wanted to be an architect and had taken admission the Science
stream in Mumbai's Jaihind College but destiny had something else
in store for her. Her perfectly chiseled face, porcelain skin
and emerald green eyes caught the fancy of photographers and she
started getting modeling assignments. She had become a craze in
the fashion world and she was so pressed for time that she ultimately
chose to drop out of the Rachna Sansad Institute of Architecture
after a year of enrolling in it.
green-blue eyed beauty stole ads for many prestigious firms; the
ones which brought her into the limelight were the Garden sari
and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss Femina India '94 runner up, she
was a hot favorite to win the miss world title, which she did
! Her beauty and charm made her India's darling.
having successfully completed her tenure as Miss World, Ash returned
to India. She was now open to film offers and Mani Ratnam's Iruvar
was the first film she signed down South. Rahul Rawail's Aur Pyar
Ho Gaya was the first Hindi film she agreed to do. Both the films
bombed at the box-office. However Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Him
Dil De Chuke Sanam gave her the much needed recognition.
She walked away with not just the Filmfare, Screen and Zee Premiere
awards but also IFFA and International Awards for the best actress.
She also won rave reviews for her performance as a rape victim
in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000). In 2003 she bagged another
Filmfare award for best actress for the role of paro in Sanjay
Lela Bhansali's Devdas.
relationship with Salman Khan had justify her traumatized and
depressed. However she never uttered a single word against the
bratty Khan and suffered silently for two years ultimately breaking
up with him completely and decalring atht she will never work
with Salman again.
Ash, Aishu, Gullu
to study medicine, but circumstances prevented her.
offered Rani Mukherjee's role in KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI.
up, Miss India 1994
for Longines watches since 1999
an accident on the sets of KHAKEE (2003) when a car driven
by a stuntman got out of control, hit her, took her down a
crevice and slammed her into a cactus plant. She broke a bone
in one foot and suffered severe cuts. She was rushed to a
hospital. The incident rekindled the discussion about poor
safety standards on Bollywood film sets. (April 2003)
first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International
Color: blue green
spoken: English, Hindi, Kannada
hero-heroine: Raj Kapoor, Nargis.
all-time movie: CASABLANCA
never go on diet.
family and a very close group of friends are what make her
man: handsome but not necessarily tall and dark
Weakness: willing-ness to take people at face value.
self-assurance. It's ever present even in the worst situations.
she's possessive about the people she cares for.