Actress and former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has turned a year younger today. Yes, eternal beauties like her don’t age like us mortals. Ash is ageing like a fine wine. Getting only better and better with age. Aishwarya is hands-down one of the most beautiful actresses we have in Bollywood.
She has mesmerized people all across the globe with her timeless beauty. But there’s more to her than just her stunning looks. Ash has time and again proved that she is a great performer who blooms beautifully under the guidance of the nuanced filmmakers. In a career spanning more than two decades, Ash has treated her fans with several memorable performances.
On the occasion of Aishwarya’s 46th birthday, let’s have a look at her seven career-defining roles.
7 career-defining roles of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
It’s a proved fact that Aishwarya’s best performance has come with her collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Together this actress-director jodi has given us some of the most memorable films. Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ is hands down one of the most talked-about films in both his as well as Aishwarya’s career. Aishwarya played Nandini in the film, a woman who is torn between her heart and mind. The actress beautifully portrayed the dilemma her character goes through in this romantic-drama.
As I told you before, Bhansali has always succeeded in bringing out the best in Aishwarya. In this romantic drama, Aishwarya will leave you mesmerised with her performance as Paro. In the film, she is a broken yet beautiful soul giving up on her love for the happiness of the others. Though the film revolved around Devdas, but Paro is the backbone of the story. And Aishwarya played the role perfectly.
Helmed by Rituparno Ghosh, ‘Raincoat’ is one of the most underrated films of Aishwarya’s career. Please watch this film right away if you haven’t already. The film depicts the story of two lovers who couldn’t marry as fate had something else in store for them. One fine day the end up meeting and then they have a soul-sharing conversation. The film has an old-world charm to it which will get you hooked instantly.
This Jag Mundhra directorial is my personal favourite film from Aishwarya’s filmography. The film’s storyline is so gripping that will make you root for the protagonist even if she is on the wrong side of the law. Choosing Aishwarya to play the lead role was a great casting call as we have always seen her playing docile and simple-sweet characters. So watching her go ruthless comes as a huge surprise.
This Mani Ratnam directorial though basically belongs to Abhishek Bachchan but Aishwarya too stood out in the film with her honest performance. You just can’t take your eyes away whenever she is on-screen. Ash in the film’s chartbuster romantic tracks will always be fresh in the viewer’s mind.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Ashutosh Gowariker gave the cinephiles a gem of a film in ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. Aishwarya is looking mesmerising in this film. The way she has been dressed up as Maharani Jodhaa will make you fall in love with her beauty all over again. The cherry on the cake is her pairing with the handsome hunk Hrithik Roshan. Together these two look every bit of a King and a Queen. Apart from their romance, the film’s gripping storyline and representation of the historical events made it a huge success at the box-office.
Yet another Bhansali film. Aishwarya and Bhansali’s combination is very lucky for them as well as the audience. In this draining emotional drama, Aishwarya plays Sofia D’Souza in this film who takes care of the quadriplegic and former magician Ethan (Hrithik Roshan). The way Sofia looks after Ethan and eventually falls for him makes for a very poignant story. Her love for Ethan was so profound that she even supports his petition for euthanasia.
We wish our stunning actress Aishwarya, a lifetime of happiness and a very Happy Birthday.