Aishwarya Rai was born in the South Indian state of Karnataka in Manglore on 1st Nov 1973. She was younger of the two siblings, her brother being 3 yrs elder. When she was about 4 years old her family moved to Bombay permanently. Her father worked as a merchant navy officer. Aishwarya did her schooling at Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz. Academically, she did very well and earned her position as the head girl of her school. Ash choose the science stream while at DG Ruparel College, her favorite subject being Zoology. Aishwarya wanted to do medicine, but circumstances didn't let her. Instead she choose Architecture and passed the interview at Raheja College with flying colours.
By this time, Aishwarya had started getting modelling assignments. She then decided to take a break from architecture and concentrate on modelling. This green-blue eyed beauty stole ads for many prestigious firms, the one which brought her into the limelight were the Garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss Femina '94 runner up, she was a hot favorite to win the Miss World title, which she did ! Her beauty and charm made her India's darling.
She bagged Filmfare Award for best actress for her performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) as Ajay Devgan's wife who is in love with another man. She also won rave reviews for her performance as a rape victim in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000).
Ash's star continued to rise in 2002 working again with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 'Devdas'. 'Devdas' is the most ambitious and most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to ever receive a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United States. Daily Variety's (06/12/02) 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". In 2003 she bagged another filmfare award for best actress for role of paro she portrays in film Devdas.
Had a well publicised affair with Salman Khan which lasted 2 years. Apparently his endless tantrums traumatized her enough to give a press conference in spring 2003 where she declared that she would never work with him again for personal reasons. In April 2003 she suffered an accident on the sets of Khakee (2003) 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. She was rushed to a hospital. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor safety standards on Bollywood film sets.
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In the interview, which was over ten minutes long, the American viewer was privy to Aishwarya Rai being commented as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, being compared to the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, the woman who crossed continents to feature in several Hollywood films, who has been titled both Miss World and a superstar and that who remains a single strong minded individual. Beautiful yes and in particular not another pretty face so much so that popular American actress Julia Roberts commented on her beauty. Aishwarya Rai may not be the most successful box office actress in Bollywood today but she’s certainly the most spoken about. And for an actress that so many critiques dismiss as being criminal of so much over and under acting it’s ironic how she overcomes it all and finds herself on national television, a feat no other Indian actress could accomplish.
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Houston, Feb 8: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai's stint as a guest on the Emmy winning prestigious American talk show - 'Late Night with David Letterman' - has been moved a day ahead of schedule.
The interview, to be now aired in the US at 11.30 pm tonight comes three days ahead of the US premiere of Rai's film 'Bride and Prejudice' on Friday.
Appearing on the show she said, "actors are like gypsies. They go where their work takes them. But at this point, I don't see any reason to have a permanent shift of residence to Hollywood."
Attired in a brown leather jacket with a black skirt and boots, Aishwarya, who was seated next to Letterman on stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City, looked well rehearsed and confident.
Letterman introduced her as "often called one of the most beautiful women in the world and most famous actress. She is known by billions of people but is still unknown in America."
Aishwarya chatted comfortably with Letterman about her first English-language movie, Bride and Prejudice which opens in theatres on Friday.
She was ready with witty responses to questions about India and Bollywood. She amazed Letterman when she told him she could speak four Indian languages, Hindi, Marathi, Tulu and broken Tamil.
Aishwarya's appearance in these programmes makes her the first Indian actor from mainstream Bollywood to make such a splash in the US. Aishwarya's appearances in the above shows evoked a favourable response from the local media as well as the public. What also makes Aishwarya stand out among her peers in Bollywood is the fact that in her interview with Oprah Winfrey, she betrayed none of the diffidence that usually characterises a new entrant in Hollywood, specially from this part of the world.
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Aishwarya Rai has some 18,000 web sites devoted to her that have been created by her huge, mostly Indian, fan base. So her fame has to rest on her admittedly dazzling face, which is
certainly strikingly lovely. If truth be told,
however, she possesses only two major features of great beauty, which are her flawless complexion and her captivating off-color eyes that seem to change from gray to green to blue. With the addition of eye makeup specially used to accentuate these features for the movie, Rai
certainly creates a favorable impression.