Biography: Aiswarya Rai is one of Bollywood's pre-eminent leading ladies. She burst upon the world stage, winning the Miss World crown in 1994. The former architecture major soon became one of India's most famous models landing a prestigious Pepsi campaign and appearing in Vogue Magazine. Rai made her film debut in Mani Rathnam's "Iruvar" (1997). Her performance in Rahul Rawail's "...Aur Paar Ho Gaya" (1997) garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". In 2001 Ash was nominated for FilmFare's Best Supporting Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai".
Aiswarya Rai reteamed with Sajay Leela Bhansali in "Devdas," most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to ever receive a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United States. Rai was showered with praise with her performance in the sumptious drama. Julia Roberts calls her "the world's most beautiful woman".
In 2003, Rai became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. She recently completed filming "Bride and Prejudice", a re-working of the Jane Austin classic, directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). She is set to star in "Chaos" opposite Meryl Streep for French Director Coline Serreau, Roland Joffe's "Singularity" and Barton Randall's "I Know a Place" and will end the year with "Mistress of Spices" once again with Director Gurinder Chadha.