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Aishwarya Rai (born 1 November 1973), also known by her married name Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the pageant. Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India.Rai has received, including two from eleven nominations, and she was honoured with the by the in 2009 and the by the in 2012. She aishwarya rai eyes 2018 has often been cited in the media as "the most beautiful woman in the world".

While in college, Rai did a few modelling jobs. Following appearances in several television commercials, she entered the pageant, in which she placed second. She was then crowned, after which she began receiving offers to act in film. She made her acting debut in 's 1997 film and had her first Hindi film release in that same year. Her first commercial success was the Tamil romantic drama (1998), following which she achieved wider success and won two awards at for her performances in (1999) and (2002).

Rai garnered critical appreciation for portraying a passionate artist in the Tamil romance (2000), 's heroine, Binodini, in the Bengali film (2003), a depressed woman in the drama (2004), in the British drama film (2006), and a nurse in the drama (2010). Rai's greatest commercial successes have been the romance (2000), the adventure film (2006), the historical romance (2008), the science fiction film (2010), and the romantic drama (2016).

Rai married actor in 2007 with whom she has one daughter. Her off-screen roles include duties as a brand ambassador for several charity organisations and campaigns. She is a for the (UNAIDS). In 2003, she was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the.

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Early life and modelling career

Rai was born on 1 November 1973 into a speaking family in,. Her father, Krishnaraj, who died on 18 March 2017, was an Army, while her mother, Brinda, is a homemaker. She has one elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy. Rai's movie (2003) was co-produced by her brother and co-written by her mother. The family moved to, where Rai attended the.Rai did her intermediate schooling at for a year, and then joined in, securing 90 percent in the exams.

She trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens. Her favourite subject was zoology, so she initially considered a career in medicine. Then with plans to become an architect, she enrolled at Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, but later gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling.

In 1991, Rai won an international supermodel contest (organised by ) and was eventually featured in the American edition of. In 1993, Rai gained huge public recognition for her appearance in a commercial with actors and. The single line – "Hi, I'm Sanjana," of her dialogue in the commercial made her instantly famous. In the 1994 pageant, she won second place, behind, and was crowned Miss India World, also winning five other sub-titles, "Miss Catwalk", "Miss Miraculous", "Miss Photogenic", "Miss Perfect Ten" and "Miss Popular". With Sen representing India at the pageant, Rai's duties as the first runner-up included representing India in the rival Pageant, held that year in Sun City, South Africa. She went on to win the crown where she also won the "Miss Photogenic" award and. After winning the pageant, Rai spoke of her dream for peace for this world, and her desire to be an ambassador of peace during her one-year reign in London.Rai continued to pursue a career as a model until she became an actress.

Acting career

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Early work (1997–1998)

Rai made her acting debut in 1997 with 's film, a semi-biographical, featuring,, and. The film was a critical success and among other awards, won the Best Film award at the Rai featured as Pushpavalli and Kalpana – dual roles; the latter was a fictionalised portrayal of politician and former actress. Due to Rai's weak Tamil-speaking skills, her dialogue in the film was dubbed by Tamil actress. That same year, she was cast as Ashi, a naive teenager in her first Bollywood film –, a romantic comedy opposite. Both Iruvar and Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya were commercial failures and reviewers were critical of Rai's acting ability in both the films. However, for the latter, she won a.

In the 1998 big-budget Tamil directed by, Rai appeared alongside and. She played Madhumita, a young woman who accompanies her ailing grandmother to the United States to seek medical attention. A commercial success, the film earned Rai praise for her acting and dancing skills. Unlike in Iruvar, Rai practised and dubbed for her own lines in the film.Jeans was later submitted as for 1998. Her first role in 1999 was in the melodrama, directed by. The film was a critical failure and had a below average performance at the box office.Rai's portrayal of Pooja Walia, a traditional Indian woman living in the United States, met with negative reviews; published, "Aishwarya Rai sports a plastic smile and never gets a scene where she can portray any depth. All she does is cry and smile and look pretty".

Rise to prominence (1999–2001)

In 1999, Rai starred in the romantic drama which became a significant turning point in her career. The film, an adaptation of 's Bengali novel, was directed by and co-starred and. She played the main protagonist Nandini, a woman who is forced into wedlock (with Devgan's character) despite being in love with another man (played by Khan). Bhansali cast Rai after he met her at the screening of a film and was impressed with her eyes. TheMovieReport.com praised Rai's performance over her co-actors and noted, "Rai, in a luminous, award-winning performance (largely considered her big dramatic breakthrough—and justifiably so), fills in the conflicted emotional shades that Khan fails to bring with his one-dimensional presence".Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam emerged as a major commercial success and won Rai a.

Rai next took the leading role of Mansi, an aspiring singer, in 's musical ; alongside,, and. A reviewer for praised her acting and dancing prowess in it and wrote that "Taal will again enhance her reputation as an actress while in no way detracting from her image as a traffic-stopper". A moderate domestic success, Taal was notable for being the first Indian film to feature in the top twenty listing at the American box-office.Rai received a second Best Actress nomination that year at the Filmfare Awards ceremony.

In 2000, Rai starred in, a Tamil language adaptation of 's novel. Directed by, the film also starred Tabu, and in prominent roles. Rai was cast as Meenakshi (based on the character of ), the younger sister of Tabu's character. The film was a critical and commercial success and earned Rai positive comments from critics; a review carried by summarised, "Attacking her role with just the perfect dollop of innocence, Aishwarya does full justice to her part, and matches up perfectly to Tabu."

Rai next starred alongside and in the action drama. She portrayed Shirley Dias, the twin sister of Khan's character who falls in love with his arch enemy's brother (played by Singh). The casting of Rai as Khan's sister was considered an unusual pairing at the time; director, however, described it as "perfect". Despite earning mixed reviews from film critics, Josh emerged as a commercial success.'s social drama was Rai's next release; she played a rape victim in the film. Co-starring Anil Kapoor and, the film was well received by critics and did moderate business at the box office. Film critic Sukanya Verma praised Rai's decision to star in the film and added that she "conveys the turmoil and pain of a rape victim well. But it is her transition from an emotional wreck trying to gather the broken pieces of her life back together that is amazing."Rai eventually earned a third Best Actress nomination at Filmfare.

Following a leading role in the box-office flop, Rai took on a supporting role in 's ensemble romance. Rai's role was that of Megha Shankar, the daughter of 's character who commits suicide after realising that her father will not accept her romance with one of his students (played by Shah Rukh Khan). Despite earning mixed reviews from film critics, Mohabbatein emerged as the and earned Rai a nomination. The following year, she starred alongside and in the romantic comedy. Upon release, both the film and her performance received mostly negative reviews; of criticised the film and mentioned Rai as "plastic in some scenes".

Devdas and international recognition (2002–07)

Dixit and Rai posing for the camera. Rai with her co-star at the premiere of their film in 2002

After featuring in 's slapstick comedy film, Rai appeared alongside Shahrukh Khan and in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's love-saga, an adaptation of 's. She played the role of Paro (Parvati), the love interest of the protagonist (played by Khan). The film was screened at the and was featured by in their listing of the "10 best films of the millennium". The film emerged as a major international success with revenues of over ₹840 million (US million). Alan Morrison, writing for, praised the performances of the three leads and wrote, "Aishwarya Rai proves she has the acting talent to back up her flawless looks".Devdas was chosen as India's official entry for the and received a nomination at the in the category. In India, the film won 10 Filmfare Awards, including a second Best Actress award for Rai.

In 2003, Rai featured in two romantic dramas of Bollywood, her brother's production début, alongside, and 's, alongside. Neither of these films fared well critically or commercially. She was later noted for her starring role in 's, an adaptation of 's. She portrayed the character of Binodini, an emotionally manipulative widow, struggling with her sexual desires in early-20th century Bengal. The film was a major critical success and Rai earned positive notice for her performance; Derek Elley of noted, "Rai dominates the film with her delicately sensual presence and physical grace". Commercially, the film was a.

After the success of Chokher Bali, Rai returned to mainstream Hindi film with 's (2004), an action thriller featuring Amitabh Bachchan,, Ajay Devgan and. The film tells the story of five constables embroiled in a mystery surrounding a terrorist attack; Rai's role was that of Mahalakshmi, a. While filming for Khakee, Rai was accidentally hit by a running car, which resulted in the fracture of her left foot. Upon release, the film received moderate critical and commercial success. In her next release, the romantic comedy, Rai played Diya Malhotra, a university student who develops a one-sided attraction toward her friend Arjun Khanna (played by ). The film received positive to mixed comments from critics, but failed commercially.

In late 2004, Rai garnered international recognition for her starring role opposite in 's, a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. International film critics expressed mixed views on Rai's performance as the Punjabi version of Elizabeth Bennet; a review carried by mentioned her as "radiantly beautiful but inert", while noted that "she is a world-class hottie with talent to match, as she proves in her first English-speaking role". With a worldwide gross of million against a production budget of million, Bride and Prejudice proved a commercial success.Rai next collaborated with director Rituparno Ghosh, for the second time, in the relationship drama, an adaptation of 's. Also featuring Ajay Devgan, Raincoat met with wide critical acclaim and among other wins, won the. noted, "[A]s Neerja, [Rai] appears to have shed her inhibitions about looking unglamorous. What is more, she seems to have made an earnest effort to emote, using less of her body and limbs and more of her face, and eyes in particular". She eventually received another Best Actress nomination at Filmfare.

Rai next co-starred alongside and in the 2005 adult drama, which tells the story of an author who convinces his wife to pursue an illicit relationship with a younger man in research for his next book. The film received predominantly negative reviews and proved a commercial failure. concluded, "For the umpteenth time, Ms Rai looks drop-dead gorgeous. And that's about it. She is like that picture postcard you get when what you were actually waiting for is a letter. It's very beautiful to look at, but is of no use because it says nothing." That same year, Rai took on the lead role of Tilo in 's romantic, an adaptation of by. The film received negative reviews from film critics and emerged as a commercial failure.[] of termed Rai's performance as "annoying" and wrote that she "wafts and simpers" through the entire film.Rai's only successful venture of 2005 was a in 's comedy, in which she featured in the popular.

Rai had two film releases in 2006, 's and '. The former, an adaptation of 's novel (1905), tells the story of a doomed from 19th-century. Rai played the titular role, a character famously played by in. Reviewers, while comparing the film to its previous adaptation, were critical of the film as well as of Rai's performance. noted, "While only Aishwarya could emulate the grace and poise of Rekha, she doesn't quite capture the intensity of Umrao's abiding melancholy", adding that "Rai's incandescent beauty and artistry [..] does indeed keep the audience watching, though not necessarily emotionally engaged."

In the -directed adventure film Dhoom 2, Rai portrayed Sunehri, a petty thief who helps the police catch an illusive criminal; the film had an ensemble cast including, Abhishek Bachchan,, and. Though critically unsuccessful, the film was Rai's first major commercial success since Devdas; the film was declared a, and became the with gross revenues of over ₹1.11 billion (US million). Rediff.com commented, "[She] is all gloss and no depth. You seldom feel any tension in her behaviour and expressions. [..] Sunehri enters the film nearly 50 minutes after its opening in a disguise. In no time, she is wearing the flimsiest of clothes. Once she opens her mouth—and she does it two minutes after appearing in the film—she spoils the image." Nonetheless, her performance earned her a sixth Filmfare Award nomination in the Best Actress category.

In 2007, Rai played the wife of Abhishek Bachchan's character in Mani Ratnam's social drama. A fictionalised biography of businessman, Guru tells the story of an uneducated man who builds a multinational corporation. The film met with international critical acclaim and emerged as a box-office success. of labelled her character as an "ornament", but Raja Sen from described it as "arguably her finest performance, visible especially when she takes over the film's climax."Rai received her seventh Best Actress nomination at Filmfare for her performance in the film. Rai next starred alongside and in 's independent British drama, as the real-life character of, a who murders her husband after suffering years of domestic abuse.Rai earned mostly positive comments for her performance. Critic Indu Mirani from wrote, "Aishwarya Rai plays the battered wife in what is undoubtedly one of her best performances to date. Rai convincingly goes through the various stages of shock, bewilderment, remorse and finally vindication". Internationally well-received, the film emerged as a moderate commercial success in the United Kingdom. That same year, Rai starred alongside, and as the Indian warrior Mira in 's.

Jodhaa Akbar and other roles (2008–10)

Rai at the premiere of in 2010

After a series of films that under-performed either critically or commercially, Rai garnered both critical and box-office success with 's period romance (2008). The film narrates a partly fictionalised account of a between the emperor (played by Hrithik Roshan) and the princess (played by Rai). noted, "Aishwarya Rai is wonderfully restrained and uses her eyes expertly to communicate so much, making this one of her finest outings on screen". The film had gross earnings of ₹1.12 billion (US million) and fetched Rai a Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards ceremony. She then co-starred with her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, and her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, in 's political drama, a sequel to the 2005 box-office hit.Rai was cast as Anita Rajan, the CEO of an international power firm who proposes to set up a plant in rural. The film was a critical and commercial success, with praise directed to the performances of the three leads.[]

Rai's next role was in the 2009 -directed spy comedy. Starring alongside, and, Rai portrayed the role of Sonia Solandres, a seductive criminology expert. Like its, the sequel received negative reviews from critics, but did a moderate business of million at the American box office. wrote, "Rai is breathtaking in Bollywood films, where they devote a great deal of expertise to admiring beauty, but here she's underutilized and too much in the background"; mentioned her expressions as "wooden" and added, "She looks gorgeous, but her expression rarely changes".

In 2010, Rai was cast by Mani Ratnam in his modern-day adaptation of the. Her role was that of Ragini (modeled on, the heroine of Ramayana), a woman married to the, who is kidnapped by a bandit. The Hindi version () and the Tamil version () of the film were shot simultaneously and Rai played the same role in both the film versions. The films received polarising reviews from film critics, as did Rai's performance. Kaveree Bamzai of wrote, "Aishwarya's Sita is one of the best things in the film... her performance is heartfelt—this is a performer who is at ease playing women, rather than girls". However, film critics Aniruddha Guha and Rajeev Masand criticised her character and noted, "She's left to scream and shriek and hiss." Commercially, Raavanan emerged as a success while Raavan flopped. Rai's next role was opposite in the Tamil film (2010), directed by S. Shankar. She was cast as Sana, a college student and the girlfriend of Rajinikanth's character. At the time of release, Enthiran was the most expensive Indian film production and eventually emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. She then appeared as Mala, an impetuous brat, in 's ; a science fiction comedy co-starring Akshay Kumar, and.

Rai's final film of 2010 was the drama ; her third collaboration with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Hrithik Roshan. The film tells the story of Ethan Mascarenas, a former magician (played by Roshan) suffering from quadriplegia, who after years of struggle, files an appeal for. Rai's role was that of Sophia D'Souza, Mascarenas' nurse, who is abused by her alcoholic husband. Due to her and Bhansali's prior associations, Rai agreed to the project before reading its script. Despite flopping at the box-office, Guzaarish met with positive critical comments. described it to be "one of Aishwarya Rai’s best performances" and The Times of India summarised, "Aishwarya is a stunning picture of fire and grace, walking away with certain scenes by her sheer vitality." In 2011, Rai was cast as the protagonist of 's social drama ; however, due to her pregnancy, Rai was replaced by actress, the original choice for the role.

Work after sabbatical (2015–present)

Rai in 2016

After a five-year sabbatical from film acting, Rai made a comeback with 's drama-thriller, co-starring and. A remake of the Korean thriller (2007), the film saw Rai play the role of Anuradha Verma, a criminal lawyer who is forced to defend a rapist in exchange for her daughter's safety. Shubha Shetty-Saha of criticised the film's unnecessary and intrusive melodrama and thought that Rai "looks the part and even does a fairly decent job, barring certain emotional scenes where she clearly goes over the top". The film underperformed at the box-office.

In 2016, Rai starred in 's biographical drama. The film is based on the life of Indian farmer, who was convicted of terrorism by a Pakistani court, and how his sister Dalbir Kaur fought relentlessly for his release. Rai played the role of the sister of Sarabjit Singh (played by ). The film premiered at the, and received mixed reactions from critics. Few reviewers expressed that Rai was "miscast" as she neither looked nor sounded like a Sikh woman. Her Punjabi accent and her over-the-top performance in few scenes was largely criticized, though several critics took note of how much she stood out in the film's quieter scenes. summarised that "she's required to scream and shout and weep copiously to express her anguish; the shrillness does her no favors. In quieter moments – like one in which Dalbir can't bear to part with her stillborn baby – the actress shines." Nonetheless her role earned her tenth Filmfare Best Actress nomination. The film earned over ₹440 million (US.4 million) worldwide against a production budget of ₹150 million (US.2 million).

Rai's final release of 2016 was 's romantic drama, alongside and in which she played the role of a poetess named Saba. Rai received mostly positive notice for her performance despite having limited screen time. Joe Leydon of Variety considered her to be the film's prime asset and wrote that she "seems to have wandered in from another movie, one where emotions are conveyed in subtler and more affecting fashion. When she takes her leave from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, you may wish you could go with her." The film emerged as one of her most commercially successful with revenues of over ₹2 billion (US million). Two years later, Rai played the part of a singer who is kidnapped by a troubled father in the unremarkable comedy-drama (2018). An adaptation of the Belgian film (2000), the film co-starred Anil Kapoor and. Uday Bhatia of disliked the film and found Rai "too unruffled a screen presence to convincingly sell the kind of silliness this film requires".

As of August 2018, Rai has committed to star with her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, in the romance Gulab Jamun.

Off-screen work

Endorsements

Rai at an event for in 2015

Rai made her first commercial for Camlin exam pencils when she was in the 9th grade. Rai became popular after appearing in a commercial with actor. She is the only actress who endorsed both Pepsi and Coca-Cola. She is one of the top brand ambassadors in the country and is one of the top paid Bollywood actresses in this respect. She modelled for,,,,,,,,,,, and. She was named the official brand ambassador for in India.Rai has been ranked the 2nd most popular watch brand ambassador worldwide in a survey, conducted by World Watch Report. In 2013 Rai and her husband have been roped in as the brand ambassadors by the.Rai endorses Lodha’s Worli project by Lodha Group.

Social and humanitarian work

In 1999 Rai participated in a world tour called the Magnificent Five, along with,, and. In the same year, she was appointed as Ambassador of Elegance. In 2003, she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the. In the same year she became a global brand ambassador of, alongside, and.Rai is the brand ambassador for The Eye Bank Association of India's nationwide campaign to promote in India. In 2005, she became a brand ambassador for, a campaign established by the in 1994 to eradicate in India. In the same year, Rai was appointed spokesperson for the, raising awareness of the main goals and priorities of the United Nations' poverty alleviation efforts.

In February 2005 Rai performed with other Bollywood stars at the HELP! Telethon Concert, an event to raise money for the victims of the. Along with other members of the, she laid the foundation of a special school for underprivileged girls in Daulatpur village in in 2008. Construction is being funded by the Bachchan family and the school will be named after Rai. She appeared along with various other Bollywood actors at the closing ceremony of the in Melbourne. The performance showcased Indian culture as a lead-up to India hosting the.

Rai is a UN Microcredit Spokesperson. She supports PETA India. She pledged to donate her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India and appeared in a public awareness film on eye donation. In November 2004, Rai created the Aishwarya Rai Foundation to help needy people in India. In 2009 Rai was appointed as the first of, an international charity that provides free surgery to children in need. Her work with Smile Train will focus not only on India, but on 76 different developing countries around the world. In September 2012, Rai had joined United Nations Secretary General and renowned Hollywood actor at a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace in New York. Later that week, she was appointed as the new international for, the joint United Nations programme on AIDS and HIV. She will raise global awareness on protecting children from HIV infection and increasing access to antiretroviral treatment.

Stage performances

Rai has taken part in several stage shows and world tours since 2001. Her first world tour, a series of concerts called Craze 2001, was performed across the US alongside,, and. The show faced early cancellation due to the, and the team prepared to return to India as soon as possible. However, the shows continued successfully in Canada.

In 2002, she participated in the show From India With Love in the UK, along with, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. It took place at two outdoor venues, 's and London's, with over 100,000 spectators.

Between July to August 2008, Rai, her husband Abhishek Bachchan, her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, and actors, and Madhuri Dixit starred in the "Unforgettable World Tour" stage production. The first leg covered the USA, Canada,, and London, England. Rai is also involved in the functional and administrative operations of her father-in-law's company, originally known as ABCL, and rechristened as AB Corp. Ltd. That company, along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., developed the Unforgettable production.

Personal life

In 1999, Rai began dating Bollywood actor ; their relationship was often reported in the media until the couple separated in 2002. Rai cited "abuse (verbal, physical and emotional), infidelity and indignity" on the part of Khan as reasons for ending the relationship.

Though they both appeared in (in which her then longtime boyfriend, Salman Khan, had a brief cameo) and, Abhishek Bachchan fell in love with Rai whilst filming. Their engagement was announced on 14 January 2007 and later confirmed by his father,. The couple married on 20 April 2007 according to traditional Hindu rites of the, to which she belongs. Token and ceremonies were also performed. The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence, "Prateeksha", in, Mumbai. They have been described as a in the Indian media.Rai is very close to her family and lived with them in, Mumbai, until her marriage.

Rai is and deeply religious. Her international presence shot up when accompanied her to the shortly after their marriage, and later to, appearing on 28 September 2009. They were described as being more famous as a couple than.

Rai gave birth to a girl, Aaradhya, on 16 November 2011.Rai is commonly referred to by fans and the media by the nicknames "Ash" and "Aish", but has stated that she dislikes being called as such. She has discouraged people from referring to her by names other than "Aishwarya" as she does not want to "spoil [her] good name".

In the media

Rai in 2010. Her / eyes has been identified as a trademark by the Indian media.

Rai Bachchan is one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities. Despite constant media speculation, she keeps her personal life well-guarded. Her physical appearance and performances have made her a style icon for young women. In 2011, India Today noted that there were over 17,000 websites dedicated to her. She was selected by magazine in its list of the country's most powerful women. In 2001 named Rai among the top five Indian movie stars. In a reader poll conducted by UK's magazine, she was voted "the most attractive woman of 2003". In the same year, Rai appeared in magazine's annual "Hot List". In 2004, she was chosen by as one of the world's most influential people, and appeared on the cover of its 2003 Asia edition.

Rai is the first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival. In October 2004 a wax figure of Rai was put on display in London's. She was the sixth Indian and the second Bollywood personality—after her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan—to get this honour. In 2007, the same figure was displayed at Madame Tussaud's Museum in in New York. As her most distinctive physical features, Rai's green-blue eyes, luscious lips, curves and feminine mannerisms have been cited by the media as her trademark.

In 2005, she was the subject of a profile on 2 January, which said that "at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls and even Julia Roberts", she was "the world's most beautiful woman". The same year, a in the Netherlands was named "Aishwarya Rai" after her. Also in 2005, released a limited edition of dolls of Rai in the United Kingdom. The British magazine ranked Rai first on their list of "Hottest Women of India".

Rai appeared on such shows as, and was the first Bollywood personality to appear on "Women Across the Globe" segment. In 2005 's list of "Most Beautiful Women in The World" ranked her ninth. In May 2006, Rai was featured in as one of the "World's Most Beautiful People". The UK magazine ranked her third in the list of "Asia's Sexiest Women" in 2006, and she was ranked eighth in 2009. In 2008 American television channel listed Rai's eyes as the sexiest on their Sexiest Body Parts list. In 2009, she made appearances on 's show and on. In the same year listed Rai at 387th out of 1,411 actors on their list of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. She is the highest-ranked Indian actor on the list.

In a poll conducted by the newspaper Daily News and Analysis in 2009, she was voted as one of India's most popular icons. She attended the, along with her husband, Abhishek.Rai with her husband appeared on on 28 September 2009. She is the first Indian celebrity who appeared in twice. They have been described as a supercouple in the Indian media.

She ranked 2nd in 's 50 most desirable women of 2010, and ranked 9th for 2011. In 2011, she has received a lot of negative publicity for failing to lose her post-pregnancy weight as is apparently "required" of a public figure. However, she silenced her critics by walking the red carpet at the "AmfAR Cinema Against Aids" gala in for the 11th time. Later that year, Rai has made it to the issue of ’s list of "Forty Women That Women Find Beautiful", where she grabbed the 21st position in the list, with New York Magazine saying "She may be the "world’s most beautiful woman," but what we really love is that she never feels fragile onscreen,". She was considered by the media one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities in India.

Accolades

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Rai has received ten nominations, and has won two trophies for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002). In 2009, she was awarded the, the fourth-highest Indian civilian award, by the for her contributions to the arts. In 2012, she was awarded the, a national.

See also

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