"Queen of Bollywood" to Land in Hollywood
India's top female actress, Aishwarya Rai, is ready to take on Hollywood. In an interview on Sunday's 60 Minutes, CBS's Bob Simon talked with Rai, who is 31, discussing her work in India and her aspirations for the future. Rai, who has starred in more than 30 films in India, is about to begin filming The Mistress of Spices. She will also be appearing in Chaos with Meryl Streep and Singularity with Brendan Fraser.
Although Rai has been called the world's most beautiful woman, she has yet to have an onscreen kiss.
However, once she was crowned Miss World in 1994, she was inundated with offers that she literally could not refuse. Her first film, Iruvar, was released in 1997. In 1997, she won the Best Female Debutante Award for her role in Aur Paar Ho Gaya. She may be best known for her roles in Jeans (1998) and Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000). In 1999, she won the Filmfare award for best actress for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Devdas (2002), in which she starred, is the most successful Bollywood film ever made.
In 2003, Rai became the first Indian actor to be part of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. She was also hired as part of the L'Oreal Dream Team. She was also listed as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today" and included on Rolling Stone Magazine's annual 'Hot List."Aishwarya Rai Photo Gallery