Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is among the most versatile and beautiful Bollywood actresses. She won Miss World pageant in 1994 and started her acting career in Mani Ratnam’s “Iruvar” opposite Mohanlal, a South Indian superstar. She made Bollywood debut with “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya” opp. Bobby Deol. She has appearances in several regional and Hindi films. Here are some of her cult Bollywood films of all time.
She played “Nandini”, daughter of a music teacher who falls in love with his student Sameer (Salman Khan). Her father was against their relationship and forces her to marry Vanraj (Ajay Devgn). When Vanraj finds that his wife loves someone else, he unites her with Sameer. Finally, Nandini leaves Sameer for Vanraj.
She played Mansi, daughter of Tarababu (Alok Nath) who is a singer. She falls in love with Manav Mehta (Akshay Khanna), an NRI returned from the UK. His rich father Jagmohan Mehta (Amrish Puri) is against his relationship with Mansi. Mansi decides to move on and meets Vikrant Kapoor (Anil Kapoor) who is a music director and producer. She becomes a famous dancer. Manav tries to apologize to Mansi but she refuses him. She decides to marry Vikrant but Mansi and Manav unite on the day of her wedding. Taal was directed and produced by Subhash Ghai.
Devdas was another masterpiece by Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She played Paro or Parvati Chakraborty who is the love interest of her childhood boyfriend Devdas Mukherjee (Shahrukh Khan, but married to Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhary, a 40 year old widowed aristocrat with three children.
She played Preeti Virat who is raped by Babloo (Puru Raajkumar) because she testified against his brother Bhavani Choudhry. She is disowned by the family but Avinash (Anil Kapoor) gives shelter to her and she falls in love with him. She rejects his proposal as she things that she doesn’t deserve him.
She played a petty thief Sunehri who is assigned by Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan), an Assistant Commissioner, to trap the thief Mr. A (Hrithik Roshan). But she ends up falling in love with Hrithik. Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, Dhoom 2 was a blockbuster hit film and won various awards.
She played Megha, the daughter of Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan). She is the girlfriend of Raj Aryan Malhotra (Shahrukh Khan). She commits suicide because her father expels Raj from his college Gurukul as he loved her.
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She played Neeru who meets Manu with whom she has relationship for 6 years. The film is the adaptation of “The Gift of the Magi (1906).” The film was a moderate success and won various awards. Raincoat was nominated for Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for Best Feature Film and won National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film.
She played Jodhabai, the Rajput princess, married to the Great Akbar (Hrithik Roshan). She refuses to leave her Hindu cultural values despite her marriage with a Muslim emperor. It depicts how Akbar succeeds in winning her love.
A film by Mani Ratnam features Aishwarya Rai as Sujata, the wife of Gurukant Desai (Abhishek Bachchan). It is about a man who wants to make it big someday. The film is based on the real life of Dhirubhai Ambani.
She played Sofia D’Souza, nurse of an RJ Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan) who is paralyzed due to an accident. She falls in love with Ethan and helps him on his mercy killing petition, no matter what.