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Nick Name: Aishu
Also Known As: Ash
Date of Birth: November 1, 1973
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Place of Birth: Mangalore, India
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 122 lbs.
Eyes: Blue-Green
Favorite Car:  Mercedes
Favorite Film: Casablanca
Fluent in: English, Hindi , Kannada, Tamil and Urdu
Food habits Not fussy about food at all.
She Loves: Honesty, Family, Friends, Dignity, strength of character, and Chocolates!
She Dislikes: Gossip, hypocrisy & Cockroaches.
Her Dream man: Real!
Idea of Love: What her parents share.
Worst Weakness: Willingness to take people at face value.
Best Strength: Self-assurance.
Best Quality: Genuineness! Nothing about her is plastic.
Philosophy: It’s nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Favorite Perfume: Sporty colognes for the day while working. Exotic, oriental and woody fragrances for the evenings.
Turn On's: Razor sharp intelligence, witty repartees.
Idea of Sexy: A combo of vulnerability and intelligence.
She Admires: Strength of character.
She Believes In: God above everything else and then herself.
Family: Father: Krishnaraj Rai
Mother: Vrinda Rai
Brother: Aditya Rai
Favorite Compliment: A child at an orphanage told her that her warmth over shines her beauty.
Also, that she is "REAL" inside and out.
Favorite Colors: White and Blue
Favorite Actor: A.B., Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor
Favorite Actress: Madhubala & Nargis
Education: Arya Vidya Mandir, Santacruz, Bombay, India
Academic Record: Excellent
College: DG Ruparel College, Matunga, Bombay, India
Message: Life’s a stage, and we’re all characters. So play your part and play it well!

Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. Her ancestors are from the Bunt community of Mangalore. Her family later relocated to Mumbai. Rai has one brother, Aditya Rai, who is three years older than she is. Aditya is in the merchant navy, and has also co-produced a film with Rai in the lead.

Rai's native language is Tulu, Kannada ; she also speaks Hindi, English, Bangla, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu, and Tamil.

Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir at Santacruz, Mumbai, then entered Ruparel College, Matunga, Mumbai. She was an A student and was on track to become an architect.[2]

Rai began modeling on the side while studying architecture. She was a contestant in the Miss India 1994 pageant, which she lost to Sushmita Sen. Rai later went on to win the Miss World title that same year. She appeared in her first film in 1997

Personal Quotes

"I'm just average woman with average concerns."

"Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old. It's really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all the time."

"You give to the world your greatest gift when you're being yourself."

"I believe that as an actress all my fears and phobias exist till I sign on the dotted line for a film."

"I don't believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that important."

"It's strange that Rakesh Roshan thinks I look older than Hrithik. In fact, he's approached me for all his home productions."

"I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of surprise."

"I know for a fact that if there's a role which I am suited for, I'll be signed on. I'll never go begging."

"I only entered Miss India after pressure from friends and because I thought it would be a laugh".

"Comedy is difficult for an actor. But I think I have a good sense of humor and manage to make people laugh and make them happy."

On donating her eyes after death - "People know me more because of my eyes. So, I decided to donate my eyes. But before that, I acquired all the information about the campaign. Within what time after death one has to donate eyes, and all other information. Only then I decided to donate my eyes. It's not that just for doing something, I donated my eyes. I found that useful so I did it. I like to do social service from my heart. Whatever is possible I do, but I don't speak of that. But I would like to give more time to it in the near future."

"Women in the industry have been exploited very often, but there are some actors who belive that the short cut to stardom is through nudity or exposure. Such success is, in fact, very short-lived."

"I have never done a kissing scene nor do I have intentions to."

About her film _Chaos (2005/II)_ : When this came to be early this year, I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe that I was actually going to work with Meryl Streep, someone I've always admired. In all my interviews 10 years ago people used to ask who is your favourite actor and actress and I would mention Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep. On my first trip there I met up with de Niro and my first film is with Meryl Streep, and I said, 'Oh God that's really, really cool. Really wonderful.

Ever since I went to the Cannes festival, the media overseas really encouraged me to consider the possibilities of working in the West. Then I got a call from some people who worked in the business in America, who asked me to first obviously get an agent so that they could have direct access because that's the way they work.

About turning down the role opposite Jackie Chan in the movie _Time Breaker (2004)_ , "I did not have the required dates as I was busy with the shows abroad. I had to turn down the film. I have no regrets because there is always a next time."
 Ash's bhabhi Shrima Rai wins Gladrags Mrs.India 2009

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