The beautiful Aishwarya Rai turns 41 today (yes seriously) and looks as elegant as ever! Ash, as she is fondly called, burst on to the scene in 1994, finishing runner-up to Sushmita Sen in the Miss India pageant. She represented India on the Miss World platform and promptly went on to win it. This light-eyed beauty had announced her entry on the world stage.
It seemed that the world of films were just waiting for to enter and she did, in 1997, with Mani Ratnam's Iruvar opposite Malayalam superstar Mohanlal. She went on to act in another Tamil movie Jeans, touted to be the most expensive Indian movie at the time. She made an entry into Hindi films with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya opposite Bobby Deol. Her breakthrough acting performance came with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam alongside Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn. She was well appreciated all-round and her Bollywood career simply took-off from there.
Her notable films were Taal, Kandukondain Kandukondain (Tamil), Devdas, Josh,Chokher Bali (Bengali), Khakee, Dhoom 2, Jodhaa Akbar, Robot, Raavan, Guzaarish and the Sarkar films. She has also featured in English/Hollywood productions like The Pink Panther 2, Bride and Prejudice, Provoked, The Mistress of Spices,The Last Legion etc.
Now, she is married to Abhishek Bachchan and has a daughter Aaradhya. She will be making a comeback into films after 2010 with Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa, opposite Irrfan Khan. We wish this beauty a very Happy Birthday.