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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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A superstar in her native India and around the globe, as well as one of the entertainment industry's most acclaimed beauties, Aishwayra Rai was a former model whose ethereal looks were matched by an apparently limitless grasp of drama, comedy, musicals and action films in her native country. A former model, Rai began her acting career in ornamental roles in light comedies and musicals before showing her range in more dramatic fare like 1999's "Taal." Her breakthrough role came in the blockbuster "Devdas" (2002), which brought her international acclaim. Soon Rai was gracing the cover of magazines, which dubbed her among the world's most beautiful women. More hit films like the action thriller "Dhoom 2" (2006), as well as forays into English language films like "The Mistress of Spices" (2005), "Provoked" (2007) and "The Pink Panther 2" (2009) increased Rai's global exposure, as did a highly publicized marriage to fellow superstar Abhishek Bachchan. By 2010, Rai was among the most recognized performers in the world, and received one of her country's highest honors, the Padma Shri, among her growing accolades. Though Rai had yet to earn her Hollywood starmaking role, the stratospheric quality of her...

A superstar in her native India and around the globe, as well as one of the entertainment industry's most acclaimed beauties, Aishwayra Rai was a former model whose ethereal looks were matched by an apparently limitless grasp of drama, comedy, musicals and action films in her native country. A former model, Rai began her acting career in ornamental roles in light comedies and musicals before showing her range in more dramatic fare like 1999's "Taal." Her breakthrough role came in the blockbuster "Devdas" (2002), which brought her international acclaim. Soon Rai was gracing the cover of magazines, which dubbed her among the world's most beautiful women. More hit films like the action thriller "Dhoom 2" (2006), as well as forays into English language films like "The Mistress of Spices" (2005), "Provoked" (2007) and "The Pink Panther 2" (2009) increased Rai's global exposure, as did a highly publicized marriage to fellow superstar Abhishek Bachchan. By 2010, Rai was among the most recognized performers in the world, and received one of her country's highest honors, the Padma Shri, among her growing accolades. Though Rai had yet to earn her Hollywood starmaking role, the stratospheric quality of her Indian career proved that Western celebrity was only a film away.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Guzaarish (2010)
3.
 Endhiran (2010)
4.
 Action Replayy (2010)
5.
 Raavan (2010)
6.
7.
 Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
8.
 Sarkar Raj (2008)
9.
 Guru (2007)
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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