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. 
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.  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.