Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World, is one of India's leading actresses. Also a former model, Aishwarya has about 40 films to her credit including a couple of Hollywood projects.
Aishwarya's talent evokes a strong response as her detractors are many, but she is widely believed to be India's highest paid actress. She has consistently been featured in numerous Most Beautiful Women lists and endorses international brands such as L'Oreal and Longines.
She was the first Indian actress to be a part of the Cannes Film Festival jury, where her wardrobe drew much flak from the fashion police.
Despite her reputation as an actress who guards her privacy fiercely, Aishwarya's personal life has attracted much attention. Her relationships with Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi were the topic of many discussions.
Aishwarya married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 after a courtship that began on the sets of Mani Ratnam's 'Guru'. Abhishek is three years Ash's junior.
On June 21, 2011, her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan announced that Aishwarya and Abhishek are expecting their first child.
Aishwarya delivered a baby girl on November 16, 2011.