Having won the Miss World pageant in 1994, Aishwarya is still considered as one of the most stunning, elegant and graceful women in the world. She created a buzz even before she entered the international pageant as she was a sought after model. Essays could be written about her exquisite beauty and still, they would not be enough.
For an actor who is known for her beauty, Aishwarya has never been conscious about the way she looks in her movies. Of course, she has done films where she looked simply gorgeous but the actor has also taken up roles where glamour was not even on the radar. Somebody who is constantly told that she is lucky to have been blessed with this beauty, it takes a lot of courage to give it all up when it comes to her film roles.
Aishwarya struck box office gold with films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Taal (1999) and though everybody loved her performances in these films, the audience was left spellbound when they saw the beauty queen on the silver screen. Even before these films, much had been written about her beauty. After all, she had won Miss World, which, before her was only won once before by an Indian. Even in films like Josh (2000) where she was not presented with too much make-up, her natural avatar managed to leave the audience transfixed.
But it was with Raincoat (2004) that Aishwarya shed her glamour avatar. In the film, Aishwarya played the role of a housewife who is struggling to make ends meet when she accidentally meets an old lover. Her character pretends that she’s living a happy and prosperous life. The audience had never seen Aishwarya this way and they were pleasantly surprised. It was with this film that Aishwarya got a chance to prove that her success was not dependent on her appearance.
Even in her Hollywood film The Mistress of Spices (2005), Aishwarya had two avatars. One was of a sexy diva and the other was of a woman who runs an Indian spice store. Aishwarya’s natural beauty completely charmed the international audience.
With her 2006 film Provoked, Aishwarya completely took her audience by surprise. She played a Punjabi woman residing in Southall, UK, who is constantly harassed and raped by her husband. After being tormented for years, she accidentally kills him. Aishwarya looked her part. From her costumes, make-up and even the scars on her body, every element of her look was carefully constructed to maintain the spirit of her character.
Her 2016 film Sarbjit had her play the role of a woman who is struggling to get her brother out of a Pakistani prison. Aishwarya’s character aged through the film and she embraced it whole-heartedly.
In a career spanning over two decades, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has often been known as the actor who can lighten up the frame the moment she walks in. But it is quite commendable that Aish, who is often hailed for her looks, has never shied away from going de-glam.