Aishwarya Rai at 50: A Journey of Beauty, Talent, and Controversies

Explore the remarkable journey of Aishwarya Rai, the global beauty icon, as she turns 50. Discover her cinematic achievements, controversies, and the intriguing choices that have shaped her illustrious career.

Aishwarya Rai turns 50
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai turns 50.

Aishwarya Rai, the renowned model-turned-actor, is celebrating her 50th birthday today. She has not only been a global symbol of beauty but has also proven her mettle as an actor with her remarkable performances and exceptional dance skills. On this special occasion, let’s take a closer look at her illustrious career and the controversies that have surrounded her, and explore why she is considered a global icon.

Her Journey on the Silver Screen

Aishwarya Rai, who claimed the Miss World title in 1994, ventured into the world of cinema with her debut film ‘Iruvar’ in 1997. The film was critically acclaimed, and her portrayal of dual roles as Kalpanavalli and Pushpa left the audience in awe of her acting prowess and beauty. ‘Iruvar’ marked the beginning of a successful career filled with commercially successful movies.

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While ‘Jeans’ was her second Tamil film that provided a boost to her career, it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ that truly defined her as an actor. Even today, this film is considered one of Aishwarya Rai’s finest works. Another Bhansali masterpiece, ‘Devdas,’ etched her beauty and charm as Paro into the hearts of audiences.

Despite facing career lows at certain points, Aishwarya Rai made a strong comeback with memorable performances in films like ‘Raincoat,’ where she portrayed Neerja, a broken lover reuniting with her boyfriend after a long separation, and ‘Bride and Prejudice,’ in which she played the spirited Lalitha. Her exceptional portrayal of Sophia D’Souza, a home nurse caring for a quadriplegic man in ‘Guzaarish,’ and her role as Jodhaa Bai in ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ showcased her versatility as an actor.

In recent years, Aishwarya Rai made a powerful return with Mani Ratnam’s two-part epic movie ‘Ponniyin Selvan.’

The Controversies Surrounding Her

Aishwarya Rai’s journey, despite its enormous success, has not been without its share of controversies. Her on-screen romance with Salman Khan in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ was heartwarming, but their off-screen relationship was tumultuous. Aishwarya later revealed that she had endured constant physical and mental abuse from Salman Khan. Although there was no official confirmation, speculations arose that she was dropped from significant film projects due to Khan’s influence in the industry.

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After her breakup with Salman Khan, she entered a relationship with Vivek Oberoi, an up-and-coming actor at the time. However, this relationship also ended abruptly, and rumors swirled that Vivek was threatened by Khan, who was displeased with his ex’s new boyfriend. Vivek, son of senior actor Suresh Oberoi, did not remain silent and held press conferences addressing Khan’s alleged threats.

Interesting Tidbits About the Icon

Aishwarya Rai‘s journey in the film industry is filled with intriguing anecdotes. For instance, she was offered the role of Tina in Karan Johar’s film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ but turned it down because she felt it might stereotype her in glamorous roles.

She also famously declined the role of Briseis in the Brad Pitt-starrer ‘Troy’ due to uncomfortable scenes required for the character. Aishwarya Rai’s choices reflect her commitment to versatility and her determination to carve her unique path in the world of cinema.

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