Aishwarya turns 43 - The green-eyed beauty’s film journey

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is making her fans go crazy with her ravishing look and bold avatar in her latest flick ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. Despite Anushka Sharma being the leading lady of the film, she has been grabbing more attention. Aishwarya just turned 43 on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and she still rules the heart and haunts the dreams of millions of people for her beauty.

She was destined to be in the glamour in the glamour industry; how else does one who intends to pursue medicine, then enrol for architecture, end up in showbiz! Aishwarya stepped into the glamour world when she won a supermodel contest and eventually featured in the American edition of Vogue. This opened modelling avenues for her and then there was no looking back.

Her career in the glamour world got a boost when she was crowned ‘Miss World’ in 1994. Film offers started pouring in for this green-eyed beauty.

She began her film career with a critically successful Tamil film ‘Iruvar’, but her first Bollywood film ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya’ wasn’t much appreciated. Her next ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’ was also a failure. Then came Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ where she proved herself with her zeal and determination that her performance was praised over her co-actors and she also bagged her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

She followed with a string of successful films like ‘Taal’, ‘Guru’, Devdas’, ‘Jodha Akbar’, ‘Dhoom 2’ etc. She has also worked in international films like ‘Bride and Prejudice’, ‘The Last Legion’, The Pink Panther 2’, ‘Provoked’ etc.

Aishwarya has faced highs and lows both in her film career and personal life. She was linked with actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi. Although Aishwarya and Abhishek had starred together in films earlier, both of them came closer while working for ‘Dhoom 2’. They eventually tied the knot in 2007. Aishwarya is now a proud mother of a beautiful daughter Aaradhya who will turn five very soon. Aishwarya is a hands-on mother and had taken a break from acting to raise her daughter. She made a come-back into movies with Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Jazbaa’ last year. She then featured as a deglamourized, grey-haired, bespectacled elderly women, in Omung Kumar’s biopic ‘Sarabjit’.

On the occasion of Aishwarya’s birthday, here’s a look at five of her film roles which impressed the audience.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - Nandini: Aishwarya played the role of a Gujarati girl Nandini who falls in love with Sameer who comes to learn music from her father. However, she is married off to another man Vanraj with whom she later goes in search of her first love.

Taal – Mansi: Aishwarya played the role of Mansi, the beautiful daughter of a spiritual singer in a Himachal village, who becomes the love interest of a business tycoon’s son. But due the difference in their economic and social status, they are not allowed to be together. Aishwarya’s transformation from a village belle to a gorgeous sensation in the film was remarkable.

Devdas – Paro: Aishwarya played Paro in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of the Bengali novel of the same name. Paro and Devdas are childhood sweethearts, but their marriage is opposed by Devdas’ family, who then turns into an alcoholic. Aishwarya’s performance was praised and she also won her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress for it.

Jodha Akbar – Jodha Bai: The former beauty queen Aishwarya played fiery Rajput princess Jodha Bai who is offered in marriage to Mughal Emperor Akbar to avoid a war. The emperor eventually falls in love with Jodha. Aishwarya looked nothing less than a princess in this historical drama.

Guru – Sujata: Aishwarya played a dutiful and supportive wife in the role of Sujata, a village girl who is married off to an uneducated man who goes on to establish a multinational corporation. Aishwarya’s performance was praised by critics who described it as one of her finest performances.