Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood actress sensation and former
Miss World, is reported to be in talks for Bond 21...
Aishwarya Rai - Bond 21 Girl?
4th April 2003
A secretary to Aishwarya Rai - Indian film star and former
Miss World - claims she is about to start talks that could
see her star in Bond 21.
Hari Singh - Rai's personal secretary - claims that EON
productions, who are being represented by a London-based
agency, have approached the actress to discuss a role in
the next film - Bond 21.
He told AFP:
"It is still premature. But the agency
guys are in town and have shown interest in discussing the
role with Aishwarya."
"I cannot name the agency as it
is confidential. But they are keen to cast her."
"Let us see what Aishwarya says".
He went on to say that talks have had to be delayed as
Rai fractured her foot in an accident on Wednesday.
If the talks are successful, Aishwarya Rai would become
the first ever Indian Bond girl in the series that has spanned
Bond last visited India back in 1983's Octopussy.
Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, Karnataka, India on
1st November 1973 - the younger of two siblings (her brother
is three years older). She moved to Bombay aged 4 when her
father, who worked as a merchant navy officer, was posted
there. Aishwarya did her schooling at Arya Vidya Mandir,
Santacruz and earned a position as the head girl of her
Whilst studying architecture at college, Aishwarya had
started her modelling career - which ultimately led her
to take a break from architecture and concentrate on modelling
From that point there was no looking back. Aishwarya became
a household name with the Pepsi ad campaign and was crowned
Femina Miss India World in 1994. She went on to the world
stage and became Miss World title at Sun City the same year.
Rai joined the Bollywood film industry and has worked on
many high-profile films. Commended by her credibility in
acting and dancing, she is now considered as one of the
hottest Indian actresses around.
Her film projects for 2003 include "Khakee",
"Kyon Ho Gaya Na", "Dil Ka Rishta" and
"The Heart of India" is scheduled for 2004.
Aishwarya Rai began modelling an early age whilst she was
still in 9th grade. Her career began when a college professor
who was a keen photographer asked Rai to model in a shoot
- this chance event led her to get noticed by advertising
She was launched into the limelight with a hugely successful
Pepsi campaign. Rai has also modelled for Palmolive and
Philips among many other.
Shakti: The Power (2002), Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002),
Devdas (2002) , Albela (2001)
Mohabbatein (2000), Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (2000), Hamara Dil
Aapke Paas Hai (2000)
Josh (2000), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Mela (2000),
Taal (1999), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Aa Ab Laut Chalen
(1999), Jeans (1998), Iruvar (1997), Mamagaru (1991)
15/04/03 : EON Deny Links
With Aishwarya Rai
14/04/03 : Agents Target