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Name: Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai
Nick Name: Ash, Gullu, The Queen of Bollywood
Height: 5' 7"
Aishwarya Rai (Ash) is one of Bollywood's pre-eminent leading
ladies. This Indian darling burst upon the world stage when her
striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss
World crown in 1994. This former architecture major soon became one
of India's most famous models landing a prestigious Pepsi campaign
and appearing in Vogue Magazine. India's top Bollywood directors
were soon lining up to work with Ash.
Her film debut in Mani Rathnam's 'Iruvar' (1997) received critical
acclaim and her performance in Aur Paar Ho Gaya' (1997) directed by
Rahul Rawail garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000
she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work
in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", in that same
year, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her special
appearance in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein (2000). In 2001 Ash was
nominated for FilmFare's Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's "Hamara
Dil Aapke Paas Hai".
Ash's star continued to rise in 2002 working again with Sajay Leela
Bhansali in 'Devdas'. 'Devdas' is the most ambitious and most
successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood
picture to ever receive a special screening at this year's Cannes
Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United
2003 brought even more exciting opportunities. Ash became the first
Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
She is also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team,
joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their
international ambassador. She graced the covers of India Today and
the prestigious TIME Magazine. Time Magazine has also listed her on
their list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World Today".
She has graced numerous covers worldwide including USA, UK, China,
Russia, Israel, United Emerites, Italy, Spain and France. Ash was
also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Hot List", Hello
Magazine's Most Attractive Women in the World", Stuff Magazine, FHM
magazine, V-Life from Variety Magazine, GQ Magazine, New York Times
Magazine, Harper's & Queen and countless others.
I'm just average woman with average concerns.
Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old.
It's really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of
life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all
You give to the world your greatest gift when you're being yourself.
I believe that as an actress all my fears and phobias exist till I
sign on the dotted line for a film.
I don't believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that
It's strange that Rakesh Roshan thinks I look older than Hrithik. In
fact, he's approached me for all his home productions.
I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of