Aishwarya Rai Bachchan completed 21 years of winning the Miss World pageant recently and the diva feels overwhelmed with this honour.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was crowned Miss World in the year 1994. On completion of 21 years of Miss World Title, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan released a statement, "To have the opportunity to hold the title, to wear the crown with pride... that was my one time to go out there and experience beauty with a purpose. I stand here overwhelmed by this honour. I thank Miss World Organisation for such an incredible honour that I have received."
Talking about her Miss World journey, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had told a leading daily,'' While I wanted to do my medicine and all my best friends are doctors, last minute I switched to architecture as I thought I was also artistically inclined. One of my professors in college who had cancer was also a photojournalist, so she requested me to do a photoshoot for her.''
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan further added, ''I actually did it just for her, given her situation but the professionals who were there on set saw me and word spread like wildfire and the whole business was constantly asking me to join it. I participated in Miss India in 1994 and then took a break for a year to go to 'Miss World'. I just went with the flow.''
''I became 'Miss World' and I was out of my course for a year. When I returned to college for felicitation, I realised that it would never ever be the same again for me. I could not have remained a normal student anymore. I had already done my first commercial with Aamir Khan and the energy around me had been very strong for a while,'' the gorgeous actress said.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
While in college, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did a few modelling assignments. Later, she entered into the Miss India pageant, in which she came second. She won the title of Miss World in the year 1994.
Aishwarya Was Crowned Miss World In 1994
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan initially considered a career in medicine in school (as Zoology was her favourite subject) but in college she changed her mind and enrolled at Raheja College of Arts to study Architecture.
Not many people know that in the year 1991, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won an international supermodel contest (organised by Ford) and was eventually featured in the American edition of Vogue.
Miss World 1994
In the year 1993, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan became a household name, when she appeared in the very famous Pepsi commercial with actors Aamir Khan and Mahima Choudhary. Prahlad Kakkar directed the commercial.
In the 1994 Miss India pageant, she won second place and was crowned Miss India World. She also won five other subtitles, including "Miss Catwalk", "Miss Miraculous", "Miss Photogenic", "Miss Perfect Ten" and "Miss Popular"
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Miss World Pageant, 1994, was held in Sun City, South Africa. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won the crown there and she also won Miss Photogenic award and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty - Asia and Oceania.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made her acting debut in the year 1997 with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar, a semi-biographical political drama, which starred actors like Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Tabu and Revathi.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made her Bollywood debut with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, a romantic comedy opposite Bobby Deol. The film was a commercial failure, and it also got negative reviews from the critics.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tasted real success with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The movie also starred actors like Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Vinay Pathak and Helen.
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On April 20, 2007, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan got married to Abhishek Bachchan. The two did many films together but fell in love on the sets of Mani Ratnam's film Guru.