Rai has acted in over 40 films in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. Often quoted by media as "the most beautiful woman in the world."
Rai has established itself as one of the leading actresses in Bollywood. Rais off-screen roles include tasks such as brand ambassador for various charities and campaigns. She is married to another actor Abhishek Bachchan. In 2009 she was honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Indian government.
Rai was born into a Tulu speaking Bunt family in Mangalore, Karnataka. Her father, Krishnaraj, was a marine biologist, while the mother is Brindya housewife. One one of her professors at Jai Hind College, took pictures of her , which was published in a fashion magazine. In 1991, Rai attended the Ford Supermodel Contest and also appeared in Vogue Magazine. She has been on the cover of Vogue three times. Aishwarya Rai is a two-time winner of the Filmfare Best Actress Award, and has been nominated for the Filmfare Awards eleven times. She has won several times at the International Indian Film Academy Awards, Star Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, and others.