Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born in a Tulu speaking family in Mangalore, Karnataka. Her family later moved to Mumbai. You would be surprised to know that Aish had actually dreamed of becoming an architect. She had enrolled herself in Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture but later opted out to pursue career in modelling.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was crowned 'Miss World' in 1994 and is considered as the most beautiful 'Miss World' ever. She was the second Indian to win the crown; Reita Faria being the first, who won the title in 1966
Having made her film debut with Mani Ratnam's Iruvar, Aishwarya has worked with some of India's most well-known filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Guzaarish), Ashutosh Gowariker (Jodhaa Akbar), Rituparno Ghosh (Chokher Bali and Raincoat)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made her Bollywood debut opposite Bobby Deol with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, which fared average at the box office. She later starred as a lead actress in Rishi Kapoor's 'Aa Ab Laut Chalein' opposite Akshaye Khanna
However, Aishwarya finally found fame in movies such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal and the critically acclaimed Devdas
It was in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's acting chops were noticed and she won the Filmfare award for best actress in the same year
Her role of Paro in Devdas is notable and her chemistry with actor Shah Rukh Khan made the film one of the most loved romantic dramas of all times
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reunited with her 'Aa Ab Laut Chalein' co-star in Subhash Ghai's musical love story 'Taal' and also romanced Anil Kapoor
Rai married actor Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 with whom she has one daughter. It was on the sets of the film 'Dhoom 2' that the couple fell in love and eventually tied the knot. On screen, they have been seen together in Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000), Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Umrao Jaan (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006), Guru (2007) and Raavan (2010)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan garnered both critical and box-office success with Ashutosh Gowariker's period romance Jodhaa Akbar (2008). Her next role was in the 2009 Harald Zwart-directed spy comedy The Pink Panther 2. Starring alongside Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer, Aish portrayed the role of Sonia Solandres, a seductive criminology expert.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has also appeared in Hollywood films such as 'Bride And Prejudice', 'Mistress Of Spices' and 'Pink Panther'
In 2010, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave a heart-wrenching performance in yet another Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, 'Guzaarish' opposite Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to a girl, Aaradhya, on 16 November 2011. She took a five-year break, making a comeback with Jazbaa in 2015. "Recently, there was a colleague who asked me, 'Was Jazbaa the comeback vehicle you wanted?' I was like, 'Guys, it was a script, I liked the idea and I went with it'. I don't want to play into how one has to go about things," Aishwarya said as she explained how her choices have always been about following her heart, and not the herd
"I came in from Miss World, so because I experienced blast of stardom so early, I, from the very beginning -- from Mani Ratnam to date -- made choices from my heart, and tried being myself... I ended up doing my own thing and not following patterns that existed before, after or what is the natural trajectory of a leading lady in our industry. "I think that's why people think I end up breaking preconceived norms... And that wonderfully continues," she further added
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan raised a lot of eyebrows as she romanced a much-younger Ranbir Kapoor in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'. In hindsight, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan feels she has been "school girlish" in her choices and feels she should have been more fierce about taking up projects. "I think I was very school girlish in my choices... I was very good at keeping with schedules, and because of that I kind of walked away from some very great films and opportunities... because I would be sincere to schedules. Now when I think back, I should have maybe been more fierce and aggressive with wanting the films and allowed the schedules to figure themselves out as I have see a lot of colleagues have worked over the years," Aishwarya told media recently
Aishwarya's portrayal of the character in 'Sarabjit', where she played 'Dalbir Kaur', was lauded by critics and audience. She was even nominated for Filmfare award for Best Actress
Well, this year the superhit Jodi of Taal - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor will be seen recreating the magic on screen after 17 years for Rakeysh Omprakash Nehra's Fanney Khan. The duo has worked together in Subhash Ghai's Taal which released in 1999 and Satish Kaushik's Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai which released in 2000. It will be only after that Aishwarya and Anil would come together for a film with Fanney Khan. We can't wait to see her sizzle on-screen as Baby Singh - the Rockstar!
Former Miss World, a global icon, Bollywood actress and the brand ambassador of a leading cosmetic giant for over a decade, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has led an exemplary life. Take a look at her Bollywood journey as she gears up for her film Fanney Khan, starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao