As Aishwarya Rai Completes 25 Years in Bollywood, Here’s a Look at Her Milestone Performances
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Aishwarya Rai making her Bollywood and Indian film industry debut with Mani Ratnam’s “Iruvar”. Since winning the titles of Miss World in 1994, Aishwarya Rai has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India and internationally.
Till date, she graces the screen and her presence prove she deserves the well-earned title as the “most beautiful lady in the world.”
Aish (Aishwarya) made her debut in the Tamil industry with Mani Ratnam’s film “Iruvar”. However, she made her debut in the Bollywood industry with the film, “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya”. Aish has always been in the news for her beauty as well as acting. Her films speak to thespians in many ways and her work manages to touch the hearts of people worldwide.
On the personal front, she married Abhishek Bachchan on 20 April 2007. Moreover, they both have a daughter together, Aaradhya. Ash took a short sabbatical from Bollywood, returning to the screen with Jazbaa in 2015. Her sex appeal made waves in 2016 with Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” proving that age is only a number. Aishwarya Rai still rules the hearts of people; hence the whopping 9 million followers on Instagram and consistent Twitter trends. We are definitely looking forward to her collaboration with mentor Mani again in Ponniyin Selvan.
Today, as she clocks 25 years in the industry, we present to you some of her best works of this exceptional actress.
Madhumitha “Madhu” and Vaishnavi in Jeans
The combination of director S. Shankar’s visuals, AR Rahman’s perfect soundtrack, and innocent, young Aishwarya is simply perfection.
Parvati Chakraborty in Devdas
The film redefined Aishwarya and proved that she could perform in an out-and-out drama effortlessly. Not to mention, she matches up to both Shah Rukh and Madhuri’s acting skills and screen presence.
Amiran (Umrao Jaan) in Umrao Jaan
One of the most opulent JP Dutta outings that present Aishwarya Rai’s grace, beauty, and dancing prowess like no other film.
Nandini Darbar in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Sanjay Leela Bhansali had chosen Miss World Aishwarya Rai to play Nandini, but producers of the film were skeptical whether she would be able to play the character or not since she had a Western face. According to Wikipedia, Aishwarya’s look of a desi girl in ghagra-choli and a plait was suggested by Bhansali, who came up with the idea. The Newfound look of Aishwarya charmed the audiences and the character was a big hit.
Mansi Shankar Manhuja in Taal
One of her early films made her a household name not only in India but also internationally. Her dancing skills were topnotch and she lived and breathed a beautiful small-town girl with a great voice and pride for her family.
Meenakshi in Kandukondain Kandukondain
Aishwarya Ria Bachchan (uff ARB) won hearts as the dreamer who loves poetry and wishes for a knight in shining armor to come and sweep her off her feet.
Kiranjit Ahluwalia in Provoked
Provoked really shows off her acting chops, the result is an incredibly moving film. From an abused wife and mother to an advocate for women and against spousal abuse.
Lalita Bakshi in Bride & Prejudice
In her Hollywood crossover, Aishwarya not only looks stunning but showcases her ability to skin into a Jan Austen adaptation.
Sunehri Priyadarshani Rawat in Dhoom 2
“Are You Like Checking Me Out?” is iconic and for the first time showcases Aish as irresistible, sexy, and completely badass.
Sujata “Suju” Desai in Guru
Sometimes it’s not the screen time but the screen presence that matters. This film and Aishwarya Rai’s Sujata prove that. She just shines as a restless young woman with small dreams that wants to be loved. Not to mention, her chemistry with her now-husband, Abhishek in this film is next level.
Jodha in Jodha Akbar
Very few actresses have the body language and the command of dialogue to play royalty. However, her beauty and grace increase to a whole new level when she adorns traditional attire. Her character of Jodhabai in Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ looked absolutely breathtaking. Adorned in super gorgeous sarees, jewelry, and scorching the screen with her mesmerizing eyes, Aish was the epitome of royalty in the film.
Sofia D’Souza/Sofia Ethan Mascarenhas in Guzaarish
She was art in motion in every frame of this film. Her Sabyasachi clothing added to her wonder and Sofia was the embodiment of old school, vintage romance, and ideals.
Saba Taliyar Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Finally, one of our favorites is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in an ultra-glam and never-seen-before character as Saba Taliyar Khan in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The actor was appreciated for her bold choice to play a romantic partner to Ranbir Kapoor, and their chemistry also grabbed many eyeballs.