Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Kannada: ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯಾ ರ ೈ, IPA: [ɛʃvərjɑː rɑːj]; born November 1, 1973) is an Indian actress. Before starting her career as an actress, she worked as a model, and gained fame after winning the Miss World contest in 1994. Some people consider her the most beautiful woman in the world. Aishwarya made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil movie, Iruvar (1997). She had her first critical and commercial success in the Hindi movie, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She successfully performed again in Bhansali's Devdas (2002). Since then, she has acted in nearly forty movies in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, and English, including the international movies, Bride & Prejudice (2003) and The Last Legion (2007) in English .