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 years 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 chose 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 chose Architecture and passed the interview at Raheja College with flying colors.
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 ones 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 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). She broke a bone in one foot and suffered severe cuts. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor safety standards on Bollywood film sets.
Aishwarya is the first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival (2003) and the first actress and performer from India to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Apart from acting & modeling she campaigns for many social causes and has generously volunteered to donate her eyes and set an example for the rest of the world.
She recently completed filming "Bride and Prejudice", directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). She is set to star in "Chaos" opposite Meryl Streep for French Director Coline Serreau, Roland Joffe's "Singularity" and Barton Randall's "I Know a Place" and will end the year with "Mistress of Spices" once again with Director Gurinder Chadha.
|1994 - Miss Catwalk ||1994 - Miss Photogenic |
|1994 - Miss Perfect 10 ||1994 - Miss Popular |
|1994 - Femina Miss India World - 1st runnerup ||1994 - Photogenic Face |
|1994 - Miss World ||1998 - Screen Most promising newcomer Aur Pyar Ho Gaya |
|1998 - Screen Discovery of the year ||2000 - Screen Videocon Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam |
|2000 - Filmfare Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ||2000 - Stardust Millenium Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam |
|2000 - Zee Lux Face of the Year ||2000 - Zee Cine Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam |
|2000 - IIFA Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ||2000 - Zee Gold Best Actress Award in sensational role Taal |
| 2000 - Zee Gold Best Actress Critics Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ||2000 - Zee Gold Best Actress Award Taal |
|2000 - Rupa Filmgoers Millenium Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ||2000 - Priyadarshini International Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam |
|2000 - Most Beautiful International Titleholder of All Times Gold medal winner ||2000 - Most Beautiful Miss World of All Times - received a perfect score of 9.911 |
|2001 - BWSX Fantasy Award for Best Supporting Actress Mohabbatein ||2002 - Rajiv Gandhi Award |
|2002 - RACE Best Actress Award Devdas ||2003 - True Indian Actress Award |
|2003 - Zee Cine Best Actress Award Devdas ||2003 - Screen Jodi No.1 Award with Shahrukh Khan |
|2003 - Screen Jodi No.1 Award with Shahrukh Khan ||2003 - Screen Best Actress Award Devdas |
|2003 - Filmfare Best Actress Award Devdas |