Aishwarya Rai, also known by her married name Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant.
Name: Aishwarya Rai
Nick Name: Ash, Aishu, Gullu
Date of Birth (Birthday): 1 November 1973
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5′ 7
Weight: 122 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Birth Place: Mangalore (Karnataka)
Marital Status: Single
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Urdu
Hobbies: She loves collecting watches
Contact Address: Ramlaxmi Niwas, 19th Road, Khar, Mumbai 400 052
Father’s Name: Krishnaraj Rai
Mother’s Name: Vrinda Rai
Brother(s): Aditya Rai
Film Background (Filmography)
Debut Film: Iruvar
Famous Movies: Bunty Aur Babli, The Heart of India, Shabd, Bride & Prejudice, Kyun…Ho Gaya Na, Raincoat, Khakee, Kuch Naa Kaho, Chokher Bali, Dil Ka Rishta, Shakti: The Power, 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Devdas, Albela, Mohabbatein, Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Josh, Kandukondain Kandukondain, Mela, Sanam Tere Hain Hum, Ravoyi Chandamama, Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Jeans, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, Iruvar
Latest Movies: Bunty Aur Babli, Shabd, Bride & Prejudice
Upcoming Movies: Singularity, Saamna, Racing the Monsoon, Chaos, The Last Legion, Windfall, Provoked, Mistress of Spices
Other Facts: She also knows classical dance
Favourite Dish/ Recipes: Not fussy about food at all
Favorite Actor: A.B., Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor
Favorite Actress: Madhubala & Nargis
Favorite Color: White and Blue
Likes: Honesty, family, friends, dignity, strength of character, chocolates
Hobbies: She loves collecting watches
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (born Aishwarya Rai, and sometimes known simply as Aish, 1 November 1973) is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 1994.
Often cited by media as the most beautiful woman in the world, Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Iruvar (1997) and had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998). 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 2002 she appeared in Bhansali’s next project, Devdas (2002), for which she won her second Best Actress Award at the Filmfare. After a low phase in her career during 2003-2005, she appeared in the blockbuster Dhoom 2 (2006), which turned out to be her biggest Bollywood commercial success. She later appeared in films like Guru (2007) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008), which were commercially successful and got her critical acclaim. Rai has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in the Indian film industry.
During her career, Rai has acted in over forty movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali including the international productions Bride & Prejudice (2003), Mistress of Spices (2005), The Last Legion (2007) and The Pink Panther 2 (2009) in English.
Rai was born in Mangalore to Krishnaraj Rai and Vrinda Rai. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy and has also co-produced one of Rai’s movies, Dil Ka Rishta (2003). 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. She can communicate in several languages, including her mother tongue Tulu, as well as Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil. She started studying architecture but gave up her education to pursue a career in modeling.
While pursuing her studies in architecture, Rai began modeling on the side. 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 abandoned her academic education 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.
Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil biopic film, Iruvar (1997) with Mohanlal, The controversial film was a critical success and won many awards including Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival, two National Film Awards, and two Filmfare Awards South. Rai appeared in dual roles, opposite veteran actor Mohanlal, with one of her roles being a cinematic depiction of political leader and ex-actress J. Jayalalithaa. Rai 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 and was also panned by critics. However, her third project, S. Shankar’s Tamil film, Jeans (1998) was a commercial success, earning her the Filmfare Best Actress Award South. The film was also noted for the song “Poovukkul”, written by Vairamuthu, dubbing Rai as the “eighth wonder of the world”, with the music video comparing her to seven other prominent world monuments.
In 1999 Rai starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan. The film was centered around Rai’s character, Nandini, who is forced to marry Devgan’s character despite being in love with another man (Khan), and as her husband tries to get her to her previous love, she eventually falls for him. Rai’s portrayal won her critical acclaim, and the film became her first box office success in Bollywood. She won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for the film. In the same year she appeared in Subhash Ghai’s Taal, in which she played the role of a young village girl Mansi, who becomes a big Pop star after being hurt by her lover played by Akshay Khanna, the film was an average performer in India but was a big success among the international audience, especially in the United States, where it became the first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Variety’s box office list. Rai received another Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare for her performance.
In 2000, she appeared in Mansoor Khan’s Josh alongside Shahrukh Khan and Chandrachur Singh, in which she played a Catholic girl named Shirley who falls in love with the sibling of her Brother’s enemy. The film was a commercial success. Later that year she appeared in Satish Kaushik’s Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai opposite Anil Kapoor. It was a moderate success and her performance earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination. Later that year she played a supporting role in the Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, the film was a major commercial success and became the second highest grosser of the year, it also earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination. Later that year, she also starred in the Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain, alongside Mammooty, Ajith and Tabu.
In 2002, Rai appeared alongside Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, an adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay famous novel by the same name. She played the role of Paro (Parvati), the love interest of the protagonist played by Khan. The film received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. and became the highest grossing film of the year both in India and overseas. Devdas won numerous awards including 10 Filmfare Awards, and Rai received her second Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance. In 2003, she acted in Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film, Chokher Bali, an adaptation of one of Rabindranath Tagore’s novels by the same name. She portrayed the character of a young woman called Binodini, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married. That year she also appeared in her home production Dil Ka Rishta alongside Arjun Rampal and Rohan Sippy’s Kuch Na Kaho alongside Abhishek Bachchan, none of which succeeded.
In 2004 she appeared in Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood-style English adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Bride, and Prejudice alongside Martin Henderson. In the film, she portrayed the role of Lalita Bakshi, the film’s counterpart of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s novel. This was followed by Rajkumar Santoshi’s Khakee alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, and Jayapradha, in the film she played a negative role for the first time in her career. In the same year, she appeared in in her second film with Rituparno Ghosh, Raincoat alongside Ajay Devgan. The film was highly acclaimed by the critics, whereas Rai received rave reviews for her performance.
In 2005 she appeared in Shabd a film based on a love triangle alongside Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan. The film was a box office flop whereas it received average reviews from the critics. Her next release that year was Paul Mayeda Berges’s The Mistress of Spices based upon the novel The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in which she starred alongside Dylan McDermott. The film received a negative review by critics and was also a commercial failure. The same year she made a special appearance in Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli in a hugely popular seven-minute dance sequence for the song “Kajra Re”, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.
In the year 2006, Rai starred in J P Dutta’s Umrao Jaan, a second film adaptation of the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. She portrayed courtesan and poetess by the same name from the 19th century. The film was a critical and commercial failure, though Rai’s work was generally well received. Critic Taran Adarsh wrote, “Aishwarya Rai looks ethereal. She has looked heavenly and performed so convincingly. She emotes through her expressive eyes and the consistency in her performance is evident from start to end”. Later that year she appeared as a master thief, Sunheri, in Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom 2 directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, with an ensemble cast of Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Uday Chopra. The film turned out to be a blockbuster and became the highest grossing film of the year in India. The film also sparked a controversy for a scene containing a kiss between her and Hrithik Roshan. Her performance earned her a sixth nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award.
In 2007 she appeared in Mani Ratnam’s Guru as Sujata, speculated to be based on the life of Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, it was a rag to riches story about an ambitious small town man who ends up as the owner of the biggest corporation in India. The film was premièred at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international premiere in Canada. The film was critically acclaimed and performed well at the box office, becoming one of the highest grosser of the year. Rai won the critical acclaim, with one critic writing, “Aishwarya Rai stuns you with a powerful performance. Known for her angelic looks all the while, the actor will make people sit up and notice the reservoirs of talent in Guru”. Rai got her seventh nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the film. In the same year, she starred in Jag Mundhra’s British film Provoked as Kiranjit Ahluwalia(an NRI woman who killed her abusive husband after facing severe domestic violence) alongside Naveen Andrews. The film was panned by critics and was also a commercial failure, though rai received positive reviews from critics. In the same year, she appeared as a female Indian warrior from Kerala named Mira, in Doug Lefler’s epic film The Last Legion alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth, and Thomas Sangster. The film was a critical failure.
In 2008, she starred alongside Hrithik Roshan in Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical drama Jodhaa Akbar playing the role of Jodha Bai, the Hindu wife of the Muslim Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, played by Roshan. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest Bollywood grosser that year. She earned her eighth nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare for her performance. Later that year she co-starred with husband Abhishek Bachchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Verma’s Sarkar Raj, playing the CEO of a major power company proposing to establish a new power plant in rural Maharashtra.
Rai returned to the Tamil film industry and is working with Rajinikanth for the movie Endhiran, directed by S. Shankar, in an interview to the news channel Aaj Tak she confirmed a fee of Rs 6 crores for the film, making her the highest paid actress in India. She is also slated to co-star with Vikram in Mani Ratnam’s next film, Ashokavanam which is also to be simultaneously made in Hindi, titled Raavan, with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. She set to appear in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film opposite Hrithik Roshan, Vipul Shah’s Action Replay opposite Akshay Kumar, Abhinay Deo’s next film produced by Farhan Akhtar and Vishal Bharadwaj’s next directorial venture.
In 2009 Rai was awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions to Indian cinema. In the same year, she refused to accept the second-highest Order Of France, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as her father was suffering from serious illness, and she wanted her whole family to attend the award function. She is only the fourth Indian actor after Amitabh Bachchan, Nandita Das and Shahrukh Khan to be chosen for an Order Of France.
In 1999 Rai participated in a world tour called the Magnificent Five along with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Akshaye Khanna and Twinkle Khanna. In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2004 she traveled all the way to Siachen Glacier, which at a height of 13000 ft is the highest battlefield in the world, to boost the morale of the jawans for a special New Year episode on the NDTV show, Jai Jawan. In 2005, she became a brand ambassador for Pulse Polio, a campaign established by the Government of India in 1994 to eradicate Polio in India.
In February 2005, Rai performed at the HELP! Telethon Concert to help raise money for the victims of 2004 tsunami earthquake in company with other Bollywood stars.
In 2006 she appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian art, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi. In 2008 she along with her family laid the foundation of a special school for underprivileged girls in the Daulatpur village in Uttar Pradesh.The school will be made by her family and is going to be named 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.
Aishwarya has previously dated Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. She is married to Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan who is three years younger. 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. The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence Prateeksha in Juhu, Mumbai. Though the wedding was a private affair intended for the Bachchan and Rai family and friends, the involvement of the media turned it into a national extravaganza.
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 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 honor.
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 the Netherlands was named “Aishwarya Rai” after her. Rai became the first Indian to appear on such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, and was the first Bollywood personality to appear on Oprah’s “Women Across the Globe” segment. In 2005, Harpers and Queen’s list of 10 Most beautiful women in the world ranked her at the 9th spot.
- 1998 – Filmfare Best Actress Award South for Jeans
- 1999 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,
- 2002 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Devdas
- 1999 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Taal
- 2000 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai
- 2000 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Mohabbatein
- 2004 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Raincoat
- 2006 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dhoom 2
- 2007 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Guru
- 2008 – Filmfare Best Actress Award for Jodhaa Akbar
International Indian Film Academy Awards
- 2000 – IIFA Best Actress Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2003 – IIFA Best Actress Award for Devdas
- 2005 – IIFA Global Indian Media Personality Award
- 2007 – IIFA Glamorous Star Award
- 2007 – IIFA Most Searched Personality on MSN India
- 2009 – IIFA Star of the Decade – Female
- 2009 – IIFA Outstanding Achievement by an Indian in International Cinema
- 2000 – IIFA Best Actress Award for Taal
- 2005 – IIFA Best Actress Award for Raincoat
- 2008 – IIFA Best Actress Award for Guru
- 2009 – IIFA Best Actress Award for Jodhaa Akbar
Star Screen Awards
- 1997 – Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer – Female for Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
- 1999 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2002 – Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahrukh Khan for Devdas
- 2002 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Devdas
- 2008 – Star Screen Best Popular Actress Award for Jodhaa Akbar
- 1998 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Taal
- 2000 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai
- 2000 – Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for Mohabbatein
- 2004 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Raincoat
- 2006 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Dhoom 2
- 2006 – Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Hrithik Roshan for Dhoom 2
- 2007 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Guru
- 2008 – Star Screen Award Best Actress for Jodhaa Akbar
Zee Cine Awards
- 2000 – Lux Face of the Year
- 2000 – Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 2003 – Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Devdas
- 2003 – Zee Cine True Indian Beauty Award
- 2005 – Zee Cine Critics’ Best Actor Award- Female for Raincoat
- 2000 – Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Taal
- 2007 – Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Umrao Jaan
- 2005 – MTV Immies Best Performance in a Song – Kajra Re
- 2007 – Stardust Star of the Year Award – Female for Dhoom 2
- 2007 – MTV Lycra Style Awards: Most Stylish Female for Dhoom 2
- 2007 – MTV Lycra Style Awards: Most Stylish Couple along with Hrithik Roshan for Dhoom 2
- 2008 – Reebok Zoom Glam Awards: Glam Couple Award along with Abhishek Bachchan
- 2008 – Central European Bollywood Awards: Best Actress Award for Guru
- 2009 – V. Shantaram Awards: Best Actress for Jodhaa Akbar
Femina Miss India Femina
- 1994 – Miss Catwalk
- 1994 – Miss Miraculous
- 1994 – Miss Photogenic
- 1994 – Miss Perfect Ten
- 1994 – Miss Popular
- 1994 – Miss India World (Winner of the title)
National honours and recognitions
- Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Field of Entertainment in 2002
- GR8! Women Award for Contribution to Cinema in 2004.
- Padma Shri in 2009, India’s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.
- IIFA-FICCI Frames, one of ten actors to receive Most Powerful Entertainer of the Decade Award.
International honours and recognitions
- Miss World 1994.
- TIME magazine put her picture on its cover page in 2003. Before Aishwarya, only Parveen Babi’s picture was placed in 1976.
- She is the only Bollywood star to appear in Rolling Stone (Issue 932, October 2, 2003), Rolling Stone one of the most popular and iconic magazines of USA.
- She became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
- Her life-like statue was installed in London’s Madame Tussauds Wax museum in 2004.
- She was in the list Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2004.
- She was featured in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
- British Govt’s Next Step World Diversity Champion Award in 2005.
- She was voted number 12 on VH1’s 50 Sexiest Actresses of the Last 20 Years in 2005.
- She is the only Bollywood personality appeared on CBS 60 mins, Oprah Winfrey’s show, Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show and The David Letterman Show.
- E! Entertainment television, an American cable television voted her the “7th sexiest Celebrity in the World”.
- Wax New York’s Madame Tussauds Wax museum at Time Square in 2007.
- She has been accorded France’s second highest civilian honour, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) by the French government for her “exceptional career” in 2009.
|Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya||Hindi||Ashi Kapoor|
|1998||Jeans||Tamil||Madhumita||Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award SouthIndia’s official entry to the Oscars|
|1999||Aa Ab Laut Chalen||Hindi||Pooja|
|Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam||Hindi||Nandini||Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|Ravoyi Chandamama||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Taal||Hindi||Mansi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|Kandukondain Kandukondain||Tamil||Meenakshi Bala|
|Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai||Hindi||Preeti Virat||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke||Hindi||Sahiba Grewal|
|Mohabbatein||Hindi||Megha||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2002||Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam||Hindi||Suman||Guest appearance|
|Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin||Hindi||Komal Rastogi|
|23rd March 1931: Shaheed||Hindi||Special appearance|
|Devdas||Hindi||Parvati (Paro)||Winner, Filmfare Best Actress AwardIndia’s official entry to the Oscars|
|Shakti: The Power||Hindi||Herself||Special appearance in song “Ishq Kamina”|
|Dil Ka Rishta||Hindi||Tia Sharma|
|Kuch Naa Kaho||Hindi||Namrata Shrivastav|
|2004||Bride & Prejudice||English||Lalita Bakshi|
|Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na||Hindi||Diya Malhotra|
|Raincoat||Hindi||Neerja||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|Bunty Aur Babli||Hindi||Special appearance in the song “Kajra Re“|
|Mistress of Spices||English||Tilo|
|2006||Umrao Jaan||Hindi||Umrao Jaan|
|Dhoom 2||Hindi||Sunehri||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|2007||Guru||Hindi||Sujata||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|The Last Legion||English||Mira|
|2008||Jodhaa Akbar||Hindi||Jodhaa Bai||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|Sarkar Raj||Hindi||Anita Rajan|
|2009||The Pink Panther 2||English||Sonia Solandres|
Full Name Aishwarya Rai
Profession Actress and Model
Birth Date November 1, 1973
Birth Place Karnataka, Mangalore – India
Star Sign Scorpio
Eye Color Blue-Green
Weight 55 Kg.
Father Krishnaraj Rai
Mother Vrinda Rai
Brother Aditya Rai
Education Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz, Bombay
DG Ruparel College, Matunga, Bombay
Raheja College of Architecture, Bandra, Bombay
Friends Preity Zinta and Twinkle Khanna
Favorite Subject Zoology
Favorite Car Mercedes
Favorite Food Not choosy about food at all
Favorite Holiday Spot Any place that gives me peace of mind
Favorite Films Casablanca
Favorite Actor Amitabh Bachahan., Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor
Favorite Actress Madhubala and Nargis
Favorite Music Any soft music
Favorite Attire I like structure jackets, form fitting gowns for formal wear and Chikan Salwaar Kameez for casual wear. Jeans and T-shirt does very well too
Favorite Color White and Blue
Favorite Perfume Happy by Clinique
Leisure Activities I love to interact with people. That is s my favourite pastime. Otherwise, if I am alone than I love to listen to music. I enjoy dancing as well but not when I am alone. Music is my best friend. It peps me up when I am low and keeps me melancholic at times. Also, when I want to party, its there to add the groove. It is the for you in all your moods
Favorite Compliment A child at an orphanage told me that my warmth over shines my beauty. I was bowled over!
I Like Honesty, family, friends, dignity, and chocolates!
I Dislikes Gossip, hypocrisy and cockroaches
Idea of Love :Is what my parents share
Idea of Sexy :A combination of vulnerability and intelligence
Dream Man: Should be handsome but not necessarily tall and dark!COMMENT: HEYY ABHISHEK SURE IS TALL DARK AND HANDSOME….LCKY BAE
Turn On Razor sharp intelligence and witty repartees
Touched By The clear perception of my well wishers, and their humility when expressing their Love!
Admires Strength of character
Possessive About The people I care for
Sentimental About Many things from my childhood
Passionate About Life… Living every moment in it!
Saddest Moment When I did not make it to the top three in my 10th grade
Necessity A hygienic environment
Weakness Willingness to take people at face value
Strength My self assurance. It is present even in the worst situations
Best Quality Genuineness! Nothing about me is plastic
Special Ability To enjoy success while it lasts, but not quite believe it!
Sex Appeal Compassion!
Philosophy It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice
I Believe In God first and then myself
Motto Be kind, there are battles being fought and not all of them are on the battlefield
Message Life is a stage, and we all are characters. Therefore, play your part and play it well!
MTV Immies’ Best Performance, Kajra Re (2005)
British Govt’s The Next Step World Diversity Champion Award (2005)
IIFA’s Global Indian Media Personality (2005)
Zee Cine Awards, Critics’ Actress of the Year (2005)
GR8! Women Award, Cinema (2004)
Global Foreign Artiste Debutantes to Mainstream Media Award (2004)
F Awards – For Excellence in Indian Fashion, Female Celebrity Model of the Year (2004)
World’s Most Attractive Woman, HELLO! Magazine (2004)
Filmfare Best Actress Award, Devdas (2003)
Sansui Best Actress Award, Devdas (2003)
IFFA Best Actress Award, Devdas (2003)
Bollywood Awards Best Actress Award, Devdas (2003)
Screen Best Actress Award, Devdas (2003)
Screen Jodi No.1 Award with Shahrukh Khan (2003)
Zee Cine Best Actress Award, Devdas (2003)
Zee Cine True Indian Actress Award (2003)
RACE Best Actress Award, Devdas (2002)
Rajiv Gandhi Award (2002)
BWSX Fantasy Award, Best Supporting Actress in Mohabbatein (2001)
Screen Videocon Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Filmfare Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Stardust Millennium Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Zee Lux Face of the Year (2000)
Zee Cine Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
IIFA Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Zee Gold Best Actress Award, Taal (2000)
Zee Gold Best Actress Critics Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Zee Gold Best Actress Award in Sensational Role, Taal (2000)
Rupa Filmgoers Millennium Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Priyadarshini International Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000)
Most Beautiful International Titleholder of All Times Gold medal winner (2000)
Most Beautiful Miss World of All Times (2000)
Screen Most Promising Newcomer, Aur Pyar Ho Gaya (1998)
Screen Discovery of the year (1998)
Miss World 1994 (1994)
Miss Catwalk (1994)
Miss Photogenic (1994)
Miss Perfect 10 (1994)
Miss Popular (1994)
Femina Miss India World – First Runner up (1994)
Most Photogenic Face (1994)
I was greedy about every moment in Cannes.
There has been a lot of speculation about my personal life, mainly because I do not like talking about my personal life. The day I want to do it, I will write a book and it will be one hell of a book.
I am an emotional person off-screen and would hate to hurt or snub someone.
I have openly told David Dhawan that his film is like a vacation for me, a paid holiday.
I know that if there is a role that I am suited for, I will be signed on. I will never go begging.
Honestly, I do not have the time, energy and workers to keep reiterating validations against every false story or allegation.
My first priority now is work. I have achieved a bit of what I wanted to do, as an actress. Now it is my time to grow as an artiste and does good quality work.
It is strange that Rakesh Roshan thinks I look older than Hrithik. In fact, he has approached me for all his home productions.
I believe that as an actress all my fears and phobias exist till I sign on the dotted line for a film.
I am here as an actor. That is my basic karma. As an actor, I am always seeking great roles.
I am very sensitive to the needs of my fans. They want to see fantasy and glamour, so I will always fulfill that by carefully choosing which Bollywood formula script I am going to commit to.
I am particular about everything I do. I do not wish to be defined in any particular way. Versatility is the key.
I do not wish to be trapped in one particular image.
I have been a part of the media glare since 1992. And today there are so many channels, so much more media that you do not know what stray comment is coming from where.
I do not believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that important.
Ironically, my best of times have also been my worst of times.
Happiness is a relative term. It is the way you like to perceive it. Happiness plays a lot of hide-n-seek with me, but happiness and I are good friends.
I have not developed a rhino’s hide. I am still sensitive to these things. I used to be really worked up and hurt in the beginning. Now, I just smile a lot and let things tide over. I do not wear my emotions on my sleeve.
I always knew I would be successful. Therefore, there was no element of surprise.
I am not a tease. I do not go around fluttering my eyelashes and wrapping men around my little finger.
I have been excited, honest, earnest, enthusiastic about whatever course my life has taken, but never anxious about the results. Because when you have given your best, you do not need to bother.
I am told that I have transcended the demands of the box office. However, honestly, I am not aware of it. If that is so then I am thankful to God and extremely grateful to my audience. Their faith in me has prevented me from crumbling during the bad times.
When you go through a lot, it is very easy to sink. Staying afloat can be very tough. At that point, which straws you grab at is what defines your next moment. Moreover, there are some very easy straws to help you escape life. The tough part is to stay attuned to reality.
I would say, the quality to speak volumes without really being that verbose – innate strength and silent conviction.
As a child, my elder brother (by three years) and I used to fight a lot (now we are the best of friends). I used to cherish those rare occasions when I was able to get the better of him. Moreover, if I could succeed in getting him a scolding from our parents, I used to feel really gain an advantage over. My brother used to get very pissed off because I used to get the lion’s share of the attention being the youngest child. Sometimes he used to give vent to this resentment by insisting that I did things purposely to grab attention. These fights sound ridiculous now, but I get all teary-eyed when I remember them.
Since my Dad was a shippie, sailing on ship with him is another great memory. The crew of the ship was wonderful and I was much doted upon in spite of being a cacophonous child. I enjoyed attention as a child.
My school trips were wonderful because they meant travel and adventure. I remember going to Chinchoti and Igatpuri in the rainy season. Our little groups used to get lost quite often and then we used to do our filmy bit and shout ‘help, bachao’ and some villager would put us back on the right track.
My first and last fracture. When I was in class seventh I was supposed to have a big Bharata Natyam performance in December. Around two weeks before D-day, I participated in the preliminary rounds for the school relay races. I tried to run really fast because I wanted to come first and I slipped. To avoid hurting my face I broke my fall with my left hand. When I got up, my forearm was jiggling like jelly. I had no clue then that it was a fracture but I was so scared that I really screamed loudly. When my brother came, he just burst out laughing at me since I was so hysterical. Poor person must have not realized my plight, because since my hand had gone numb, there was no pain. Anyways, I was furious at him for laughing and we got into a major argument on the field itself. Finally, my dance performance was cancelled and my hand was in a cast for two-and-a-half months.
I remember hating it intensely if my parents tried to stop me from participating in any extracurricular activities in school. I loved activities and if my parents stopped me, I have always wanted a justification for their decision. If it was logical, I quietly accepted it.
Until my 12th standard, I always thought I would go in for medicine and become a doctor but one day I suddenly decided that I did not want to make a career out of medicine. Therefore, I enrolled myself in an architectural school because both art and science interested me. That was a turning point for me.
Going back in time, even winning the Miss India title was a memorable moment for me because for the first time I overcame my stage fright. Earlier, public speaking was something I was never good at. On stage I used to feel that my sentences got very stilted. I kept thinking that I would just blank out and then I would have to hurry off the podium. Nevertheless, at the Miss India contest, it was for the first time that I spoke well on stage. I was petrified that I would blank out and stutter on stage but I managed to speak confidently. Moreover, that was a great moment for me.
Before I left for the Miss World contest my parents got together with Hemant Trivedi to throw a surprise party for me where they invited everybody I was close to from my school, college and advertising days. They organized a dinner party for me at a restaurant where Hemant took me pretending he had to meet some clients. As I entered, they all shouted ‘Surprise’ that came as a shock to me. It was truly incredible because I least expected it – in my family, we are not very demonstrative about our feelings.
The Miss India title too turned my life around because I started riding a wave of popularity in terms of adulation. I was already a top model but Miss India gave me a chance to go for the Miss World. I was loved by the media until Miss India but immediately after that I was suddenly labeled cold, reserved and what not. This taught me a lot because until then I was only riding the crest of a wave; this sudden media onslaught was like suddenly hitting the trough of the wave all at once.
Obviously, the Miss World title changed everything in my life: it matured me, taught me so much and was a fulfilling experience. The title helped me to decide between studying architecture abroad or joining films. In addition, I finally bit the dust and joined the movies.
Turning 21 years old was an unforgettable moment. I remember I was at the Miss World contest and all the 82 contestants as well as the organizers got together and gave me a huge surprise bash – they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in all the different languages for me. It was as if the whole world had come together to wish me at once. This is a once in a lifetime memory because it will never happen again.
My homecoming after winning the Miss World title was one of the best moments in my life. It was a bigger high that even getting the title because I realized what a difference it made to the people here. To see the joy in people’s eyes and imagine what my title meant to them was incomparable.
In films, I have got a major high form the appreciation I have got from my fans and the directors I have worked with until now. Touchwood, they have all appreciated my performance and the fact that I am still working with all these great directors is in itself a great high. In spite of not having won any Best Debutante award and in spite of my not having had a single hit Hindi film, yet, all my directors want to repeat me in their next film – and this feels great.
I yearn for a normal holiday. I know it is strange to say that considering I have been traveling around the globe for my films. However, shooting is not a holiday. I have always fantasized about going bag packing as a regular person around different places in the world, interacting with new people and learning about different cultures.
I die to have a good massage. I have never been one to indulge myself with an elaborate beauty routine, contrary to what people think. Therefore, given an opportunity, I would love a good massage, followed by a good hot shower and then some peaceful sleep. I absolutely love that because I am quite an insomniac.
I love the idea of snuggling into a cozy blanket on a dull rainy day, putting on great music, seeing a nice film or even reading a good book with a steaming cup of coffee in hand. I have done that when I was younger and I absolutely loved it.
I would love to have a pet, especially a dog. However, I cannot have one now because I do not have the time to look after it well. Pets give you so much unconditional love that I would like to give back. Dogs are very sensitive animals, they realize when they are not given enough time and care. Later in life, I am sure I will have a dog of my own.
I want to have a cozy comfortable, lived-in country house surrounded by lots of greenery and large spaces. I do not want a cramped society statement but a cool spacious home. I would love a body of water around – perhaps like a brook running by or at least a swimming pool.
Lastly, I want to have someone in my life that will love me a lot and spoil me rotten. The eventuality of babies excites me a lot. I want to have a loving companion. I often dream about unconditional love, the creation of happiness and my own little family. I want to experience life fully with the person I love. I am a major dreamer about such situations.
The thought of waking up one day and finding myself completely alone frightens me a lot because I am a people’s person. I would not know what to do with myself for a single hour if I were alone. That is extremely frightening.
Tragedies like losing loved ones disturb me a lot. The thoughts of eventualities are very disturbing. Even the thought of becoming incapacitated is scary. I hope and pray to God that it never happens. I would not know what to do with myself. I really admire and look up to people who are courageous enough to face life in spite of being incapacitated.
I get very scared even thinking about becoming creatively dead. Ceasing to be creative and having no purpose in life is so disturbing, I hope it never happens to anyone. Not having any purpose or goal is very sad.
I do not think I will ever get affected by the Sunset Boulevard syndrome of the Fedora syndrome but it would be scary if I saw even a reflection of these syndromes in me. People here insist that everyone changes in their attitudes eventually and that disturbs me a lot. I hope I remain my same unaffected self, always. I would not mind aging gracefully. I think it is a part of life and we have to accept it well.
I love talking a lot but it can get very irritating for others. However, hen when I am even somewhat subdued, they say they miss my chatter. I exhaust myself talking so I am sure it can get exhausting to the listener as well. I have a habit of explaining everything in graphic detail to help the other person visualize whatever I am saying.
I also giggle a lot even if anything tickles me. Sometimes people misunderstand that. However, I am not play-acting. That is me.
Though I am always in a mad rush, I have a fetish for tidiness and organization. In addition, I like clean, short, well-kept nails so I am always filing them and that is quite irritating. I have very soft nails that chip often so I am always asking for a nail filer. I cannot rest until my chipped nail is filed properly. I am restless until I have a nail filer in my hand.
I walk really fast so my staff has nicknamed me ‘Gandhi.’ I dart from one place to another without looking around. Even when I attend premieres, I walk so quickly to my seat that sometimes I don’t see senior artists around me and I forget to greet people and this can get very embarrassing especially for my mother who has to receive all the awkward glances and reactions from people. She gets very irritated and tells me to slow down and notice the world around me.
My mom also gets very irritated because I have so many clothes that they fall out from my closets – yet I do not wear any of them. I am very boring when it comes to the dressing because I am not bothered by fashion trends. I always jump into my comfortable jeans and a white blouse. My mom always threatens to burn my favorite pair of jeans.
The days I oil my hair, my bath can get very irritating for my family because I take hours in my bathroom. I think I have a bathroom fetish. When I have my own house, my bathroom will be the best room because it is my absolutely private and personal space. Dad keeps teasing me that I will live in the bathroom all my life.
I detest people who burp aloud. It sends a chill down my spine. A little more control and empathy to people around would be welcomed.
I cannot tolerate unhygienic conditions. I am very particular about cleanliness. I like people to be neat and clean around. They have to bathe regularly and smell fresh. I detest dirty bathrooms. I cannot understand why people do not take the initiative to flush. It really gets to me.
I dislike hypocrisy and double standards.
I hate those who are judgmental. I try not to discriminate to the best of my abilities.
I hate people being pretentious. That is why I used to get upset when people call me fake because I am not like that at all. I hate those who put on false airs because of things like stature and position.