Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, India’s top female actress, who has been declared the most beautiful woman in the world with sexiest eyes, is celebrating her 35th birthday today.
Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine biologist, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy and also co-produced one of Rai’s movies, Dil Ka Rishta (2003).
After Aishwarya was born, 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.
Rai can communicate in several languages, including Tulu, Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil. While pursuing her studies in architecture, Rai began modeling as a part time occupation. In the 1994 Miss India contest, she won the second place (behind Sushmita Sen), and went on to win the Miss World title the same year, where she also won the Miss Photogenic award. She abandoned her studies after winning the pageant and spent one year reigning as Miss World in London. Rai then started working as a professional model and then moved on to her current profession as an actress. Her first TV Ad for Coco-cola with Aamir Khan drew attention to her.
Rai is married to actor Abhishek Bachchan. The wedding took place on 20 April 2007.
Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Iruvar (1997) opposite Mohanlal . She had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998), and came to the attention of Bollywood in the Hindi movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She successfully performed in Bhansali’s next project, Devdas (2002), for which she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award. Since then, she has acted in over forty movies in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, and English, including the international productions Bride & Prejudice (2003), Mistress of Spices (2005), and The Last Legion (2007) in English. In 2008, she acted in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodha Akbar opposite Hrithik Roshan.
At present, Aishwarya is along with husband Abhishek Bachchan at Kochi, Kerala, shooting for Mani Ratnam’s Ashokavanam. She is also acting in Shankar’s Robo with Rajinikanth.
jollyhoo.com wishes Aishwarya Rai many,many returns of the day!