The "most beautiful woman in the world"made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar (1997), and had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998). She gained the attention of Bollywood through the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her performance won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award.After a setback in her career during 2003–2005, she appeared in Dhoom 2 (2006), which was her biggest commercial success in India. She later appeared in films like Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Enthiran (2010), which were commercially and critically successful. Aishwarya has established herself as one of the leading actresses in Bollywood.She is married to fellow actor Abhishek Bachchan. In 2009 she was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award given by the Government of India.
Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, Karnataka.Her father, Krishnaraj, was a marine biologist and her mother Brindya, is a housewife.She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy.The family moved to Mumbai, where Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir High School.Rai did her intermediate schooling at Jai Hind College for a year,and then joined DG Ruparel College.She trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens.
Aishwarya Rai did her first modelling assignment when she was in the ninth grade, for Camlin Pencils.One of her professors at Jai Hind College took pictures of her which were published in a fashion magazine.Rai took part in the Ford Supermodel Contest and also appeared in Vogue Magazine.Rai became popular after appearing in a Pepsi commercial with actor Aamir Khan.She modelled for Longines watches, Coca-Cola,Lakmé Cosmetics, Casio pager, Philips, Palmolive, Lux, and Fuji films.She was named the official brand ambassador for De Beers diamonds in India.In the 1994 Miss India contest, she won 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.After winning the pageant, she gave up her studies and spent one year reigning as Miss World in London.Rai continued to pursue a career as a model until she became an actress.
In 1999 Aishwarya began dating with Bollywood Super Star Salman Khan; their relationship was often reported in the media until the couple separated in 2001. Rai cited "abuse (verbal, physical and emotional), infidelity and indignity" on the part of Khan as reasons for ending the relationship.In a 2009 Times of India article, Khan denied ever beating her: "It's not true that I hit a woman."Rai is married to actor Abhishek Bachchan. They met in 1997.Their engagement was announced on 14 January 2007 and later confirmed by his father, Amitabh Bachchan.The couple married on 20 April 2007 according to traditional Hindu rites of the Bunt community, to which she belongs.The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence, "Prateeksha", in Juhu, Mumbai.They have been described as a supercouple in the Indian media.Rai is very close to her family and lived with them in Bandra, Mumbai, until her marriage.