New Delhi: She is revered as one of the most beautiful woman, world has ever seen. The dignified, elegant woman fortunately happens to hail from India—the beauty, who goes beyond borders. Yes, you guessed it right, it's none other than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that we are referring to. The Bollywood beauty turns 41 today, making her still stand on the top of every man's desire list.
The former Miss World, grabbed the limelight ever since her won of the coveted beauty title in 1994. It was the year of achievement for India, as model-actress Sushmita Sen too won the Miss Universe title. Ash (As she is fondly called) chose to go down the South way first. She made her début opposite veteran Mohan Lal in Mani Ratnam's 'Iruvar' (1997), and was later seen in 'Jeans' (1998).
However, it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's super successful 1999 film 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' , which earned Ash all the acclaim and accolades from the industry. She sizzled the screen as Nandini opposite Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn. 'Hum Dil...' is seen as a turning point in Aishwarya's filmography.
What followed was history. Ash featured in a number of classics after that. She did regional cinema as well. It was Rituparno's Ghosh's 2003 film 'Chokher Bali' which got her the critical appreciation. She went on to grab all the big awards for her several great performances. Ash has been honoured with two Filmfare trophies and is also the recipient of the most-coveted Padma Shri.
She gained international recognition with 'Devdas' (2002), again a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. She made her first public appearance at Cannes Film Festival, where the film was screened. She has now become a Cannes regular and one of the most awaited celeb on the red carpet.
Ash has also featured on Oprah Winfrey's talk show. The actress is also associated with several noble causes. She is the UN Microcredit Spokesperson and she also supports PETA India. The talented actress married Abhishek Bachchan in 2007, and has a three-year-old baby girl named Aaradhya. The green-eyed beauty has always impressed all with her impeccable on screen presence. On her birthday, we would like to wish her a very happy birthday, with a wish to see her back on the big screen soon!