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Biography Aishwarya Rai

The Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with the unmistakable blue-green eyes was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world even before her steep career as a Bollywood star. The 1.70 meter tall black-haired woman started in the commercial cinema with several years of modeling experience, classical dance training and the Miss World title from 1994 in her pocket. Within a few years, she was not only able to put herself at the head of the female top stars, but through her marriage to fellow actor Abhishek Bachchan, son of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, she was also part of the 'royal family' of the North Indian, Hindi-speaking film industry arrive. Since the multilingual Rai is fluent in English, Tulu, Tamil and Marathi in addition to Hindi, she has also been able to distinguish herself in other Indian and international film industries, from South Indian Kollywood all the way to Hollywood.

From the modeling architecture student to the Kollywood doll

Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai is the daughter of a marine biologist and a housewife and grew up with her older brother Aditya in a conservative Hindu family in Mumbai. After graduating from high school, she went on to study architecture at Ruparel University in Matunga, but had to drop it off because of the increasing number of model inquiries, including for Pepsi. Rai was able to put off second place in the Miss India election in 1994 with her appointment to Miss World, which made her famous across the country and called on film producers to engage the cover girl of countless fashion magazines. She made her screen debut in 1997 in a supporting role in the epic Tamil-language biopic "Iruvar" by the renowned filmmaker Mani Ratnam. She expanded the success of the Kollywood film with further productions for the South Indian film industry: as the romantic heroine in S. Shankar's mistaken comedy “Jeans” (1998) and in Rajiv Menon's Jane Austen adaptation “Kandukondain Kandukondain” (2000), derelemente aus Takes up sense and sensuality. But the praise for Rai's sovereign role instinct was also accompanied by harsh criticism for her wooden game.

From the south to the north of India and trials in the far west


The allegedly most photographed woman in India made her Bollywood debut in 1997 in the flopped romance "Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya" alongside Bobby Deol. But Aishwarya Rai only experienced her breakthrough in 2000 as the tragic heroine in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's drama "Straight from the Heart", in which she has to choose between her childhood sweetheart (Salman Khan) and her husband (Ajay Devgan). In response to this award-winning performance, she once again filled the female lead in Bhansali's internationally successful love tragedy “Flamme Our Love” (2002) alongside megastar Shah Rukh Khan.

The film shown in Cannes made her famous worldwide and earned her roles in western productions. But neither her excursions into the US blockbuster film ("The Pink Panther 2" with Steve Martin), nor into the British period film ("The Last Legion" with Colin Firth) or the attempts to establish herself as the star of romantic comedies (in " The Guardian of Spices ”or in another Jane Austen adaptation:“ Dear Indian love ”), bore fruit. Her Bollywood films also flopped during this time: “Dil Ka Rishta” alongside Arjun Rampal and “Kuch Na Kaho” alongside her boyfriend at the time, Abhishek Bachchan.

Respect to the north and triumphant return to the south of India

In 2006, Aishwarya Rai celebrated a commercial comeback with the star-studded action thriller "Dhoom 2" alongside Hrithrik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan and also convinced the critics with the sensitive portrayal of a poetic kourtisan who unhappily falls in love with a jealous sultan in J.P. Dutta's historical film "Umrao Jaan". She received further recognition for the powerful portrayal of proto-feminist heroines in Mani Ratnam's subtle biopic “Guru” (2007) alongside Abhishek Bachchan and in Ashutosh Gowariker's magnificent costume film “Jodhaa Akbar” (2008) alongside Hrithrik Roshan. With Mani Ratnam's mythologically charged love story “Raavanan”, Rai played again after a long time in a Tamil-language production and experienced the lavish science fiction blockbuster “Endhiran / Enthiran” alongside the Indian “superstar” Rajnikanth and under the direction of “Jeans “Makers S. Shankar the biggest box office success of her career to date.

Aishwarya Rai, who goes by the nickname Ash privately, had a highly publicized, stormy relationship with her "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" co-star Salman Khan from 1999 to 2001. She has been married to fellow actor Abhishek Bachchan since 2007, with whom she was seen in several films as lovers. In 2011 their daughter was born.

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