Sunday, April 19, 2009

TheTVObserver: Aishwarya Rai

TheTVObserver's StarSpread presents Aishwarya Rai. She was former 1994 Miss World who later becomes a Bollywood diva with her debut "Iruvar" in 1997.

Her leading role as Parvati 'Paro' in timeless love saga "Devdas" (2002), alongside actor Shahrukh Khan, has made her received the 2002 Filmfare Award and the 2003 Popular Award, both for Best Actress. Therefore, it is understandable then that the actress who has won over 50 awards since 1994 became the highest paid actress in Bollywood. Aishwarya did several following movies, including the 2003 drama "Chokher Bali." Later on, she did a movie entitled "Bride and Prejudice" (2004), a Bollywood version of Jane Austeen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice," for which she gained 20 pounds to add a sense of realism to the character. The movie soon became a success in U.K. and U.S. cinemas.

Birth Name: Aishwarya Rai
Birth Date: November 01, 1973
Birth Place: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Spouse: Abhishek Bachchan (actor, since 20-Apr-07)
Claim to fame: Miss World in 1994

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 has been the most popular face of Indian cinema globally. 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.

She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on 2 January 2005, which said that "at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls and even Julia Roberts", she was "The World's Most Beautiful Woman".

In 2005 she became a global brand ambassador of L'Oreal alongside Andie Macdowell, Eva Longoria and Penelope Cruz. The same year, a special Tulip in Netherland was named "Aishwarya Rai" after her

In Summer 2008, Rai joined her husband and father-in-law along with Preity Zinta and Ritesh Deshmukh, Shilpa Shetty on the Unforgettable World Tour. The first leg of the tour covered the USA, Canada, London, and Trinidad. The second leg of the tour will most likely happen by the end of this year 2008. Amitabh's company AB Corp Ltd. along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd are behind the concert.

Became the first Indian and South Asian actress to be featured on The Oprah Show (April 25, 2005). Voted #9 in 'Harpers and Queen' magazine list of 100 Most Beautiful Women of Today (June 6, 2005). Won the title of "Miss Photogenic" in the 1994 Miss World Pageant.
Turned down the role of Briseis in the film "Troy" (2004). Became the first Indian actress to be interviewed on 60 Minutes (January 2nd, 1968).

Receives at least two movie offers every day.
Speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Urdu.

Is the first Bollywood star to appear in Rolling Stone magazine (Issue 932, October 2, 2003).

Admits to never go on diet. Earned the title of Miss World 1994 at the age of 20. Featured in the Guinness Book of World Records 2004. She has made more than 50 music videos in only 7 years.

Aishwarya is the highest paid actress in Bollywood. She was one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2004).

By TheTVObserver
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