Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and ultimately won the Miss World title in 1994. Rai has acted in over 40 movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali, which include few international productions. Often cited by the 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 gained the attention of Bollywood through the film 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 Devdas, for which she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award. After a setback in her career during 2003–2005, she appeared in Dhoom 2 (2006), which turned out to be her biggest commercial success in bollywood. She later appeared in films like Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Enthiran (2010) which were commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Rai, thus established herself as one of the leading actresses in Bollywood. In 2009, she was honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

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Dhoom 2 (2006)

Jai and Ali return, this time on the trail of an international thief who steals priceless artifacts and has chosen Mumbai as his next target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanjay Gadhvi
CAST:  Hrithik Roshan  •  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Uday Chopra

Jai and Ali return, this time on the trail of an international thief who steals priceless artifacts and has chosen Mumbai as his next target.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanjay Gadhvi
CAST:  Hrithik Roshan  •  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Uday Chopra

Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a Mughal emperor and a Rajput princess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ashutosh Gowariker
CAST:  Hrithik Roshan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Sonu Sood  •  Kulbhushan Kharbanda

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a Mughal emperor and a Rajput princess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ashutosh Gowariker
CAST:  Hrithik Roshan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Sonu Sood  •  Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Bride & Prejudice (2004)

A Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gurinder Chadha
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Martin Henderson  •  Naveen Andrews  •  Daniel Gillies

A Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gurinder Chadha
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Martin Henderson  •  Naveen Andrews  •  Daniel Gillies

Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

Bunty and Babli are two avid dreamers. Two free souls born into caged small town realities. They grow weary of being two specks on the horizon. They desire the horizon itself.And so they pack their aspirations in worn out bags, whip a scarf of confidence around ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaad Ali
CAST:  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Rani Mukerji  •  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Raj Babbar

Bunty and Babli are two avid dreamers. Two free souls born into caged small town realities. They grow weary of being two specks on the horizon. They desire the horizon itself.And so they pack their aspirations in worn out bags, whip a scarf of confidence around ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaad Ali
CAST:  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Rani Mukerji  •  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Raj Babbar

Devdas (2002)

After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Madhuri Dixit  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Jackie Shroff

After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Madhuri Dixit  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Jackie Shroff

Dil Ka Rishta (2003)

Wealthy Jai Mehta is a young man with a heart that has gold. He supports many charitable organizations in India and one day when he visits a deaf and dumb school, he falls in love with the teacher there, Tia Sharma, expresses his love to her and is openly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Naresh Malhotra
CAST:  Arjun Rampal  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Priyanshu Chatterjee  •  Rakhee Gulzar

Wealthy Jai Mehta is a young man with a heart that has gold. He supports many charitable organizations in India and one day when he visits a deaf and dumb school, he falls in love with the teacher there, Tia Sharma, expresses his love to her and is openly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Naresh Malhotra
CAST:  Arjun Rampal  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Priyanshu Chatterjee  •  Rakhee Gulzar

Guru (2007)

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Gurukant Desai hails from Idhar, a small village in Gujarat, but dreams of setting up his own business in Mumbai. After he returns from Turkey, he marries Sujatha for getting the dowry and arrives in Mumbai to start his business. This film chronicles the obstacles ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mani Ratnam
CAST:  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Mithun Chakraborty  •  R. Madhavan

Gurukant Desai hails from Idhar, a small village in Gujarat, but dreams of setting up his own business in Mumbai. After he returns from Turkey, he marries Sujatha for getting the dowry and arrives in Mumbai to start his business. This film chronicles the obstacles ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mani Ratnam
CAST:  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Mithun Chakraborty  •  R. Madhavan

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

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Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Salman Khan  •  Ajay Devgn  •  Vikram Gokhale

Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Salman Khan  •  Ajay Devgn  •  Vikram Gokhale

Iruvar (1997)

A fictionalized account of the lives of 1980s Tamil Nadu political icons M. G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi, continuing the tryst between Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mani Ratnam
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Mohanlal  •  Prakash Raj  •  Gautami Tadimalla

A fictionalized account of the lives of 1980s Tamil Nadu political icons M. G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi, continuing the tryst between Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mani Ratnam
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Mohanlal  •  Prakash Raj  •  Gautami Tadimalla

Jeans (1998)

Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita (Aishwarya Rai) and her brother come to America to get medical treatment for their ailing grandmother, Vishu and Ramu end up meeting them at the airport. Vishu ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shankar
CAST:  Prashanth Thyagarajan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Nassar  •  Senthil

Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita (Aishwarya Rai) and her brother come to America to get medical treatment for their ailing grandmother, Vishu and Ramu end up meeting them at the airport. Vishu ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shankar
CAST:  Prashanth Thyagarajan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Nassar  •  Senthil

Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)

Two young women with differing views on love find themselves with three suitors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rajiv Menon
CAST:  Ajith Kumar  •  Mammootty  •  Tabu  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Two young women with differing views on love find themselves with three suitors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rajiv Menon
CAST:  Ajith Kumar  •  Mammootty  •  Tabu  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Kuch Naa Kaho (2003)

Raj a mere bachelor, who has no intention of marrying is being convinced by his uncle. His uncle passes on the duty to Namrata a married woman whose husband Sanjeev leave her five years ago. Namrata is responsible for finding Raj a suitable bride, while she is busy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rohan Sippy
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Satish Shah  •  Suhasini Mulay

Raj a mere bachelor, who has no intention of marrying is being convinced by his uncle. His uncle passes on the duty to Namrata a married woman whose husband Sanjeev leave her five years ago. Namrata is responsible for finding Raj a suitable bride, while she is busy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rohan Sippy
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Abhishek Bachchan  •  Satish Shah  •  Suhasini Mulay

Mohabbatein (2000)

At a prestigious all-male university, three friends seek love outside of the school grounds; at the same time, a newly-hired music teacher seeks to befriend and loosen up the militantly strict headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aditya Chopra
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Jimmy Shergill

At a prestigious all-male university, three friends seek love outside of the school grounds; at the same time, a newly-hired music teacher seeks to befriend and loosen up the militantly strict headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aditya Chopra
CAST:  Amitabh Bachchan  •  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Jimmy Shergill

Provoked: A True Story (2007)

Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jag Mundhra
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Naveen Andrews  •  Nandita Das

Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jag Mundhra
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Naveen Andrews  •  Nandita Das

Taal (1999)

On a sight-seeing road trip of India, U.K. based Manav Mehta meets Mansi, the daughter of a singer, Tarababu. He is attracted to her, and makes his attraction known. She also is attracted to him eventually. Her dad approves of Manav, and both go to Bombay to meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Subhash Ghai
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Akshaye Khanna  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Alok Nath

On a sight-seeing road trip of India, U.K. based Manav Mehta meets Mansi, the daughter of a singer, Tarababu. He is attracted to her, and makes his attraction known. She also is attracted to him eventually. Her dad approves of Manav, and both go to Bombay to meet ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Subhash Ghai
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Akshaye Khanna  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Alok Nath

The Mistress of Spices (2005)

Tilo is an Indian shopkeeper in America with an ability to see the future and a magical connection to powerful spices, which she uses to help her customers satisfy their various needs and desires. One day she falls in love with an American man. But the spices forbid it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gurinder Chadha  •  Paul Mayeda Berges
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Dylan McDermott  •  Nitin Ganatra  •  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Tilo is an Indian shopkeeper in America with an ability to see the future and a magical connection to powerful spices, which she uses to help her customers satisfy their various needs and desires. One day she falls in love with an American man. But the spices forbid it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gurinder Chadha  •  Paul Mayeda Berges
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Dylan McDermott  •  Nitin Ganatra  •  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Umrao Jaan (2006)

Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. A remake of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. P. Dutta
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Shabana Azmi  •  Suniel Shetty  •  Abhishek Bachchan

Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. A remake of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. P. Dutta
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Shabana Azmi  •  Suniel Shetty  •  Abhishek Bachchan

Shabd (2005)

Shaukat, a writer suffering from writer's block, prompts his wife to have an affair with a stranger as he seeks inspiration to write a new story. Will his wife help him write his dream novel?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leena Yadav
CAST:  Sanjay Dutt  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Zayed Khan

Shaukat, a writer suffering from writer's block, prompts his wife to have an affair with a stranger as he seeks inspiration to write a new story. Will his wife help him write his dream novel?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leena Yadav
CAST:  Sanjay Dutt  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Zayed Khan

Josh (2000)

Two gangs fight for control of the streets: the Scorpions, led by Prakash and the Eagles, fronted by Max. When Prakash's brother Rahul comes to visit, he meets and quickly falls in love with Shirley, not realizing she's the sister of his brother's rival, Max. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mansoor Khan
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Chandrachur Singh  •  Sharad S. Kapoor

Two gangs fight for control of the streets: the Scorpions, led by Prakash and the Eagles, fronted by Max. When Prakash's brother Rahul comes to visit, he meets and quickly falls in love with Shirley, not realizing she's the sister of his brother's rival, Max. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mansoor Khan
CAST:  Shah Rukh Khan  •  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Chandrachur Singh  •  Sharad S. Kapoor

Raincoat (2004)

Tells the story of two lovers, separated by destiny, who meet again one day. This encounter allows each to realize the truth about the lives they are living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rituparno Ghosh
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Ajay Devgn  •  Annu Kapoor  •  Mauli Ganguly

Tells the story of two lovers, separated by destiny, who meet again one day. This encounter allows each to realize the truth about the lives they are living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rituparno Ghosh
CAST:  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan  •  Ajay Devgn  •  Annu Kapoor  •  Mauli Ganguly
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