Fast Facts

  • Started modeling when she was in the ninth grade.
  • At 17, she entered and won the Ford Supermodel Contest; she was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine soon after.
  • Was named runner up at the Miss Femina World contest in 1994; won the Miss World pageant that same year in South Africa.
  • In 1998, she won India's Screen Best Female Debut award for her role in Iruvar (1997), despite having little acting experience.
  • Sat on the jury at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the first Indian actress to do so.
  • Starred in her first English-language film, Bride & Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in 2004.
  • Put off accepting the Officer Dan Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres, the second highest civilian award in France, until her ill father was able to attend the ceremony.
  • The Netherlands honored her by naming a special variety of the tulip after her.
  • Is the first Indian woman to have a wax statue at Madame Tussaud's museum in London.


  • Krishnaraj Rai — Father
  • Aditya Rai — Brother
  • Salman Khan — Ex-significant Other
  • Aaradhya Bachchan — Daughter
  • Vrinda Rai — Mother
  • Abhishek Bachchan — Husband
  • Vivek Oberoi — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Jai Hind College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India