Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, more commonly known as Ash, was born on 1st November 1973 to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer and Vrinda Rai, a writer. She has an elder brother named Aditya Rai who is an engineer in the merchant navy. Born in Mangalore, her family moved to Mumbai shortly and she received her primary and secondary education at the Arya Vidya Mandir in Santa Cruz. She later attended Jai Hind College for one year after which she moved to Ruparel College in Matunga. Always bright throughout school and college, Rai aspired to become an architect some day. But these plans were put on hold when she won the title of Miss India World in 1994. She went on to win Miss World 1994 and hasn\'t looked back since then. An intriguing and sensational actress and model, Aishwarya Rai spent one year reigning as Miss Word in London after which she returned to India to pursue her modelling career to the next level! She starred in her first movie – Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar in 1997.
In 2009 Rai was awarded the Padma shri for her contributions to Indian cinema. In the same year she refused to accept the second-highest Order Of France, as her father was suffering from serious illness, and she wanted her whole family to attend the award function.