The world bowed before Aishwarya Rai Bachchan when she won the Miss World title in 1994. However, she came to limelight with her first Pepsi commercial, where she played Sanjana. This commercial also had Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudhari. Soon, Bollywood offers started pouring for this eternal beauty.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil biopic film Iruvar in the year 1997. The film was a critical success and won many awards. Aishwarya's films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Taal (1999), Devdas (2002), Dhoom 2 (2006) and Jodha Akbar (2008) were tight slap on the critics' face who said 'models can't act'. Not only these films gave her critical acclaim and Box Office success, it also fetched her many awards for her brilliant performance.
Devdas was the high point of Aishwarya's movie career. The film received a special screening at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and was selected by Time Magazine's in its list of 10 best films of the millennium. Also, Devdas was the highest-grossing film of the year in India as well as overseas. The film won 10 Filmfare Awards including the best actress.
Here are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Bollywood journey in pictures.
Aishwarya In Iruvar
Iruvar was Aishwarya's first film. It was a Tamil political drama film. The film was co-written, directed and produced by Mani Ratnam.
Aishwarya In Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
Aur Pyar Ho Gaya was Aishwarya's first Hindi movie. The film bombed at the Box Office.
Aishwarya In Jeans
Aishwarya's Jeans (1998) was a Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Shankar. All the seven wonders of the world were shown in this movie.
Aishwarya In Aa Ab Laut Chale
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Khanna in Aa Ab Laut Chale.
Aishwarya in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Aishwarya was praised highly for her acting in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Aishwarya In Taal
Taal was quite successful overseas. It also became the first Indian film to reach the top 20 on Variety's Box Office list.
Aishwarya In Josh
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played Shahrukh Khan's sister in Josh.
Aishwarya In Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan worked together for the first time in this movie.
Aishwarya In Mohabbatein
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan worked with legendary director Yash Chopra in Mohabbatein.
Aishwarya In Devdas
At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores.
Aishwarya In Bride And Prejudice
Bride And Prejudice was Aishwarya's first Hollywood project.
Aishwarya In Kyun Ho Gaya Na
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Vivek Oberoi in Kyun Ho Gaya Na.
Aishwarya In Dhoom 2
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave her first kissing scene in Dhoom 2.
Aishwarya In Guru
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Guru was a huge hit at the Box Office.
Aishwarya In Jodha Akbar
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave a very powerful performance in Jodha Akbar. The movie was shot after her marriage.
Aishwarya In Raavan
Raavan was Aishwarya and Abhishek's first movie together after marriage.
Aishwarya In Guzaarish
The last movie Aishwarya did before pregnancy was Guzaarish.