Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has been named for this year’s Padma Shri awards. Her contribution to Bollywood has been finally recognized by the Indian government.
Aishwarya, 35, entered filmdom after winning the prestigious Miss World crown in 1994, and delivered hits like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Taal’ and ‘Guru’. She also earned critical acclaim for her performances in films like ‘Chokher Bali’, ‘Raincoat’ and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’.
She can sure be said as an international star after her numerous appearances at various film festivals and her much-acclaimed foreign movies. She has also been a regular in the international social scene and has appeared on Oprah Show and David Latterman.
Along with Aish, Helen, action star Akshay Kumar and music legend Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar are also among those who’ve named for the prestigious civil award. Singer-actress Shamshad Begum has been named for Padma Bhushan.
Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, 71, the younger brother of singing legend Lata Magheshkar, is known for composing soulful tunes in Marathi films – ‘Sansar’, ‘Jait Re Jait’, ‘Umbartha’ and ‘Nivdung‘.