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Aishwarya Rai's Top 10 Hottest Moments On Screen
2007-11-30 21:21:00
Aishwarya Rai's refusal to do any more 'hot scenes' on screen prompted me to compile a list of Top 10 moments where ash has been the sexiest , the hottest she has been on screen. In short my Favourite Ashploitation moments on screen.Starting with #10 Kandukonden Kandukonden One really cant go wrong with getting ash wet in a towel , this was back when there was oodles of innocence on her face (much of which is still there) but she was really new in the industry back then looked as if she didnt know about the big bad world of bollywood. Ashploited !!#9 Kyon Ho Gaya NahAishwarya Rai & her then Boyfriend Vivek Oberoi in the movie Kyon ho gaya nah indulging in a kiss which doesnt look like a cheat kiss like it is in most bollywood movies plus aishwarya didnt seem uncomfortable doing it since he was her then boyfriend , the kiss is probably the only thing about the movie worth remembering for us & most forgetable for aishwarya. Aishwarya had a couple of cheat kisses before this...
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Sequel to Abhimaan with Ash and Abhishek!
2007-11-30 08:31:00
Hindustan Times is reporting that there is a Abhimaan 2 on the horizon which will star the entire Bachchan Khandaan! According to the rumor mill, the film would be produced by Pawan Kumar Jain (who produced the original movie) and will have Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan playing parents to Abhishek Bachchan. Aishwarya Bachchan will play her real life role (she plays Abhishek's wife). Keep watching this space for more updates.
By: Our Bollywood
Images: Abhishek and Aishwarya Celebrating World AIDS Day
2007-11-30 08:24:00
Abhishek and Aishwarya decided to take a break from all their temple visits and spent some quality time at a Children’s NGO. Some images from the event.
By: Our Bollywood
Ashutosh Gowariker On Relevance of Jodhaa Akbar in Todays Time
2007-11-27 11:57:00
Ashutosh Gowariker spoke to Subhash K Jha recently and some excerpts from the interview.After Lagaan, you return to a period film in Jodhaa Akbar?You might say that. But i call Lagaan a period film. Jodhaa Akbar is to me a historical. Anything after 1857 is a period film for me. Anything before that is a historical. I'd call Mughal-E-Azam a historical though its focus was different from mine. I feel if today we make a story about the past it must be correlated to the present. And Jodhaa Akbar is as relevant to present times as arranged marriages. Jodhaa and Akbar shared a perfect arranged marriage. I was fascinated by how their relationship must have grown after marriage.Have you stressed the religious difference between Jodhaa and Akbar?It's important but not stressed in my film. Akbar's marriage to Jodhaa was no common occurrence. It had a nationwide reverberation 450 years ago when society was far more conservative. How did their marriage affect those times? That'...
By: Our Bollywood
Ben Kingsley's on Taj Mahal and Aishwarya Rai
2007-11-23 11:29:00
Sir Ben Kingsley is extremely enthusiastic about his upcoming project Taj Mahal which also stars Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu. Some excerpts from a recent interview to TOI.Why this sudden obsession with the Taj Mahal and why not on the other seven wonders of the world?"Well, ever since I did Gandhi 25 years back, I have been toying with the idea of making a movie on this eternal love story," he reveals. "What attracted me to this beautiful story is the historical background which is intriguing and emotional. It's a story about turmoil, betrayal and jealousy, violence and love. It is a beautiful paradox where passion turned into marble. It has all the ingredients to make it a blockbuster," he says in his British accent.
By: Our Bollywood
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at Peer Dargah
2007-11-21 15:20:00
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai were recently spotted at the meen Peer Dargah in a town called Kadapa, about 400 kms from Hyderabad, in Andhra Pradesh. They were accompanied by Jaya Bachchan and of course Amar Singh.
By: Our Bollywood
Aishwarya Rai - Back to looking Beautiful
2007-11-16 04:53:00
The Bacchan'sAishwarya & AbhishekPost Marraige Aishwarya's hotness has multiplied, for reasons best known to her aishwarya had become too thin recently specially in her last few movies & her cheeks had sunk in badly, although every idiot specially the media went gaga over her slim look. Post marraige the stress is out, films,etc have taken a backseat, the glow on her face is definitely back, and there are rumours of pregnancy which could well be true going by the rounds of various religious places the couple are visiting everywhere. Abhishek needs a haircut though, that schoolgirl hairband thing isnt working anymore.'); } exo(''); -->
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Aishwarya Rai
2007-11-16 00:32:00
Aishwarya Rai (born November 1, 1973) is an Indian actress. Prior to her career in film, she worked as a model and gained fame for winning the Miss World contest in 1994. She is very beautiful and sexy.
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Abhishek, Aishwarya visit dargah in Andhra Pradesh
2007-11-15 12:46:00
Hyderabad, Nov 15 (IANS) Film actor Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya Rai Thursday offered prayers at the shrine of Ameen Peer in Kadpa town of Andhra Pradesh.
By: Latest News
Exclusive Images From Jodhaa Akbar
2007-11-13 17:11:00
Some excusive images from the epic Jodhaa Akbar which will release on January 25th 2008. More pics after the jump
By: Our Bollywood
Now Abhishek-Aishwarya in Bajirao Mastani!
2007-11-13 11:21:00
According some Internet News Now Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek in Sanjay Leela Bhansali New Film Called Bajirao Mastani, Amitabh Bachchan is also going to essay an important character in the film.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
2007-11-11 20:23:00
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born on 01st November, 1973 to father Krishna Raj Rai, the Marine Engineer and mother Vrinda Rai ? the writer, in the Bunt community in Mangalore of Karnataka is the award winning and most celebrated actress in the Indian Film Industry today. Her elder brother Aditya Rai is in the ...
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Aishwarya Rai
2007-11-09 06:15:00
Aishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiAishwarya RaiName: Aishwarya RaiProfession: ActressBirth date: 1 November 1973Height: 169 cmBirthplace: Mangalore, IndiaAishwarya Rai is an Indian actress and former fashion model, currently one of the highest-paid actresses in India. She is Miss World of 1994, and in 2000 was voted Most Beautiful Miss World of All Time.It is reported that Julia Roberts called her the most beautiful woman in the world at the Cannes Film Festival. Her fans ranked her as "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" in a Hello! Magazine poll.She has been interviewed on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Early Show, etc. and was introduced by David Letterman as "the biggest movie star in the world".
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Aishwarya Rai - Aishwarya Rai Photo and Gallery of Pics
2007-11-02 12:30:00
Aishwarya Rai Photo, Pictures, Wallpaper and Updated Photo Gallery of Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Rai Bachchan born on November 1, 1973, is an Indian actress. Prior to her career in film, she worked as a model and gained fame for winning the Miss World contest in 1994. Share This
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Aishwarya celebrates ?special birthday? in Agra
2007-11-01 09:25:00
Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) It can’t be anything but destiny. Aishwarya Rai, who will be playing Mumtaz Mahal in Ben Kingsley’s film on the Taj Mahal, celebrated her 34th birthday in Agra with husband Abhishek Bachchan. Share This
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Happy Birthday 2 Aishwarya Rai
2007-11-01 09:01:00
Today is 1st November and this lovely angel completed 34 years on this Earth.Wishing her many many returns of the day?
Aishwarya Rai - The most beautiful woman in the world
2007-10-31 11:47:00
According CBSNews, the most beautiful woman in the world at the moment is Aishwarya Rai. It is very possible that this name to tell you nothing. But, it seems that this woman is in the first place in a lots ...
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Video: Abhi-Ash's Khushii At 9 Lakhs
2007-10-30 09:50:00
IndiaFM brings you footage from the auction of the Abhi-Ash painting, which sold off at a whopping 9 lakh Indian Rupess. Kim Sharma, Kapil Dev and the man himself Abhishek Bachchan without his lady love in attendance graced this social event. Take a look!
By: Our Bollywood
Hot Aishwarya Rai in Swimsuit
2007-10-30 05:38:00
The very rare photos of Aishwarya are either from the Miss World competition or from the very few instances on the big screen she has actually worn a swimsuit or done a "wet scene". Extremely hot photos... The first photo above is from the Miss World competition which she represented India in 1994. The second one is from the print advertising shoot. Some more sexy and hot scans of Aishwarya
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November 1 Celebrity Birthday: Aishwarya Rai
2007-10-30 05:28:00
Name: Aishwarya Rai BachchanBirthday: November 1, 1973Place Of Birth: Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Star Sign: ScorpioRelationship Status: Aishwarya Rai has previously dated model Rajeev Mulchandani and actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. She is now married to actor Abhishek Bachchan.Claim2Fame: Prior to her successful film career, Aishwarya Rai gained worldwide fame and popularity as the winner of the Miss World beauty pageant in 1994. She has acted in nearly forty Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English films. Aishwarya is often touted as ?the most beautiful woman in the world," and has acted in many international film projects. She speaks at least six different regional Indian languages, including English. After winning the Miss World title, Aishwarya has worked in several prestigious modeling assignments and fashion magazines, and later embarked on a film career.Time magazine named her as one of the world's ?100 Most Influential People? in 2004. She has even appeared in...
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Hot Aishwarya Rai spotted at Beyonce Concert
2007-10-30 00:00:00
Pop sensation Beyonce Knowles rocked Mumbai as a large gathering of mostly youngsters danced to her hit numbers at a dazzling concert here on Saturday evening.The crowd went euphoric when Beyonce came on the stage at the MMRDA Grounds in Bandra even as pyrotechnics and laser special effects enveloped her ...
Aishwarya At Beyonce's Mumbai Concert
2007-10-29 17:50:00
Aishwarya Rai was spotted at the Beyonce concert in Mumbai. Beyonce wore a pink lehenga-choli that was put together for her apna Rocky S.“I got as call from Beyonce’s manager the morning of the concert requesting me to bring a couple of outfits that Beyonce could try on for the concert later in the day,” says an excited Rocky, who took over two dozen outfits with him to the hotel, out of which Beyonce choose over a dozen pieces she liked immensely.“After she zeroed in on the pink lehenga-choli, she selected another outfit for the after-show party and also 12 more pieces to take back. I feel honoured that she chose me to do her outfits — and that too in a matter of hours before the show!” Via Bollywood Blogspot
By: Our Bollywood
Aishwarya rai at Beyonce knowles concert
2007-10-28 18:09:00
Aishwarya rai spotted at the concert of Beyonce knowles in Mumbai
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Aishwarya Rai in Swimsuit
2007-10-27 11:59:00
Aishwarya Rai or now Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has rarely acted in films where there is a swimsuit scene. The screen captures below are from a movie very early in her career. Aa Ab Laut Chalen starred Akshay khanna and Suman Ranganathan along with Aishwarya. She is trying to please Akshay Khanna in the song below. The Full song captures are below. The Complete Song screen
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A Critical Analysis of Aishwarya Rai's style and beauty
2007-10-26 14:00:00
Aishwarya Rai is the Indian actress who won the Miss World Contest in 1994, and whom Julia Roberts said was the most beautiful woman in the world. Sh1 Vote(s)
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Aishwarya Rai HOTTEST Scan Forever on Net
2007-10-26 11:43:00
Here are some Hot Scans of Aishwarya Rai [Wallpapers]...hopefully unseen. Seeing these pics make me feel that after marriage she has developed nice n tight curves. And another thing I suspect is that she has is not wearing bra inside while give these hot poses.
By: Bollywood Junction
Aishwarya Rai In wet Dress Looking very Sexy Rain...She has shown h
2007-10-26 09:13:00
Aishwarya Rai is an Hottest Model in per as today Current Bollywood..
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Aishwarya Rai (Lux)
2007-10-25 13:01:00
Aishwarya's lux commercial was probably the hottest one they've had yet, ash was in her dhoom 2 scheme of things with clothings she hadnt tried out in her career ever. Kudos to sanjay gadhvi & yashraj.
By: Desi Scans
Aishwarya Rai Nipple Pokies : 100% Real n Unseen
2007-10-22 13:54:00
Aishwarya Rai looking stunning hot in black saree..isn't it. N watching it carefully u'll be able to see the nipple impressions of her right boob. Click on the image for fullsize
By: Bollywood Junction
Aishwarya rai Could Act with John
2007-10-22 04:20:00
Aishwarya rai:John and ash may act together in a movie based on love. The film is going to be directed by Sriram raghavan and produced by director turned producer Rohan sippy. Aishwarya who is ready with her latest flick Jodha Akber opposite to Hrithik hasn’t signed yet .The director Sriram is very much exited to ...
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Jodhaa Akbar trailer released, view it now
2007-10-17 22:28:00
One of the most awaited films of 2007 is undoubtedly Jodhaa Akbar, starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. The promos for the film have also been eagerly awaited.Well, the wait is over as the trailer for the film has been released. A fan posted the trailer on YouTube, which you can watch below. A better quality trailer should be available in the next few days.
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Aishwarya Rai - Easily Her Sexiest Photo Shoot Till Date
2007-10-17 15:46:00
Atleast ive not seen 'so much' of Aishwarya Rai in any other photoshoot of hers, this is quite a departure from her usual tame shots that she has done in india, when it comes for the international audience , they surely do get to see a 'lot more of aishwarya rai' then we get to see back home. This is by far aishwarya rai's boldest photoshoto till date imho. '); } exo(''); -->
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Aishwarya Rai
2007-10-17 12:17:00
Here you will find latest high quality wallpapers of Aishwarya Rai. Enjoy !!!
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[Fotos] Aishwarya Rai, la mujer más bella del mundo
2007-10-14 10:21:00
Aishwarya Rai, de treinta y tres años y dos ojos verdes que parecen recién salidos de una novela de Sandokán, hoy por hoy es la actriz más taquillera de Bollywood, la industria cinematográfica india, esa gigantesca fábrica de sueños que anualmente estrena cerca de mil películas y vende más de treinta billones de entradas.Se calcula que cada día, sólo en la India, hay doce millones de personas que van a ver una película hecha en Bollywood. Para la mayoría de ellos el cine es más que una mera diversión: es un modo de escapar unas horas de sus vidas. Eso hace que, en el área de influencia de Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai no sea un personaje famoso, como Madonna o Nicole Kidman, ídolos de un Occidente irónico que los admira y al tiempo los aborrece. Ella es distinta, es una estrella absoluta, alguien perfecto, milagroso, inalcanzable, una especie de Marilyn Monroe esplendorosa, inteligente y con sari.Una de las obsesiones de Rai consiste en utilizar su popularidad para que ...
Aishwarya rai and Abhishek roaming on the streets of Boston
2007-10-13 23:14:00
Aishwarya rai and Abhishek having a time of their life
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Jodha Akbar:Aishwarya rai, Hrithik roshan's look revealed
2007-10-11 16:56:00
Here is an exclusive first look of Jodha Akbar, starring Hrithik roshan and Aishwarya rai.Aishwarya rai is looking really gorgeous as a princess jodha, and for the first time you will be seeing Hrithik roshan with a mustache
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Exclusive: Hrithik and Aishwarya's Look From Jodhaa Akbar Unveiled
2007-10-11 13:16:00
After an excruciating wait, we finally get a glimpse of Hrithik and Aishwarya In Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar. The couple does indeed look like every bit of royalty and keep watching this space for the video trailer in coming days. See Hrithik's Look After The Jump
By: Our Bollywood
Rohan Sippy determined to cast Aish opposite John
2007-10-11 07:09:00
Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) Aishwarya Rai is reluctant to do a non-Abhishek Bachchan love story. But producer Rohan Sippy is very keen to have her in his film and is planning to fly to Boston this week to convince her.
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Aishwarya Rai Opposite John Abraham ?
2007-10-09 19:56:00
She recently refused Karan Johar ?s proposal to star opposite John Abraham but now the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is being sought after by another filmmaker for a role opposite the dashing star. And that filmmaker is none other than Rohan Sippy , who would finally be starting his next venture after Bluffmaster , though this ...
By: Bollywood Hollywood News
Aishwarya Rai VS Angelina Jolie?
2007-10-06 08:17:00
Why would someone think that these two sexy actress would be in the same categories. Aishwarya Rai makes bollywood movies and Angelina Jolie likes to visit India and is an Hollywood actress that doesn't sing in her movies. Rai Has beautiful eyes and Jolie has sexy lips. You be the judge on this video.
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Aishwarya Rai Popular In China!
2007-10-04 11:23:00
Looks like Bollywood have a considerable following in the sub-provincial district of Shenzhen, China! And it’s none other than Aishwarya Rai who is a hot favourite.Just opposite to the majestic hotel Pavilion on the Huaqiang Road is a huge L'Oreal hoarding featuring Rai. "She's beautiful. I pass through this road every day and never fail to have a look at the hoarding," says Zu Shan, who works as a marketing executive of an advertising company. Aishwarya is the brand ambassador of L'Oreal's cosmetic products."Aishwarya is a good actress. I have seen most of her movies," he says.Zu's favourite male star is Abhishek Bachchan. "The two make a great couple," he says.Zeng Fangjun also adores Aishwarya's beauty as well as her acting talents.
By: Our Bollywood
Salman Khan Refuses to Share Roof With Aishwarya Rai : LOL
2007-10-03 19:40:00
Bollywood actor Salman Khan has turned down an offer from the Madame Tussauds museum in London to make his life size wax statue, his secretary said on Monday. Salman had not given any specific reason for refusing the offer but I think its because of Aishwarya's waxed statue already there. He is no more interested in sharing the roof with Aishwarya Rai, even waxed. LOL Well, this is what i
By: Bollywood Junction
Kate Hudson Dumps Dax Shepard For Older Guy
2007-09-29 03:09:00
Kate Hudson is sick of the young and is onto the old - she’s dumped Dax Shepard and has an older and richer boyfriend that is more her taste. Shepard is said to be crushed by the breakup and didn’t know he’d been replaced. “Dax got a phone call about it from a friend,” ...
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Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan on the set of Pink Panther
2007-09-28 18:42:00
Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan on the set of Pink Panther in Boston, Massachussets on 25 September 2007 - Aishwarya attired in a scoop neck short ivory dress with a tuxedo waist jacket and black pumps is seen in Boston getting briefed for her next shot of the film The Next Pink Panther while Abhishek Bachchan looks on.
By: Desi Scans
Sir Ben Kingsley's Is Aishwarya's Shah Jahan!
2007-09-28 18:00:00
We all know that Aishwarya will play the eternal beauty Mumtaz Mahal in an upcoming International project. But guess who here Shah Jahan is going to be? None other than Sir Ben Kingsley! “Aishwarya and I will be playing Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. My production company is right now working with a screenwriter. I've very clear ideas about my approach to this subject. The romance will also include Shah Jahan's abject isolation for years in a prison cell."“ I hope I continue to be remembered by Gandhi. We want to beat the monsoons when we shoot next year. I've always been very attached to India and its people. I don't get to visit the country as often as I'd like to. This is my opportunity to do so."Shooting is due to begin next year in Agra, where the Taj Mahal stands on the banks of the Yamuna river, and Fatehpur Sikri.
By: Our Bollywood
Images: Aishwarya & Abhishek Spotted In Boston
2007-09-27 11:15:00
The IT Couple of Bollywood, Abhi and Ash were spotted on the streets of Boston with their. Yes guys Abhishek still hasn’t given up his hair-band.More Pics After The Jump
By: Our Bollywood
Aishwarya To Play Mumtaz Mahal In Sir Ben Kingsley?s Production
2007-09-27 11:12:00
Only yesterday we told you about Sir Ben Kingsley’s Bollywood project. The project has been officially confirmed by Kingsley and the actress to play the lead is none other than Aishwarya Rai. Sorry Bips!Kingsley confirms that the movue is based on the Taj Mahal and Aishwarya will play the legendary Mumtaz Mahal!. Sir Ben said, “The movie is on the building of the Taj Mahal. The romance will also include Shah Jehan’s abject isolation for years in a prison cell.“I had spoken to Aishwarya last year while we were working on The Last Legion and she very generously agreed to do the movie with me. My production house is working with a screenwriter on the project. I have very clear ideas about how I want to approach the subject.”
By: Our Bollywood
Aishwarya Rai's Mobile Screensaver's
2007-09-25 09:20:00
Aishwarya Rai's Mobile Screensaver Right click on the picture and select 'Save Picture As'
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Ash or Bipasha with Sir Ben Kinsley?
2007-09-25 08:46:00
Aishwarya Rai has successfully made a big splash asserting her position globally as the face of India. Now there is a bigger buzz doing rounds. Sir Ben Kingsley, one of the world's most honoured actors with four Academy Award nominations for his memorable role of Gandhi, might just consider either Aishwarya or Bengali sizzler, Bipasha Basu, or maybe both the Indian beauties for one of his forthcoming films. The Academy Award winning actor who was born as Krishna Bhanji to model and actress Ann Goodman, and Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, a doctor has recently launched his first production house SBK Pictures which will make this film, starring these two girls. The film will be shot in India. There has been a buzz that Sir Ben was coming to India to visit the Taj. Now it is learnt that, his purpose of visit wasn't just sight seeing, but also to hunt for ideal locations and start the shoot in India. The film will be co-produced by Valerie Hoffman and Simone Sheffield. Though they are ...
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Nude Aishwarya Rai in Umrao Jaan
2007-09-25 05:06:00
Nude Aishwarya Rai in Umrao Jaan, This clip is from Umrao Jaan where Abhishek Bachchan stripped her. This movie was flop but scenes were very hot.

Aishwarya walks the first ramp after marriage

New Delhi, Dec 05: The face of many a brand, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the ramp for the first time after her marriage to endorse the launch of a new bridal collection of luxury watches from Longines on late Wednesday.Posing happily for the shutterbugs, Aishwarya seemed very comfortable answering the questions regarding the new phase in her life and was more than willing to answer about her marriage and the speculations surrounding her pregnancy.Talking about the new change in her life, she said that she is a happy girl after her wedding. “I feel so blessed. I wish we had more time off. Abhishek and me keep talking about our honeymoon,” she said."It's very difficult to articulate, put it down in just a few sentences because it's obviously a very, very wonderful and joyous phase and I strongly recommend it," she said when asked about her feelings of being a married woman.Apart from the marital bliss, Aishwarya is also excited about her big Hollywood project, sequel to Pink Panther; The Pink Panther Deux with Steve Martin, in which she plays the female lead as a criminal expert.Her much awaited forthcoming films include Jodha Akbar by Ashutosh Gowarikar and Sarkar Raj by Ram Gopal Varma scheduled for release in early 2008.

I am very selective about work, says Aishwarya Rai

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has her bag full of projects along with marital responsibilities to shoulder, says she takes up only those projects which she can handle."Whether it is films or endorsements, I am - and have been - very selective about my work. I take up work which suits and fits in my schedule," Aishwarya told IANS."I don't take projects that I cannot handle because I believe in totally fulfilling the commitments made by me," she added.The actress won the Miss World pageant in 1994 and started her stint in Bollywood with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.She gave hits like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Dhoom-2 but was for long termed as emotionless on-screen by critics.However, Aishwarya proved her mettle by acting in films like Provoked and Guru, and said she enjoys getting into the skin of varied roles."I have always tried to pick up a variety of projects as I want to have different experiences with different projects. Also preferences for roles grow with time."She was recently in the capital to launch the bridal collection of watch brand Longines that she endorses. And like every woman, she is happy about possessing a range of them matching her various outfits."The first watch that I received was gifted to me by my family. Now, I have a variety of them in my wardrobe and I enjoy it, like any other woman.""With saris I sport timepieces with delicate and feminine dials. However, my personal favorites are watches with chunky dials."Commenting on her upcoming films she said: "It was a fantastic experience shooting 'Pink Panther 2'. It was wonderful as the schedule was just perfect for me. And 'Jodhaa Akbar' took its duration, as it is a period film."Apart from director Harald Zwart's much-talked about Hollywood flick and Ashutosh Gowarikar's historical epic, she has Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar Raj in her kitty.

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is one of Bollywood's pre-eminent leading ladies. This Indian darling burst upon the world stage when her striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss World crown in 1994. This former architecture major soon became one of India's most famous models landing a prestigious Pepsi campaign and appearing in Vogue Magazine. India's top Bollywood directors were soon lining up to work with Ash. Her film debut in Mani Rathnam's 'Iruvar' (1997) received critical acclaim and her performance in Rahul Rawail's '…Aur Paar Ho Gaya' (1997) garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", in that same year, nominated for Best SUPPORTING Actress for her special appearance in Aditya Chopra's MOHABBATEIN. In 2001 Ash was nominated for FilmFare's Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai".

Ash's star continued to rise in 2002 working again with Sajay Leela Bhansali in 'Devdas'. 'Devdas' is the most ambitious and most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to ever receive a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United States. Daily Variety's (06/12/02) Derek Elley describes 'Devdas' as "some of the most sumptuous production values in Bollywood history…" Elley describes Ash as "almost Audrey Hepburn-like", Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann says "I loved her in Devdas" and Julia Roberts calls her "the world's most beautiful woman".

2003 brought even more exciting opportunities. Ash became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Ash is also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team, joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their international ambassador. She graced the covers of India Today and the prestigious TIME Magazine. Time Magazine has also listed her on their list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”. She has graced numerous covers worldwide including USA, UK, CHINA, RUSSIA, ISRAEL, UNITED EMERITES, ITALY, SPAIN and FRANCE. Ash was also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Hot List", Hello Magazine’s Most Attractive Women in the World”, Stuff Magazine, FHM magazine, V-Life from Variety Magazine, GQ Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s & Queen and countless others.

2004 saw Aishwarya take on the leading role in her first English language film for Gurinder Chadha in “Bride & Prejudice”. She also became the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London.
2005 started with appearances on “60 Minutes”, “David Letterman Show” and the most watched television program in the world the “Oprah Winfrey Show”; Aishwarya’s career continues to grow even stronger - she will soon be seen in Mistress of Spices for director Paul Berges, Jag Mundhra’s Provoked, Sanjay Gadhvi’s Dhoom 2 and legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis’s Last Legion opposite Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley. The Queen of Bollywood is already becoming the talk of tinseltown and is currently in negotiations on two major motion pictures.


Filmography 1997 : Iruvar by Mani Ratnam (in Tamil) (Telugu title: Iddaru)

1997 : Aur Pyar Ho Gaya by Rahul Rawail

1998 : Jeans by S. Shankar (in Tamil)

1999 : Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Filmfare Best Actress Award)

1999 : Aa Ab Laut Chalein by Rishi Kapoor

1999 : Taal by Subhash Ghai

2000 : Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai by Satish Kaushik

2000 : Mohabbatein by Aditya Chopra (cameo)

2000 : Dhai Akshar Prem Ke by Raj Kanwa

2000 : Josh by Mansoor Khan

2000 : Kandukondain Kandukondain by Rajiv Menon (in Tamil)

2000 : Sanam Tere Hain Hum by Jayant Paranji (special appearance)

2001 : Albela by Deepak Sareen

2002 : Devdas by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Filmfare Best Actress Award)

2002 : Hum Kisise Kum Nahin by David Dhawan

2002 : Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam by K.S. Adiyaman (special appearance)

2002 : 23rd March 1931 : Shaheed by Guddu Dhanoa

2002 : Shakti (movie) by Krishna Vamshi (special appearance)

2003 : Kuch Na Kaho by Rohan Sippy

2002 : Nee Kidappen Njan Adippen: The Power by Krishna Vamshi

2003 : Dil Ka Rishta by Naresh Malhotra

2003 : Chokher Bali by Rituparno Ghosh (in Bengali)

2003 : Khakee by Rajkumar Santoshi

2004 : Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na by Samir Karnik

2004 : Bride and Prejudice by Gurinder Chadha (in English)

2004 : Raincoat by Rituparno Ghosh

2005 : Shabd by Leena Yadav

2005 : Bunty Aur Babli by Shaad Ali (special appearance)

2005 : The Heart of India by Ganapathy Bharat (in English)

2005 : Mistress of Spices by Paul Mayeda Berges (in English)

2006 : Provoked by Jagmohan Mundhra (in English) (filming)

2006 : Dhoom 2 by Sanjay Gadhvi (filming)

2006 : Umrao Jaan by J.P. Dutta (filming)

2006 : Singularity by Roland Joffé (in English)

2006 : Akbar-Jodha by Ashutosh Gowariker (pre-production)

2006 : The Last Legion by Doug Lefler (in English)

2006: "Chaos" by Coline Serreau (in English)

2006 : Indie Pop by Miko Reyes (pre-production)

2006 : Guru by Mani Ratnam (announced)

Aishwarya Rai : Biography

Aishwarya Rai was born in the South indian state of Karnataka in Manglore on 1st Nov 1973. She was younger of the two siblings, her brother being 3 years elder. When she was about 4 years old, her family moved to Bombay permanently. Her father worked as a merchant navy officer. Aishwarya did her schooling at Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz. Academically, she did very well and earned her position as the head girl of her school. Ash chose the science stream while at DG Ruparel College, her favorite subject being Zoology. Aishwarya wanted to do medicine, but circumstances didn't let her. Instead she chose Architecture and passed the interview at Raheja College with flying colors. By this time, Aishwarya had started getting modelling assignments. She then decided to take a break from architecture and concentrate on modelling. This green-blue eyed beauty stole ads for many prestigious firms, the ones which brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the pepsi ad. Crowned Miss femina '94 runner up, she was a hot favorite to win the miss world title, which she did ! Her beauty and charm made her India's darling. She bagged Filmfare Award for best actress for her performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) as Ajay Devgan's wife who is in love with another man. She also won rave reviews for her performance as a rape victim in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000). In 2003 she bagged another filmfare award for best actress for the role of paro, she portrays in film Devdas. She had a well publicised affair with Salman Khan which lasted 2 years. Apparently his endless tantrums traumatized her enough to give a press conference in spring 2003 where she declared that she would never work with him again for personal reasons. In April 2003, she suffered an accident on the sets of Khakee (2003). She broke a bone in one foot and suffered severe cuts. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor safety standards on Bollywood film sets. Aishwarya's bagged a parallel role opposite 'Meryl Streep' in French director 'Coline Serreau's' Chaos. 2003 has been her annus mirabilis. On the jury at Cannes, the international festival circuit with Chokher Bali, the crossover sets of Bride And Prejudice, the cover of Time magazine. And now she's all set to waltz into Hollywood. The film trade traditionally treats its heroines as completely interchangeable assets. Aishwarya Rai is the only Indian woman in world's Top 10 looking women.

Aishwarya Rai: Movies

Mohabbatein ( Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Uday Chopra, Jugal Hansraj, Jimmy Shergill, Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, Preeti Jhangiani, Aishwarya Rai), Shabd ( Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Dutt, Zayed Khan), Khakee ( Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Tusshar Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai), Raincoat ( Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devgan), Kyon, Ho Gaya Na ( Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi, Amitabh Bachchan), Bride and Prejudice ( Aishwarya Rai, Martin Hendersen, Namrata Shirodkar, Meghna Kothari, Peeya Rai Choudhary, Naveen Andrews, Anupam Kher), Chokher Bali ( Aishwarya Rai, Raima Sen), Kuch Naa Kaho ( Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai), Dil Ka Rishta ( Aishwarya Rai, Arjun Rampal, Priyanshu Chatterjee), Devdaas ( Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit), Hum Kisise Kum Nahin ( Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai), Albela ( Govinda, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff), Dhai Akshar Prem Ke ( Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai), Taal ( Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai ( Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Sonali Bendre), Josh ( Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Priya Gill, Chandrachur Singh, Sharad Kapoor), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ( Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devgan).

About Rai

Profesion Actress & Model
Nick Name Aishu
Also Known As Aish
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 & 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 charector
She Bbelieves 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 & 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!

Trivia Was positioned at number 3 in the Filmfare Top Ten Actress' List.[1]

Praised by several people, including Julia Roberts ([2], [3]) and film critic Roger Ebert ([4]) as the most beautiful woman in the world.

Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista is reported to have called her "stunning".

She is said to have been offered a stint as a runway model for Roberto Cavalli.

Is the highest paid actress in the Bollywood film industry.

India Times named Aishwarya #1 on the list of the "100 Most Beautiful Indian Women in the Past Century".

Was featured in the 2004 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

L'Oréal signed her as its new international brand ambassador, on April 2003.

Was placed number seven on "The World’s 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies On Earth".

Is fluent in languages such as English, Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil.



2005 2005 Zee Cine Awards - Critics' Actress of the Year
2004 World's Most Attractive Woman - HELLO! Magazine
2003 Screen Best Actress Award Devdas
2003 Screen Jodi No.1 Award with Shahrukh Khan
2003 Zee Cine Best Actress Award Devdas
2003 True Indian Actress Award
2002 RACE Best Actress Award Devdas
2002 Rajiv Gandhi Award
2001 BWSX Fantasy Award for Best Supporting Actress Mohabbatein
2000 Screen Videocon Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000 Filmfare Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000 Stardust Millennium Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000 Zee Lux Face of the Year
2000 Zee Cine Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000 IIFA Best Actress Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000 Zee Gold Best Actress Award Taal
2000 Zee Gold Best Actress Critics Award Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
2000 Rupa Filmgoers Millennium Best Actress Award Hum Dil De
Chuke Sanam
2000 Priyadarshini International Best Actress Award Hum Dil De
Chuke Sanam
2000 Most Beautiful International Titleholder of All Times Gold
medal winner
2000 Most Beautiful Miss World of All Times -received a perfect
score of 9.911

Debut Film: Iruvar

Debut Film: Iruvar

Famous Movies: Bunty Aur Babli, The Heart of India, Shabd, Bride & Prejudice, Kyun...Ho Gaya Na, Raincoat, Khakee, Kuch Naa Kaho, Chokher Bali, Dil Ka Rishta, Shakti: The Power, 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Devdas, Albela, Mohabbatein, Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Josh, Kandukondain Kandukondain, Mela, Sanam Tere Hain Hum, Ravoyi Chandamama, Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Jeans, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, Iruvar

Latest Movies: Bunty Aur Babli, Shabd, Bride & Prejudice

Upcoming Movies: Singularity, Saamna, Racing the Monsoon, Chaos, The Last Legion, Windfall, Provoked, Mistress of Spices
Other Facts: She also knows classical dance

Aishwarya Rai wants to continue acting

The gorgeous newly wed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she wants to continue acting and finds it wonderful to be married to her best friend.
Ash said she took a very important step in life by deciding to marry Abhishek Bachchan and that it turned out to be the best move.

“There is immense love and respect,” Ash was quoted in an interview to a daily.

Ash said she had no immediate plans to give up her successful acting career, although she was looking forward to having children at some time.

“In future, obviously there will be children and then I will plan my time accordingly,” Ash told the paper. In the meantime, she said she plans to continue working.

Ash also said she was excited about working with her husband in Sarkar 2 , in which she will play a powerful woman who manages mob business.

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma , the movie is a sequel to the 2005 hit Sarkar about a ruthless mob boss played by Amitabh Bachchan , Ash's father-in-law.

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Abhishek Bachchan says it is too early to feel any change after marrying Aishwarya Rai, a news report said on Monday.
He was shooting for Laaga Chunri Mein Daag at a suburban studio and took a short break to talk.
“Give me some time. It's not like she is waiting for me when I get back home. Things around me may have changed, but I am the same old Abhishek, a Boston student once, now an actor just married. It's no big deal,” a daily quoted Abshishek as saying.
“Ash is working too, you know,” he added.

The couple will now work together in Sarkar 2 in which Aishwarya will play a powerful woman who manages mob business.
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, the movie is a sequel to the 2005 hit Sarkar about a ruthless mob boss played by Amitabh Bachchan. The three will appear on screen together in the movie. They had earlier worked together in Bunti or Babli.
“I am looking forward to working with my wife. She is a wonderful co-star,” Abhishek said.

“But whether she will get us a dabba of home-cooked food and whether the sets will resemble our home, you've got to ask Ash,” he said.

Speaking to the press for the first time following her marriage, Aishwarya also started off by promoting brand Bachchan.
"I feel blessed, I think it's wonderful to be married to your best friend. There is immense love and respect. I have the most wonderful father-in-law and mother-in-law, who treat me like their daughter," she told.

Her effusive praise for the Bachchan brand turned to evasive circumspection, befitting an Indian bahu, when quizzed what kind of a husband was Abhishek.

"If I start on that, we'll have to get onto an autobiography… there are too many details involved. In short, I'm in a happy place."

Interestingly, Aishwarya gave an insight into Bachchan's desire to make amends for the huge controversy over the exclusive Abhishek - Aishwarya wedding guest list.

"We do hope that in future, during a festival or our anniversary, we will have a larger celebration. The family has always partied and will continue to do so."

Aishwarya denies she and Abhishek broke many hearts when they married on 20 April, 2007.

"Going by the emails and letters, people are happy for us. We saw so much happiness, both among men as well as women… So contrary to what is assumed, our marriage hasn't broken hearts. We can feel it."

Aishwarya Rai has been asked to help promote a new vibrating condom

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai has been asked to help promote a new vibrating condom as part of the Asian International Safe Sex campaign launched today.
The former Miss World green-eyed beauty is being feted by the World Health organization to help bolster its anti-AIDS drive by endorsing the new prophylactic which has already caused shockwaves of dismay up and down India because of claims that it is a sex toy and not a contraceptive device.
Sex toys, like pornography, are officially banned in India as immoral. But the government-owned company that is involved in marketing the new product, branded as Crezendo, contains a battery-operated ring-like device that 'merely enhances the natural experience while preventing conception and spread of pathogens'.
Aishwarya's endorsement of the condom is being touted as government-approved strategic marketing at niche secots of the market too timid or ignorant to use birth control devices.
"A superstar like Aishwarya could make or break this WHO campaign," an Inidian Health Ministry source said today.
The manufacturers, the Hindustan Latex Corporation, have said that its TV marketing son featuring the Beach Boys' "Good, Good, Good Vibrations!" is a sure-fire winner and can promote safe and responsible sex to a wide swathe of Indian society.
However, conservative sources in the country have reacted with predictable fury and said a superstar like Aishwarya could ruin her career by associating herself with such a product:
"India has banned sex toys and the vibrating condom has outraged decent people everywhere.
"What are Aishwarya's parents thinking in advising their daughter about such a folly?" said hardliner Kailash Vijayvargiya, Madhya Pradesh minister for road and energy.
A spokesman for the Bollywood megastar said today that the WHO program that has adopted the Crezendo campaign has the full backing of the UN.
"We can't see anything tacky, illegal or debauched about it."

Abhishek Bachchan: not without my wife

Abhishek Bachchan: not without my wife September 25, 2007. Even six months have not elapsed since their lavish wedding and Abhishek-Aishwarya are struggling to spend time with each other because of their tight shooting schedule.
So they prioritised Sarkar Raj in which they’re acting together, over other projects in which they’re paired with other actors.
We're told he asked for time off before the South African schedule of Behl’s fantasy thriller.
So now that he’s wrapped up a schedule of Drona , AB Jr has taken off to Paris, where wife Ash has been shooting for her Hollwood flick Pink Panther 2 for about three weeks now.
And after spending a few days with her, he’ll join the Drona unit in SA. Wonder what’s next? Time off for papa Amitabh Bachchan’s first birthday after the marriage or what?
Aishwarya Rai has successfully made a big splash asserting her position globally as the face of India. Now there is a bigger buzz doing rounds. Sir Ben Kingsley, one of the world’s most honoured actors with four Academy Award nominations for his memorable role of Gandhi, might just consider either Aishwarya or Bengali sizzler, Bipasha Basu, or maybe both the Indian beauties for one of his forthcoming films. The Academy Award winning actor who was born as Krishna Bhanji to model and actress Ann Goodman, and Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, a doctor has recently launched his first production house SBK Pictures which will make this film, starring these two girls. The film will be shot in India. There has been a buzz that Sir Ben was coming to India to visit the Taj. Now it is learnt that, his purpose of visit wasn’t just sight seeing, but also to hunt for ideal locations and start the shoot in India. The film will be co-produced by Valerie Hoffman and Simone Sheffield.

Aishwarya Rai to star in Ben Kingsley...

Aishwarya Rai to star in Ben Kingsley movie on Taj Mahal Mumbai, Sept. 28 (AP): Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai will star in a movie by Ben Kingsley on the making of the Taj Mahal, India's famous marble monument to love, a report said on Thursday.
The movie is likely to be filmed next year in Agra that is home to the Taj Mahal, The Times of India newspaper quoted Kingsley as saying in an interview.
The Taj Mahal, recently voted one of the new seven wonders of the world, was built by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1654 for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Soon after its completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son and imprisoned at the nearby Agra Fort.
``The movie is on the building of the Taj Mahal,'' said Kingsley, who is producing the film. ``The romance will also include Shah Jahan's isolation for years in a prison cell.''
Kingsley said his production house was currently working with a scriptwriter on the project.
He said Rai agreed to do the movie when he spoke to her during the filming of ``The Last Legion'' - a Hollywood epic about the Roman Empire.
Rai, a former Miss World, is a popular actor who has acted in more than 30 movies. She is one of India's better known faces overseas and has featured in advertisements for jewelry, cosmetics and soft drinks.
Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Britain. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was of Indian descent.
Kingsley won the best-actor Oscar for Richard Attenborough's ``Gandhi'' in the 1980s. He is well known in India for his portrayal of the independence leader and champion of nonviolence.
In his latest movie, ``You Kill Me,'' Kingsley played a hit man being rehabilitated for alcoholism.

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Aishwarya's "Karva Chauth" Mumbai, Oct 30: It was the first "Karva Chauth" for Amitabh Bachchan's bahurani who flew all the way from London to fast and pray for the long life of her husband Abhishek.
Aishwarya quickly wrapped up her Pink Panther shooting schedule in London to be with her husband and family here in Mumbai.
It was the first "Karva Chauth" was Aishwarya and the Bachchan family made sure that it was a memorable day.
The glittering evening at the Bachchan household was marked by the presence of actor Kirron Kher, Sonali Bendre, Amar Singh and his family and several other celebrities.
Ash's absence from hubby Abhishek's side at an auction event the night before "Karva Chauth" just added to the rumours that Ash was getting ready to fast for Abhishek's long life.
However, the event was kept private just like the much hyped Abhi-Aish wedding.
Well, Aishwarya was not the only one who's keeping a "Karva chauth". Sources said that actor Sanjay Dutt's lady love Manyata also observed her second "Karva Chauth" fast even as Sanju was away in the Yerawada jail in Pune.

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Abhi-Ash visit Kadapa dargah - Oh baby! Is Aishwarya on the family way? 16th. Nov. 2007 The Bachchan family has been religiously adding to the list of holy shrines they have visited and this time star couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai offered prayers at the famous Amin Pir Dargah in Andhra Pradesh’s Cuddapah district. Rumours have it that daughter-in-law Aishwarya is on the family way, and the trip was to seek blessings for the mother and child. This is not the first shrine that the family has visited in the state. They had sought blessings at the Tirupati temple shortly after Abhishek and Aishwarya’s wedding this year.
While speculations about Aishwarya Rai being pregnant are rife again, we can surely tell you that the family offering prayers to all their Gods for a baby.
It is not just Abhishek and Aishwarya’s presence at the Amen Peer Dargah in Hyderabad two-days-back that indicates this, but we’ve learnt that Jaya Bachchan is keen that the baby is born within December 2008. The reason being, a specific planetary position that comes in to effect from next Thursday onwards, which would be the best time for having a baby.
Says a source, “Jupiter goes into Dhanu Rashi and stays there for one year until end of 2008. If a child is born in that period, the child will have a very strong Jupiter, like Jaya Bachchan has in her janam kundli.”
Apparently Jaya Bachchan is keen that the baby is born with a strong Jupiter positioning in its astronomical chart. The visit to the Hyderabad Dargah however was indeed a special one, which included a chaddar offering as well as some special prayers at the shrine. It was music maestro AR Rahman who suggested to the couple that they visit the dargah.
Ahmed Chisti Qadri, the kazim of the Dargah Ameer in Kadapa district of AP performed special rituals for Abhishekh and Aishwarya who brought a “chadar of flowers and silk” all the way from Bangalore .
He said, “The couple had requested me on phone to perform some rituals for the planetary disorders caused by the ‘Khuja dosham’ which they feared had come in the way of her conceiving their first child”. They had been planning to come here for almost three months.
It was Abhishek who conducted all the required prayers. Aishwarya Rai however was no allowed inside, but she paid her respects from outside.
Nevertheless, Teji Bachchan’s deteriorating health still remains a prime concern for the family. Sources add that Amitabh Bachchan was putting together huge plans to celebrate his father’s 100 th death anniversary on 27 this month. But this might be shelved depending on his mother’s health condition.

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FILM: DIRECTOR: JODHA-AKBAR -Ashutosh Gowariker GURU -Mani Ratnam UMRAO JAAN -JP Dutta LAST LEGION -Doug Lefler PROVOKED -Jag Mundhra DHOOM 2 -Sanjay Gadhvi MISTRESS OF SPICES -Paul Berges SHABD -Leena Baja RAINCOAT -Rituparno Ghosh TAJ MAHAL - IMAX G. Bharat KHAKEE -Rajkumar Santoshi KYUN, HO GAYA NA -Samir Karnik CHOKHER BALI -Rituparno Ghosh KUCH NAA KAHO -Rohan Sippy BRIDE and PREJUDICE -Gurinder Chadha SHAKTI: THE POWER -Krishna Vamshi HUM KISI SE KUM NAHIN -David Dahwan DEVDAS -Sanjay Leela Bhansali ALBELA -Deepak Sareen DHAI AKSHAR PREM KE -Raj Kanwar HAMARA DIL AAPKE PAAS HAI -Satish Kaushik JOSH -Mansoor Khan KANDUKONDAIN KANDUKONDAIN -Rajiv Menon TAAL -Subhash Ghai HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM -Sanjay Leela Bhansali AA AB LAUT CHALEN -Rishi Kapoor JEANS -S. Shankar AUR PYAAR HO GAYA -Rahul Rawail IRUVAR -Mani Rathnam MOHABBATEIN -Aditya Chopra HUM TUMHARE HAIN SANAM -K. S. Adhiyaman 23RD MARCH 1931: SHAHEED -Guddu Dhanoa DIL KA RISHTA -Naresh Malhotra RADHESHYAM SITARAM -Anees Bazmee RAVOI CHANDAMAMA -Jayant C Paranji
Aishwarya Rai debuted in Mani Ratnam's critically acclaimed Tamil language film, Iruvar alongside Mohanlal and Tabu in which she played a dual role. Rai's dual role in the movie was appreciated. She was introduced to Bollywood by Rahul Rawail in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya but the film did not progress due to poor publicizing of the project. Her third project, a Tamil-language film, Jeans by S. Shankar was the first commercial success in her career. In the film, she also sported a double role alongside with Prashanth. The song Poovukul Olindirukum's lyrics were based upon Rai, describing her as the eight World Wonder. The film established Rai's career in the Indian regional film industries.
Indian model and actress Aishwarya Rai was born on November 1, 1973, in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Her mother is writer Vrinda Rai and her brother is producer Aditya Rai (older).
While in high school, Ash, also nicknamed Aishu and Gullu, was a straight-A student and popular in school. She also took classical dance and music classes, and studied architecture in college in Bombay. She began modeling at a young age
Her first major success was in the 1999 film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The following year, she appeared in the extremely successful Mohabbatein. In 2002, Rai appeared with Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lavishly produced Devdas, which was a major box-office success. The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival and garnering international attention for Rai.
In the past, Indian actors and actresses were celebrities in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, but mostly unknown to the rest of the world. Aishwarya is one of the few Indian actresses to become a Western celebrity.
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." She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2, 2005 - "The Most Beautiful face in the World." 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, when British 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 came just shy of breaking even at the US box office but earned over 400% return on investment in global revenue.
Her next overseas venture, Mistress of Spices, written by Gurinder Chadha and her husband Paul Mayeda Berges, from the novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and directed by Berges, was released in the U.K. in April 2006 to a milder critical and commercial reception but rave reviews in Middle East and Asia. [3]
Aishwarya has several other international, English-language films in the pipeline, including Provoked, and The Last Legion.
The song "Kajra Re", which Rai performed in the film Bunty Aur Babli, was voted best song of 2005 and best choreographed song of 2005 in a poll by the Hindustan Times. [4] Rai 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. For her three-minute dance performance, Rai was reportedly paid three crore rupees, the equivalent of about 600,000 U.S. dollars. Aishwarya also performed the much loved 'Kajra Re' at the Iffa awards held in Amsterdam (Holland).
Rai has won two Filmfare Awards to date:
2000, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 2002, Filmfare Best Actress Award, Devdas She has been nominated four times in the Best Actress category and once in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Filmfare Awards. She has also won three IIFA Awards, three Z-Gold Awards, four Star Screen Awards, an EU's Global Diversity Award, three Zee Cine Awards and a Rajiv Gandhi Award.
When the IFFA awards took place in Amsterdam, Aishwarya had a breed of tulip named after her as well.

Spotted Aishwarya at Toronto Airport

Spotted! Aishwarya at Toronto Airport

December 03, 2007 15:27 IST

Reader Ashwani Dhiman, along with her children bumped into actress Aishwarya Rai [Images] Bachchan at the Toronto Airport.

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Marriage is recommended to all: Aishwarya

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) It seems newly wed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is enjoying herself completely, as the Bollywood actor strongly recommends the institution of marriage to everyone."I am a happy girl, can't you make out?" beamed Aishwarya.
Marriage is a beautiful chapter in life. It is so blissful and fact difficult to articulate. I strongly recommend it to everyone. Each one of us must experience it," she told IANS Wednesday.

"Everybody was teasing me when I came here to celebrate 'karva chauth' (a Hindu ritual). But I said I have to experience it," she added.

The actress, who won the Miss World pageant in 1994 and started her stint in the Hindi film industry with "Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya," was in the capital to unveil the bridal collection of watch brand Longines.

She got married to Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan on Feb 20, 2007.

Commenting on the response of people after her marriage she said: "Wherever we have travelled, people have showered us with their blessing. I am bowled over by their response and very strongly feel that we are a part of an extended family."

However, Aishwarya said she hasn't spent much time with her family.

"Our honeymoon was our first holiday and after that we were straight back to work. I wish I could have taken more time off. I would love to spend every minute of the day with Abhishek."

Being a workingwoman the actress agrees that marriage brings a lot of responsibilities and one has to juggle up too many things.

"I am enjoying every aspect of being married. But frankly telling being a workingwoman it is more hectic now. There is a constant race against time. I could never imagine that my hours and days would be so full."

"Although I have found the key to it - time management. It is imperative for every working individual to discover the ability of time management. You have to take time out for your maternal family, in-laws and for your own (husband-wife) relationship at the same time."

After her lead roles in hits like "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam," "Devdas," "Dhoom 2" and "Guru", she is now all set to woo audiences in "Sarkar Raj," "Pink Panther 2" and "Jodhaa Akbar".

Why Aishwarya Rai is very selective about work

The gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says that she is very selective about work because she believes in totally fulfilling the commitments she makes.

Ash, who has her bag full of projects along with marital responsibilities to shoulder, says she takes up only those projects, which she can handle.

"Whether it is films or endorsements, I am, and have been, very selective about my work. I take up work which suits and fits in my schedule," Ash is quoted as saying by a news agency.

"I don't take projects that I cannot handle because I believe in totally fulfilling the commitments made by me," the Bachchan bahu added.

Ash said she enjoys getting into the skin of varied roles.

"I have always tried to pick up a variety of projects as I want to have different experiences with different projects. Also preferences for roles grow with time."

Ash was recently in the capital to launch the bridal collection of watch brand that she endorses. And like every woman, she is happy about possessing a range of them matching her various outfits.

"The first watch that I received was gifted to me by my family. Now, I have a variety of them in my wardrobe and I enjoy it, like any other woman."

"With saris I sport timepieces with delicate and feminine dials. However, my personal favourites are watches with chunky dials."

Commenting on her upcoming films Ash said, "It was a fantastic experience shooting 'Pink Panther 2'. It was wonderful as the schedule was just perfect for me. And Jodhaa Akbar took its duration, as it is a period film."

Apart from director Harald Zwart's much talked about Hollywood flick and Ashutosh Gowarikar 's historical epic, Ash has Ram Gopal Varma 's Sarkar Raj in her kitty.

Aishwarya Rai
Jodhaa Akbar
Ashutosh Gowarikar
Ram Gopal Varma
Sarkar Raj

I am very selective about work, says Aishwarya

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has her bag full of projects along with marital responsibilities to shoulder, says she takes up only those projects which she can handle."Whether it is films or endorsements, I am - and have been - very selective about my work. I take up work which suits and fits in my schedule," Aishwarya told IANS.
I don't take projects that I cannot handle because I believe in totally fulfilling the commitments made my me," she added.

The actress won the Miss World pageant in 1994 and started her stint in Bollywood with "Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya".

She gave hits like "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam," "Devdas" and "Dhoom-2" but was for long termed as emotionless on-screen by critics.

However, Aishwarya proved her mettle by acting in films like "Provoked" and "Guru," and said she enjoys getting into the skin of varied roles.

"I have always tried to pick up a variety of projects as I want to have different experiences with different projects. Also preferences for roles grow with time."

She was recently in the capital to launch the bridal collection of watch brand Longines that she endorses. And like every woman, she is happy about possessing a range of them matching her various outfits.

"The first watch that I received was gifted to me by my family. Now, I have a variety of them in my wardrobe and I enjoy it, like any other woman."

"With saris I sport timepieces with delicate and feminine dials. However, my personal favourites are watches with chunky dials."

Commenting on her upcoming films she said: "It was a fantastic experience shooting 'Pink Panther 2'. It was wonderful as the schedule was just perfect for me. And 'Jodhaa Akbar' took its duration, as it is a period film."

Apart from director Harald Zwart's much-talked about Hollywood flick and Ashutosh Gowarikar's historical epic, she has Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar Raj" in her kitty.


Pic: Andy Garcia and Dominik Garcia
World Premiere of 'This Christmas' after party held at Cabana Club
Hollywood, California - 12.11.07



Caption: Aishwarya Rai. The Bollywood star has her waxwork figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Times Square. New York City, USA - 15.08.07


Newly wed AISHWARYA RAI is finding it difficult to get used to her new name following her marriage to fellow film star ABHISHEK BACHCHAN. The superstar couple tied the knot in a ceremony in Mumbai, India last month (20Apr07), the climax of three-days of festivities. But the Bollywood actress admits she still finds it strange when people use her new moniker. She says, "This is the first travel where people start calling you, 'Hello Mrs Bachchan, good evening'. "I've maybe done a double take at times, but pleasantly so, it makes us smile, so it's been good."


Bollywood star ABHISHEK BACHCHAN has dismissed reports his actress wife AISHWARYA RAI is pregnant. The actor married Rai in a lavish Indian ceremony in April (07) and it has been widely speculated the couple are already expecting their first child together. But Bachchan has refuted the claims, saying, "That's incorrect, there's no such good news. When there is, I will tell you."


Monty Python star John Cleese is set to play Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the sequel to the remake of Pink Panther.

The Fawlty Towers actor joins a burgeoning cast of stars that MGM studios hopes will lead to yet more commercial success for the franchise.

Steve Martin will resume the role of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, while Jean Reno
and Emily Mortimer will also return.

Although the first film was panned by critics, the movie became a commercial hit and included a role for pop superstar Beyonce Knowles.

The new Pink Panther is expected to be released in 2009 and will see the team of hapless detectives trying to track a gang who have stolen the Pink Panther diamond.

Charles Cohen, from MGM, told the BBC: "Steve Martin has successfully re-energised the Pink Panther franchise.

"With this new dynamic cast, Pink Panther 2 is destined to be a commercial success and one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2009."

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is also set to star in the new movie.

Bride and Prejudice Movie Review

If nothing else, "Bride and Prejudice" proves that the silly, ingenuous charm of Bollywood musicals becomes tedious and even downright dumb in English.

A cross-cultural adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern-day Bombay, London and Los Angeles, this is a trite, flimsy, groundless romance of shallow character stereotypes, ethnic hypocrisy, and horrible songs. But it does have one saving grace in talented, stunningly beautiful Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai.

As Lalita, the most independent and worldly of five sisters whose largely traditional parents have begun trying to marry them off, Rai has a radiant screen presence as she stands in for Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet. But she doesn't have much to work with except personality contradictions that betray a one-dimensional script -- and a suitor who is nothing short of insufferable, played by an actor without the chops to reveal his unsuspected depth.

Despite her many lectures about appreciating the Indian lifestyle (and songs with inane lyrics like "India's the place for me/India sets you free"), Lalita spends much of her time going to "Gidget"-like beach parties (where American pop singers make unmotivated cameos) and to discos that play Euro-techno dance music. She's also the only one in her family without an Indian accent.

In the course of the film, she's also attracted exclusively to Western men, including uppity Will Darcy (Martin Henderson, "The Ring") a culturally ignorant, wealthy and arrogant surfer-cum-yuppie from California, who is such an unmitigated jerk that the only way he can become her inevitable love interest is by way of an arbitrary personality transplant half way through the movie.

Director Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham") intends the initial animosity between these two to be endearing, but she makes only a cursory attempt to show what draws them to each other in spite of their mutual animosity.

Even when given the perfect opportunity to delve into character development with flirting and banter as they're forced to sit together on an intercontinental airline flight, Chadha skips straight to the plane's landing 12 hours later and opts instead for a hackneyed musical montage sequence of the couple on a series of set-piece dates.

"Bride and Prejudice" is the kind of musical that doesn't integrate its songs, but stops dead in its tracks for them -- even though they don't advance the story and just reiterate what's already patently obvious. It's the kind of comedy that hinges on miscommunications that could be easily cleared up if the characters would just take 30 seconds to level with one another. And it comes up short as an adaptation as well, reducing most of Austen's witty characters to little more than witless cliches.

The one thing Chadha does do well is infuse the colorful dance numbers with a genuine Bollywood effervescence -- well, at least the ones without dumb lyrics dragging them down.

I'm all for introducing the spirit of Bollywood's better movies to American audiences (see 2002's spectacular, absolutely infectious "Lagaan"), and I'm equally keen on updating Jane Austen stories (see "Clueless" or seek out last year's little-seen but creatively modernized version of "Pride and Prejudice"). But this painfully ill-conceived overproduction isn't the way to win fans to either one.

Provoked: A True Story Movie Review

The beautiful Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai plays the victim of years of spousal abuse in Provoked: A True Story, based on a monumental U.K. court case that forever changed British laws on domestic violence. Even before watching a frame of the film, we glean that this is an important human story with major moral messages to be told. It's the kind of material that easily wins the hearts of audiences and Oscar voters alike. And yet, for all of its surface significance, the resulting on-screen effort feels largely meaningless and inconsequential.

While studying to become a lawyer, a young, traditionally minded Punjabi woman named Kiranjit (Rai) gets set up in an arranged marriage to Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen Andrews). Deepak insists Kiranjit abandon her educational efforts so they can relocate to London. Staying true to cultural norms, Kiranjit willingly accommodates her husband's desires. Once in the big metropolis, things quickly change. Kiranjit becomes pregnant and Deepak devolves into a life of drinking, adultery, and spousal abuse.

For a decade, Kiranjit endures large doses of verbal, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Deepak. Trapped by her old world values, Kiranjit is unable to seek the help she needs to end the cycle of violence. One night she snaps, deciding that the only way out of her horrific marriage is to set fire to her S.O.B.-of-a-husband while he sleeps. Kiranjit is arrested, convicted, and sent to a women's prison for a life sentence.

Most of Provoked transpires during Kiranjit's time in prison as she awaits the appeal of her sentence. While in lock-up, Kiranjit struggles with adapting to her new environment. She rarely speaks, and is teased by the other inmates. Kiranjit soon gains a cellmate, Veronica Scott (Miranda Richardson). Though they come from very different worlds, Kiranjit and Veronica find a common bond that provides the vehicle to help each other through their present situations. It's in these moments where Provoked shines the most. Unfortunately, these times are few and far between.

Though Provoked is based on real life events (in case you missed the title), the on-screen drama surrounding Kiranjit's imprisonment is so poorly constructed and executed, that the story never achieves the level of gravity that it should. Carl Austin and Rahila Gupta's adaptation of the autobiography to which the movie is based plays out like a campy made-for-TV movie that only scratches the surface of reality. Prison life looks easy, resembling nothing like what we know doing hard time is supposed to look like.

To tell the story of Kiranjit's abuse, director Jag Mundhra flashes back to half a dozen painful episodes of increasingly escalated violence over the ten year period. By the third example, it simply becomes too much. The beautiful Rai already makes for a sympathetic victim. In fact, she's too beautiful -- certainly not to be abused -- but she's never made to look like she's suffering. In the moments following her arrest, she's coifed perfectly -- hair and makeup done just right. Even after months in prison, she looks completely unaffected. Certainly a woman who believes she is wrongly imprisoned and out for justice would not look like she spent half the day at a salon.

With Provoked, there's just never the seriousness or grit you would expect from this kind of story. There's little fight to this film, and unfortunately, as a result, the most important message gets lost in the translation.

They will survive.

The World's Most Beautiful Woman?

It's Aishwarya Rai, Queen of Bollywood

CBS) Who is the most beautiful woman in the world? Half a century ago, Hollywood would have presented her to us. Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman or perhaps Elizabeth Taylor.

But today? Correspondent Bob Simon reports the woman who currently holds the title, at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls and even Julia Roberts, is someone you've probably never heard of.

Her name is Aishwarya Rai, and she is an actress living and working in Bombay, India. The reigning queen of Indian cinema, and also a classically trained dancer, Rai has starred in 24 films over the last seven years.

That may seem like a lot of movies, but Bollywood, India’s film capital, is famous for churning out more movies a year than Hollywood. Three new films are produced and distributed worldwide every day, attracting a global audience of 5 billion people. That’s twice the reach of Hollywood.

The reason Bollywood films have such universal appeal is because they’re squeaky-clean. There are no sex scenes, not even kissing. Every time you think someone’s going to do it, they'll burst into song instead.

"I'd assume that's really a reflection of our society," Rai says, when asked to explain the films' modesty. "Of course people kiss and of course people have a very healthy love life. This is the land of the Kama Sutra. But nevertheless, in our society you don't really see people around the street corner kissing or being extremely, overtly, physically demonstrative publicly. They do it privately but not publicly."

Unlike some of her Hollywood counterparts, Rai's very much like the women she portrays: wholesome, dutiful and deeply religious. So much so, she insisted we visit her favorite temple for this interview. It’s more than 200 years old and every week more than 100,000 people come from all over India to make offerings and pray to Lord Ganesh, the half-elephant/half-man Hindu god of happiness.

At the temple, Rai started attracting more worshippers than Lord Ganesh.

She says being treated as sort of a goddess in this way, "makes me feel guilty. I'll be very honest. When there's a distraction at the place of worship I kinda get a bit guilty. And I kind of say, 'Lord, forgive me. This isn't intended.'"

Despite the attention, Rai says she doesn’t think much about the way she looks.

"I am really OK with the way I look, It's fine," she says. "All this is transient. I mean, it's really, you know, it changes with time, and that's the external."

“Barso re” from “Guru” leads the “Top ten”

“Barso re” from “Guru” leads the “Top ten”
New Delhi, Feb 17 : “Barso re” from Mani Ratnam’s “Guru” directed by A.R. Rahman and sung by Shreya Ghoshal holds the top position in the music list this week. Several new songs have made it to the list but continues to rule the charts and is number one this week too.

The top 10 Hindi songs for the week are: 1. “Barso re” - Film: “Guru”; Music Director: A.R. Rahman; Singer: Shreya Ghoshal. The hugely popular song about welcoming rain retains once again its premier position this week. 2. “Crazy kiya re” - Film: “Dhoom 2″; Music Director: Pritam; Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan. Another Aishwarya Rai song on the list.

The fast number sets your foot tapping and is a visual treat as well. 3. “Salaam-e-Ishq” - Film: “Salaam-e-Ishq”; Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala, Sadhana Sargam and Shankar Mahadevan. Lavishly shot in the true Yash Chopra style, the song has slipped down on the list. 4. “Dilli” - Film: “Delhii Heights”; Music Director: Rabbi Shergill; Singer: Rabbi Shergill. The foot-tapping beats and Shergill’s capturing voice make “Dilli” an above average number and quite apt for the movie. The song is meant for Delhiites. 5. “Chakna” - Film”; “Namaste London”; Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya; Singer: Himesh Reshammiya. It is a dance number already doing the rounds in discotheques. The song has beats that make sure listeners enjoy the track even if they are not on a dance floor. 6. “Rozana” - Film: “Nishabd”; Music Director: Vishal Bharadwaj; Singer: Amitabh Bachchan. “Rozana” can be termed as an awesomely romantic and sensuous number. 7. “Main hoon don” - Film: “Don”; Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Singer; Shaan. The listeners are not yet bored of the stylish song shot on Shah Rukh Khan. 8 “Sajani vaari” - Film: “Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd”; Music: Vishal-Shekhar; Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan and Shekhar Ravjiani. It’s a great track with a folk touch. Sunidhi is at her best in the song that has an amazing dance vibe. 9. “Tere bin” - Film: “Bas Ek Pal”; Music Director: Mithoon; Singer: Atif Aslam. The love song burst on the scene months ago and listeners are still lapping it up. 10. “Maula mere” - Film: “Anwar”; Music Director: Mithoon; Singer: Roop Kumar Rathod. The Sufi number laced with romance is doing well.

Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai honoured the “Star of Year” award

Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai honoured the “Star of Year” award
Mumbai, Feb 21 : “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” bagged Sanjay Dutt “Star of year” while AishwaryaRai was also honoured with the same for her stunning performance in “Dhoom 2″ at the MAX Stardust Awards held in Mumbai. The glittering award function on Feb 18 was overshadowed by news of Saif Ali Khan’s illness - he was rehearsing for his performance at the awards when he complained of chest pain and was rushed to hospital.

Saif won the ‘best actor in a negative role’ award for his awesome performance in “Omkara”. Director Rajkumar Hirani was honoured with the ‘dream director’ trophy for “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”.

“Omkara” was declared the ‘hottest film’ and Sanjay Gadhvi ‘hottest director’ for making “Dhoom 2″.

While Abhishek Bachchan got the ‘best actor in a supporting role male’ award for “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”, Ayesha Takia won the ’supporting role female’ award for “Dor”.

The ‘editor’s choice for the best performance of the year’ went to Kareena Kapoor for “Omkara” and for ‘best director’ to Vishal Bharadwaj for the same film.

In the special awards section, Mithun Charaborty was declared ‘role model of the year’ and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Rang De Basanti” ‘pride of the industry’.

Shiney Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut were awarded in the ’superstar of tomorrow’ category for their impressive work in “Gangster - A Love Story”.

Shaad Randhawa, who played Kangana’s possessive boyfriend in “Woh Lamhe”, got the ‘new menace award’.

Kunal Kapoor and Gul Panag received ‘breakthrough performance’ awards for “Rang De Basanti” and “Dor”.

In the music category, composer Mithoon bagged the ’standout performance by a music director’ award for “Ek Pal” and Virag Mishra won ’standout performance by a lyricist’ award for his song “Zinda hoon main” from “Zinda”.

Though Saif’s absence was felt, performances by Kareena, Lara Dutta, Imran Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut kept the audience entertained at the event attended by amongst others Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham.

Hollywood calling Aishwarya Rai…

Hollywood calling Aishwarya Rai…
Los Angeles, Feb 27 : Aishwarya Rai is quite in demand in the Hollywood Films even after her engagement with Junior Big-B Abhishek Bachchan. The Bollywood queen continues to get offers from Hollywood despite getting engaged to Abhishek Bachchan, says her international manager Simone Sheffield.

Rubbishing reports that the engagement had spiked Aishwarya’s Hollywood prospects, Sheffield reported: “Everyone is thrilled with her engagement and we have received thousands of email and cards from her well-wishers.”

Aishwarya is one of the few Indian actresses known in Hollywood, particularly after her “Bride and Prejudice”. Her “Last Legion” is releasing in Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain in April. She also got an offer to act in “Provoked”, which got rave reviews at film festivals worldwide. “Provoked” is also slated for an April release in the US, Britain and India during the Easter weekend, Sheffield said.

Asked if Aishwarya has any future in Hollywood, Sheffield said: “Yes, by all means. But it is totally up to her what films she chooses to accept. “She got many offers but she did not accept the roles due to the subject matter, script or schedule. It will take an extra special film to get her back here working in Hollywood in the future.” She also said that Aishwarya was being considered for the roles for not only her looks but acting skills as well. “Her acting abilities are subtle, quiet yet strong and her beauty just screams in your face. But take note, she has done quite a few films that downplay her beauty. To Aishwarya, beauty is temporary but real beauty is within and eternal.” She admits that her films have not done extraordinarily well but that critics have been supportive of her. “Her films did just okay but she received the most encouraging reviews. The critics have been good to her (in Hollywood) and looking forward to her future Hollywood releases. When she makes a live appearance, top photographers make it a point to be present there.”

Aishwarya Rai steals the show at ‘Provoked’ premier

Aishwarya Rai steals the show at ‘Provoked’ premier
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai came in for praise for her role in the British film “Provoked” on the life of an NRI Kiranjit Ahluwalia who set her husband afire 11 years ago after suffering at his hand for a decade

“I cried seeing the film as I re-lived every moment of it.. I am impressed with Aishwarya’s acting of the role of Kiranjit and I am satisfied with the film,” said 51-year-old Kiranjit, while sharing the platform with Aishwarya Rai, the director of the film Jag Mundhra and actress Nandita Das, at
the Court House Kempenski here last night.

Kiranjit was presented with a cheque for 5,000 pounds and promise of a 1 per cent of the box office returns for her and the South Hall Black Sisters who had campaigned her cause.

Kiranjit made legal history 15 years ago when she was acquitted of murdering her husband.
She hoped that the film would save many other women in Asian community from such violence.

Provoked stars former Miss World Aishwarya Rai as Ms Kiranjit Ahluwalia, alongside the British actors Miranda Richardson, who plays a prison cellmate, and Robbie Coltrane, who plays the barrister who helped Kiranjit with her landmark appeal.

Asked what prompted her to take up the role of Kiranjit, Aishwarya Rai said “This was the story needed to be told to larger audience. As Kiranjit Ahluwalia herself said it was extremely emotional journey to re-live her life. This is also the reason why the film is being dubbed in several Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil.”

Jag Mundhra, the director of the film, said “Women from all walks of life, all colour, all races and backgrounds can relate to the story. Some have already come up to me saying they watched their own life. Without doubt this will resonate beyond Asian women to women in general.”
In India special screening of the film was organised for the family of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the response had been wonderful, Mundhra said.

According to Sunanda Murali Manohar, producer of the film, Rani Jethmalanij, leading lawyer and activist, told her after seeing the film that the film had accomplished in two hours what she had been trying to portray for 20 years - marital violence and suffering faced by women.
Kiranjit said “It is important to raise this issue and film is the best way to do it. There is a moral and this is a real story.”

Kiranjit had a privileged upbringing in Punjab. By the time of her arranged marriage to Deepak Ahluwalia, her English-educated husband, in 1979, she had Four A levels and was studying for a law degree.

When he began raping and beating her regularly in their home in West London, she found that she had nowhere to turn. Her own family and her in-laws were unwilling or unable to help.
After ten years she snapped. She placed a blanket soaked in petrol over the bedclothes that covered her husband’s feet as he slept, lit a match and ran into the garden with her three-year-old son. Neighbours heard her husband’s screams and he died of his burns six days later.

Kiranjit was sentenced to life imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court on December 7, 1989. “I lost my faith in British law,” she said. “In 1989 people knew nothing. The English system failed to understand English-Asian culture.”

Three years after the trial, a campaign by the Southall Black Sisters, a charity that was founded to fight discrimination against women, put the case before the Court of Appeal.
Led by Lord Taylor of Gosforth, then the Lord Chief Justice, the court quashed the conviction, ruling that there was evidence suggesting that the accused was suffering a “major depressive disorder” at the time of the killing.

At the re-trial in September 1992 at the Old Bailey, Kiranjit’s plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility was accepted. The judge sentenced her to three years and four months in prison - the exact time that she had already served.
Her appeal and re-trial are now part of every basic criminal law text