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Aishwarya Rai also known as Ash, is an Indian actress. She was awarded the Miss World title in 1994. Aishwarya Rai has acted in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali and English films. She is currently regarded as one of the biggest names in Bollywood. Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. She studied in Hyderabad until 7th grade. Her family later relocated to Mumbai.
Aishwarya Rai has one brother, Aditya Rai, who is three years older. Aditya is in the merchant navy, and has also co-produced a film with Rai in the lead. Her native language is Tulu; she also speaks Hindi, Marathi, English, Kannada, and Tamil. She is Hindu. She attended the Arya Vidya Mandir at Santacruz, then entered Ruparel College, Matunga, Bombay. She was an A student and was on track to become an architect. Rai began modeling on the side while studying architecture. She was a contestant in the Miss India 1994 pageant, which she lost to Sushmita Sen but later went on to compete for the Miss World title and won.
Aishwarya Rai began dating Salman Khan, her co-star from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, after the filming of that movie. Their breakup a few years later generated a substantial amount of press attention. Rai dated her co-star Vivek Oberoi in the past. Recently, much media attention has focused on Aishwarya's alleged romantic involvement with fellow Bollywood celebrity Abhishek Bachchan. Recently, she was spotted with Abhishek Bachchan at Kasi Vishwanath temple.A practicing Hindu, she has described herself as having "immense faith in God". She is a devotee of Lord Ganesh and when at home she attends the Siddhivinayak Mandir. Rai lives in Mumbai with her parents.