Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan turns 38

Mumbai: Bollywood actress and mother-to-be Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, is turned 38 today.. "She will be celebrated her birthday with family…like she always does," a source close to the actress said. The Bachchan family organised a grand party in the evening, where besides, family members, several B-town personalities were present.

Recently, the Bachchans hosted a grand `godh bharai` ceremony for Aishwarya, where several actresses came in to shower their blessings. In June this year, Aishwarya`s father-in-law and superstar Amitabh Bachchan, had announced, through micro blogging site twitter, that she is expecting a child. It was reported that the baby is due in November.

Aishwarya was to play the leading lady in Madhur Bhandarkar`s upcoming project `Heroine`. However, the film was put on hold and later it was revealed that Kareena Kapoor will play the character instead.

Having started her career as a model, Aishwarya went on to win the 1994 Miss World pageant and then turned to Bollywood for a career in acting.

The actress had made a debut in Mani Ratnam`s Tamil film `Iruvar` in 1997 and had her first commercial success with the Tamil movie `Jeans`in 1998. In 1997, she entered Bollywood through Rahul Rawail`s film `Aur Pyar Ho Gaya. Though the film failed at the box office, Aishwarya bagged the `Star Screen` award for the Most Promising Newcomer. She gained attention in Bollywood through Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s film `Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam` 1999, for which, she won the Filmfare Best Actress award.

She was last seen in Bhansali`s `Guzaarish` in 2010 opposite Hrithik Roshan. Though it was not a hit at the box office, it was critically acclaimed and won awards and nominations at several award ceremonies.