All the projects were helmed by established directors, had a star cast, had music by AR Rahman and most importantly, had roles of significance for her. As the docile Pushpavalli and the gutsy Kalpana, Aishwarya made a splash proving that she isn’t just another pretty face. The movie wasn’t a normal project as well: Iruvar was loosely based on the lives of two of Tamil Nadu’s most popular politicos, MG Ramachandran and Karunanidhi. A superstar in her own right, Aishwarya held her space in the film despite sharing screen space with Thalaivar. An established Bollywood name by now, her presence in the movie was viewed as sort of homecoming. As she celebrates her 44th birthday today, it would be lovely to see our 50 kg Taj Mahal again in a regional film. A Tamil adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the movie was a massive hit becoming one of the most liked romantic comedies in the language. With a perfect portrayal of a Tamil Brahmin woman, Aishwarya gives a stellar performance. Until cinematographer turned director Rajiv Menon’s ‘Kandukonden Kandukonden’ in 2000. Another movie with an ensemble cast, Aishwarya plays the feisty poetess/singer Meenu where she’s paired against Mammootty. Tracking Aishwarya’s movies in the South throw up a pattern to actor’s choices. The movie also starred Mohanlal, Prakashraj, Gautami and Tabu, apart from the young Aishwarya. The film was also chosen to be India’s official entry for the Academy Awards. While Aishwarya made her debut in Bollywood in the same year, her next big film was in Tamil. 2010 was big year for Aishwarya in Tamil as she followed Ravanan up with one of the major blockbusters of Tamil cinema. Teaming up with Shankar, the actor was paired against Superstar Rajinikanth in the magnum opus Endhiran. One of the few actors who have defied age, Aishwarya’s track record in Tamil has been brilliant. Paired against Prithviraj Sukumaran, the film also saw her share screen space with Chiyaan Vikram. In the film which fared better in Tamil than its Hindi counterpart, Aishwarya plays the elegant dance teacher Ragini. 2017-11-01T19:00:58+00:00″>
Published:November 1, 2017 7:00 pm
Happy birthday Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Aishwarya started her career with Mani Rathnam in the 1997 film Iruvar. The comic caper starring Prashanth, Nasser, Lakshmi, and Radhika Sarathkumar was a runaway hit. Since Jeans, Aishwarya became our 50 kg Taj Mahal, thanks to Vairamuthu. Her third film, ‘Jeans’, was with another ace director Shankar. And Vairamuthu’s verses do poetical justice to the green-eyed beauty, often referred to as the world’s most beautiful woman. After Jeans, the south industry didn’t see Aishwarya much, barring a special appearance in a Telugu song. She picked and chose performance-driven roles, not being the quintessential heroine who dances around trees. And coincidentally, this role had her in two avatars as well. One of Aishwarya’s role was said to be based on Jayalalithaa, another landmark figure in Tamil Nadu politics. Fresh from her Miss World win, landing a dual role in a Mani Rathnam film was a dream debut for the young artiste. After all, it would be homecoming again for the Mangalore beauty. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd With this movie, a pattern started to appear in Aishwarya’s choices in Tamil films. While several of her movies had Tamil dubs such as Taal or Jodhaa Akbar, the actor returned to the Tamil film industry as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 2010 with Mani Rathnam’s ‘Ravanan’. Related News
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