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Aishwarya 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.

This 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.

After 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.

Her 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.


  • Nickname: Ash, Aishu, Gullu
  • Wanted to study medicine, but circumstances prevented her.
  • Miss World 1994
  • Dated Salman Khan.
  • Was offered Rani Mukherjee's role in KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI.
  • Runner up, Miss India 1994
  • Ambassador for Longines watches since 1999
  • Suffered 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)
  • The first Indian actress to be on the jury of the Cannes International Film Festival
  • Eye Color: blue green
  • Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Kannada
  • Favorite hero-heroine: Raj Kapoor, Nargis.
  • Favorite all-time movie: CASABLANCA
  • Admits never go on diet.
  • Says family and a very close group of friends are what make her happiest.
  • Dream man: handsome but not necessarily tall and dark
    Weakness: willing-ness to take people at face value.
  • Strength: self-assurance. It's ever present even in the worst situations.
  • Says she's possessive about the people she cares for.

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