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25 years of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in movies: From Iruvar to The Pink Panther 2, actor's non-Hindi films to stream online

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's debut film, Iruvar, directed by Mani Ratnam, was released on January 14, 1997.

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Last Updated: 08.35 AM, Jan 14, 2022

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a still from The Pink Panther 2

It's been 25 years since Mani Ratnam's Tamil political drama Iruvar hit the big screens. This means Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will celebrate her silver jubilee as an actor in the movies. The actor made her dreamy debut with the film in a dual role as Kalpana and Pushpavalli. Since then, there was no turning back for Aishwarya and she went on to become one of the leading ladies in Indian cinema. In the very same year, the actor made his Hindi-film debut with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.

Aishwarya has featured in several films, not only in Hindi but also in Tamil and Bangla cinema. The actor is also among the few Indian actors who have gained international recognition. She starred in several English-language films, including The Pink Panther 2, and The Last Legion, to name a few. 

Today, as Aishwarya clocks 25 years as an actor in movies, let's take a look at her non-Hindi feature films, which are available to stream on OTT platforms. 

Check it out below:

Mani Ratnam co-wrote, produced, and directed the 1997 Tamil epic political drama film Iruvar. The film is set against the backdrop of Tamil Nadu cinema and politics and is inspired by the lives of MG Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi, and J Jayalalithaa. As the title suggests, the film stars Mohanlal and Prakash Raj in prominent roles. Rai, who was named Miss World in 1994, made her acting debut in the film, portraying two roles, Kalpana and Pushpavalli, wherein the former was loosely based on Jayalalithaa.
S Shankar wrote and directed the 1998 Tamil-language romantic comedy Jeans, which was produced by Ashok Amritraj and Murali Manohar. Prashanth and Nassar, as well as Aishwarya Rai, play double roles in the film. However, Aishwarya's dual roles are made up as a part of the plot. In the film, Madhumita (Aishwarya) and Vishwanathan (Prashanth) fall in love, but their father (Nassar) forbids them from marrying since he wants his twin sons to marry identical twins.
Kandukondain Kandukondain
Rajiv Menon directed and co-wrote Kandukondain Kandukondain, a Tamil romantic drama released in 2000. In addition to Mammootty, Ajith Kumar, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai, and Abbas star in the film, which is based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility. Srividya, Raghuvaran, and Manivannan are all veteran actors who perform minor roles. AR Rahman composed the film's soundtrack, and Ravi K. Chandran was the cinematographer. The film was a huge success and people lauded it for its star cast, which was a blend of actors from the Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi film industries.
Chokher Bali
Choker Bali is a 2003 Bengali language drama film based on Rabindranath Tagore's 1903 novel of the same name. In 2003, Rituparno Ghosh directed the film, which stars Aishwarya Rai as Binodini and Raima Sen as Ashalata. Women and girls who were best friends in Bengal used to give each other a common nickname and address each other by that name. In this story, Binodini and Ashalata, two pals in this story, refer to each other as "Chokher Bali." With this film, Aishwarya made her debut in Bangla cinema.
Bride & Prejudice
Gurinder Chadha directed the English romantic drama Bride and Prejudice in 2004. The screenplay is a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, written by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. The film stars Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Daniel Gillies, Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Indira Varma, Namrata Shirodkar, and Sonali Kulkarni. It marked Aishwarya's debut in an English-language film.
The Mistress of Spices
The Mistress of Spices is an English romantic drama film directed by Paul Mayeda Berges and co-written by Gurinder Chadha that was released in 2005. It's based on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's 1997 novel, Mistress of Spices. In the film, spices are used by an immigrant in San Francisco to carry the Indian charm with her. She must never leave the spice store or contact another person's skin in order to preserve the spell. One day, a dashing architect and bachelor walks into her shop.
Jag Mundhra directed the 2006 British biographical drama film Provoked. Aishwarya Rai, Naveen Andrews, Miranda Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, Nandita Das, and Steve McFadden are among the cast members. The film is based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who killed her violent husband by accident. In an arranged marriage, Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) marries Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen Andrews), and they relocate to Southall, UK to be closer to their family. Deepak initially appears to be compassionate and affectionate with her, but his true colours quickly emerge as he gradually exposes a darker, more frightening, and even sociopathic side of himself. Kiranjit, unable to tolerate the cruelty and numerous rapes at the hands of her husband after ten years of abuse and having two children with him, sets fire to his feet while he is asleep, accidentally killing him.
The Last Legion
Doug Lefler directed and Dino De Laurentiis produced The Last Legion, a 2007 historical action-adventure film. It is based on Valerio Massimo Manfredi's novel of the same name, published in 2002. Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd, John Hannah, and Iain Glen star in the film, which is directed by Iain Glen. The events of fifth-century European history, particularly the fall of the Western Roman Empire, are partially based on the film. This is combined with other facts and tales from Britain's history, as well as spectacular elements from King Arthur's narrative, to give a foundation for the Arthurian legend. Aishwarya Rai plays the role of Mira, who is an Indian agent of the Eastern Roman Empire.
The Pink Panther 2
Harald Zwart directed The Pink Panther 2, a 2009 American comedy-mystery film. It is the eleventh film in the Pink Panther film franchise and the sequel to The Pink Panther, a remake of the popular comedy series, released in 2006. Inspector Clouseau is forced to work with investigators from different nations to apprehend The Tornado, a daring burglar who has reappeared after a decade of inactivity. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays Sonia Solandres, a criminology expert. She is regarded as a member of the Dream Team and an Indian woman. She's actually "the Tornado," an international jewel thief who's using the Dream Team as a strategic cover.
Mani Ratnam co-wrote, co-produced, and directed the epic action-adventure film Raavanan. Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Prithviraj Sukumaran star in the film, which also has Karthik, Prabhu, and Priyamani in supporting roles. The ancient Ramayana is depicted in this film, with a vicious cop on the hunt for a tribal leader and lawbreaker who has kidnapped his wife. Veeraiya, the kidnapper, was motivated by the loss of his sister, who died as a result of police interrogation torture and severe rape. The film follows the officer's hunt while also examining the changing feelings that the three protagonists have for one another, building to a thrilling conclusion set in the jungle. Aishwarya is seen as Ragini Subramaniam, Dev's (Prithviraj Sukumaran) wife, who is kidnapped by Veera (Vikram) and held captive for fourteen days in the forest. The Goddess Sita is the inspiration for her persona and suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.
S Shankar wrote and directed Enthiran, a 2010 Tamil science fiction action film. It's the first instalment of the Enthiran series. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appear in the film, which also has Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, and Karunas in supporting roles. The plot revolves around a scientist named K Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth) who is trying to manage his humanoid robot named Chitti (also Rajinikanth). He improves Chitti's software so that it can recognise and express human emotions. When Chitti falls in love with Vaseegaran's girlfriend, Sana (Rai), and is pushed into becoming homicidal by Bohra (Denzongpa), a competing scientist, the study backfires.

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