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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

March 6, 2009
Ash is an achiever if ever there was one. From winning the Miss World pageant in 1994 to forging a successful acting career in Bollywood to becoming the face of the Indian film industry in Hollywood, this gal has been there and done it all. Ash was the first Indian actress to serve on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, the second film personality (after her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan) to have a likeness of her displayed in London's Madame Toussaud's Museum and has even had a special variety of tulips named after her in the Netherlands. As for detractors and controversy, she's had her share of those too, but always prefers to keep her personal life private and remain gracious in the face of criticism.

Life lesson from Aishwarya:

  • Take criticism in your stride and meet harsh words with silence -- let your accomplishments speak for you.

    Photograph: Dijeshwar Singh/ Saab Pictures

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