Aishwarya and husband Abhishek Bachchan appeared on the popular The Oprah Winfrey Show on 28 September 2009, she is the first Indian star to have appeared on the show twice.
Aishwarya, who has been the face of popular brands in India, has also several successful international endorsements to her credit.
Her presence at high-profile international events speaks volume of the global reputation she enjoys.
On her 40th birthday, we give you an insight into the reasons that have helped her earn huge appreciation and expand fan base by the day.
Aishwarya Rai played Paro to Shah Rukh Khan's Devdas. Even though there might be comparisons to earlier actresses, who have played Paro in various versions of 'Devdas', Ash put up a sincere effort. She managed to match step to step with the dancing diva Madhuri Dixit, in the song 'Dhola re dhola...'
Aishwarya is also a UN Microcredit Spokesperson.
Aishwarya has also extended support to PETA's awareness campaigns.
She also supported the eye donation campaign and pledged to donate her eyes to the Eye Bank Association of India.
She also appeared in a public awareness film based on eye donation.
The spurt in the number of brand she represents explains how only she manages to add a new facet to popular products.
If ad-man Prahlad Kakkar's perspective is anything to go by Aishwarya is sought by popular brands only because she isn't just an actress. She is often perceived as India's ambassador.
Aishwarya tied the knot with actor Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 in a impressive ceremony and the two are referred to as a super couple.
Aishwarya, a Cannes Film Festival regular, has often been applauded for her fashion choices at the annual event.
She has also hit headlines for extending support to noble causes.
Even though Aishwarya was mocked by media for her inability to lose post-pregnancy weight, she took her own time to shed extra flab.
In November of 2004, Aishwara Rai formed Aishwarya Rai Foundation to extend help to the deprived section in India.
Her wax figure was put on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum in 2004.
Aishwarya gave birth to her first baby, Aaradhya Bachchan, on November 16, 2011.
Her tryst with the popular Cannes Film Festival kicked off in 2003.
She became the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the festival.
A few years later in September 2012, she was appointed as the new global Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS (the joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS).
In 2004, she was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the world's most powerful people, and also graced the cover of its 2003 Asia edition.
In 2007, the same figure was also exhibited at Madame Tussaud's Museum in Times Square in New York.
In 2012, she bagged the second-highest Order of France, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Such is Aishwarya's acting prowess, that it didn't take her very long to share the screen space with Bollywood A-listers including Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, etc.
To pay more attention to her daughter Aaradhya, she decided to take a break from Bollywood.
The ease and confidence with which she walks the ramp, Aishwarya remains the most impressive model so far.
Even though J.P.Dutta's film 'Umrao Jaan' couldn't do well, the film made headlines, courtesy Aishwarya Rai. The actress looked and danced like a dream in this film.
Her professional accomplishments aren%u2019t limited to Bollywood. Several international filmmakers have approached her for their projects. In 2004 she worked with Martin Henderson in 'Bride and Prejudice'.
Even though people slam item numbers because they are raunchy, it was Aishwarya Rai who made the viewers perceive such songs in a different way. In 'Kajra Re', Aishwarya performed in a classy manner, making the number look elegant rather than vulgar.
Even though her role in 'The Pink Panther 2' had grey shades, she won accolades for her efforts.
Since their off-screen bond translates to on-screen chemistry, Aishwarya-Abhishek has become the most sought after Bollywood couple.
This Jug Mundhra film featured Aishwarya playing the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a woman who suffers domestic abuse at the hands of her husband. She wowed everyone with the ease with which she essayed the role.
Aishwarya Rai caught everyone's attention when she won the Miss World title in 1994. She also bagged the 'Miss Photogenic' award and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty Asia & Oceania at the same event.
Her next international film was Paul Mayeda Berges's 'The Mistress of Spices' which released in 2005.
Aishwarya's sense of style and impressive stage performances have made her a style icon in India.
The most admired woman in India, Aishwarya became the brand ambassador for Pulse Polio, a campaign formed by Indian Government to eliminate polio in India in 2005.
Such is her popularity that Aishwarya was selected by Verve Magazine in its list of the country's most influential women.
In 2001, Forbes had named Aishwarya among the best five Indian movie stars.
In a reader poll conducted by UK's Hello! mag, she was voted 'the most attractive woman of 2003' and this was also the year, when she made it to Rolling Stone magazine's annual Hot List.