Dipen Guhawrote on Aug 18 2009 1:38AM
She can be Ophelia in Hamlet, Desdimona in Othello, Julet in Romeo and Juliet, Cordelia for King Lear, and Miranda for the Tempest . But, whether she can be a "Savitri"or "Sita"or "Saytabati" may be a subject of deep contemplation. Because he magnificence is more occidental than oriental . Inspite of her paradisal elegance, she is a better fit in "Provoked" than in "Guru". She had won the "Miss World" title in 1994 and in 2000 was voted the most beutiful Miss World of all time. She is none other than Aishwarya Rai . She was born on November 1, 1973 in Mangalore. Her beauty was noticible. Following a good deal of modelling, she made her debut in a South Indian film made by Mani Ratnam. Then she was cast opposite Bobby Deol. But her worth could not be brought to light until Sanjay Leela Vansali's " Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". It was followed by "Taal". Her beauty was acknowledged with her acting potentials. It was soon after her crowning as Miss World , offers in films showered upon her from home and the world. She opted for home. She appeared very much touchy in "Mohabbate"and in "Devdas". Her performance in Rituparno Ghosh's "Rain Coat" that earned her Zee Cine Critic Award.
Aishwarya is a subtle combination of feminine coyness, meekness and dynamism and vibrancy. Thus she comes out from the cloister of showcased beauty in order to prove her brilliance in acting. Some crtics opine, Ash can better be acclaimed in Hollywood than in Bollywood.
She portrayed the Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a battered British Sikh housewife from West London who killed her abusive husband by pouring petrol over him and setting him alight. Her case was a landmark one, instrumental in changing English law concerning women who killed their husbands or boyfriends after suffering years of abuse. Aishwarya Rai herself asked the Los Angeles-based director, Jagmohan Mundhra, to play the lead in the film. It was an unusual movie foe this actress.
Rai is a different, reflecting both India's new status as a country and Bollywood's new status in the West. She has been one of the rare ones to make an effortless move from beauty queen to professional model to filmstar. Her range of movies has been remarkable with over fifty movies in Tamil, Bengali, Telegu and Hindi. Her first mega hit, "Devdas" in 2002, with Shah Rukh Lhan, and Madhuri Dixit, received a special screening at the year's Cannes Film Festival. The following year she sat on the Cannes Film Festival Jury, a rare honour for an Indian actress. " Kajra re", the song she preferred in the film "Bunty Aur Babli" was voted best song of 2005 and the best choreographed song in poll in the Hindustan Times in 2005. She demonstrated her international status by appearing at the closing ceremony of th 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourn to promote the games which will be held in 2006 in Delhi. Aishwarya's internatinal status can be judged by the fact that, although shehas so far received two Filmfare Best Actress Awards, she is the one Bollywood actress the Western media can always call on, having been featured on CBS60 minutes. She is also the only one Filmfare's list of Top Actresses to have a wax figure on display at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London.
Her roles in "Sarkar Raj" and in "Dhoom2" present her to be more western in disposition.