Birthday Special: 10 films that defined Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's acting career

On the occasion of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's 44th birthday on November 1, we bring you some of her powerful movies that have struck a chord at heart.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born on November 1, 1973. There's no denying that the former Miss World and Bollywood diva is an eternal beauty and an important part of Bollywood. But there's more to her than just a pretty face. While there have been many actresses that came and passed by, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, on the other hand, is still active and slays like no other.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s first claim to fame was her 1994 win at the Miss World pageant and since then there has been no looking back. This gorgeous diva has stunned us with her entertaining performances on multiple occasions and today, as she rings in her 44th birthday, let's take a look at some of her best works, which mark her presence as an actor and the performances that fans still remember.

1. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has played an essential role in giving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that important film when nothing was working right for her in Bollywood. Her first taste of Bollywood success came with Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, where Aishwarya was paired opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn

2. Taal

After Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, it was Subhash Ghai's romantic musical Taal that gave Aishwarya Rai Bachchan further wings to fly. Paired against the very handsome Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya played the role of a small town singer who manages to establish a successful career but doesn't forget her roots. Her mentor was played by Anil Kapoor. The film was a love traingle between Aishwarya, Akshaye and Anil Kapoor. 

3. Guru

Can we ever forget how beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked in the classic song Barso Re from Guru? But not just her dance, Aishwarya's simplicity in the movie and the way she essayed her role was to die for. Giving her company in the Mani Ratnam movie was her real-life partner Abhishek Bachchan (they were not married then) who essayed the role of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani onscreen. Aishwarya played the dutiful wife who stuck to her husband's side when he hit rock bottom.

4. Devdas

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan teamed up with Sanjay Leela Bhansali again in Devdas where she yet again proved her strong mettle of acting with the iconic character of Paro opposite Shah Rukh Khan and had even bagged some awards for that season.

5. Jodhaa Akbar

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan portrayed the role of a perfect Queen Jodhaa to Akbar (Hrithik Roshan) in Ashutosh Gowariker's historical drama, Jodhaa Akbar. The movie revealed a completely new side of Aishwarya, who outshone everyone with her Indian queen avatar and was lauded for her fierce performance.

6. Josh

Could we ever imagine Shah Rukh Khan-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan playing on-creen siblings to each other and that too, twins? Guess the answer is no. But they did in Mansoor Khan's Josh and it proved out to be one of her best movies and was thoroughly entertaining.

7. Dhoom 2

With Dhoom 2, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan disclosed her sizzling side to the audience. Playing the love interest of Hrithik Roshan, this beautiful thief called Sunehri impressed many. This movie also turned out to be a major boon for the leading lady, as her romance with husband Abhishek Bachchan (who played the role of a cop in the movie) had begun to blossom. But her onscreen kiss with Hrithik Roshan was more talked about.

8. Guzaarish

Though Guzaarish didn't create any havoc at the box office window, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was still lauded for her powerful performance and her look. Aishwarya was seen playing the role of a beautiful nurse and love interest to the fully paralyzed Hrithik Roshan.

9. Sarbjit

Sarbjit brought back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to the big screen with a bang. She had done Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa after her long break, but it was Sarbjit where she was appreciated more. She essayed the role of Sarbjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur in the movie and did complete justice to her role. This was also regarded as the bravest and one of the most challenging roles she's portrayed so far, as it was based on a real-life incident.

10. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil showed how Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is still in the Bollywood game and can give any other actress a run for her money. Her versatile acting as the bold poetess and divorcee and her chemistry with Ranbir Kapoor charmed all in Karan Johar's ADHM.

Got any favourites among these Aishwarya Rai Bachchan movies? How about telling us in the comments section below?


aishwarya ray s best perfomence raincoat movie she should win national award and your list raincoat movie disapear sorry easly raincoat movie n.1 and better then hddcs

She has an illustrious filmography, filled with substantial roles and some amazing performances.

I feel Ash was best in Taal and Jodha Akbar.

Aish was superb in Provoked too. But it's an English film, so that's why it's not mentioned here.

yea and iruvar her first film and first film in tamil she killed it totally amazing

She was superb in Provoked too. But it's an English film, so that's why it's not mentioned here.

She was amazing in HDDCS, Taal, Guru and Jodha Akbar.

Kareena may be better and more natural actress then Ash but if most of the time she is a Khan’s sidekick , then what is the benefit of having tons of talent when you don’t use it . Ash has got very meaty and substantial roles in majority of her movies and rarely has been relegated to a side kick or eye candy unlike many other top female stars . Most of her movies revolve around her character .Others having talent are Sreedevi , Urmila , Kangana , Vidya, Aalia . I feel Sreedevi and Kangana are very versatile from romance to action, comedy, drama , tragedy they are fit for all. Vidya due to her heavy body has some limitations in romantic glamorous roles . Priyanka is good at contain genres, she is great at action, glamour, roles with grey shades , strong women roles but sucks badly at comedy , romance or simple girl next door type roles .

Well I prefer seeing a natural short performance over tolerating two hours shrieking like Sarbjit.

Still it's better than two hours overacting torture like MPKDH.

Just because you can manipulate the like button and this is an Aish post (where general emotion is anti Kareena) doesn’t mean what you are insinuating is a fact. Kareena was the first choice for HDDCS,Devdas, Bajirao and Ram Leela.Here’s a quote from Slb when Kareena signed RL “But on the other hand, Kareena and I have been itching to work together for a really long time. It just never happened. She’s a powerhouse of talent. ” funny how people are dragging Kajol into the casting when she was never even considered all due to hate for Bebo.

Lol. So, when did SLB say Kareena was offered HDDCS??? Kajol was approached for it. There was even a article on PV about it. Bebo fans are making stories to show she is better than others.

Aish was better in movies like Raincoat and Choker Bali. Dhoom 2 was one of her worst roles, I still remember her " Are you like, checking me out? " dialogue which was so funny though supposed to be cool. I am not even talking about Sarbjit where her chest-thumping and shouting gave me a headache but she was good in Jodha Akbar, Guru, Guzarish and ADHM

Stop lying Kajol was never the first choice for HDDCS. Slb offered Kareena but she felt she was too young and she also went abroad to study so rejected it.Then she was offered Bajirao, then being made with Salman,Bebo and Rani, but the film was shelved. As for Devdas Bebo did a screen test and was finalised but Babita intervened that Bebo shouldn’t play a married woman so soon in her career so she opted out. These are facts from the horse’s mouth, slb corroborated that Kareena was the first choice for Bajirao, Devdas and HDDCS

Kajol was the first choice for HDDCS, not Kareena.. It's on Internet for anyone to check.. Kareena lied about being offered Queen too, which later the director denied.. She is no match to a actor like Kajol..

'Actress' with no 'Acting' skills watsoever

Aish only got leftover films from other actresses. Guzarish, Taal, ADHM were first offered to Rani. Sarbjit, HDDCS, Devdas were first offered to Kareena. Josh & Mohabbatein was first offered to Kajol. Raincoat was first offered to Tabu. Dhoom2 & Jodha Akbar were first offered to Priyanka Chopra. Guru she got bcoz of her affair with Abhishek!!

U mean Maniratnam who introduced aish gave her a role because of Abhishek nice

IMO, Aishwarya's best performance was in Raincoat, which isn't included in this list, but her overrated performance in Dhoom 2 is included (though she looked the most stylish and sexy in Dhoom 2).

Rituparno Ghosh extracted the best of her talent. She was brilliant in Choker Bali too. I love her work in Ghosh's movies, more than in SLB movies.

She is so average in acting talent and versatility compared to Sri devi, Madhuri, Rani, Kajol, Kareena, Vidya, Priyanka and Kangana but definitely a better actress compared to these frozen faced generation of Katrina, Deepika, Sonam, Shradha...

She IS a versatile actress and much better than Kareena and Priyanka. And Vidya is a great actress but no versatility. She can never be a Jodha or Sophia. And so is Rani.. No doubt she is a good actress but she is no Jodha or Suneri

Versatile? What Aish has done besides looking beautiful? Have you forgotten what his Hollywood director said about her? Do you need to be reminded that he said she is a terrible actress?

No Hollywood director said it.. Don't make up imaginary She is more talented and beautiful thank ur fake begum.. PV post this simple reply

No Hollywood director said it.. Don't make up imaginary She is more talented and beautiful thank ur fake begum.

Why did u include Kareena among these great actresses? Lol.. Kareena is better than the frozen faced generation, but she is a average actor.

No matter what haters say but almost all industry people have ranked Kareena above all the current actresses. Even Aishwarya herself praised her on KWK and said Kareena is a better actress and more versatile than Priyanka (whom I admire for her acting). Kareena is naturally talented, she picked wrong movies but no one can deny that she is blessed with acting talent. She can emote and deliver dialogues very well, that’s a fact.

When did Aish say Kareena is better actress??? Kareena is blessed with overacting talent, nobody has ranked her above all current actresses. Kangana is hundred times better actress than Kareena. That's a fact.

When Aish was on KWK with Abhishek. The video is available on youtube.

I have watched it and Aish didn't say Kareena is better actress.

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful faces in the world.. Besides her beauty she is very smart articulate and intelligent .God is extra kind on her.. her beauty and achievements makes most of us jealous but that’s ok ... She is a role model for Morden Indian women. Happy Birthday Ashwariya..

But no beauty and wealth couldn’t make her a happy person. She is not happy and secured and it is very visible in her attitude towards her daughter, husband and in laws.

Lol...u went into her head to know if she is happy or not???

Thank you Bebo for rejecting Devdas and HDDCS, Those 2 films made Ash a star. Ash should always laud your generosity

HDDCS was offered to Kajol, not Kareena.. Kareena lies a lot about being the first choice, like she lied about Queen.. Ash and Kajol are cordial with each other and Ash must have thanked Kajol for it.. Bebo got 3 Idiots because Kajol rejected it and Herione because Ash rejected it..

These Kapoor sisters themselves got films on a platter which Aish rejected.. They show be grateful to Aish, because if not for her rejected roles, these sisters would be a nobody. ROFL

why should they thank her? its not like she sacrificed her role for them!she probably thought they wouldn't work out well for her! there's no kindness here

As if Bebo is kind and sacrificed her roles for others-.-

As if Bebo sacrificed her roles for others-.-

As if Bebo sacrificed her roles for others-.-

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - hands down her best performance ever!

I love all of these but I have to admit Kuch Na Kaho and the amazing acting of her and Ajay in Raincoat cant be missed.

Guzaarish, Guru, Devdas are indeed the iconic movies by her...Happy birthday beautiful lady!

Oh man!! I loved her in Guru with ABHISHEK..she looks the best with him on-screen or off-screen.

None of these are memorable for Aishwariya’s acting. Sarbajit was ruined by her screeching. She’s beautiful that’s it. No one brings her name up as an outstanding actress, maybe as a star or for her looks.

Day dreaming is not good for health.

Oh,man!That Salman-Aishwarya picture is just MAGICAL.

Remember watching the film for the first time a couple of years ago, being completely stunned during the chandelier scene and thinking - 'This is just too good to be true'.

Still believe they completely damaged a part of each other beyond repair while they were dating.

Glad to see Aishwarya find peace and experience unconditional love with her daughter.

Salman, oh well, this boy could've had a diametrically opposite life had he agreed to get his personality and mood disorder medically treated some 20 years ago.

Wait what? Dhoom

wat is so great about this ae dil...i swear indian audience. this movie was crap! n aish was just a cameo. u cuda included khakee instead where she played negative role.

Aish is just soooo beautiful in all of the above pictures...

She is just beautiful, nothing more. She is not actress.

Filmmakers like SLB, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rituparno Ghosh, Mani Ratnam, Subhash Ghai, Shyam Benegal know better about filmmaking and acting talent than readers on PV and they have approved her acting skills.

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