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Also Known As: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Aishwarya Bachchan Died:
Born: November 1, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mangalore, Karnataka, IN Profession: actress, model

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David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ) and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (syndicated, 1986-2011). And she continued to collect superlatives, including a place on People magazineâ¿¿s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World list in 2006.In 2007, she co-starred with her husband in "Guru," a popular rags-to-riches story about a small-town villlager (Bachchan) who rose to the top through ambition and occasional ruthlessness. Rai played Bachchanâ¿¿s wife in a largely ornamental role that nevertheless earned her a Filmfare Award nomination. That same year, she made another stab at English-language stardom, first with the British film "Provoked" (2007) and later in "The Last Legion" (2007), a period adventure film produced by Dino De Laurentiis. The former was based on the real-life case of an Indian woman who murdered her husband (Naveen Andrews) in self-defense after suffering a decade of abuse at his hands, while the latter starred Colin Firth as a Roman soldier fighting barbarians in ancient Britain alongside Raiâ¿¿s Indian warrior. Neither film fared well with critics or at the box office, and a proposed remake of Coline Serreauâ¿¿s "Chaos" (2001) that would have teamed Rai with Meryl Streep never came to fruition.Rai...

David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ) and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (syndicated, 1986-2011). And she continued to collect superlatives, including a place on People magazineâ¿¿s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World list in 2006.

In 2007, she co-starred with her husband in "Guru," a popular rags-to-riches story about a small-town villlager (Bachchan) who rose to the top through ambition and occasional ruthlessness. Rai played Bachchanâ¿¿s wife in a largely ornamental role that nevertheless earned her a Filmfare Award nomination. That same year, she made another stab at English-language stardom, first with the British film "Provoked" (2007) and later in "The Last Legion" (2007), a period adventure film produced by Dino De Laurentiis. The former was based on the real-life case of an Indian woman who murdered her husband (Naveen Andrews) in self-defense after suffering a decade of abuse at his hands, while the latter starred Colin Firth as a Roman soldier fighting barbarians in ancient Britain alongside Raiâ¿¿s Indian warrior. Neither film fared well with critics or at the box office, and a proposed remake of Coline Serreauâ¿¿s "Chaos" (2001) that would have teamed Rai with Meryl Streep never came to fruition.

Rai returned to Bollywood for the historical epic "Jodhaa Akbar" (2008), with Hrithik Roshan as the 13th century Muslim emperor who conquered much of South Asia but struggled to win the affections of his fiery wife (Rai). A slow-building hit across the world, it garnered respectful reviews in both the West and Far East, as well as a Star Screen Award for Rai. However, "The Pink Panther 2" (2009), with Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau and Rai as an Indian security expert with romantic ties to a mysterious French thief (Johnny Hallyday), failed to recapture the surprise success of its 2006 predecessor. In 2010, she collaborated with director Mani Ratnam for a thriller that would be shot simultaneously in two languages, with Rai playing the same role opposite two different actors in the respective films. The Hindi version, "Raavan" (2010), with her husband as a bandit seeking revenge against a corrupt police official by kidnapping his wife (Rai), was a commercial failure, while the Tamil version, "Ravaanan," with Vikram in the lead, was a box office and festival hit, especially at the 67th Venice Film Festival, where it earned Ratnam the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

Rai closed out 2010 with a flurry of popular features, including the science fiction thriller "Enthiran," with Raijinkanth in dual roles as a scientist and the robot he creates in his likeness who falls in love with his fiancée (Rai). A decade of pre-production work and a two-year shooting schedule, as well as location filming in Brazil and the United States and extensive special effects, resulted in the most expensive Indian film ever made, as well as one of the most profitable ever released. She followed this with a more modest drama, "Guzaarish" (2010), with Hrithik Roshan as a quadriplegic who sought to end his suffering through euthanasia, and Rai as his faithful nurse. Though only modest in terms of box office returns, the film swept the various awards ceremonies, and netted Rai her ninth Filmfare Award nomination. She soon began work on her next film projects, which included the romantic comedy "Ladies and Gentlemen" (2011) with Bachchan, and "Heroine" (2012), a drama about an actress in career decline.

The period was also marked by some of Raiâ¿¿s greatest career honors, including the 2009 Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for her contributions to the countryâ¿¿s film industry. She also received Franceâ¿¿s second highest honor, the Order of Arts and Letters, that same year, but was forced to refuse the award due to her fatherâ¿¿s illness. The following year, Indiaâ¿¿s Reliance Broadcast Network presented her with the Actress of the Decade award at the BIG Star Entertainment Awards, while the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) gave her the "Decade of Global Achievement Award." However, these and other tributes were superseded by the 2011 news that Rai and Bachchan were expecting their first child.first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Varietyâ¿¿s box office list. Both films began a lengthy string of critical and commercial hits for Rai, which culminated with 2002â¿¿s "Devdas." A melodrama based on a classic Indian novel, the period piece starred movie idol Shahrukh Khan and Rai as lovers torn apart by his motherâ¿¿s rejection of their relationship. One of the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, "Devdas" swept the Indian awards, reaping Filmfare and Star Screen awards for Rai, and made international headlines for a special screening at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, which eventually led to its submission as Best Foreign Film at the 1999 Oscars.

The gathering momentum behind Raiâ¿¿s career exploded after the release of "Devdas." She was soon a highly visible presence around the globe, joining Lâ¿¿Orealâ¿¿s "Dream Team" of global brand ambassadors alongside such international beauties as Catherine Denueve, Penelope Cruz and Andie Macdowall in 2003. That same year, Rai also became the first Indian actor to become a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Her face was featured on magazine covers and layouts, including TIME magazine, which listed her among its "100 Most Influential People in the World" column in 2004, as well as GQ, the New York Times, and countless others. The UKâ¿¿s Hello magazine named her the most attractive woman in the world that same year, a label that would follow Rai for years to come.

Raiâ¿¿s film career stood in sharp contrast to the overwhelming media attention that followed her during 2003 and 2004. A string of high-profile dramas failed to attract audiences, and her English-language debut in "Bride and Prejudice" (2004), Gurinder Chadhaâ¿¿s Bollywood take on Jane Austenâ¿¿s "Pride and Prejudice," was met with middling reviews and box office returns. A brief reprieve came in the form of the police thriller "Khakee" (2004), with Rai playing a witness to a violent terrorist organizationâ¿¿s crimes. It became the fifth highest-grossing Indian film of the year, but was soon followed by more disappointments, including her second English-language film, "The Mistress of Spices" (2005), with Rai as a mystical shopkeeper and Dylan McDermott as the American who loves her. A remake of "Umrao Jaan" (2006), with Rai as a famed courtesan, drew negative comparisons to the 1981 original, starring beloved Bollywood actress Rekha, who met Rai as a teenager and complimented her on her looks.

Rai bounced back in a blockbuster way with "Dhoom 2" (2006), the second film in an incredibly popular series of Hollywood style action movies. Rai was the filmâ¿¿s supporting villainess, a master thief who aided the seriesâ¿¿ chief bad guy, Mr. A, before succumbing to the charms of detective Jai (Abhishek Bachchan). The expensive thriller became the one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films in both its native country and abroad, and re-established Raiâ¿¿s star status, despite a storm of controversy over a kissing scene between her and Hrithik Roshan, who played Mr. A. The following year, Bachchan and Rai, who had been frequent co-stars since 1997, announced their engagement, which ignited a media frenzy over the newly-minted super couple. Their wedding took place in a private ceremony at Bachchanâ¿¿s residence on April 20, 2007.

As Raiâ¿¿s film career continued to rally, her popularity continued to expand into international markets. She had already been feted with such unique and varied tributes as a tulip named in her honor in the Netherlands, a wax figure at Madame Tussaudâ¿¿s in London, and even a best-selling line of Barbie dolls made in her likeness. Near-constant coverage in magazines led to a high-profile piece on "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ) and appearances on American talk shows like "Late Night with

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jazbaa (2015)
3.
 Endhiran (2010)
4.
 Guzaarish (2010)
5.
 Raavan (2010)
6.
 Action Replayy (2010)
7.
8.
 Sarkar Raj (2008)
9.
 Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
10.
 Last Legion, The (2007)
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1994:
Awarded the Miss World title
1997:
Made film debut playing a duel role in Mani Ratnam's "Iruvar"
1997:
First Bollywood film "Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya"; directed by Rahul Rawail
1998:
Starred in the critically successful, "Jeans" by S. Shankar
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Appeared in the popular Indian films, "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999) and "Mohabbatein" (2000)
2002:
Garnered international attention for the lavishly produced "Devdas," which was a major box-office success; film received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival
2003:
Was the first Indian actress to be invited to sit on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival
2004:
Chosen by <i>TIME</i> Magazine's Asian Edition as one of Asia's "100 Most Influential People"
2005:
Made her US film debut in Gurinder Chadha's "Bride and Prejudice," a Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale
2006:
Appeared in "Mistress of Spices," from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
2007:
Played an abused wife in Jag Mundhra's indie film, "Provoked"
2007:
Co-starred with Sir Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth in "The Last Legion"
2009:
Co-starred with Steve Martin in "The Pink Panther 2"
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