5 Unforgettable Characters Played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is at Cannes once again and we thought it was a good time to look at some of her unforgettable characters. From Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to Jodhaa Akbar, here are our top picks:
5 Unforgettable Characters Played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
5 Unforgettable Characters Played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Often recognized as the 'Most Beautiful Woman in the World', Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has proved time and again that her talents go far beyond her appearance. She’s an incredibly skilled actress who always impresses audiences and has a diverse range of roles under her belt, showcasing depth and versatility.

1. Nandini in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Aishwarya portrays the character of Nandini in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, a film by Sanjay Leela Bhansali recognized for its beautiful music and emotional depth. Her performance as a conflicted young woman torn between love and duty is commendable and impactful, exhibiting passion, vulnerability, and strength.

You can watch Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam on JioCinema.

2. Mansi in Taal (1999)

In Subhash Ghai’s musical drama Taal, Aishwarya plays Mansi, a skilled singer. Her performance is noteworthy for its energy and passion, effectively conveying her character's innocence, ambition, and emotional development. Saroj Khan choreographed some of the most iconic dance numbers that got everyone grooving to Ramta Jogi.

Taal is Streaming on Zee5.

3. Paro in Devdas (2002)

Aishwarya's performance as Paro in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas is notable and memorable. She displays elegance, attractiveness, and passion in this sorrowful romantic tale. The on-screen connection with Shah Rukh Khan's Devdas is electric, and her acting effectively conveys the anguish, desire, and determination of her role.

Devdas is streaming on JioCinema.

4. Jodhaa Bai in Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Ashutosh Gowarikar cast Aishwarya to play the role of Jodhaa, a Rajput princess, who marries Emperor Akbar, played by Hrithik Roshan, in his historical drama Jodhaa Akbar. Her performance is regal and captivating, beautifully capturing the spirit and grace of her character. Her chemistry with Hrithik Roshan and the ease with which she portrays Jodhaa's strength and dignity remind us why she’s such a Queen.

Jodhaa Akbar is available on Netflix.

5. Sofia in Guzaarish (2010)

In the film Guzaarish, Aishwarya plays the role of Sofia D'Souza, a nurse who cares for a paralyzed magician portrayed by Hrithik Roshan. Her performance is sensitive and heartfelt, displaying compassion, strength, and vulnerability. The ache in her eyes and her portrayal of Sofia's emotional growth make it a notable addition to her filmography.

You can rent Guzaarish on YouTube.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Sofia in Guzaarish (2010)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Sofia in Guzaarish (2010)

Special Mention: Underrated Roles

Neerja in Raincoat (2004)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays Neerja in Raincoat. The character displays vulnerability and emotional complexity, which is a departure from Aishwarya's usual glamorous image. Her performance is nuanced and captures the depth of Neerja's character, making it an underrated role.

Raincoat is available to watch on Hoichoi.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Neerja in Raincoat (2004)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Neerja in Raincoat (2004)

Binodini in Chokher Bali (2003)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's portrayal of Binodini in Chokher Bali demonstrates her versatile acting skills, effectively depicting a complex character. Binodini's personality is intricate and conflicted, and Aishwarya's performance exhibits both elegance and intensity. The role encompasses themes of desire, manipulation, and societal constraints, ultimately creating a memorable and underappreciated character.

You can watch Chokher Bali on Hoichoi.

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