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     Aishwarya Rai
Given Name:
     Rai, Aishwarya
     November 1st, 1973
     Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Married to:
     Abhishek Bachchan, April 20th, 2007

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Aishwarya Rai Biography

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 initially followed in his father’s footstep and became a Marine Officer. Later as Aishwarya's star ascended he became a film producer. He 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, Kannada, Marathi 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.

After much speculation concerning their relationship, her engagement to Abhishek Bachchan was announced on January 14, 2007. The event was heavily covered by the media. They married on April 20, 2007 in a private ceremony held at the Bachchans' bungalow Prateeksha

Aishwarya debuted in Mani Ratnam's Tamil language film, Iruvar (1997) 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 (1998) 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 and also in another hit film Josh.

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 and commercial success 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 The 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 (April 2007) 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, based on the life of successful Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, was both commercially and critically very successful. Her most recent film, Provoked, based on the book "Circle of Light" where she portrays 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.

Recently, it has also been announced that Rai will be featured in 8 episodes of the US TV series, Heroes. She will be playing the role of Dr. Mohinder Suresh’s elder sister, Shanti Suresh, who has super powers of her own. This special casting will evetually lead to more viewers of the show.

Aishwarya Rai Casting Credits

Bhopal Movie (2008) (in production) .... Jasmine Singh
Singularity (2008) (in production) .... Tulaja
Sarkar 2 (2007) (in production) .... Neha
Chaos (2008) (pre-production)
Jodhaa Akbar (2007) (post-production) .... Jodhaa Bai
The Last Legion (2007) .... Mira
... aka Dernière légion, La (France)
Journey Across India (2007) .... Mumtaz Mahal
... aka Taj Mahal: The Great Indian Experience (India: English title) Guru (2007) .... Sujata Desai
... aka Gurukant (India: Telugu title)
... aka Mani Ratnam's Guru (India: English title: complete title)
Dhoom 2 (2006) .... Sunehiri
... aka D:2 - Back in Action (India: English title: informal English alternative title)
Umrao Jaan (2006) .... Umrao Jaan
Provoked: A True Story (2006) .... Kiranjit Ahluwalia
... aka Provoked (UK: short title)
The Mistress of Spices (2005) .... Tilo
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) .... Special Appearance (song)
... aka B.N.B. (India: English title: promotional abbreviation)
Shabd (2005) .... Antara Vashisth/Tammana
Bride & Prejudice (2004) .... Lalita Bakshi
... aka Balle Balle! Amritsar to L.A. (India: English title)
... aka Bride and Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical (International: English title: promotional title)
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na (2004) .... Diya Malhotra
Raincoat (2004) .... Neerja 'Neeru'
Khakee (2004) .... Mahalaxshmi
... aka The Uniform (International: English title: informal literal title)
Kuch Naa Kaho (2003) .... Namrata Shrivastav
... aka Don't Say a Word (International: English title: informal literal title)
Chokher Bali (2003) .... Binodini
... aka Choker Bali: A Passion Play (International: English title)
... aka Sand in the Eye (India: English title)
Dil Ka Rishta (2003) .... Tia Sharma
... aka Heart of Gold (International: English title)
... aka Relationships of Hearts (International: English title: informal literal title)
Shakti: The Power (2002) .... Dream Girl
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002) .... Special Appearance (song)
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002) .... Komal Rastogi
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) .... Special Appearence
Devdas (2002/I) .... Parvati ('Paro')
Albela (2001) .... Sonia
Mohabbatein (2000) .... Megha
... aka Love Stories (Europe: English title)
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000) .... Sahiba Gareval
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) .... Preeti Virat
... aka You Have My Heart (International: English title: informal title)
Josh (2000) .... Shirley
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) .... Meenakshi
... aka I Have Found It (International: English title)
... aka Priyuraalu Pilichindi (India: Telugu title: dubbed version)
Mela (2000) .... Champakali
Sanam Tere Hain Hum (2000) .... Special Appearance
Ravoyi Chandamama (1999) .... Special Appearance (Song)
... aka Shankar (India: Tamil title)
Taal (1999) .... Mansi
... aka Thaalam (India: Tamil title)
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) .... Nandini
... aka Straight from the Heart (International: English title)
Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) .... Pooja Walia
... aka Lets Go Back (International: English title)
Jeans (1998) .... Madhumitha/Vaishnavi
...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997) .... Ashi Kapoor
Iruvar (1997) .... Pushpa/Kalpana
... aka Iddaru (India: Telugu title: dubbed version)
... aka The Duo
Bhopal Movie (2008) (in production) (executive producer)
Bluff Master (2005) (special thanks)
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) (special thanks)
Guru World Premiere in Toronto (2007) (TV) .... Herself
"Aspekte" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
... aka Kulturbericht (West Germany)
- Episode dated 29 September 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
Bollywood Queens Vol. 2 (2006) (V) .... Herself/Various characters
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 24 April 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 8 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Koffee with Karan" .... Herself - Guest (1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (????) TV Episode .... Herself - Guest
Bollywood Remixed - Das indische Kino erobert den Westen (2004) .... Herself
From Bollywood to Hollywood: The Making of 'Bride and Prejudice' (2004) (V) .... Herself
"Tinseltown TV" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 7 February 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"60 Minutes" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
... aka TV Land Legends: The 60 Minutes Interviews (USA: rerun title)
- Episode dated 2 January 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"Comme au cinéma" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
... aka Comme au cinéma: l'émission (France: long new title)
... aka Comme au cinéma: le magazine (France: long new title)
- Episode dated 20 May 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Bollywood Sirens: Aishwarya's Greatest Hits (2003) (V) .... Herself (various characters)
48th Manikchand Filmfare Awards 2002 (2003) (TV) .... Herself (Best Actress)
"Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai" .... Herself (1 episode, 2002)
- Aishwarya Rai (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
Bollywood im Alpenrausch (2000) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself