Aishwarya Rai, famously known by her nickname “Ash,” is a renowned Indian actress and model. After her marriage to Abhishek Bachchan, she is also addressed as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. With an illustrious career in the entertainment industry, she has gained admiration for her exceptional acting skills and timeless beauty.
Aishwarya Rai pursued her education at Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and attended both Jai Hind College and D. G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science, and Commerce. However, she eventually became a college dropout.
Born on November 1, 1973, in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, Aishwarya belongs to the Scorpio zodiac sign. She proudly identifies as Indian and calls Mumbai, Maharashtra, her hometown.
Aishwarya marked her cinematic debut in 1997 with the Tamil film “Iruvar,” followed by her Bollywood debut in “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya” in the same year.
Aishwarya Rai stands tall at 170 cm (5 feet 7 inches) and maintains a weight of approximately 56 kg. Her captivating figure measurements are noted at 34-26-36. Her distinctive features include hazel green-blue eyes and flowing black hair.
Throughout her career, she has faced controversies, including legal battles, tumultuous relationships, and involvement in the Panama Papers case.
- Sued Star and Style magazine: In 1996, she sued the Star and Style magazine for an amount of 20 million (2 crore INR) for publishing that actress Raveena Tandon had caught her and Akshay Kumar in a compromising position at the poolside of a 5 star hotel.
- Relationship with Salman Khan: Her relationship with Salman Khan from 1999 to 2001 was controverial, and after her break-up she said that she faced abuse (verbal, physical and emotional) from Salman Khan.
- Shakti Kapoor said Aishwarya traded sexual favours: After the casting couch sting operation of Shakti Kapoor in 2005, he said that Aishwarya had traded sexual favors for a spot in Subhash Ghai’s movies. But, later he apologized for his words and considered it as a result of his anger.
- Panama Papers case: In December 2021, she was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Panama papers. The actress was alleged to have slashed wealth abroad. After ‘The Panama Papers’ case made headlines in 2016, the agency started investigating alleged forex violations in 2017 and issued notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the Reserve Bank of India. On 21 December 2021, the actress appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for recording her statement. According to the agency, Ms. bachchan was the director of One British Virgin Islands-based company that was set up in 2005 and dissolved in 2008.
Aishwarya’s family comprises her father Krishnaraj Rai, who is an Army biologist, and her mother Vrinda Rai, a homemaker. She has a brother named Aditya Rai, who works as an engineer in the merchant navy. Post-marriage, she became a part of the distinguished Bachchan family, with her father-in-law being the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan and her mother-in-law being the esteemed actress Jaya Bachchan.
Aishwarya Rai follows the Hindu religion and has residences in both Mumbai and Dubai. Her Mumbai address is located in Juhu, while her villa in Dubai is in the prestigious Sanctuary Falls in Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Aishwarya’s hobbies encompass a range of interests, including knitting, collecting watches, and reading.
Relationships & Affairs
Aishwarya Rai’s romantic journey has been a subject of public interest. From her modeling days, she had relationships with individuals like Rajeev Mulchandani. Notably, her affair with Salman Khan garnered attention, marked by controversies and challenges. She also had associations with actors like Vivek Oberoi before finding her life partner in Abhishek Bachchan, whom she married in 2007. They are blessed with a daughter named Aaradhya.
Likes & Dislikes
Aishwarya’s preferences reflect her diverse tastes. She relishes chicken curry and chocolates, admires actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Raj Kapoor, and has a special fondness for Nargis as an actress. Her choices in film directors include Mani Ratnam and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She finds inspiration in “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and favors colors like black, blue, and white. In the realm of fashion, she gravitates toward Giorgio Armani’s designs and cherishes the perfume “Happy” by Clinique. Her favored travel destinations include France, Dubai, and South Africa.
Aishwarya Rai’s elegance extends to her style choices. She possesses an Audi A8 and showcases a penchant for luxury watches, including the Dolce Vita collection.
In terms of her financial standing, Aishwarya Rai commands a significant salary in the range of 9-10 crore per film (INR) and has accumulated a net worth of approximately $35 million.