Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the most popular actresses of India. She is, as is often noted, stunningly beautiful. She’s also done a number of period films and some Western cinema, and I always find her acting to be engaging. Let’s run down Aishwarya Rai’s frock flick filmography!
23 March 1931 – Shaheed (2002)
Set in 1931 (obviously) British India, this film depicts the lead up to the hanging of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Rai Bachchan plays “Mannewali (special appearance in song ‘Jogiya Ve’)”, which makes me think maybe she’s only in this one song?
Set in the early 1900s and based on a 1917 novel, this film tells the story of a wealthy lawyer who plans to marry his childhood sweetheart (Rai), but things go wrong. Whenever I post about Rai on social media, everyone chimes in that this film is GREAT, so I think I need to watch it soon!
Chokher Bali (2003)
Based on a 1903 novel, two best friends (Rai and Raima Sen) become involved with the same man.
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Is it historical? Not a bit. Is it Kendra’s favorite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? You bet! I put this on any time I need to be cheered up. Rai plays the perfect modern interpretation of Elizabeth Bennet, Martin Henderson is cute, and I looooove their Mr. Collins aka Kohli Saab.
Umrao Jaan (2006)
Based on an 1899 novel (seeing a theme here?), the film begins in 1840 and tells the story of a courtesan and poet (played by Rai).
This film, about an Indian industrialist, begins in 1950 and ends in 1980. Rai plays the industrialist’s wife.
The Last Legion (2007)
A “historical action adventure film” that is LOOSELY inspired by the 5th century collapse of the Roman Empire and Arthurian legend. Colin Firth stars! It looks atrocious! Rai plays Mira, warrior of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
As the real-life 16th century Jodhaa Bai, who married the Mughal emperor.
Action Replayy (2010)
Technically after our period, but these pics of Rai are too cute! It’s basically Back to the Future but instead of going back to the 1950s, the lead goes back to 1975.
And coming soon…
Rai will be in Ponniyin Selvan, about Chola Emperor Rajaraja I (c. 985-1014).
What’s your favorite of Aishwarya Rai’s frock flick roles?