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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Back

Starred in Kalpana Lamji's 2005 shelved film Singhasan. A political thriller.
Starred in Vikram Bhatt's Mulaqaat. Starring Himself, Aishwarya Rai,Rani Mukherjee,Chandrachur Singh. The film was shelved after a few days of shooting.
Feroz Khan was planning a film titled " Nasha" about the problems drugs are causing to society. It was to be produced and directed by Feroz Khan . The film was going to star Amitabh Bachchan, Feroz Khan, Fardeen Khan and Lopsang. After Amitabh fell ill, Feroz shelved the idea and decided to start the Kurbani remake.
In October 1999, Feroz Khan signed her for his next "Qurbaan Tujh Pe Mere Jaan" co-starring Ajay Devgan and Fardeen Khan. The film was to be produced and directed by Feroz Khan. It was a love story set against the back drop of the film industry. The film was announced but then shelved. After "Qurbaan Tujh Pe Mere Jaan" was shelved, Feroz Khan launched " Tera Saath Hain Kitna Pyaara" starring Aishwarya Rai and Fardeen Khan. It was to be produced and directed by Feroz Khan. The title was taken from a song by the same name from Feroz Khan's earlier hit "Janbaaz". This film too was also shelved after the announcement.
Released "Aishwarya's Greatest Hits" on DVD containing 50 of her music videos to date. [May 2003]
Will start her world-wide tour to perform alongside stars Lara Dutta, Celina Jaitly, Hrithik Roshan, and Fardeen Khan. [April 2004]
Gave birth to her first child at age 38, a daughter Aaradhya Bachchan on November 16, 2011. Child's father is her husband, Abhishek Bachchan.
Due to her popularity, a second wax statue of Aishwarya was added to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, UK in October 2011. This new statue took inspiration from Ash's look at Cannes in an Ellie Saab gown. The previous one had Aishwarya's statue draped in a sari. It was made exclusively for the Blackpool's new Bollywood world tour.
Aishwarya is the first goodwill ambassador for Smile Train, a charity that works worldwide for children with cleft lip.
Aishwarya has won the esteemed V. Shantaram Award twice: 2009 Best Actress for Jodhaa Akbar and 2003 Best Actress for Devdas. The V. Shantaram Award is voted on by members of the Directors Guild.
The youngest actress to receive the Padmi Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honor, from the Government of India for her contribution to cinema.
Forbes listed her in the 387th position out of 1,411 actors as the most bankable Indian star in Hollywood. (February 2009).
Turned down the role of Neha in Dostana (2008) because she felt that her real life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan wouldn't work well for their characters.
For her 34th birthday, she went to go see Beyonce Knowles in concert in Mumbai.
Her wedding ceremony lasted a total of three days. It was the most awaited and talked about wedding in years and the press followed it like Princess Diana's wedding.
Her wedding invitations were embossed with two entwined As and delivered along with a box of chocolate meringues. Within the invitation was also a poem about new beginnings written by Amitabh Bachchan's father and renowned poet Harivash Rai Bachchan.
About 15 kilos of henna was special ordered from Sojat in Rajasthan for the henna ceremony before her wedding.
Her wax statue at Madame Tussauds Museum in London was borrowed by the museum in New York for six weeks. The statue was flown to New York and made its debut on August 15, 2007, making her the first Indian actress in the American version of the museum.
Was considered for the part of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006).
Director Brett Ratner is a fan of Aishwarya's and he wanted her to be cast in Rush Hour 3 (2007), but she turned down the offer.
Has appeared on more magazine covers worldwide than any other Bollywood or Indian star.
Is the second of five Indian women to win the Miss World title. The first was Reita Faria, who won in 1966. Others include Diana Hayden who won in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999, and Priyanka Chopra in 2000.
Her favorite Western designer is Giorgio Armani. Whenever she is in London, clothes are taken to her hotel for her to choose from.
Is active in various charities and often visits orphanages.
Was invited in 2005 to be a presenter at The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV), but was unable to attend because she was busy filming for The Mistress of Spices (2005).
Twice turned down the lead in the Hindi version of Chandramukhi (2005).
In 2005, Hugh M. Hefner attempted to create and Indian version of Playboy for India, which would feature South Asian women and Indian pop culture articles, but no nudity. He wanted to have Aishwarya on the cover of the first issue. The magazine was rejected.
Is often referred to as "the most beautiful woman in the world".
In January 2007, she announced that she has accepted a marriage proposal from current boyfriend, actor Abhishek Bachchan.
Turned down the part of Malvika Talwar in Baabul (2006).
Came in #1 in Magazine's list of "Top 10 Actresses of 2006".
Has been in seven movies with now husband Abhishek Bachchan, more than with any other actor.
Her Pepsi ad with Aamir Khan was shot in one night during the infamous Bombay riots.
She secured 90% marks in HSC at Ruparel college in Mumbai.
She was the first choice for the role of Jane Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but she turned it down due to filming conflicts.
Is the most photographed woman in India.
Listed #3 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/ 2006).
Caused a day long traffic jam in Dubai, United Arab Emirates while filming a soap commercial. People would stop for hours just to catch a glimpse of their favorite actress. (September 5, 2006)
Listed as number 3 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (, 8-25- 2006)
Good friends with fellow Indian superstar and icon, Madhuri Dixit. The two worked together in the super-hit and widely acclaimed Devdas.
Got her education at Arya Vidya Mandir and DG Ruparel College, both in Bombay, India. She was also accepted into Raheja College of Architecture in Bombay, but never went.
Was considered for the role of Kalyani in Water (2005).
Featured in People Magazine as one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. (Issue May,8,2006)
Is the second Indian actress to appear on the cover of TIME magazine in 2003. The first was Parveen Babi in 1976.
When Karan Johar asked Aishwarya on his talk show which film she wishes she could have been a part of, she responded Khamoshi: The Musical (1996).
Was cast with a small role in Lajja (2001), but was dropped because there were already too many major stars in the film.
Performed to an audience of 85,000 in Melbourne, Australia at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games with 800 backup dancers. (March 2006)
In mid 2001, Aishwarya started work on two films titled Radheshyam Seetaram and Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke. For reasons unknown, filming stopped on these films in February 2002. Filming was never completed and the films have now been shelved. The only glimpse of the movies that exist for the public to see are photographs from the sets and publicity shots.
Turned down the lead in Corporate (2006) because she didn't have any dates available for filming. The role was given to Bipasha Basu.
Was considered for the role of Priya in Krrish (2006).
When President George W. Bush visited India in March 2006, he invited Aishwarya, along with Aamir Khan, to a luncheon. Aishwarya could not attend because she was in Brazil at the time filming for Dhoom 2 (2006).
Turned down the part of Sandhya in Saamna (2006).
Was originally signed on to play the part of Simmi in Bluffmaster! (2005), but was replaced without any notice by Priyanka Chopra. Director Rohan Sippy then gave Aishwarya a "special thanks" in the end credits as an apology.
The first actress from India to get signed on with the American Library Association and also have a poster made of her for schools and library's all across America.
Was voted as E's 7th sexiest celebrity in the world
Roger Ebert has said he considers her the most beautiful actress in the world.
Was voted number 12 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Actresses of the Last 20 Years. (December 2005)
Her favourite film is Casablanca.
In the summer of 2005, Mattel released limited-edition Barbie dolls inspired by Aishwarya and her costumes. They were released only in Britain and sold out within minutes. These dolls are now considered rare collectibles among fans.
Turned down the role of Anna in A Sublime Love Story: Barsaat (2005).
Director Andy Tennant offered her a small part in Hitch (2005), but she was busy filming Bride and Prejudice at the time.
Turned down a small role as Breseis in the film Troy (2004).
When Oprah Winfrey saw Aishwarya's interview on 60 Minutes (1968), she was so fascinated by her that she got a hold of Ash and invited her to be a guest on her show. On April 25, 2005, Aishwarya became the first Indian and South Asian actress to be featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986).
Member of the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
A tulip produced in 2005 was named for her.
Voted #9 in Harpers and Queen magazine's list of the 100 most beautiful women of today. (Harpers and Queen, June 6, 2005)
On January 2nd, 2005, she became the first Indian actress to be interviewed on 60 Minutes (1968).
In 2004, Aishwarya became the first Bollywood and Indian actress to have her own statue at London's Madame Tussauds museum.
Has over 17,000 Web sites dedicated to her.
Has refused to work with Salman Khan after their break-up, in spite of several offers.
Turned down a role in The Myth (2005) due to her touring schedule. The role was eventually given to Mallika Sherawat.
Ran the Olympic-torch relay in June 2004.
Was listed in Time magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world (The 2004 TIME 100).
Has gained a cult following in Pakistan.
Is good friends with actress Preity Zinta.
Has won over 100 awards since 1994 when she was 20.
Won the title of Miss Photogenic in the 1994 Miss World Pageant.
Has a puppy named Sunshine, which was given to her as a gift by friend Vivek Oberoi.
Is a trained classical dancer. She learnt classical dance and music for five years while in her teens.
During the filming of the song 'Dola Re Dola' from the movie Devdas (2002), Aishwarya's ears were bleeding because to the heavy earrings she had to wear, but she continued to perform anyway.
Sued the magazine Star and Style for a sum of Rs 20 million (2 crore) for printing an article claiming that actress Raveena Tandon had caught her and Akshay Kumar in a compromising position at the poolside of a five- star hotel.
After winning the title of Miss World in 1994, the host of the event, Richard Steinmetz, actually asked Aishwarya out. But being a professional, she refused right away.
Shah Rukh Khan recommended her to play Kaurwaki in the film Ashoka the Great (2001). But the director wanted to cast someone who hadn't already been paired with Shahrukh as a leading lady.
Before she was famous, she auditioned to do voice-dubbing for a television serial and was rejected.
Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are the only stars to advertise for both Coca Cola and Pepsi.
Was originally intended for the role of Priya in the film Chalte Chalte (2003).
Is fluent in the languages English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and Urdu.
The first movie star she ever met was Rekha. Aishwarya was still in high school at the time and was a model. While at a grocery store with her mother, Aishwarya was tapped on the shoulder by none other than Rekha herself. Rekha recognized Aishwarya from her modeling ads. She complimented the young Aishwarya on her good looks and wished her all the best.
Turned down the role of Mastani in the film Bajirao Mastani (2005).
Turned down the lead in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003). The role was given to Gracy Singh.
Is an ethnic Bunt, like fellow actors Shilpa Shetty and Sunil Shetty. The Bunts are a South Indian community from Mangalore who mainly speak Tulu, which is Aishwarya's mother tongue.
Gained 20 pounds for Bride & Prejudice (2004) because she didn't want her character to look like a supermodel and also felt that it would add a sense of realism to the character.
The first Bollywood star to appear in Rolling Stone magazine (Issue 932, October 2, 2003)
In April 2003, L'Oréal signed her as its new international brand ambassador (spokesperson).
In a poll conducted by Hello magazine, she was voted the number-one attractive woman of 2003, beating actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Is featured in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Has achieved iconic status all over South Asia.
Was the face of Coca Cola South Asia as well as the Middle East.
Made her first commercial for Camlin pencils when she was in the 9th grade.
Loves collecting watches.
Was originally cast in the role of Jwala in the film The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005), but dropped out before filming started due to contract problems. The role was later given to Ameesha Patel.
Created a frenzy at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival when she arrived at the premiere of her film Devdas (2002) in a coach and wearing a beautiful yellow-orange-embroidered sari.
Despite the fact that she is adorned with jewelry in her music videos and movies, she is apparently not too fond of it.
Has made over 50 music videos in only seven years.
The first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival.
In April 2003, she suffered an accident on the sets of Khakee (2004) when a car driven by a stuntman got out of control, hit her, took her down a crevice, and slammed her into a cactus plant. She broke a bone in one foot and suffered severe cuts, and she was rushed to a hospital. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor safety standards on Bollywood film sets.
Sister of Aditya Rai
Daughter of Vrinda Rai
Ambassador (spokesperson) for Longines watches since 1999.
Runner up, Miss India 1994
Was offered Rani Mukerji's role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
Miss World 1994.
Wanted to study medicine, but circumstances prevented her.