (qv ) did well world over. I don't know how it did in Hindi, but I know _Jurassic Park (1998)_ didn't do well in Hindi. I was glad audiences worldwide liked an English film that was Indian. When I did The Mistress of Spices (2005), I did it for Paul [Paul Mayeda Berges, the director and husband of Gurinder Chadha] as a team. The film found its audiences. When the [Provoked: A True Story (2006)] script came to me, I felt it was a very important story of an Indian woman based in London who killed her husband because of marital abuse. Kiran Ahluwalia made a big impression in England, and so I did this film because I felt it was an important story to be told. "Provoked" is an important film for many other Kirans in the world.
14[in 2006] The audiences feel I am part of their life so they worry about me. I think that is very sweet of them and I tell them that when I will marry I will announce it. When I get married, you'll know. I believe in marriage and it is a beautiful institution.
15[In 2006] My reason for choosing a film is not to impress people. I don't choose films for the box office.
16[on being compared to Rekha in Umrao Jaan (1981)] For me, as an actor, it's a special experience to get the opportunity to play Umrao Jaan who has been already iconised on our celluloid. When I played Paro in Devdas (2002), I went through the same area of questioning about how my role will be compared with the ones played earlier.
17[on her role in Umrao Jaan (2006)] Playing Umrao Jaan was a demanding emotional journey. When a story takes that course, it is following an entire arc; it goes through all the possible emotions. The process was satisfying, inspiring and challenging. It forced me to deliver the best in every moment.
18[About Rekha] Rekha is very inspiring. It is not necessarily relative to just one performance, but her entire career, the span of characters that she has essayed, the performances that she has delivered itself is extremely inspiring. I am inspired by her performance. But I cannot ape her.
19[on Umrao Jaan (2006) being her first Urdu-language film] Since our generation speaks English, we are not very fluent in Hindi, leave alone Urdu. I loved those dialogs and the experience to work and know about that era. For me, it was a study of Urdu on the sets under the guidance of JP and Javed Saab.
20[About director J.P. Dutta] . . . a committed taskmaster. I have danced to songs before. But he always added to choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant's steps, and that was quite challenging. He would shoot an entire mukhda in one shot. To do all the songs at that level required remaining focused at all times. In that moment, I felt I became Umrao Jaan. It was interesting to deliver a performance that shows her passionate but tragic story. The film is also reflective of the art that was at its zenith in that era. The sex trade was called the performing arts then and not prostitution.
21[on her character in Dhoom 2 (2006)] It's the kind of character I have never essayed before. Sunehiri, my character in the film, is distinctly different from any other character you have seen me play. That's what makes her exciting to me. For the first time in my life I went through a bit of a fitness regime. Contrary to popular belief, right since modeling, to the [Miss World] title, to films, I have never been a fitness freak or exercised.
22[on her character in The Mistress of Spices (2005)] I have related to each character I have performed thus far, including Tilo. I am very sensitive to moods and one's inward feelings and emotions. I am a true people person and people watcher. I look forward to meeting interesting people and understanding their experiences in life.
23[In 2006] I choose films with characters that I feel are relative to a woman's growth for me. In The Last Legion (2007), I play a warrior. This was a first for me and it was a fantastic experience. I would like very much to do more action films. As for the right direction, I make my choices and always move forward one step at a time.
24[In 2006] Good films are good films regardless of being made in India or abroad. I believe a great story transcends cultural lines and language barriers.
25[on why she participated in the Miss World Pageant in 1994] For me, it went beyond being a beauty queen. For me, it was about being the 20-year-old girl from India on [an] international platform and a lot of people actually would assume that I wasn't even educated in India because of the way I'd speak. And they'd be like, "Have you studied in India? Do you actually speak English out there?" and, I was like, "This is so interesting that so many people know so little about my country", and this is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on this little mission in my head.
26Life is a stage, and we are all characters. So play your part and play it well!
27It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
28[Her advice to aspiring professionals] My biggest concern is always the students who are working toward a certain career--when they limit themselves to just that one option. They need to know that the world is huge--it's an ocean, and there are so many options. It's not the end of the world if they don't get to pursue an apparent childhood dream. That's really important, because you find a lot of kids who believe that they want to become a doctor or an aeronautical engineer or something, and if they don't manage to make their degree, that's the end. They feel so defeated, which is very disheartening. It's sad to know that people let themselves be limited by these aspirations.
29[IN 2005, about her long career in entertainment] This is my tenth year now, so things have changed within this span of time--so drastically that when I look at the work done when I just joined, it's like, "Oh my God!" So much has changed in these ten years. You get to see how you're part of the process of change within the Indian film industry. That's all positive, that's all a good sign.
30[in September 2004] I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I am clear about what I want. I'll work only with good directors who'll offer me two-dimensional roles. The director and the role are most important.
31[About being on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)] Yes, I was extremely happy to be on her show. I absolutely admire her. I never thought I'd actually be meeting her--and that, too, on her show! It's so strange. But prior to our meeting, during my visit to the US for the premiere of Bride & Prejudice (2004), I had some afternoons off and I watched Oprah. I thought how wonderful it would be to be on her show. And within a month, I was!"
32[About the sari she wore on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)] I thought I'd wear one on the show, and packed two of them, in case Oprah wanted to wear one, too. As luck would have it, my flight was delayed and I reached minutes before the show went on air! So I had no time to change, which is a pity. Americans love the garment but have no clue how it's tied. Oprah is very respectful and appreciative of all cultures. She was very curious about the sari and I helped her put it on, on air! She has sent me an autographed picture saying, "Next time we change the blouse". She was very sweet.
33Someone asked me why I'm politically correct, even when people hit out so openly at me. But the truth is, I've never been brought up to behave any other way. I can't say anything hurtful about anyone. I just don't believe in saying mean things. I won't feel good doing that. It's strange why being well behaved is perceived as being too "propah" and staid. This is the way I am. I'm amazed how many people feel good hitting out at me. They're welcome to do it. Earlier, they had more leeway to deny their indiscretions in print. But now on television they look pretty ridiculous denying what they say.
34Indian cinema has begun to be recognized globally. And it's very important for us to make our presence felt at important events such as Cannes. I feel there should be more Indian representation at festivals. India is producing such a large cross section of films. We need to be part of world cinema, and we need to do that now.
35[About turning down the role opposite Jackie Chan in San wa (2005)] I did not have the required dates as I was busy with the shows abroad. I had to turn down the film. I have no regrets because there is always a next time.
36Ever since I went to the Cannes festival, the media overseas really encouraged me to consider the possibilities of working in the West. Then I got a call from some people who worked in the business in America, who asked me to first obviously get an agent so that they could have direct access because that's the way they work.
37[About Chaos (2006)] When this came to be early this year, I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe that I was actually going to work with Meryl Streep, someone I've always admired. In all my interviews 10 years ago people used to ask who is your favorite actor and actress and I would mention 'Robert de Niro' and Meryl Streep. On my first trip there I met up with de Niro and my first film is with Meryl Streep, and I said, "Oh God that's really, really cool. Really wonderful."
38I have never done a kissing scene nor do I have intentions to.
39Women in the industry have been exploited very often, but there are some actors who belive that the short cut to stardom is through nudity or exposure. Such success is, in fact, very short-lived.
40[on donating her eyes after death] People know me more because of my eyes. So I decided to donate my eyes. But before that, I acquired all the information about the campaign. Within what time after death one has to donate eyes, and all other information. Only then I decided to donate my eyes. It's not that just for doing something, I donated my eyes. I found that useful so I did it. I like to do social service from my heart. Whatever is possible I do, but I don't speak of that. But I would like to give more time to it in the near future.
41Comedy is difficult for an actor. But I think I have a good sense of humor and manage to make people laugh and make them happy.
42I only entered Miss India after pressure from friends and because I thought it would be a laugh.
43I know for a fact that if there's a role which I am suited for, I'll be signed on. I'll never go begging.
44I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of surprise.
45It's strange that Rakesh Roshan thinks I look older than Hrithik Roshan. In fact, he's approached me for all his home productions.
46I don't believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that important.
47I believe that as an actress all my fears and phobias exist till I sign on the dotted line for a film.
48You give to the world your greatest gift when you're being yourself.
49Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old. It's really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all the time.
50I'm just an average woman with average concerns.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Ghanta AwardThe Ghanta AwardsWorst ActressEnthiran (2010)
2009Special AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyOutstanding Achievement in International Cinema
2009ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsMost Popular ActressJodhaa Akbar (2008)
2009Youth Icon AwardVideocon India Youth Icon AwardsGlobal Face of the Year
2007Popular AwardAnnual Central European Bollywood Awards, IndiaBest ActressGuru (2007)
2007Special AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyMost Glamorous Star of the Year· Hrithik Roshan
2005Special AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyGlobal Indian Media Personality Trophy
2005Critics Choice AwardZee Cine AwardsBest ActressRaincoat (2004)
2003Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyActress in a Leading RoleDevdas (2002)
2003Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressDevdas (2002)
2003ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ActressDevdas (2002)
2003Special AwardScreen Weekly AwardsJodi No. 1Devdas (2002)· Shah Rukh Khan
2003Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest ActressDevdas (2002)
2003True Indian ActressZee Cine Awards
2000Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actress in a Leading RoleHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
2000Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
2000ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ActressHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
2000Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest ActressHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
2000Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsLux Face of the Year
1998ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsMost Promising Newcomer - Female...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actress in a Leading RoleGuzaarish (2010)
2011Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressGuzaarish (2010)
2009Apsara AwardApsara Film Producers Guild AwardsBest ActressJodhaa Akbar (2008)
2009Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actress in a Leading RoleJodhaa Akbar (2008)
2009Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressJodhaa Akbar (2008)
2009ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ActressJodhaa Akbar (2008)
2008Apsara AwardApsara Film Producers Guild AwardsBest ActressGuru (2007)
2008Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actress in a Leading RoleGuru (2007)
2008Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressGuru (2007)
2008ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ActressGuru (2007)
2008Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest ActressGuru (2007)
2007Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actress in a Leading RoleDhoom:2 (2006)
2007Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressDhoom:2 (2006)
2007ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ActressDhoom:2 (2006)
2007Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest ActressUmrao Jaan (2006)
2005Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressRaincoat (2004)
2005Special AwardScreen Weekly AwardsJodi No. 1· Vivek Oberoi
2005WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceBride & Prejudice (2004)
2001Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActressHamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000)
2001Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Supporting ActressMohabbatein (2000)
2001ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest ActressHamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sarkar Raj2008Anita Rajan (as Aishwarya Rai)
Jodhaa Akbar2008Jodhaa Bai
The Last Legion2007Mira (as Aishwarya Rai)
Guru2007Sujata (as Aishwarya Rai)
Journey Across India2007ShortMumtaz Mahal (as Aishwarya Rai)
Dhoom 22006Sunehri (as Aishwarya Rai)
Umrao Jaan2006Ameeran Umrao Jaan (as Aishwariya Rai)
Provoked: A True Story2006Kiranjit Ahluwalia (as Aishwarya Rai)
The Mistress of Spices2005Tilo (as Aishwarya Rai)
Bunty Aur Babli2005Special Appearance (song) (as Aishwarya Rai)
Shabd2005Antara Vashisth / Tammana (as Aishwarya Rai)
Bride & Prejudice2004Lalita Bakshi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...2004Diya Malhotra (as Aishwarya Rai)
Raincoat2004Neerja 'Neeru' (as Aishwarya Rai)
Khakee2004Mahalaxshmi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Hum Panchi Ek Daal Ke2003
Kuch Naa Kaho2003Namrata Shrivastav (as Aishwarya Rai)
Chokher Bali2003Binodini (as Aishwarya Rai)
Dil Ka Rishta2003Tia Sharma (as Aishwarya Rai)
Shakthi: The Power2002Dream Girl (as Aishwarya Rai)
23rd March 1931: Shaheed2002Special Appearance (song) (as Aishwarya Rai)
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin2002Komal Rastogi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam2002Special Appearence (as Aishwarya Rai)
Devdas2002/IParvati ('Paro') (as Aishwarya Rai)
Albela2001Sonia (as Aishwarya Rai)
Mohabbatein2000Megha (as Aishwarya Rai)
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke2000Sahiba Gareval (as Aishwarya Rai)
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai2000Preeti Vyas (as Aishwarya Rai)
Josh2000Shirley (as Aishwarya Rai)
Kandukondain Kandukondain2000Meenakshi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Mela2000Champakali (as Aishwarya Rai)
Ravoyi Chandamama1999Special Appearance (as Aishwarya Rai)
Taal1999Mansi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam1999Nandini (as Aishwarya Rai)
Aa Ab Laut Chalen1999Pooja Walia (as Aishwarya Rai)
Jeans1998Madhumitha / Vaishnavi (as Aishwarya Rai)
...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya1997Ashi Kapoor (as Aishwarya Rai)
Iruvar1997Kalpana / Pushpa (as Aishwarya Rai)
Baadshaho2017filmingMaharani Gayatri Devi
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil2016Saba
Sarbjit2016Dalbir Kaur
Jazbaa2015Anuradha Verma
Guzaarish2010Sofia D'Souza
Action Replay2010Mala Malhotra / Mala K. Chopra
Enthiran2010Sana
Raavan2010Ragini
Raavanan2010Ragini Subramaniam (as Aishwarya Rai)
The Pink Panther 22009Sonia

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bride & Prejudice2004performer: "My Lips Are Waiting a.k.a. Goa Groove", "My Lips Are Waiting reprise"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bluffmaster!2005special thanks - as Aishwarya Rai
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam2002special thanks - as Aishwarya Rai

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Kapil Sharma Show2016TV SeriesHerself
Comedy Nights with Kapil2015TV SeriesHerself
The Sound of Change Live2013TV MovieHerself
The Frost Interview2012TV SeriesHerself
Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told2011DocumentaryHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
TV Festival Du Cannes 20112011TV MovieHerself
Koffee with Karan2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself - Actress
TV Festival Du Cannes 20102010TV MovieHerself
Phir Mile Sur2010Video shortHerself
Le grand journal de Canal+2006-2009TV Series documentaryHerself
The Tyra Banks Show2009TV SeriesHerself
IIFA 2007 Backstage2008Video documentaryHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
Guru World Premiere in Toronto2007TV MovieHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHerself
52nd Fair One Filmfare Awards2007TV SpecialHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
Aspekte2006TV Series documentaryHerself
MOBO Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
Bollywood Queens Vol. 22006VideoHerself / Various characters (as Aishwarya Rai)
HARDtalk Extra2005TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress (segment "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World")
MOBO Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself
Bollywood Remixed - Das indische Kino erobert den Westen2004DocumentaryHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
From Bollywood to Hollywood: The Making of 'Bride and Prejudice'2004Video shortHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
Tinseltown TV2004TV SeriesHerself
Comme au cinéma2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Bollywood Sirens: Aishwarya's Greatest Hits2003VideoHerself (as Aishwarya Rai)
48th Manikchand Filmfare Awards 20022003TV SpecialHerself - Best Actress (as Aishwarya Rai)
Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai2002TV SeriesHerself
Bollywood im Alpenrausch2000TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies2005TV MovieHerself - Place #7 (as Aishwarya Rai)
Pride and Prejudice Revisited2005TV Movie documentaryLalita Bakshi (uncredited)

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