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Happy Birthday: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Turns 40 Today!

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The epitome of beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns 40 today, but this doesn't make her look anything less than fabulous. Even at 40, Ash looks splendid, mesmerising and as radiant as ever. She remains flawless in every sense with timeless beauty, sea-green eyes, elegance and poise. Today, she is not only one of the leading stars in our film industry, but is reckoned internationally as an iconic beauty.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's tryst with destiny began when she started modelling at the age of 17. She was then crowned the world's most beautiful woman in 1994. This Mangalorean beauty later went on becoming the reigning queen of the hindi film industry, after delivering several hits like Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Mohabbatein and many more. Aishwarya was showered with tempting Bollywood and Hollywood offers. Today, Ash is idolised by many young Indian women who want to enroll in beauty pageants and prefer to follow in her footsteps.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has captured our attention not only because of her beauty, intelligence and incredible films, but her evolving style has kept us salivating for more. From being wooed by the big production houses and high-profile brands to having millions smitten by her beauty, Mrs Rai Bachchan has the world at her feet.

But, for Ash, her world changed after she became a mother to a cute little baby girl on November 16, 2011. Aaradhya Bachchan, her first child with hubby Abhishek Bachchan, was a blessing to Aishwarya.

From becoming the Miss World to an idol, Ash is definitely a phenomenon! Come, wish the beautiful Aishwarya Rai on her 40th birthday!

Go through to slider to check out the most breathtaking avatars of Ash:

Ash's Nakshatra Diamond Jewellery Ad

Aishwarya rai was considered the ideal brand ambassador for Nakshatra Diamond Jewellery.

Aishwarya- The Silver Screen Beauty

Aishwarya remains the ultimate queen of silver screen. No words can describe her beauty.

Ash's Photoshoot

Ash's one of the most recent and hottest photoshoots, post delivery.

Bride and Prejudice

In late 2004, Rai garnered international recognition for her starring role opposite Martin Henderson in Gurinder Chadha's British film Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.

The Pepsi Ad

She became a household name after she shot the famous Pepsi ad campaign with Aamir Khan.

Enthiran

She starred opposite Rajinikanth in the movie Enthiran.

Aishwarya Rai

In the year 1991, at the age of 17, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's friend forced her to enter the prestigious Ford Supermodel Contest. As expected, Aishwarya won the contest and also won the Tulips Miss Super Vivacious prize, which was part of the same contest.

Jodhaa Akbar

Rai starred in the 2008 historical romance Jodhaa Akbar, opposite Hrithik Roshan.

Guzaarish

She garnered wide critical acclaim for her work in Bhansali's 2010 romantic drama Guzaarish.

Devdas

Rai appeared alongside Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's love-saga Devdas, an adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. She played the role of Paro (Parvati), the love interest of the protagonist (played by Khan).

Most Beautiful Woman In World

She found international fame from the Hollywood movie Bride and Prejudice, actor Julia Roberts billed her as the world's most beautiful woman.

Ash Modelling

Rai started modelling at a very young age had shot her first commercial for Camelin pencils when she was in 9th standard.

Miss World

In 1994, Ash won the Miss World title.

Aishwarya- A Global Face

She is a rare combo of beauty and brains, and has been the most popular face of Indian cinema globally.

Ash's Parents

She was born into a Mangalorean family to Krishnaraj and Brinda Rai.

Rai's Values

Rai's values and lifestyle were influenced by her family, and even as her fame continues to rise, she holds strong to a religious, value-based life, influenced early on by her parents.

Ash- A Dancer

She trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens.

Ash's Meet With Rekha

Ash met yesteryear actress Rekha, when she was in high school. It is said that Aishwarya went to a grocery shop along with her mother, when she was tapped on the shoulder by none other than Rekha herself. Rekha recognised Ash from her modeling ads. She complimented the young Aishwarya on her good looks and wished her all the best. She had later done Rekha's movie Umrao Jaan, along with hubby Abhishek Bachchan.

The Miss World

It is said, after winning the title of Miss World in 1994, the host of the event asked her out, but she refused.

Devdas Special Screening

Ash at the Cannes Film Festival 2002 for the special screening of the movie Devdas.

Aishwarya's Fans

Aishwarya's fans want to know everything that's happening in her life and she is constantly under the media scanner. There is absolutely no doubt that the lady has handled the media and the world with utmost grace and dignity so far.

Iruvar

Rai made her acting debut in 1997 with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar, a semi-biographical political drama, featuring Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Tabu and Revathi.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

In 1999 Rai starred in the romantic drama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, marked a significant turning point in her career.

Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya

She made her entry in Bollywood with the movie Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, opposite Bobby Deol.

Cannes International Film Festival

She is first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival.

Oprah Winfrey Show

Aishwarya Rai is the first Indian to participate in the famous Oprah Winfrey show in America.

Abhi-Ash

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. Their love story began on the sets of JP Dutta's Umrao Jaan. It is said that after the premiere of the film Guru, Abhishek Bachchan proposed marriage to Aishwarya.

Ash's World Tour

In 1999 Rai participated in a world tour called the Magnificent Five, along with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Akshaye Khanna, and Twinkle Khanna.

Loreal's Brand Ambassador

In 2003, she became a global brand ambassador of L'Oréal, alongside Andie MacDowell, Eva Longoria, and Penélope Cruz.

Aishwarya's Accident

Ash met with an accident in the year 2003, while shooting the film Khakee. She had fractured her leg.

Ash's Websites

There are over 17,000 websites dedicated to her.

Tulips Named After Ash

Tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands has been named after Aishwarya Rai.

Aishwarya

It is said that when President George W Bush visited India, he had invited Aishwarya to a luncheaon, but she was unable to attend.

The Eye Bank Association

Rai is the brand ambassador for The Eye Bank Association of India's nationwide campaign to promote eye donation in India.[

Rai's Performance For Tsunami

In February 2005 Rai performed alongside other Bollywood stars at the HELP! Telethon Concert, an event to raise money for the victims of the 2004 tsunami earthquake.

Ash Becomes Mom

She became a mother to a baby girl in November 2011.

Aishwarya Gets Rejected

Not known to many, Aishwarya was once rejected for a TV serial dubbing job before she became famous.

Ash's Favourite Subject

As a student, her favourite subject was zoology, and Aishwarya even considered a career in medicine, but found the same tough to pursue.

Casablanca

Aishwarya's favourite film is Casablanca, starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.

Ash- The Barbie

A limited edition range of Barbie dolls inspired by Aishwarya was released in Britain in 2005. The dolls were sold out within minutes and are now considered collectibles.

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