Aishwarya Rai completes 20 years in Bollywood
KalingaTV News Network
Mumbai: Bollywood heart throb Aishwarya Rai Bachchan entered the Hindi film industry 20 years back with the 1997 film Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, around four years after she won the Miss World pageant in 1994.
Even though she experienced several flops in her early days, 43-year old Aishwarya kept doing films one after another establishing herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in the country and the world.
Her first success in Bollywood was the romantic drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). She played the main protagonist Nandini, a Gujarati woman who is forced into wedlock (with Ajay Devgan’s character) despite being in love with another man (played by Salman Khan).
Aishwarya next took the leading role of numerous super hits including Subhash Ghai’s musical Taal; Satish Kaushik’s social drama Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai; Aditya Chopra’s ensemble romance Mohabbatein; Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s love-saga Devdas; Rajkumar Santoshi’s action thriller Khakee; Yash Raj Films’ adventure flick Dhoom 2, Mani Ratnam’s drama Guru among others.
The beauty queen also did some challenging roles like that of Raincoat, Shabd, Umrao Jaan, Guzaarish, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and so on.
The blue-eyed diva got married to Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. The couple have acted together in a few films including Guru, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Kuch Na Kaho and Dhoom 2.
Aishwarya has received numerous awards and accolades, including two Filmfare Awards for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002).
In 2009, she was awarded the “Padma Shri”, the fourth-highest Indian civilian award, by the Government of India for her contribution to the arts. She also received the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, a national order of France in 2012.