Remember the year – 1994. It was a turning point for India so far as the beauty pageant is concerned . It was a year when two Indian beauties were crowned the most beautiful women in the world . Miss Universe Sushmita Sen and Miss World Aishwarya Rai.
Aishwarya blessed with stunning gorgeous looks, the swag and those lovely blue eyes Bollywood beckoned this stunner. Advertisers made a beeline at her doors with endorsement deals . The Beauty queen was now a Brand. Aishwarya has this mesmeric appeal. And when one saw the Pepsi commercial featuring her and saying that line- Hi! Iam Sanjana, it was beginning of phenomenal journey. A star had arrived in style and there was no looking back.
However, Aishwarya’s Bollywood sojourn despite the hype surrounding her entry was not that successful that would make her the numero uno heroine. But nevertheless she had made her presence felt in some Blockbuster movies and her performances in all of them earned her accolades and awards . Films like Hum Dil De chuke Sanam (1999 opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn), Devdas ( 2002) opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Mohabbatein opposite Shah Rukh Khan ( 2002).
Aishwarya had done three films with superstar Hrithik Roshan Dhoom 2 (2006) Jodha Akbar (2008) and Guzaarish (2010). And her pairing with Hrithik was widely appreciated as both were good looking. In Dhoom 2 she had the nation swooning all over with her fast paced racy number crazy kiya re. It presented her at her most stylish and sexy avatar.
Unfortunately the Hrithik – Ash pair did not sizzle again as she took a sabbatical and got married to Abhishek Bachchan ( briefly dated Salman Khan , Vivek Oberoi ) and soon became the daughter in-law of the iconic and one and only Amitabh Bachchan. She was unfazed by not becoming number one, but still had her passion and liking for cinema. So films in Bollywood remained on her agenda.
And when she was not in Bollywood she became Global star – Courtesy her red carpet appearances at the renowned Cannes film festival for several years now. It is at Cannes one could see the other side of Aishwarya Rai- Hot and Sexy Diva. She made heads turn with her bold outfits. Wearing those daring body revealing outfits with ample cleavage show with no inhibitions. Though some of her outfits have faced flak back home the lady was least bothered by the criticism.
Despite high presence at Cannes and having big brands under her kitty, there was constant buzz about her film career. Her last two women centric films Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa (2015) and Omung Kumar’s Sarabjit (2016) did not exactly set the box – office on fire so one wondered which film would he comeback in real sense. So Aishwarya pinned hopes on Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.The film was a Blockbuster and Aishwarya had got the comeback she wanted. And reports suggested the Aishwarya herself wanted her role to bold in this film.
Director Karan Johar’s presentation of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a never seen before sizzling avatar made everybody sit up and watch. Karan Johar’s gamble of making a fresh pairing of Aishwarya and Ranbir Kapoor had paid off.
The pair even before the film’s release in the trailer’s created a buzz with their sizzling on- screen chemistry and even going on to shoot some intimate scenes and leaving the Bachchan’s red faced and mother- in- law Jaya Bachchan fuming according to some media reports . The steamy chemistry could be seen in the song Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo
As Ash and Ranbir’s pairing became the talk of the town , the duo went ahead and flaunted their chemistry even off-screen too much to the agony of the Bachchan’s. They did a sexy hot photo-shoot for the Filmfare November 2016 edition. And the pictures of the pair in various sexy poses – Ash lying in a sofa on Ranbir’s lap wearing a shirt and high boots and Ranbir staring at her sexy long legs and thighs, and the other sitting on Ranbir’s lap had gone viral and rocked the internet.
As she turns 44, the ageless Aishwarya Rai Bachchan or ARB as she is fondly called has proved with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that she is can scorch the screen and give the younger heroines a run for their money by being hot and sexy too if the role demands.
With her comeback on track, she is setting the magazine covers on fire too flaunting her svelte sexy figure and really looking ageless. And with every- photo shoot she looks ravishing and reaffirms the axiom that age is just a number.
Post Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Aishwarya will be next seen in Fanny Khan, a musical comedy film, directed by Atul Manjrekar, alongside Anil Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao. Other projects too are in the pipeline. So, Aishwarya is well and truly back with a bang.