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Aishwarya's life in pictures

November 01, 2016 10:00 IST

Happy birthday, Aishwarya!

The gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns 43 on November 1.

Whatever the outcome of her new film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, we decided to look back at the 12 major benchmarks in her life.


IMAGE: Aishwarya in the Pepsi ad.

Aishwarya Rai started her career with a Camiln commercial when she was in Standard Nine.

But it was her 1993 Pepsi ad with Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudry, which got her recognition. It was shot by Prahlad Kakkar.


IMAGE: Miss South Africa Basetsane Julia Makgalemele and Miss India Aishwarya Rai. Photograph: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

Aishwarya's life changed when she bagged the Miss World title in 1994.


IMAGE: Aishwarya in Iruvar.

Aishwarya started on her film career with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar in 1997. It co-starred Malayalam film superstar Mohanlal.


IMAGE: Aishwarya in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.

Aishwarya's first Bollywood debut also released in 1997 -- Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya -- opposite Bobby Deol.


IMAGE: Aishwarya at Cannes 2003. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

The first time Aishwarya went to the Cannes Film Festival was when her film Devdas travelled there in 2002.

The next year, Ash started her annual trip to the French locale as the brand ambassador of L'Oreal, which she endorses till today.


IMAGE: Aishwarya in Taal.

Aishwarya's first big hit was Subhash Ghai's 1999 film Taal with Anil Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna.

Read the review here.


IMAGE: Shivani Ghai, Aishwarya and Sonali Kulkarni in Bride & Prejudice.

Aishwarya made her foray into Hollywood with Gurinder Chadha's 2004 film Bride & Prejudice, based on Jane Austen's novel, Pride And Prejudice.

Read the review here.


IMAGE: Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya take wedding vows

Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan fell in love while they were filming Guru.

They got married in 2007.


IMAGE: Abhishek Bachchan with wife Aishwraya. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/ Getty Images

Aishwarya made her first public appearance as Mrs Bachchan during a visit to a temple in Tirupati after their wedding.


IMAGE: Aishwarya at the Pink Panther 2 premiere. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Aishwarya's last Hollywood film was Pink Panther 2, and she looked smashing at its premiere at the 59th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin in 2009. 

Read the review here


IMAGE: Aishwarya with daughter Aaradhya and mother Brinda.

Aishwarya delivered a baby girl in 2011.

Aaradhya has become already become a star!


IMAGE: Aishwarya in Jazbaa.

Aishwarya made a movie comeback with 2015's Jazbaa. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, it did not find much favour with the audiences.

Hopefully, her new film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will work wonders for the birthday girl.