Birthday Special – Ash! The Woman of Substance

She is the face of India for over a decade at Global front. She is often described as one of the most beautiful people in the World by the media. She is an icon, a role model for young girls all over the Country and beyond. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, aka Ash, turns an year older today with grace and style. Married to Abhishek Bachchan and a mother of a beautiful baby girl Aaradhya, Ash is truly a woman of substance.

Chitramala takes a look at this Diva’s personal and professional graph ever since her stint with Bollywood after becoming the Miss World in 1994. A winner of two Filmfare awards, two Screen awards and two IIFA awards, Ash set a name for herself in Bollywood for her stupendous acting skills.

Backgroud – Born to a modest family based out of Mangalore, Aishwarya hails from the Bunt community, who speak Tulu. But she was mostly raised in Mumbai. Ash was a student of architecture who later dropped out to pursue modelling seriously. She is well known for her amazingly natural greenish grey eyes.

Modelling and Beauty Pageant –After appearing in successful commercials like Pepsi and Lakme, Ash soon became the face of modelling world and beauty products. She was the face of Lakme for a long time, appearing in all their products ad campaigns. Her well known commercial is the one with Aamir Khan and Mahima Choudhary, for the soft drink brand, Pepsi.

Miss World – Aishwarya was the first girl after 1960 s to win the Miss World Pageant for India in 1994, along with Sushmita Sen, who won the coveted Miss Universe title the very same year. Although Sushmita did not have a flying career in films, Ash ventured into Bollywood and enjoyed a stardom of over a decade, ruling the hearts of millions.

Bollywood calling – Ash did not quite have a great time with films bombing one after the other. Then came Subhash Ghai’s Taal and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999, and there was no looking back after that. Ash went on to do some memorable roles and was a part of super successful blockbusters like Devdas, Dhoom2, Josh, Enthiran etc., to name a few.

Personal life – Aishwarya dated Salman Khan from 1999 to 2001, after they met on the sets of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Their chemistry and vibes were immediately felt on the screen, sending mania to respective fans. However, this relationship did not last long enough. Aishwarya had a rough ride with Salman, who was said to abuse and harass her, both verbally and physically, bringing the relationship to an unfortunate end. She was later linked with her co star Vivek Oberoi, but even that did not see a concrete day light. Aishwarya finally married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007, after the two met during the making of Dhoom2 and fell in love.

International recognition – Asihwarya is well known to the audience globally after her stint with films like Bride and Prejudice and Raincoat. Ash is the only lady who endorses most number of international brands to this day. Her endorsements with Longines Watches are well known.

Brand Ambassador – Aishwarya is an active brand ambassador for worldly causes like Smile Train, HIV/AIDS, Stem Cell Banking etc.,

Sabbatical – Ash is currently enjoying a long break with her daughter. She was supposed to star in Madhur Bandarkar’s ‘Heroine’ but the reports of her being pregnant stopped her from doing the project. We look forward to seeing more of the Diva in the years to come, once she is ready of course!

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