While medicine was a field that Rai was adamant to pursue, her dream to become a model was realized through sheer chance. She was discovered by an advertising agency who found photographs of her in a small-time fashion magazine. Once her dream was realized, she gave it her all and managed to appear in Vogue as well as be crowned as Miss World in 1994.
Modeling was her first calling, but Rai soon began to explore other options available to her. She landed her first role in films in 1997 in a Tamil film. Despite the film’s critical success, Rai was unable to make a breakthrough into the Bollywood industry - but this experience enabled her to realize her true passion for films as she went on to follow a career as an actress.
Her entry into Bollywood was largely criticized as many labeled her as a model trying to break ground in the film industry - something which is common and usually in vain. However, she persevered in her efforts to make her mark as an actress, with her breakthrough role being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam. This role earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, as well as an IIFA, Star Screen Award and a Zee Cine Award, and is considered to be the film that got her noticed in Bollywood.
Despite her rocky relationship with actor Salman Khan, Rai maintained a professional and cool persona about her personal life. She dated the actor for a period of 2 years and the relationship ended in 2001 with Rai refusing to elaborate on her personal issues. It is imperative that you always maintain a positive and professional attitude towards your work and how people perceive you.
Aishwarya Rai has grown and developed as an actress and as an individual, managing her career and personal life with a positive outlook. Her marriage to Bollywood royalty is testimony that a woman can have it all - career, family and success. Since having her first child, Rai has been on a break from her career in order to give motherhood a shot - carefully balancing her work and life like a pro.
As one of the most celebrated and renowned actresses from the Indian film industry, Aishwarya Rai is second to none when it comes to talent, beauty and grace. She is an example that hard work, ambition and determination pay off as she has not only experienced fame within Bollywood, but has been recognized as an international icon as well.
Here are 5 lessons that you can learn from Aishwarya Rai to help you progress and develop your career: