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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


Nick Name: Aishu
Also Known As: Ash
Date of Birth: November 1, 1973
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Place of Birth: Mangalore, India
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 122 lbs.
Eyes: Blue-Green
Favorite Car:  Mercedes
Favorite Film: Casablanca
Fluent in: English, Hindi , Kannada, Tamil and Urdu
Food habits Not fussy about food at all.
She Loves: Honesty, Family, Friends, Dignity, strength of character, and Chocolates!
She Dislikes: Gossip, hypocrisy & Cockroaches.
Her Dream man: Real!
Idea of Love: What her parents share.
Worst Weakness: Willingness to take people at face value.
Best Strength: Self-assurance.
Best Quality: Genuineness! Nothing about her is plastic.
Philosophy: It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Favorite Perfume: Sporty colognes for the day while working. Exotic, oriental and woody fragrances for the evenings.
Turn On's: Razor sharp intelligence, witty repartees.
Idea of Sexy: A combo of vulnerability and intelligence.
She Admires: Strength of character.
She Believes In: God above everything else and then herself.
Family: Father: Krishnaraj Rai
Mother: Vrinda Rai
Brother: Aditya Rai
Favorite Compliment: A child at an orphanage told her that her warmth over shines her beauty.
Also, that she is "REAL" inside and out.
Favorite Colors: White and Blue
Favorite Actor: A.B., Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor
Favorite Actress: Madhubala & Nargis  
Education: Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz, Bombay, India  
Academic Record: Excellent  
College: DG Ruparel College, Matunga, Bombay, India  
Message: Life's a stage, and we're all characters. So play your part and play it well!

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Early life

Rai was born in Mangalore, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. Her ancestors are from the Bunt community of Mangalore. Her family relocated to Mumbai (Bombay) after her birth. Rai has one elder brother, Aditya Rai who is a film producer. Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir at Santacruz, Mumbai, then entered Jai Hind College, Churchgate, Mumbai for one year and then moved to Ruparel College, Matunga, Mumbai to finish her HSC. She was an A student and was on track to become an architect.

Miss World

While pursuing her studies in architecture, Rai began modelling on the side. In the 1994 Miss India contest, she won the second place behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World. She went on to win the Miss World title the same year, where she also won the Miss Photogenic award. She abandoned her academic education after winning the pageant and spent one year reigning as Miss World in London. Rai then started working as a professional model and then moved on to her current profession as an actress.


International stardom

Aishwarya in a scene from Bride and Prejudice.Devdas, in which Aishwarya 
joined Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, was a 
huge hit, lavishly produced as it was. The film attracted overseas attention 
as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2003, Rai was a member of the jury at Cannes. In 2004, she was chosen 
by TIME Magazine's Asian Edition as one of Asia's "100 Most Influential 
People." Rai was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2, 2005 - 
"The Most Beautiful face in the Bollywood." A month later she appeared on 
the Late Show with David Letterman, and on April 25, 2005, she was 
featured on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment. A wax figure of 
Rai is on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum.

Although frequently the subject of gossip column speculation about an 
imminent Hollywood career, it was only in 2004 that Rai finally acted in a 
foreign film. By an Indian director Gurinder Chadha hired her to play the 
heroine in Bride and Prejudice, a Hollywood-funded but Bollywood-ized 
version of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. The movie 
failed to break even at the US box office but more than made back its cost 
in the rest of the world; as a result, Aishwarya's Hollywood profile rose a 

She appeared at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games 
in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture, on 
behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi.

Personal life

Earlier in her career, Aishwarya had a turbulent relationship with Bollywood star Salman Khan. Since breaking up with Salman, she has been romantically linked with Vivek Oberoi and Abhishek Bachchan. Well now she's married to legendery actor's son,who himself is a superstar..yh Mr.Abhishek Bachchan...they got married on 18th April'07. 

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Early career (1997-1998)

Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil biopic film, Iruvar (1997) withMohanlal.The controversial film was a critical success and won many awards including Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival, two National Film Awards, and two Filmfare Awards South. Rai appeared in dual roles, opposite veteran actorMohanlal, with one of her roles being a cinematic depiction of political leader and ex-actress J. Jayalalithaa. Rai made her Bollywood debut in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya opposite Bobby Deol, which also released that year; the film did not do well at the box office, and was also panned by critics. However, her third project, S. Shankar's Tamil film, Jeans(1998) was a commercial success. The film was also noted for the song "Poovukkul", written by Vairamuthu, and some reviews of the music video compared her to prominent world monuments.

Success (1999-2005)

In 1999 Rai starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam oppositeSalman Khan and Ajay Devgan. The film was centered around Rai's character, Nandini, who is forced to marry Devgan's character despite being in love with another man (Khan), and as her husband tries to get her to her previous love, she eventually falls for him. Rai's portrayal won her critical acclaim, with a review on Rediff.com writing, "Aishwarya looks beautiful as usual... This film will most likely draw her accolades from all over, maybe even get her recognised as an actress the way Manisha Koirala did inKhamoshi. In many scenes, there is no trace of makeup and she looks very fresh". The film also became her first box office success in Bollywood and earned her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for her. In the same year she appeared in Subhash Ghai's Taal, in which she played the role of a young village girl Mansi, who becomes a big Pop star after being hurt by her lover played by Akshay Khanna, the film was an average performer in India but was a big success among the international audience, especially in the United States, where it became the first Indian film to reach the top 20 onVariety's box office list. Her performance in the film was praised with Rediff.comwriting, "After being praised for her looks and acting talent in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Aishwarya has excelled in Taal. She looks etheral and unlike the former film, has a very sober and soft role. Though she looks pained and tragic in most of the film, she does a good job of a woman who is very protective of her father and one who doesn't think twice before rejecting a lover who has insulted her father." She received another Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare for her performance in the film.

In 2000, she appeared in Mansoor Khan's Josh alongside Shahrukh Khan andChandrachur Singh, in which she played a Catholic girl named Shirley who falls in love with the sibling of her Brother's enemy. The film was a commercial success. Later that year she appeared in Satish Kaushik's Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai opposite Anil Kapoor. It was a moderate success and her performance earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination. Later that year she played a supporting role in Aditya Chopra'sMohabbatein alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. The film was a major commercial success and became the second-highest grosser of the year, and it earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination. Later that year, she starred in the Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain, alongside MammootyAjith Kumar andTabu.

In 2002, Rai appeared alongside Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, an adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's famous novel by the same name. She played the role of Paro (Parvati), the love interest of the protagonist, played by Khan. The film received a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. It became the highest-grossing film of the year in both India and overseas, earning a revenue of Rs 390 million domestically. Devdas won numerous awards, including 10 Filmfare Awards, and Rai received her second Filmfare Best Actress Awardfor her performance. In 2003, she acted in Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film Chokher Bali, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel by the same name. She portrayed the character of a young woman called Binodini, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married. That year she also appeared in her home production Dil Ka Rishta alongside Arjun Rampal and Rohan Sippy's Kuch Na Kaho alongside Abhishek Bachchan, none of which succeeded.

In 2004 she appeared in Gurinder Chadha's Bollywood-style English adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenBride and Prejudice alongside Martin Henderson. In the film she portrayed the role of Lalita Bakshi, the film's counterpart of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen's novel. This was followed by Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee alongside Amitabh BachchanAkshay KumarAjay Devgan and Jayapradha, in the film she played a negative role for the first time in her career. In the same year she appeared in in her second film with Rituparno GhoshRaincoat alongside Ajay Devgan. The film was highly acclaimed by the critics, whereas Rai received rave reviews for her performance.

In 2005 she appeared in Shabd a film based on a love triangle alongside Sanjay Duttand Zayed Khan. The film was a box office flop wheraeas it received average reviews from the critics. Her next release that year was Paul Mayeda Berges's The Mistress of Spices based upon the novel The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in which she starred alongside Dylan McDermott. The film received negative review by critics and was also a commercial failure. The same year she made a special appearance in Shaad Ali's Bunty Aur Babli in a hugely popular seven-minute dance sequence for the song "Kajra Re", alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.

Recent work (2006-present)

In the year 2006, Rai starred in J P Dutta's Umrao Jaan, a second film adaptation of theUrdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905), written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa. She portrayed courtesan and poetess by the same name from 19th century Lucknow. The film was a critical and commercial failure, though Rai's work was generally well received. CriticTaran Adarsh wrote, "Aishwarya Rai looks ethereal. She has looked heavenly and performed so convincingly. She emotes through her expressive eyes and the consistency in her performance is evident from start to end". Later that year she appeared as a master thief, Sunheri, in Yash Raj Films's Dhoom 2 directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, with an ensemble cast of Hrithik RoshanAbhishek BachchanBipasha Basuand Uday Chopra. The film turned out to be a blockbuster and became the highest grossing film of the year in India, earning revenues of over Rs 770 million domestically. The film also sparked a controversy for a scene containing a kiss between her andHrithik Roshan. However, Rai's performance in the film received mostly negative reviews with a reviewer on Rediff.com writing, "Ash's character too is all gloss and no depth. You seldom feel any tension in her behaviour and expressions as she accompanies the master thief on potentially dangerous missions. Sunehri enters the film nearly 50 minutes after its opening in a disguise. In no time, she is wearing the flimsiest of clothes. Once she opens her mouth'and she does it two minutes after appearing in the film'she spoils the image. There is no sensuality anymore, and half an hour later, one wonders what made the master thief fall for her. Nonetheless, her performance earned her a sixth nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award.

In 2007 she appeared in Mani Ratnam's Guru as Sujata. Speculated to be based on the life of Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, it was a rag to riches story about an ambitious small town man who ends up as the owner of the biggest corporation in India. The film was premired at the Elgin Theatre in TorontoCanada, making it the first Indian film to have a mainstream international premiere in Canada. The film was critically acclaimed and performed well at the box office. Critical reception for Rai was mixed. While Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India wrote that she is "just okay and fails to register the growth in her character", Rediff.com's Raja Sen described it as "arguably her finest performance, visible especially when she takes over the film's climax." Rai got her seventh Filmfare nomination for Best Actress for the role. In the same year she starred in Jag Mundhra's British film Provoked as Kiranjit Ahluwalia (an NRI woman who killed her abusive husband after facing severe domestic violence) alongside Naveen Andrews. The film was panned by critics and was also a commercial failure, though Rai received positive reviews from critics. In the same year she appeared as a female Indian warrior from Kerala named Mira in Doug Lefler's epic film The Last Legionalongside Sir Ben KingsleyColin Firth and Thomas Sangster. The film was a critical failure.

In 2008, she starred alongside Hrithik Roshan in Ashutosh Gowariker's historical dramaJodhaa Akbar, a partly fictionalised account of the life of Muslim Mughal emperorJalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, played by Roshan and his Hindu wife Jodha Bai, played by Rai. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning revenues of over Rs 590 million domestically. Rai's performance in the film was praised by critics, with Rajeev Masand writing, "Aishwarya Rai is wonderfully restrained and uses her eyes expertly to communicate so much, making this one of her finest outings on screen". She earned her eighth nomination for Best Actress at the Filmfare for her performance. Later that year she co-starred with husband Abhishek Bachchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan inRam Gopal Verma's Sarkar Raj, a sequel to his previous film Sarkar. She played theCEO of a major power company proposing to establish a new power plant in ruralMaharashtra.

In 2009 she appeared in Harald Zwart's spy comedy film The Pink Panther 2 playing the role of criminology expert, Sonia Solandres. Like its predecessor, the sequel received negative reviews from critics and did a moderate business of $75,871,032 worldwide. As of August 2009, she is slated to appear with Rajinikanth in the Tamil movie Endhiran, directed by S. Shankar,with Vikram in Mani Ratnam's next film, Ashokavanam which is also to be simultaneously made in Hindi, titled Raavan, with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. She will also appear in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish opposite Hrithik RoshanVipul Shah's Action Replay opposite Akshay Kumar, Abhinay Deo's next film produced by Farhan Akhtar and Vishal Bharadwaj's next directorial venture.

In 2009 Rai was awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions to Indian cinema. In the same year she refused to accept the second-highest Order Of FranceOrdre des Arts et des Lettres as her father was suffering from serious illness, and she wanted her whole family to attend the award function. She is only the fourth Indian actor after Amitabh BachchanNandita Das and Shahrukh Khan to be chosen for an Order Of France. In June 2009, she was declared the Female Star of The Decade at the tenth International Indian Film Academy Awards held in Macau.


In 1999 Rai participated in a world tour called the Magnificent Five along with Aamir KhanRani MukerjiAkshaye Khanna and Twinkle Khanna. In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.

Rai is the brand ambassador for The Eye Bank Association of India's nationwide campaign to promote eye donation in India.

In 2004 she travelled to Siachen Glacier, which at a height of 13000 ft is the highest battlefield in the world, to boost the morale of the jawans for a special New Yearepisode on the NDTV show, Jai Jawan.In 2005, she became a brand ambassador forPulse Polio, a campaign established by the Government of India in 1994 to eradicatePolio in India.

In February 2005, Rai performed at the HELP! Telethon Concert to help raise money for the victims of 2004 tsunami earthquake in company with other Bollywood stars.In 2008 she along with her family laid the foundation of a special school for underprivilged girls in the Daulatpur village in Uttar Pradesh. The school will be made by her family and is going to be named after her.

She appeared along with various other Bollywood actors at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In Summer 2008, Rai joined her husband and father-in-law along with Preity Zinta andRitesh Deshmukh on the Unforgettable World Tour. The first leg of the tour covered the USA, Canada, London, and Trinidad. The second leg of the tour will most likely happen by the end of this year 2008. Amitabh's company AB Corp Ltd. along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd are behind the concert.

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Most of Aishwarya's films are in Hindi, except where noted below.

Heroine (2011)...ANNOUNCED
Ladies and Gentlemen (2011)...ANNOUNCED
Endhiran (2010)...Sana
Guzaarish (2010)...Sophie
Action Replay (2010)...Mala
Ravaana (2010)...Ragini
Guru (2006) ... Sujata
Jodha-Akbar (2006) ) ... Jodha Bhai
Dhoom 2 (2006) ... Sunehri
The Last Legion (2006)  ... Mira (in English)
Umrao Jaan (2006) ... Umrao Jaan
The Heart of India (2006) ... Mumtaz Mahal
Provoked (2006) ... Kiranjit Ahluwalia (in English)
Mistress of Spices (2005) ... Tilo (in English)
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) ... ("Kajre Re" song) (item number)
Shabd (2005) ... Antara Vashisht
Bride & Prejudice (2004) ... Lalita Bakshi (in English)
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na (2004) ... Diya Malhotra
Raincoat (2004) ... Neerja/Neeru
Khakee (2004) ... Mahalaxshmi
Kuch Naa Kaho (2003) ... Namrata Shrivastav
Chokher Bali (2003) ... Binodini (in Bengali)
Dil Ka Rishta (2003) ... Tia Sharma
Shakti: The Power (2002) ... ("Ishq Kameena" song) (item number)
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002) ... Special Appearance (song)
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002) ... Komal Rastogi
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) ... Special Appearance
Devdas (2002) ... Parvati ('Paro')
Albela (2001) ... Sonia
Mohabbatein (2000) ... Megha
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000) ... Sahiba Gareval
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) ... Preeti Virat
Josh (2000) ... Shirley
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) ... Meenakshi (in Tamil)
Mela (2000) ... Champakali
Sanam Tere Hain Hum (2000) ... Special Appearance (Song)
Ravoyi Chandamama (1999) ... Special Appearance (Song) (in Telugu)
Taal (1999) ... Mansi
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) ... Nandini
Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) ... Pooja Walia
Jeans (1998) ... Madhumitha/Vaishnavi (in Tamil)
...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997) ... Ashi Kapoor
Iruvar (1997) ... Pushpa/Kalpana (in Tamil)

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Julia Roberts – "Aishwarya Rai is the most beautiful woman in the world"

Roger Ebert(film critic)- "Aishwarya Rai is not just the first, but also the second most beautiful woman in the world"

Rekha – "Among the models I admire, I find Aishwarya is the best. I disagree with the media that she is 'plastic'. I find her very expressive.

Linda Evangelista(Supermodel) – "She's stunningly beautiful."

Shobha De – "I think Aishwarya Rai is quite a star."

Shah Rukh Khan – "It's sad that things didn't work out with Ash in Chalte Chalte. But believe me, I bear no ill will towards her. I feel very proud of the fact that when you go to London, France, Germany, the only two Indian names people recognise are Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan has been there for so many years and he's wonderful. But Aishwarya Rai is our contemporary, younger than many of us. She's perhaps done less work than me and to still be the international face of Indian cinema is great."

Shah Rukh Khan(on the Chalte Chalte controvery) – "See, people will keep saying that I don't work with her because I'm Shah Rukh Khan and supposedly a big star and powerful enough to say no to her. Yes, I didn't want to work with her for a year. And it wasn't for any reason I can attribute to her. It's just that I felt embarrassed after what happened. "

Rekha – "I will fight for her like a tigress if need be. She looks unbelievable in the promos of Umrao Jaan. I don't know how it will do commercially. But I'm hoping and praying that this film does for Aishwarya Rai what Umrao Jaan did for Rekha, and more. My heart goes out to Ash. She's been around for so long and yet not been there. That's how it was with me…until I did Umrao. It seemed improbable that a Tamilan girl talking Urdu would work. Similarly this South Indian girl should realize her potential in Umrao. She doesn't need to go to Hollywood to prove herself. She's our own. Why Bride & Prejudice? Who are these people from outside trying to tap Ash's potential? She's our treasure. It's time we acknowledge her.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali - "Most of Ash is lost in her beautiful face. So directors keep focusing on that and her acting skills aren't put to use. She is a director's actress. I believe I have brought out the best in Ash. She is a wonderful friend, and we get along like a house on fire. We can chat for hours, or not say a word, and be comfortable."

John Abraham – "Honestly when you think of beauty, you think of Aishwarya Rai."

Bipasha Basu – "Besides, to be successful, one needs to be content in life. Today, if I want to be Aishwarya Rai, I cannot be her. The same stands true for Aishwarya [to be Bipasha]," says the actress. "

Akshay Kumar – It's been a beautiful experience(on working in Khakee.) There was an unfortunate accident during "Khakee". Too much has been said and written about what I did to help her and Tusshar Kapoor after the mishap. So I don't want to talk about it, except to say that I did only what was right."

Salman Khan - she is a good girl. Respects her parents. I am a bad boy."

Ismail Merchant - Aamir Khan has great potential, as does Shah Rukh Khan. As for Aishwarya Rai, they worshipped her in Cannes last year.

Rajkumar Santoshi – "I couldn't have imagined anyone making a more convincing Mahalaxmi. It's one of the most interesting women characters one has seen in recent times," elaborates the director of Khakee.

Sushmita Sen – "I think there is definitely a very huge price to pay when you are as beautiful as Aishwarya Rai is. There is huge price to pay when your entire projection has always been that of perfection. So even if the poor girl does something, as sneeze in public, it's news, and it's bad news… So I really wish that media would give Aishwarya Rai a break because I think a girl goes through a lot of pressure all the time from everybody from the Madame Tussauds, to the world press, to English movies etc. It just like that the world is expected out of Aishwarya Rai. She is just a girl, she will take her time and I am sure she will come out of it."

Sushmita Sen - 'I am proud of Aishwarya. She has given every Indian a reason to be proud. "

Pooja Batra – "The way Ash has come up and taken the entire world by storm is a good thing for all of us Indian girls."

Beyonce – ""I'm a fan of a few Bollywood films. I have seen Devdas and Lagaan , both great films. I loved Devdas — the actress was amazing! I cried towards the end of the film," she reveals."

Sanjay Leela Bhansali – ""It's the past now. A lot of incidents happen in life that ideally shouldn't, so we'd rather not mull over it, over and over again. I can't undo what happened, neither can Aishwarya, but we can look past it, and we've done that. I'm glad the misunderstanding happened, because we are closer to each other today. That does not mean that all my future films will have Ash but, yes, if there's a story that needs her, I know she'll be there."

Dino Morea – "I wouldn't mind being bodyguard to a lot of ladies, actually. But, yes, I find Jennifer Lopez very pretty and like her a lot. I'd like to be JLo's bodyguard! Coming back home – it would be Aishwarya,"

Karan Johar – On Ash's appearance on Koffee with Karan "Aishwarya was a tough cookie. She was unflappable. That's what's beautiful about her. The way she handled me was perfect."

Viviek Oberoi – "Of course she has a beautiful face but she's even more beautiful inside. in her soul. I also admire the dignity and strength with which she lives her life"

Atul Kasbekar(photographer) – "She's stunning. You can put your light anywhere and shoot her, and she'll look good. There are very few people who land on this planet genuinely believing they've come with a certain destiny. They are the chosen few. I'm willing to wager that Aishwarya genuinely believes that God has given her so much that she shouldn't fritter it away., Again, I say this in the most positive way,.She may not say this aloud, but Aishwarya has, from day one, known where she's headed and worked towards it."

Zayed Khan - "For lack of better words, Aishwarya is truly fantastic. It doesn't happen often to too many people, but I can say that I'm a firm believer in God. I made a wish to work with her, and He made it come true for me. I don't know how someone can know Aishwarya and not like her. After knowing her, I realised what a wonderful person she actually is, and I'm glad I saw that side of her, or else it would have been a complete disappointment."

Gurinda Chadha(director of Bride and Prejudice) – ""I think she's going to be very particular about showing her body and about any kind of physical, intimate scenes. Because she's a good Indian girl at heart."

Martin Henderson(co star Bride and Prejudice) - "I have a soft spot for her. It's not because of her beauty,though she is very beautiful. I like the side that isn't seen.The real Ash is a sweet girl. She reminds me of an old fashioned movie star-So glamorous… I think I was lucky to get to know a side of Ash that alot of people never see,I mean the image of Ash is this huge movie star which she is in India is one thing,and I think that was compelling,but you know I was lucky to spend time with her and get to know the other side of her which is a really sweet,very sensitive,and really loveable person,she giggles a lot"

Sneha Ullal – "Aishwarya Rai is the complete Indian beauty and it's a huge compliment when I am compared to her.

Abhishek Bachchan (on KNK shooting experience) – "A huge mob kept chasing us around Nariman Point. It was so frustrating because we could not get any work done, but it was also a good ego boost. But then I would look over to my right and see Ash and realise why they were all there."

Rituparno Ghosh – "I was never interested in her as a person. But during the shooting of Chokher Bali I got to know her as an extremely emotional and intelligent person. She has the rare ability of surrendering to the director."

Simi Garewal – "Ash is as beautiful inside as she is outside. It's difficult for people to digest that. So they conveniently conclude the sweet exterior hides a devious inner life."

Keira Knightley – "I've heard that Aishwarya Rai is the most beautiful woman in the world,"

Emraan Hashmi – "a conventional looker like Ash would be my idea of sinful beauty."

Divya Dutta – "The minute Ash walks in, we are transported into another time zone".

Priyanka Chorpa(on who is the face of India) - "Aishwarya Rai is. Look at her beauty and popularity! It crosses geo-political boundaries. I've a long way to go before I can be considered the face of India."

Preity Zinta – "It's great; nobody is making a hue and cry about going to Hollywood. Ash is doing films there, she's beautiful and talented and I hope she makes a mark for herself. I hope she opens the doors for Indians on a global platform. I'm happy and excited for her and I wish her all the best. Entertainment is becoming global."

Sanjay Leela Bhansali – "Aishwarya is one of the most intelligent persons I've met. Her grasping power is extraordinary. She is all there. Always. Thinking. Questioning. She does her homework in the car on her way to the set. She is very graceful too. Even if I asked her to run down the stairs, she would do it so rhythmically that I would be awe-struck. I didn't have to work too much on her."

Hrithik Roshan – "I've just started working with Ash. She's looking stunning. It's very nice working with someone who is so beautiful, talented, down-to-earth and easy to talk to. Let's hope we can live up to the expectations."

Sanjay Gadhvi(Director, Dhoom 2) – "Aishwarya is not only extremely beautiful and attractive but also very sexy, hot and immensely talented. And there's nothing that's come in the way of her progress – no audiences' mental blocks, no over-expectations, no nothing. Ash's oomph has added to the sexiness of Dhoom 2. The truth is that the camera just loves Ash."

Hrithik Roshan – "I have to say that I had judged her wrong. I felt really foolish at that…Sometimes beauty just takes over so much of the other talents. She's someone with a lot more mettle than just what shows on her face. I was quite shocked to see the kind of intelligence she lends to her characters. It was quite a task matching up to the world's most beautiful face. In 'Akbar Jodha' I will make sure that I take my character very seriously, and turn the tables on her so that she will be inspired by me, just as I was by her in 'Dhoom 2".

Will Smith – "She has a powerful energy. She doesn't have to say anything, she doesn't have to do anything. Whatever she wants to make, I'm there." … "I really wanted to work with her in Hitch but she was shooting for Bride and Prejudice at the time and she couldn't do it," he said.

Will Smith – ''She's the mould that God made the first woman from.''

Stunt coordinator Steve Griffin - "Because of her dance history, she moves well and remembers choreography easily. We put a sword in her hand and she just flowed, the next thing was to tet her aggression up to make it look like she would kill somebody. I believe her to be a natural born action hero."

Fight choreographer Dion Lam (Spider-man 2, The Matrix 1, 2 and 3) - "Aishwarya is faster than any other actress I've ever taught. Very smart and intelligent. If she does action films, she will become a true super-hero."

Rajiv Menon – Director of Photography (Guru), Director (Kandukondain Kandukondain) - "On the whole I personally believe that you always have to light your heroine like a queen and this is not very difficult with an actor like Aishwarya Rai. What was important was to make her look touchable. So the skin would always look light and not overdiffused. A little bit of shine and a little bit of grease actually helped."

Preity Zinta - "What is unfortunate when you are an actress is that everyone thinks they have access to you personal life. Take Ash as a case in point, why is everyone on this hate mail trip as far as she is concerned? I know one thing about her that she has conducted herself with such dignity, whatever her position in the numbers game. And people are out judging her in the newspapers and magazines and formulating and airing opinions without even knowing her or what she is going through. I was so disturbed yesterday when I read something on the internet that I actually posted something on the site and asked everybody to back off. I feel protective. Besides, today it is her, tomorrow it might be me."

Urmila Matondkar – "Age is no bar … Aishwarya Rai who has crossed 30 is getting more films. In fact, film actresses become more popular after crossing the age of 30."

Akshaye Khanna - "When someone asked me about the kind of woman I would like to marry, I simply said that she would be someone like Ash. She is talented and beautiful, anyone would like to marry a woman like her."

Skah rukh khan: "now the tulip will never smell as sweet by any other name, you will have to know it by Aishwarya Rai"

Meghna Kothari(co star Bride and Prejudice) – "I remember the song we four sisters in the film had to sing. Ash and me were hugging and swinging around. For a moment, I lost my balance because I got lost looking into her eyes! Suddenly, I thought of Devdas and Ash on that jhula. She is so gorgeous; for a moment, I was taken aback."

Preity Zinta – "Aishwarya.I get along very well with her. I was on the world tour with her three years ago from then we became very close friends. Despite the fact that she's on top she is very down to earth. Success never goes to her head, her head is always on her shoulders. I have worked with other actresses and get along with Manisha, she is very nice and Mahima is like my elder sister she is sweet and I love her. Rani and I work well and, I'm friends with Gracy and Priyanka but we don't go to each others houses or call each other. The only actress I visited at her home or called sometimes is Aish . This year when she returned from her world tour we were on the same flight we chatted and had a great time. When her leg broke, I visited her. I recently went to her brother's wedding. Aishwarya is the only close friend I had."

Gulzar (Kajra Re lyricist) – "A lot of songs become successes. But only few become a rage. I now so many people who keep going back to 'Kajra re' because of Aishwarya's dance. The song was a success more because of Aishwarya's dance than my words."

Mani Ratnam - "I was quite happy with what Ash did in Irruvar. I thought she was quite remarkable, given that it was her first film and in a language (Tamil) that she did not know. In Guru she was speaking Hindi, so it must have been much easier on her. She has done the role with a lot of dignity and poise. She remained very close to the character and has done it with ease. In a film that is based on Guru she stands tall and strong."

Vidya Balan - "Aishwarya was a dream co-star… an absolute delight, and someone I look up to. To even suggest she had my role cut is so ridiculous. I was aware of the extent of my role from the start. I did Guru for the pleasure of working with Mani. There are moments in the film where Aishwarya needed to reach out to me emotionally. She did it so spontaneously she won me over."

Vaibhavi Merchant(choreographer) – "I feel Ash and I are lucky for each other. We did 'Aankhonki gustakhiyaan', 'Dil dola re' and 'Kajara re' together, all of which have been big hits. In Umrao Jaan we've had a lot of fun working together, although I still feel Devdas was the toughest project I've ever undertaken, especially the diya sequence. Ash has been trained in Bharat Natyam, not Kathak, but most of the steps in Umrao Jaan came from Kathak. However, she picked up the steps quite well, she even did a 15-minute sequence at a stretch. Though she was sceptical at first about being able to do it, she managed well finally."

Bipasha Basu – "In Bollywood, I like Kajol, Manisha Koirala and Tabu. Also Aishwarya Rai, who I feel, is a complete actress, just like old-time actresses."

Abhishek Bachchan – "I was dreading this flight to Mauritius.We were going to shoot the title song Kuch Na Kaho. I said Oh God please dont let me sit next to her…..She was right next to me and I said this is it, I am finished. The woman sleeps like a Ms.World as well, I mean she sleeps perfectly (imitates her posture)…and she is out. I couldnt sleep the entire flight because I was petrified that she is going to wake up in the middle of the night for some water and I'm going to be like (imitates himself) {laughs}..She is never going to want to romance me after that in the song. The next time she sees me like in a romantic scene she is going to see this troll sleeping next to her!"

Santosh Sivan – "it's so easy to judge her until you meet her then you get the real picture."

Vidya Balan – "Aishwarya Rai is the epitome of grace; I admire the way she conducts herself. She is by far the most dignified woman I've ever met in my life. She is humble to the core.

Vidya Balan – "Aishwarya Rai banged on my door,walked right in and said "Thought I should drop in and say Hi" I was blown away by her warmth.There was no need for her to have done that.She is Aishwarya Rai for god's sake. But the beauty of her is that she is so level-headed and normal. I just love Ash.It is ridiculous to say that she is insecure about me.She has been here for too long and achieved too much. Come on yaar what is she going to be insecure about?"

Sabyasachi Mukherjee (designer) – If Aishwarya Rai walks down the ramp in a certain sari, you'd have one million web requests the next day for the very same sari. It's juvenile not to accept that.

Mickey Contractor(make up artist) – My best work so far has been with Ash in bits of Taal and Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, Rani in K3G, and Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Bekhudi. I have wanted to do the Kajre Re look on Ash for a long time. She has done films without make-up, like Mani Ratnam's films, but never in commercial cinema. That too, this was an item number.

Kangana Ranaut: "I just can't stop looking at her. She's gorgeous. I wonder how anyone can be so beautiful. I'm dying to see her in "Umrao Jaan". What a fabulous birthday gift she has received from J.P. Dutta."

Madhavan – "Though I don't follow Bengali I saw Ritu's Chokher Bali and flipped for Ash. If only he'd make me look half as good."

Divya Dutta - "I always imagined her to be snooty. But one day when I was sitting quietly in a corner, she came up to me and inquired after my health. She is a caring person and shares a brilliant rapport with everyone," says Divya.

Sir Ben Kingley - "It was a pleasure working with Aishwarya in The Last Legion, and her fans are in for a big surprise. She is an excellent and outstanding actor. She is a shining example of beauty from India and I'm sure we will be seeing her in more Hollywood movies real soon,"

Amitabh Bachchan - "Aishwarya is my son's choice and our choice as well, and we are very happy with that. She's a simple, traditional and a home-loving individual, warm and endearing. Her inner beauty is far greater than her much-renowned outer beauty. Abhishek's choice shall be our choice and our happiness," he says.

Will Smith – "I would do anything that Aishwarya Rai will be part of. I love her so."

Preity Zinta – "Out of Kareena, Rani and Aishwarya, Aishwarya's my favourite, because I did a world tour with her and enjoyed working with her. Also, I've worked with her for years, and we have a good equation, whether my film's a hit or flop, or whether hers becomes a hit or flop, nothing changes. Some people, when their film becomes a hit, they become too arrogant to speak and when their film flops, they're full of love. Aish hasn't changed from the day I met her."

Karan Johar – "Abhishek is luckier. Ash is a rare combination of beauty and dignity. She's not that lucky. He's luckier to have her."

Leena Yadav, director of Shabd – "Well, I think Ash has her brand of sensuality which is dignified and tasteful."

Shreya Ghoshal – "I met Aishwarya several times during the film and she was just wonderful. Extremely polite and charming.

Vaibhavi Merchant – "After Madhuri Dixit, Ash is the only dancer who can carry off classical as well as folk dance with grace. She can express very well. Rarely can someone dance and express well. Some people are technically fantastic but don't have expressions going for them. Ash is a balanced performer; one of the best dancers today."

Minissha Lamba – "She's the only woman who has handled every crisis in her life with utmost dignity and poise. Whether it was the highs or the lows, she's always held her own and always been so dignified."

Kiranjit Ahluwalia – "When I heard Aishwarya Rai is going to play my character I was very pleased. Of course I had seen her films, like Devdas. She's so beautiful and such a good actress."

Colin firth – "She is a beautiful and talented person. It was a great experience working with her," Firth said excitedly.

Deepika Padukone - Critics believe, you'll be the next Aishwarya Rai? "Super. She's my icon, I would love to be like her.''

Shiamak Davar - "I love Abhishek and Aishwarya, not because they are stars but for the kind of people they are. Whenever they come to my institute, they spend more time talking to the crew and the people around than with me. I like people who give respect to others around them, despite their status, that means a lot to me,"

Ben Kingsely - "It was a pleasure working with Aishwarya in The Last Legion, she's a shining example of raw Indian beauty and more importantly she fits the role of Mumtaz well."

Vidya balan - '' she's the epitome of grace. We hardly had scenes together in Guru. But on many occasions I felt she was my sister. I truly admire the way she conducts herself. Even her sneeze is written about. That can't beeasy.''

Claude Lelouch – 'I think Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is magnificent!'

Abhishek Bachchan – "Being married to Aishwarya is like being married to your best friend. She's someone I love spending time with and I think that is one of the most basic criteria one should consider before getting married to the one you love."

Hrithik Roshan – "Aishwarya is one of the most selfless actors I've ever worked with. She gives her heart and soul to every film she works on and always aims at looking at the larger picture. She has always done what is best for the film as a whole, not just for her part or her character in the film. As I said, she is a totally selfless actor and it is an absolute treat working with her."

Ashutosh Gowariker - "Aishwarya is the most professional actress I've worked with. She never brings any guests to the sets, or even her cell phone for that matter. To me, she is the quintessential princess… Straight out of Amar Chitra Katha… The distressed princess waiting in her chamber… Aishwarya has the elegance and the beauty. Calling her beautiful is an understatement."

Sonu Sood - "One of the most striking things about Aishwarya is that she's a thoroughbred professional and a dedicated actress. I have played Aishwarya's brother in Jodhaa Akbar, It's been great working with Aishwarya. If I had to recollect a specific scene that I will always cherish, it would have to be the swordfight. It was brilliant for many reasons. First, it was superbly directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and second, having Aishwarya as my opponent in the scene turned out to be fantastic. Whatever she does, she does with supreme grace and dignity."

Sanjay Leela Bhansali – "Aishwarya will always be very special for me. On camera, my God, she generates so much power. Her eye colour changes according to the mood of the scene. There was no sense of oneupmanship between her and Madhuri during Devdas. No negative, looking-over-theshoulder kind of attitude. I'd love to work with Ash again. She's as capable of bringing out the best in me as I am. We're bonded beyond films. After the fire on the set of Black, she was one of the first people to call me. She put aside our differences and connected with me when I was in distress…"

Peeya Rai Choudhary - "She's one of warmest, most supportive, most geniune people I've worked with. As an actress, she's constantly learning and never content with her performance. As a person, she doesn't believe in getting too close to someone within a very short span of time. Namrata, Meghna, Sonali and I lived with her for almost a month in London during the making of Bride And Prejudice and we had a blast. She is a very down-to-earth girl at heart."

Mickey Contractor(make up artist) - "I've known Aishwarya since she took her baby steps in the world of fashion modelling. I've worked with her since her first Hindi film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya to her most recent releases. I even dressed her for her marriage, so I've been an intergral part of her professional and personal life. She's amazingly unfazed in the thickest of commotion. A calamity make strike yet Aishwarya will be the most calm person around. I admire her logical thinking in tough situations. She has no airs whatsoever. As an actress, her potential is still untapped, I think."

Ram Gopal Varma – "In Sarkar Raj, Aishwarya plays a very strong part with negative shades. I'm completely changing her image, cutting her beauty down. And she's shocked me with her performance. Without too many rehearsals and certainly without attending any pre-shoot workshop, she stood up to Amitjiand Abhishek in every scene. She will shock audiences. Nobody would expect a looker like her to portray such a dark character. I want to project her as the opposite of what Sanjay Bhansali did. Her beauty won't be enhanced by filters and lighting. She'll be totally without make-up. That's when I think she looks her best.

Hrithik Roshan - "I can't dispute that. It's so true. Ash and I share a fabulous rapport. It's always fun to work with a co-star who isn't selfish. We both gave so much of ourselves to Jodhaa Akbar. Aishwarya has been one of my most helpful co-stars. I really cherish working with her. She is an incredible actor and an even better co-star. And since all three of us-Abhishek, Aishwarya and I-are friends; we've great fun even when not shooting."

Jay Sean – '' And also of course there are some very beautiful Indian girls like Aishwarya Rai [of Bride & Prejudice]. She's a stunning girl.''

Manwa Naik(co star BnP) – "Ash was like an elder sister to us. She never made us feel out of place for being new in the industry. She welcomed us and took really good care of us on the sets and made us feel quite comfortable with her hospitality."

Shyam Benegal – "Kareena and Ash are the actresses, who have proved it that along with captivating looks, they are also capable of terrific portrayals. They have, in fact, emerged as very strong performers today. I would really like to work with them.''

Alisha Chinai(Singer) "I have sung only one song for Aishwarya. But look at the impact."

JAGMOHAN MUNDHRA – ''She has extremely expressive eyes that speak from her soul. She is able to show her emotions without using words to spell out her feelings. I found her brilliant in her technical knowledge of the camera; her intuition and experience whilst giving shots is excellent. I remember when she first heard the story and the concept of the film she was immediately very keen to do the project and made special allowances by shortening her personal holiday to give me dates. Her complete trust in me added a burden on my shoulders which I appreciated and I am glad that I was able to live up to her expectations. I hope the world is able to see beyond her beauty.''

Shweta Bhardwaja – "I am obsessed with her and was very sad to know that she got married," said the 21-year-old, adding "If I would have been a boy, I would have definitely married her."

Rituparno Ghosh -''I think I share a special bond with Aishwarya. We have done two films together and we connected very well. Soha, Koko (Konkona Sen Sharma) and Abhishek are like kids to me because I am so close to their parents. But Ash is different. She is practical, understanding, sensitive and very, very intelligent. Nowhere close to the fancy prima donna she is made out to be.''

Deepika Padukone – ''From the female lead, only Aishwarya Rai at the moment is dominating in Bollywood having come from the modeling background. A few more like Dia Mirza, Celina Jaitley and Sushmita Sen too have made a mark. Will you be as lucky as they are?
Hopefully. Ash is someone I definitely look up to. She is someone I've really learnt a lot from and I used to watch her endorsements, her films and her modeling career right from the time she started off when I was very little and young. I also remember watching her when she won the Miss World. If my career goes the same way as Aishwarya's, it's going to be a huge compliment for me.''

Hema Malini – '' I don't know how she is in her personal life. But I believe that unless you are good from inside, the beauty will not show on your face."

Bipasha Basu - "No filmmakers of Hollywood are willing to sign any Bollywood actor without a screen test apart from Aishwarya. They seem to know no Hindi film actors, not even Amitabh Bachchan,"

Bipasha Basu - "I am intelligent enough to realise that women are always secondary in this male dominated industry. Look at the way Shah Rukh Khan, Salman and Aamir are still going strong. But we actresses can never even dream of such an inning. The only actress in Bollywood who has been able to beat this system is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. You can call it her luck or just being at the right place at the right time, but the fact is that she has achieved this feat. In fact her fame goes beyond Bollywood as she is the only one who is recognised in Hollywood. This is something, which can't be said for even SRK or Big B."

Madhuri –'' It was wonderful. Even when we did the film together, we had bonded well. And I believe dance brings people closer. Aishwarya is a very sweet person . And doing Dola re with her did bring back some pleasant memories of the days when we shot for Devdas together. Dola re is a very beautiful song for which a lot of energy and movements are needed. Shiamak Davar has choreographed it all over again and it was a pleasure doing the number with the same energy that was required the first time around. There were a lot of dancers and several new movements. People loved it.''

Deepika Pandukone –'' I admire the way Ash has handled her career. It's not been easy for her as she's always faced a lot of criticism and speculation, which is absolutely unfair. I know what she is going through and what she could be feeling. At the same time she's always dealt with it boldly and kept smiling through it. If I am compared to her, it's truly a compliment to me.''

Madhuri – She adds, "I was also watching Aishwarya perform after long. I must say, Ash has matured so much as a dancer since we last danced together for Devdas. She's getting better and better. ''

Rituparno Ghosh – "So was the case with Aishwarya Rai. She hadn't done serious roles until Choker Bali and Raincoat. But after that, she got recognition for her versatility and was offered more films from different genres."

Brendan Fraser – '' I haven't seen any Bollywood films, But I have heard about them. And I do know of Aishwarya Rai.''

Ana Singh – "There's going to be no Aishwarya Rai for 200 hundred years. She inspires me to go beyond myself."

Rudradeep Chakraborty – '' Ash, as beautiful as the Taj, is a perfect choice for Humayun's Tomb. It helps that she just played a Mughal queen, so there will be a brand familiarity. I hope she always visits the tomb in her Jodhaa costumes. And she must surely ask careless couples not to write their names on the wall. They will surely listen to her.''

Kabir Bedi – "She is the best known of the Bollywood group. I'd say that Aishwarya has done a remarkable job of marketing herself very well there,"

Nicole Kidman – '' I'm a fan of Aishwarya Rai and her film Bride & Prejudice. I got to meet Aishwarya for the first time at the 2005 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World dinner held in New York City. I think she's beautiful! I cannot comment on the industry, but I like the emotions and the dance that the Indian movies involve.''

Kareena Kapoor - "I love the way she carries herself and the roles she's choosing after marriage. I'd like to follow that pattern when I get married."

Katrina Kaif –'' I think Aishwarya is extremely talented. I like the way she conducts herself. I enjoy her movies and I think she is an icon of Indian cinema. I think Aishwarya is cool.''

Deepika Padukone – 'Undoubtedly, it's Aishwarya Rai who has been invigorating my spirits. Well, she has been a model right before commencing her career as an actress and these attributes gets us closer'.

Kareena Kapoor – "Aishwarya Rai has become has become very particular after marriage with Abhishek Bachchan. She has a vivacious personality and ravishing smile. She manages her personal and professional life very well. She is also very particular about filmmakers and directors with whom she wants to work."

Freida Pinto – ''The only Bollywood film person they know of there is Aishwarya Rai.. she is very famous.''

Dev Patel – ''I have a crush on all Bollywood actresses, especially Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone. I am too star struck.''

Zeenat Aman - "Aishwarya is a global diva… she is gorgeous and very talented… enormously talented."

Rituparno Ghosh – "For some sequences, I would consult her before retaining it in the script. She was extremely particular about her continuity details. She made notes in her copy of the script. Her hairdresser and make-up person helped her work out details before she faced the camera. Her major obstacle in becoming one with her character, Binodini was her stardom. But she overcame that to give a memorable performance."

Rituparno Ghosh – "A lot of people are waiting for her [Aishwarya] to fail. In my opinion, Ash has not only given one of her finest performances but also one of the best in cinema. She will be remembered in Chokher Bali not only because she is Aishwarya Rai but also because she has become Tagore's Binodini."

Shamshad Begum – ''And I was really touched when a young girl like Aishwarya Rai came and met me."

Salman Khan – ''Dragging somebody's name with whom I have no connection, and who is happily married to a nice guy, is not just embarrassing, but disgusting. Relationships work and sometimes they don't, that's life.''

Ana Singh - '' You're not just a star, but a constellation of stars for inspiration.''

Hema Malini- "Whoever is on top is the dreamgirl. I feel it is Aishwarya Rai,"

Sanjay Leela Bhansali says, "Aishwarya Rai is a perfect face. With make-up, without make-up, you just can't go wrong with her!"

Mallika Sherawat - '' Ash makes waves all her own. She's one of a kind!"

Jagmohan Mundra on Ash's performance in Jodhaa Akbar - "She is fabulous in the film. She is the epitome of dignity, pride a nd feminine grace. After watching the film, I messaged her, conveying how much I liked her performance. I am a Marwari from Rajasthan and could completely see a Rajput princess in her."

Ashutosh Gowariker – ''Aishwarya, for me, belongs to a fairytale. She is a quintessential princess and by far one of the finest actresses we have. She is extremely professional.''

Shiamak Davar – "I would love to have her as she is the best and we go back a long way. I have been her teacher and worked closely with her on TAAL and numerous stage shows. For me she is a true blend of total perfection, total beauty and a complete performer. It would have been ideal if her busy schedule would have permitted her to do this show. I would have been the happiest person".

Priyanka Chopra – '' God must have taken a vacation to make Aishwarya Rai. We mortals were made in a day."

Javed Akhtar – "Aishwarya is beautiful, but she is not being cast because she is a classic beauty. It is more her personality that comes through. Nobody can really know someone like Aishwarya. There are layers to her personality apart from certain amount of vibrancy. I think Aishwarya is perfect for Amiran's character."

Rekhaa - "She was fabulous in Sanjay Bhansali's Devdas. Everyone wondered how she would compare to Suchitra Sen's performance as Paro in Bimal Roy's Devdas. But, I'm sure comparisons with me will stop after Umrao Jaan is released. I think she will do ample justice to the role which I'm sure she has enjoyed doing. I'm really looking forward to seeing the film."

J.P dutta – "Ash has surpassed the levels that I had set for her. My brief to her was that she should think of herself as Ameeran, the girl child with tears in her eyes and smile on her face and not as the glamorous Umrao Jaan."

Vikram – "Yes, it was quite an experience. I'm a good fighter, but not quite the dancer. I've always felt that Madhuri Dixit was the best dancer ever. But then, I saw how Aishwarya held her own in Devdas. I thought it was fantastic. So, while shooting for Raavan, I just forgot my own steps and kept staring. Every hero from the south wants to work with her at some point in his career. I got my opportunity finally. It's wonderful that I'm making my Hindi debut with her. It's strange how every Miss World and Miss Universe enters movies. But who has had the lingering impact of Aishwarya? She has some kind of an enduring aura. Over the years, she has really evolved as an actor."

Abhishek Bachchan – "she is just that beautiful. And it's not just her physical beauty. When you get to know her as a person she is trillion times more beautiful than what she looks. She is always been someone who is very genuine. Even before we got married, she was very genuine and real. We come with a lot of preconceived notions about her. But one is just astounded by the humility and how down to earth she is."

Stars Speak on Aishu-Part 2 

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~Sweet coco (Hetal)~

The only actress I have met is Ash! I just love her so much, it's obviously from my siggy! I actually started liking her even more after I met her! I met her at the airport in London, she was just sitting her, she was so tired, but looked stunning. She looks amazing without make up. I went up to her and asked for an autograph and she gave one and she gave me a hug and also took a picture with her (which after I moved to my new house...I misplaced...I'm so pissed that I can't find the box I put my scrapbook in...UGHHH!). I was at the time wearing this little black and navy blue dress that my mom bought with a matching beret...and I had this cute bang hair cut…I was a little girl then and so Ash called me a cute doll and gave me the biggest hug ever!!! It was so cute!!


 Then I went back to my family and my brother wanted to meet her too, but he was really shy and a little sick. So I went back to her and told her my brother was a little shy  to meet her and a little sick…she looked over at him(he was like 6 or 7), blew him a flying kiss, waved, and gave a big smile. And my brother got shy and covered his face and Ash just giggled and he had these huge cheeks…the squeezable kind…and so Aishu got tempted to squeeze them and motioned for him to come over, but he started blushing and looked away and so she just said awww!!!


 I asked her if she could also sign an autograph for him, and she wrote and sweetest little note... she called him a cutie in the note and then a few more lines and signed it god bless and love Aishwarya Rai, it was awesome! She the sweetest person ever, and when people call her cold, it's hard for me to believe, she is down-to-earth and very warm! She's only rude or defensive if the person approaches her in a rude manner.


AND then!!!!

I meet her again when she come for the unforgettable tour and there was meet and greet at the hotel they were all staying and I went with a few friends and met her again!!! And she was super sweet…she called all the elder ladies aunties!! And this very old woman came in a wheelchair and she was a huge ash fan and she and abhi took her ashirwaad….it was sweet!! And I got a hug again and I told her about meeting her in a London airport and quickly told her the story….and she still remembered…especially my brother….she asked if he came or if he's still a shy little cutie with chubby cheeks….he didn't come, but I was surprised she remembered….it was so perfect!!!! I wish I had the picture….I'm gonna go search my attic and see if I can find it!!! That has to be my most prized possession!!!!

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