Born on: November 1, 1973
Parents Name: Krishnaraj Rai and Brinda Rai
Brother Aditya, he is in Navy.
Lovingly called as Aishu, she’s a green eyed Scorpion.
At an early age her parents moved to Mumbai where she attended the Arya Vidya Mandir high school in Santa Cruz.
Rai then entered Jai Hind College at Churchgate for one year, and then moved to Ruparel College in Matunga to finish her “HSC” studies. She did well in school and planned to become an architect and went on pursuing studies in architecture but gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling.
She can communicate in several languages, including her mother tongue Tulu, as well as Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil.
In the 1994 Miss India contest, she won the second place behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World.
She went on to win the Miss World title the same year, where she also won the Miss Photogenic award.
She made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Iruvar (1997), had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998), which earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award South. She made her Bollywood debut in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya opposite Bobby Deol, which also released that year; the film did not do well at the box office.
She came to the attention of Bollywood in the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
In 2009 Rai was awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions to Indian cinema.
She is only the fourth Indian actor after Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das and Shahrukh Khan to be chosen for an Order Of France .
In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.
Aishwarya has previously dated Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi.
She is married to Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan who is three years her junior.
After much speculation concerning their relationship, her engagement to Abhishek Bachchan was announced on January 14, 2007.
The announcement was later confirmed by Amitabh Bachchan. Rai married Bachchan on April 20, 2007 according to traditional Hindu rites of the South Indian Bunt community, to which she belongs. Token North Indian and Bengali ceremonies were also performed.
In 2004 she was chosen by Time magazine as one of the World’s “100 Most Influential People”, and appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Asia Edition in 2003.
In October 2004 a wax figure of Rai was put on display in London’s Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. She was the 6th Indian and the second Bollywood personality after her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan to get this honour.
In 2009 American toy making company Mattel decided to model a celebrity Barbie on Rai, making her the first Indian actress to have a doll modeled on her.
She has been on several Magazine covers worldwide including USA, China, UK,Russia, Israel, united Emrites, Italy,France, and Spain. Aishwaryawas also listed in Rolling Stone Magazines annual “Hot List”, Hello Magazine’s Most Attractive Women in the world, Stuff Magazine,FHM magazine, V-Life, GQ, New York Times, HArper’s & Queens and many more.
On her personal front– her choices are quite unique. On the dress front she prefers structure jackets, form fitting gowns for formal wear and chikan salwaar kameez for casual wear. Jeans & T- Shirt do very well too.
Hobbies include– collecting watches.
Favourite colour is white and blue.
Favourite hero- Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, RajKapoor
Favourite heroine : Nargis, Madhubala
Favorite designer :Giorgio Armani
Favorite film :Casablanca
Favorite food Not fussy about food at all
Favorite perfume: Sporty colognes for the day while working . Exotic, oriental and woody fragrances for the evenings
Surprisingly she doesn’t diet at all and is not fussy about food, she can live on simple dal chawal as well. She describes herself assurance as her greatest strength.
The motto of her life is- Be kind, there are battles being fought and not all of them are on the battlefield.
Write now she is pregnant and is due in November …its mommy time for Aish