- 10:34 AM, Oct 20
Aishwarya Rai, born on November 1, 1973, in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, is an Indian actress and model. She was former 1994 Miss World who later becomes a Bollywood diva with her debut "Iruvar" in 1997.
Her leading role as Parvati 'Paro' in timeless love saga "Devdas" (2002), alongside actor Shahrukh Khan, has made her received the 2002 Filmfare Award and the 2003 Popular Award, both for Best Actress. Therefore, it is understandable then that the actress who has won over 50 awards since 1994 became the highest paid actress in Bollywood. Aishwarya did several following movies, including the 2003 drama "Chokher Bali." Later on, she did a movie entitled "Bride and Prejudice" (2004), a Bollywood version of Jane Austeen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice," for which she gained 20 pounds to add a sense of realism to the character. The movie soon became a success in U.K. and U.S. cinemas.