Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the once titled "Most Beautiful Woman in the World", is one of Bollywood's epitomizing starlets. Known for her distinguishing good looks, signature colored eyes, easy elegance, grace and poise, the actress is an inspiration to many.
Born on 1st November, 1973, this lady entered the world of glamour and glitz as a model at quite a young age. She stepped into the limelight after some popular advertisements, particularly ones for Pepsi Inc. and Garden Sari, and then proceeded to compete for the Miss India title in 1994, where she was the runner-up. Aish became India's darling when she was crowned Miss World on the international pedestal that very same year!
After that, the world was her stage! She set her eyes on Bollywood and has never looked back since! Starting out a little shaky but having acted in over 40 movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali, which also includes numerous international projects, Aish has evolved into one of the Industry's top actresses with numerous blockbusters, awards and nominations under her belt.
She made her movie debut in a Tamil film titled Iruvar in 1997, however did not see success till a year later in Jeans, a fairly popular Tamil movie. In Bollywood, she wasn't considered a force until 1999, when she won many accolades for her performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. In 2002, she starred in Devdas as the beautiful Paro and received much recognition for her outstanding performance. In 2004, she was seen in Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice, the first among several international projects which followed suit. Her next big commercial success in Bollywood came in the form of blockbuster phenomenon Dhoom 2 in 2006, where she appeared as the tangy 'Sunehri'. She later appeared in films like Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Enthiran (2010), which were both commercially and critically successful. In her recently released movie Guzaarish, she is seen playing a Doctor, giving her a chance to try in 'reel' life the profession she initially pursued in real life.
Aishwarya has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in the Indian film industry. In this feature article, BollyCurry brings to you a piece of this actress that is perhaps most interesting - her dancing skills! We present below, a series of popular dances she has performed in her onscreen career.
As always, we are eager to receive your feedback - of her favorite dance, of what you like, of what we missed!
And that said, here's the dancing diva in her multiple avatars...
" Lukchup ke main ghumi gali gali, kahin mila nahi mera piyaa,
khil khil ke hans di kali kali, par khila nahi mera jiyaa..."
Aishwarya made her Bollywood debut in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (15th August 1997). This was the first time the Indian audience were witness to Aishwarya's dancing capabilities where she danced away to a lavish wedding sequence. Complicated moves, expressions to die for and an elegant grey lehenga, Aishwarya had made her mark.
"Deewanon Ki Buri Nazar Se Bachna Ho To Sunlo,
Arre Katto Katto Nimboo Tez, Chori Se Sar Pe Kaato
Phir Chhota Chhota Nimbooda Kya Jaadu Karega Dekho..."
Aish enacted Nandini, a pampered child from a rich cultured and deep rooted family of Rajasthan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (18th June 1999). Decked in a soothing blue traditional Rajasthani lehenga with well matched accessories, Aish danced to a folk tune of Rajasthan. The sequence no doubt gave her another big opportunity to showcase her skills. The audience were glued to their seats all throughout the movie whilst this particular song was an instant chartbuster, owing greatly to the ladies impressive moves.
"Kahin aag lage lag jaave, Koi naag dase das jaave
Kabhi gagan gire jaave, Chaahe kuchh bhi ho jaaye
Is toote dil ki peedh sahi na jaaye..."
Aishwarya played the role of Mansi in the film Taal (13 August 1999). The film was noted for many things including Aish's range of dance performances through the movie, especially the song Kahin Aag Lage.The shining ornaments and perfect costume complimented her performance and turned the number into a favorite for a long time to come.
"Hey dola re dola re dola re dola, Haai dola dil dola mann dola re dola
Lag jaane do najariya, gir jaane do bijuriya..."
Devdas was a phenomenon in the long ago past, and its remake (12th July 2002) brought back its genius with much greater grandeur. Aishwarya essayed Parvati (Paro) along with Madhuri Dixit enacting Chandramukhi, and when the two ladies came together for a dancing performance on the fantastic composition 'Dola Re' it raised the bar of perfection by several notches. The extremely intricate choreography was delivered by the two with such seeming ease, the reaction could only inspire awe.
"Bedardi ishq nigoda, sab ka dil isne toda,
Har aashiq ishq se haara, humko bhi ishq ne maara
Aaye chain kahin na, Kar de mushkil jeena ishq kamina..."
Aishwarya in her brief guest appearance in the film Shakti -The Power (20th Septemeber 2002) played SRK's dream girl. Dancing as a rustic beauty, in the garb of a village girl donned in a ghagra choli, Aish's performance to Ishq Kameena turned the song into a runaway success.
"Oh balle balle, je soniya de rang dekh lo
Bina dor thon ud dhi patang dekh lo..."
Bride and Prejudice, (8th October 2004) was the first of Aishwarya's international projects.Portrayed Lalita Bakshi, a confident and independent young Indian maiden Aish did take the opportunity to justify her dancing skills as always. The movie may not have been widely well received as an Indianized adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but the song 'Balle Balle' did stay on to rock many a real life weddings long after.
"Mera chain vain sab ujda, Zaalim nazar hata le,
Barbaad ho rahe hai ji ,Tere apne shaher wale..."
Aishwarya's cameo in the film Bunty Aur Babli (27th May 2005) gave the movie one of few many immortal highs. Once again an item girl, she took the center stage by storm, shaking a leg with Junior and Senior Bachchan at the same time in the song 'Kajra Re'. The ornaments and costume perfectly suited the song. Needless to say, the song was a super hit to stay.
"Laakh is dil ko humne samjhaya, dil yahan phir bhi humko leaaya
Tumhari mehfil mein aa gaye hai, to kyun na hum yeh bhi kam kar le
Salam karne ki arzoo hai, idhar jo dekho salaam karle..."
Aishwarya was seen along with her hubby Abhishek in film Umrao Jaan (3rd
November 2006). The film, yet another time a remake of its Bollywood
original, showcased the emotional story of Umrao Jaan who is sold to a
brothel and portrays her life after that. Aish is seen dancing in the
courts as a royal courtesan in several of the movie's slower tracks.
"Chori chori kiyaa re, dil ye dil liyaa re, jaadu se jaadu kiya,
Jaagi soyi rahoon, khoyi khoyi rahoon, uski yaadon mein,
uske khwaabon mein, jhoome jiyaa re, crazy kiyaa re..."
Dhoom: 2 (24th November 2006) had Aishwarya come onscreen in an unprecedented look. She played the role of Sunheri, a con woman and thief - sexy and all that! The western costumes and her dance won the hearts of many, in particular her scintillating moves in 'Crazy Kiya Re'.
"Barso Re, Megha Megha Barso Re,
Meetha Hai Kosaa Hai, Baarish Ka Bosa Hai, Kosaa Hai, Kosaa Hai, Barrishon Ka Bosa Hai..."
Guru (12th January 2007) gave the audience yet another unforgettable Aishwarya dance. The lady 'tulip' danced like a merry peacock in the rain in the song 'Barso Re'. Dressed in a simple ghagra choli, she played a simpleton welcoming the monsoon, and won many hearts all over again.
"Khili re khili re, Raat ki rani, Jhumo sawariyan, Phir se basuriya,
Bene basuriya, Hothon se phukon se, Bena badan mora,
Bhena bhena badan mora, Aaja piya aaja..."
Raavan (18th June 2010) released in many languages, starred the Bachchan hubby wife pair yet again. Aish showed her talent in a memorable classical dance called song 'Khilli re Khilli' along with Vikram, a versatile South Indian actor.
"Mil gayi, Aaj aasman si, Aa gayi aagey main jahan se, Yeh kya hua?
Udi, Neendein aankhon se, Judi, Raatein khwaabon se, Mudi,
Yeh jaane main kahan..."
Aishwarya's most recent release, Guzaarish (19th November 2010), saw her playing the role of Sophie D'souza. Aishwarya showcased her talent this time round by performing an impeccible tango to the song 'Mil Gayi'.