Real Name: Aishwarya Rai
Genres: Actress, Model
Birthday: 1 November, 1973
Birthcity: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Height: 1.70 m
Spouse: Abhishek Bachchan
First film: Iruvar
She was born into a Bunt family in Mangalore, Karnataka. Her father, Krishnaraj, was a marine biologist, while her mother, Brinda, is a housewife. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy. He co-produced one of her movies, Dil Ka Rishta (2003). Rai's values and lifestyle were influenced by her family, and even as her fame continues to rise, she holds strong to a religious, value-based life, influenced early on by her parents.
The family moved to Mumbai, where Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir High School. Rai did her intermediate schooling at Jai Hind College for a year, and then joined DG Ruparel College in Matunga, securing 90 percent in the HSC exams. She trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens. Her favourite subject was zoology, so she initially considered a career in medicine but was unsuccessful later on. Then with plans to become an architect, she enrolled at Raheja College of Arts., but later gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling. In 1991, Rai won a supermodel contest (organised by Ford) and was eventually featured in the American edition of Vogue.
In 1993, Rai gained public recognition for her appearance in a Pepsi commercial with actor Aamir Khan. In the 1994 Miss India pageant, she won second place, behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World. With Sen representing India at the Miss Universe pageant, Aishwarya's duties as the first runner-up included representing India in the rival Miss World Pageant, held that year in Sun City, South Africa. She went on to win the crown where she also won the "Miss Photogenic" award and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty − Asia & Oceania. After winning the pageant, Rai spoke of her dream for peace for this world, and her desire to be an ambassador of peace during her one-year reign in London. Rai continued to pursue a career as a model until she became an actress.
|Guzaarish (2010)||Sophie Dsouza|
|Sarkar Raj (2008)||Anita Rajan|
|Jodhaa Akbar (2008)||Jodhaa Bai|
|Dhoom 2 (2006)||Sunehri|
|Umrao Jaan (2006)||Ameeran|
|Shabd (2005)||Antara Vashisth/Tammana|
|Devdas (2002)||Parvati "Paro" Chakraborty|
|Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (2002)||Komal|
|Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)||Nandini|
|Aa ab Laut Chalen (1999)||Pooja Walia|
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