She has not only earned the distinction of being the first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival but has acted in several Hollywood films. On her birthday today, lets take a look on her top Hindi and English films.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam: The film is a love triangle involving Nandini (Aishwarya), Sameer (Salman Khan) and Vanraj (Ajay Devgn). Aishwarya won the Filmfare award for Best Actress for her performance. The film won a lot of accolade, even in distant countries like Japan and Italy. Dubbed in many international languages, the film is a brilliant representation of Indian culture.


Jodha Akhbar: Aishwarya looked stunning as 'Jodhabai' in the film. The movie was based on the famous story of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The film showcased brilliant performances by Aishwarya and Hrithik, along with excellent music and extravagant picturisation. May be it “Jashne-Bahara” or “Khwaja Mere Khwaja”, the songs of the film were highly soulful and impressive.


Devdas: Aishwarya played the role of Parvati (Paro) in the grand film based on a famous book. Her looked like an eyecandy in her traditional avatar. She danced like a swan in the film which won her another Filmfare Award for Best Actress.



Dhoom 2: The film was about a thief Aryan who performs his acts with utter mastery and has never been caught. The chemistry between the two lead actors, Hrithik and Aishwarya, was the USP of the film. Aish, who has always been known as the ethereal Goddess, for the very first time donned the size '0' look. She dazzled the screen with her sexy moves in the songs “Crazy Kiya Re…” and “Dhoom Machale”.



Guru: Aishwarya played the role of a village girl Sujata. It is said that this was the film where Aishwarya’s love blossomed for Abhishek Bachchan after which they tied decided to tie the nuptial knot with him. The film, which was loosely inspired by life of Dhirubhai Ambani, had brilliant performances by the lead pair. Aishwarya garnered lot of praise for portraying the role of a young, chirpy girl and an old mature woman in the film.



English Films

Bride and Prejudice: 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. International film critics were appreciative of Rai's "beauty".


Pink Panther 2: In 2009, Rai appeared in Harald Zwart-directed spy comedy The Pink Panther 2. Starring alongside Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer, Rai portrayed the role of Sonia Solandres, a seductive criminology expert.


Last Legion: Rai starred in this film alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth, and Thomas Sangster. Although, the film was a major critical and commercial failure, but Aishwarya was praised for her different character.



Provoked: She was one of the most intense film of Aish's career. Based on a true story, the film also starred Naveen Andrews and Miranda Richardson. She plays the role of real-life character of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a non-resident Indian who murders her husband after suffering from years of domestic abuse. Rai earned mostly positive comments for her performance. Rai convincingly goes through the various stages of shock, bewilderment, remorse and finally vindication.



Mistress of Spices: Rai took on the lead role of Tilo in Paul Mayeda Berges's romantic fantasy film The Mistress of Spices, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.



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