Key movies: ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999), ‘Devdas’ (2002), ‘Dhoom 2’ (2006)
Active: 1997 to present
It was almost inevitable that Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai (born 1973) would become a Bollywood star. After several flops in the 1990s, she was almost written off as an actress. She bounced back in 1999 with two successive hits, which proved that she could dance with the best of them even though her acting skills remained questionable.
Rai has since attempted to break into Hollywood with limited success. In 2007, at the peak of her success, she married Abhishek Bachchan, son of the legendary ‘Big B’. She has continued acting since her marriage, proving that married actresses in India could still be successful.