Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an Indian actress and former Miss World. She was born in Mangalore to Krishnaraj Rai and Vrinda Rai. She has an elder brother, Aditya Rai, who is an engineer in the merchant navy and has also co-produced one of Rai's movies, 'Dil Ka Rishta' (2003). At an early age her parents moved to Mumbai where she attended the Arya Vidya Mandir high school in Santa Cruz. Rai then went to Jai Hind College in Churchgate for a year, and then moved to Ruparel College in Matunga to finish her HSC studies.
She planned to become an architect, and started studying architecture, but gave up her education to pursue a career in modeling. She can communicate in several languages, including her mother tongue Tulu, as well as Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil. While pursuing her studies in architecture, Rai began modeling as well.
In the 1994 Miss India contest, she won the second place behind Sushmita Sen, and was crowned Miss India World. She went on to win the Miss World title the same year, where she also won the Miss Photogenic award. She abandoned her academic education after winning the pageant and spent one year reigning as Miss World in London. Rai then started working as a professional model and then moved on to her current profession as an actress.
During her career, Rai has acted in over 40 movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali, which include a number of international productions. Often cited by the media as the most beautiful woman in the world, Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film 'Iruvar' (1997) and had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie 'Jeans' (1998).
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' (1999) was the movie through which Aishwarya was noticed in Bollywood. Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
In 2002 she appeared in Bhansali's next project, 'Devdas' (2002), for which she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award. After a low phase in her career during 2003 to 2005, she appeared in the blockbuster 'Dhoom 2' (2006), which turned out to be her biggest Bollywood commercial success. She later appeared in films like 'Guru' (2007), 'Jodhaa Akbar' (2008), and 'Enthiran' (2010) which were commercially and critically successful. Rai has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in the Indian film industry.
She married actor Abhishek Bachchan in the year 2007. The couple have a baby named Aaradhya Bachchan , born in 2011.