Relliving Aishwarya Rai’s tryst with Southern cinema: ‘Iruvar’ to ‘Enthiran’


Aishwarya Rai has established herself as a synonym for excellence thanks to her vivacious personality, elegant fashion statement and intense acting style. In fact, it can even be said that at present the Mangalore-born actress is an absolute brand in every sense of the word.


While for most part of her illustrious career the former miss universe has worked primarily in Hindi films, every now and then she has ventured into Tamil movies as well. Today, as Aishwarya celebrates her birthday, let us take a look at the star’s tryst with southern cinema.

Iruvar: Directed by Mani Ratnam, ‘Iruvar’ highlighted the strong link between politics and cinema in the Tamil Nadu.
Regarded as one the evergreen classics of Indian cinema, it marked Aishwarya’s big screen debut.

In the film, she was paired opposite Mohanlal and essayed a double role. Interestingly, as ‘Iruvar’ was based on a sensitive issue, it ran into some trouble with the censors. Moreover, it also drew the ire of then Dravidian Kazhagam president K Veeramani who stated that the political-drama belittled the Dravidian movement.

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Enthiran: A blockbuster in every sense of the word, ‘Enthiran’ was in many ways a dream come true for Aishwarya as it saw her paired opposite none other than Tamil superstar Rajinikanth.
Needless to say she shared an excellent onscreen rapport with southern cinema’s resident ‘Thalaiva’, adding another feather to her cap. Touted as a science-fiction drama, ‘Enthiran’ also featured Danny Denzongpa and Karunas in pivotal roles.