As Aishwarya Rai completes 20 years in Bollywood, here's a look back at her career
Former Miss World and Padma Shri awardee Aishwarya Rai completed 20 years in Bollywood on 15 August 2017. Born into a Tulu speaking family in Karnataka, Rai made her acting debut in 1997 with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar. In the same year, Rai also marked her Bollywood debut with Rahul Rawail's Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, which released on 15 August 1997.
With a few tepid roles in the interim, her career in Hindi cinema finally took off with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She went on to deliver what could arguably be called the best performance of her career in Bhansali's 2002 film Devdas. Playing the coy but gritty Paro, Rai owned every frame, every expression in the cinematic adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name.
After 2002, Rai again tasted success after a long gap of four years with the second installment of Dhoom in 2006. Cast opposite Hrithik Roshan, Rai was seen in a never before avatar. Playing the sly thief Sunehri, she complimented a suave Roshan at every stage in the film.
In 2007, she again garnered critics' praise, who hadn't been to kind on her otherwise, with Guru and Provoked. After a few misses, Rai went on a sabbatical only to make a stunning comeback in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
With 20 glorious years of highs and lows and yet, still being one of the most celebrated actors, one can only wonder what she cannot do.