Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-A diva turns mother
On the first day of November 1973 a beautiful bonny girl was born to the proud parents Vrinda Rai and Krishna Raj Rai. They named her Aishwarya. The light green eyed baby was a joy to the Rai family. Born under the star sign of Scorpio, this baby was destined to conquer the hearts of the Hindi movie buffs.
Tulu is the mother tongue of Aishwarya, as she belongs to the Bunt community of southern India. However, she has fluent control over multiple languages such as Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil and Urdu.
During her teenage she underwent extensive training in classical dancing for five years. This was to prove as an invaluable asset during her acting career. The élan and grace she brought to the dancing sequences in her movies are unparallel. “Taal” and “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” are good examples.
Aishwarya was born in Mysore but her family soon relocated to Mumbai metropolis. She did her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai. She was a good student and her dream was to become a doctor. However, her beautiful face and gracious presence opened the doors to modeling industry. She was in ninth standard when she did her first commercial for Camlin pencil.
She studied Zoology in DG Ruparel College of Mumbai. Aishwarya scored ninety percent in the HSC. She also got the chance to study in Raheja College of Architecture in Bombay but decided not to go.
Being a glamorous model she aspired to become the Miss India. She participated in the most prestigious beauty pageant and lost the first position to Sushmita Sen who went on to win the Miss Universe crown. A determined Aishwarya went on to become the Miss World in the year 1994 at Sun City, South Africa.
There was no looking back since. She already was doing commercials for acclaimed brands such as Pepsi, Titan and Lux. Interestingly; she is the only star other than Amir Khan who endorsed both the soft drink brands Pepsi and Coca Cola.
Following her predecessors of the fashion industry, Aishwarya soon tried her hands in the world of silver screen. Her first movie was Iruvar, in Tamil. It released in the year 1997 and directed by none other than the master film director Maniratnam. However the film couldn’t do well at the box office.
She went on to act in big budget films such as “Jeans” and “Aur Pyar Ho Gaya”. But both the films turned out to be a dud at the box office. These raised serious questions about her acting abilities and her career as an actress was at stake, but she won over her critics with sheer hard work and brilliant performances.
The film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” exploded on the big screen in the year 1999 and turned out to be the biggest grosser of the year. Aishwarya starred in the movie along with actors Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali creation propelled the sagging career of Aishwarya to dizzying heights.
It was at this time that Bollywood woke up to the news of beautiful Aishwarya being in love with her co star Salman Khan. The news soon spread like wild fire through the grape vines of tinsel town. At the time Aishwarya was also scaling new heights on the professional front and numerous hits went on to establish her as the numero uno in the film industry.
However this relation was short lived. After a turbulent break up with Salman Khan, the actress was soon associated with a new entrant of Bollywood. The entrant was none other than the promising actor Vivek Oberoi. This too was a short lived affair as the couple silently part their ways. Aishwarya was never again seen onscreen with the actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi.
She is the second Indian actress after Parveen Babi to grace the cover of prestigious TIMES magazine. The TIMES magazine issue was released in the year 2003.
Aishwarya even appeared in the popular “Oprah Winfrey Show” in the year 2005. She fascinated the host and no doubt attracted the attention that she deserves.
In the same year 2005 the world witnessed the line of Barbie dolls launched that were inspired by her and her get ups. This limited edition dolls are now treated as a prized possession.
Madame Tussaud’s Museum of wax sculptures is well known worldwide for the stunning similarity between the personality and his/her wax statue. It is thought to be a great honor to have one’s replica at this museum in London. Aishwarya became the first Indian actress in the year 2004 to have her wax replica placed at the museum. Father of the great Indian nation, Gandhiji was the first Indian to have his replica kept at Madame Tussaud’s museum.
Amongst all the accolade and awards Aishwarya was having an exciting time in her personal front as well. It was the junior Bachchan who won away the beauty queen’s heart. Incidentally Aishwarya has done the most number of movies with Abhishek Bachchan too. The lovely couple tied the nuptial knots amidst huge fanfare on 19thFebruary 2007. It was the most awaited event in the Bollywood calendar. No wonder, she broke a million hearts of her lovelorn admirers.
The couple is very much in love and Aishwarya was seen spending quality time with her husband around the world. Papa Amitabh Bachchan was no doubt proud and happy about her daughter in law. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya portrayed the perfect picture of a happy family. It was only a matter of time for the baby Bachchan to arrive and her fans waited for the good news to come.
The public appearance of Aishwarya with a small belly bump made the grapevines churning out stories of her pregnancy. It was her father in law Amitabh Bachchan who put all the speculations to rest and announced that she is an expecting mom.
The ritual of “God Bharai” was celebrated in the Bachchan household, Jalsha. Aishwarya is expected to deliver in the second week of November, 2011. The Bachchans had already booked a deluxe VIP room for Aishwarya in the Seven Hills Hospital. It is one of the most prestigious institutes in Mumbai. Interestingly, the baby is also to be a Scorpion, like Aishwarya. We wish Ash all the best in her new role as a mother.