Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the eternal beauty queen of Bollywood turns 49 today. Her recently released PSI has once again proved that she has aged beautifully and still has that exquisite charm that can mesmerize the viewers.
While most people know that she made her debut in the movies after winning the crown of Miss World in 1994, very few know that she was already a big star before she became an actress.
25 girls withdrew entries to Femina Miss India
Aishwarya started as a model at a very young age when she was in 9th grade. So when she decided to participate in Femina Miss India, there was already clout around her of being a celebrated beauty. That is why around 25 girls withdrew their entries for the Indian beauty pageant. Even Sushmita Sen who later on won the title with Aish finishing a close second had doubts and wanted to withdraw her name but on the insistence of her mother and friends went ahead in the competition.
First Miss World after Reita Faria
Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World title for India in 1966. But since then no one could reach that level. Almost 3 decades later Aishwarya brought back the title to India.
Aishwarya wanted to become an architect
As a teenager, Ash first dreamt of making a career in medicine, and later on her mind diverted toward architecture. She even got enrolled in the prestigious Rachana Sansad College in Mumbai but she was offered multiple modeling assignments at that time and eventually turned to this field.
Not Aish but Gullu Mami is her nickname
While the Guru actress is popularly referred to as Aish by tabloids and her close friends, she also has another nickname at home given by her nephews. According to her bhabhi, her nephews fondly call her Gullu Mami which seems quite unusual but cute.
The Netherlands named a flower as an ode to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Over the years the actress has worked in around 45 movies which also include a few Hollywood movies, regional films, and of course a lot of Bollywood movies. Apart from that, her Cannes red carpet appearances have hogged the limelight for more than two decades now and she is considered one of the most beautiful women across the globe.
As an ode to her beauty, the Netherlands named a special tulip variety in their famous Keukenhof garden after Aishwarya in 2005.