in a Tulu speaking Bunt family in Mangalore, Karnataka, on November
1st, 1973, to marine biologist Krishnaraj Rai and housewife Brindya,
Aish has an older brother Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant
After the family moved to Mumbai, Aish
attended Arya Vidya Mandir High School, then went on to study at Jai
Hind College for a year, before joining DG Ruparel College in Matunga.
She had initially planned on becoming an architect, with enrolment in
Raheja College in process, but later dropped out to pursue a career in
Aish started her career
in modelling early when she was in grade nine. Her first assignment was
contracted to Camlin Pencils, whilst simultaneously, pictures of her
taken by a professor at Jai Hind College, were also published in a
In 1991, Aish participated in the Ford Supermodel Contest, earning her the esteemed opportunity to feature in the
Her successful stint with the magazine lead to three more features,
increasing her name in the glamour world. However, her popularity rose
even further when she was presented with an unmissable opportunity to
feature in a Pepsi commercial alongside Aamir Khan.
Pepsi advertisement opened new doors for Aish, where the model became
the face for many other products. These included Lakme, Coke, Lux and
Fuji Films. All the while, Aish continued to pursue her education in
architecture alongside her demanding modeling career.
1994, Aish's popularity rose to an all time high. Participating in
the 1994 Miss India contest, she came in second to Sushmita Sen.
However, the defeat was not long lived as she was crowned Miss World
later that very year, after which, she stopped studying and focused
fully on her modelling, ultimately leading to her entry into the film
Her first film was a Tamil movie by Mani Ratnam, Iruvar (1997), which proved to be a critical success and won many awards. Her Bollywood debut, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997),
in which Aish acted alongside Bobby Deol, was unfortunately a box
office failure. Her first Bollywood hit came in the form Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn.
1999 saw Aish in Taal,
which was a big hit outside of India, but only performed averagely
within the country. In the 2000s, the light eyed beauty acted in the box
office hits Josh and Devdas, both movies had her paired
against Shahrukh Khan. However, the decade bought in it's share of flops
as well, and among them were home production Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Kuch Na Kaho (2003) and Raavan (2010).
cannot deny that Aish's list of successful films outweighs her
unsuccessful endeavours though. The box office darling's hits include Humara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000), Mohabbatein (2000), Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and most recently, Guzaarish (2010).
is well-known that after a a turbulent affair and publicised breakup
with former co-star, Salman Khan, the beauty is currently no longer
available, being happily married to Abhishek Bachchan since 2007. It was
revealed on June 21, 2011, that the happy couple are expecting their
Did you know?
- In 2003, Aish was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival - the first Indian actress to be given the honour.
- A wax figure of Aishwarya was added to the collection at the prestigious Madame Tussad's Wax Museum in 2004.
- She was honoured with the Padma Shri Awards in 2009. The award is the
fourth highest civilian award given by the Government of India
such a list of successes to her name, Aish doesn't intend to stop
anytime soon. Her next film, Ladies and Gentlemen, will be out next
year. BollyCurry wishes her all the best any many more successful
Editors: Anhdara & Jenifer