Happy Birthday, Aishwarya Rai

Happy Birthday, Aishwarya Rai

Miss World

Text: Adibah Isa

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As the Bollywood beauty turns 43 today, we look back on her life and fillm career

The name Aishwarya Rai is synonymous with a number of things: Beauty, wit, talent, charm and well, Bollywood. One of the world's most recognisable faces, the Indian actress first launched her charm offensive as the winner of Miss World in 1994. Since then, she's appeared in over 40 films in five languages, the most prominent in Hindi. If you don't know where to start, Devdas, also starring Shah Rukh Khan, is a good one.

Rising in popularity in the late '90s to early '00s, we've seen her in numerous coming-of-age films, romantic comedies and suspenseful dramas, growing up right before our eyes. Hollywood has also taken notice of her with roles in Pride and Prejudice, Mistress Of Spices and Pink Panther 2. An iconic beauty, she's also been a loyal L'Oreal ambassador for almost 15 years.

At the age of 43, she's still very much in demand. Her timeless appeal has seen her cast as an Urdu poetess in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, a film on unrequited love. Before watching the flick (now showing in Singapore), take a look back at some of the actress' most iconic snapshots of her life on and off reel. 

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