Best Acting by Aishwarya

In no particular order, these are her Most Laudable Performances from the start of her acting career in 1997 up until 2015...

My selections were based on:
1. Versatility (ability to disappear into each character without reminding you of the last role she played)
2. Performance (Acting)
3. Content (Character)
4. Screen Presence
5. Expression
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1.
Provoked: A True Story (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Jag Mundhra
“ Based on a true story of a woman who lights her husband on fire in the middle of the night after enduring years of physical and emotional abuse. ” - Sherazade
 
2.
Umrao Jaan (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
J.P. Dutta's adaption of the Urdu novel "Umrao Jan Ada" by Mirza Haadi Ruswa (1905). (188 mins.)
Director: J.P. Dutta
“ A re-telling of the 1981 Rekha vehicle of the same name. Critically acclaimed though a dud at the box-office. ” - Sherazade
 
3.
I Have Found It (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments. (151 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Menon
“ An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's novel 'Sense and Sensibility' with Aishwarya in the Marianne Dashwood role. ” - Sherazade
 
4.
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ Aishwarya's second Jane Austen character, here she plays the Elizabeth Bennet role in this Bollywood re-telling of 'Pride and Prejudice'. ” - Sherazade
 
5.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love. (188 mins.)
“ Amazing love story about two young lovers whose relationship is tested by the confines of tradition. ” - Sherazade
 
6.
Devdas (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
“ Two lovers who can never ever be together. This was the 'Titanic' of Bollywood. ” - Sherazade
 
7.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha. (213 mins.)
“ The love story between a Hindu Rajput Princess and a Muslim Emperor. ” - Sherazade
 
8.
Dhoom 2 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
ACP Jai Dixit and his best friend Ali takes on an international thief known only as Mr. A. Will they be able to catch him? (152 mins.)
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi
“ One of her most commercially successful films to date which also marked her foray into the sexy avatar arena as she essayed the role of Sunehri, a cat burglar. The fact that Aishwarya (who had pretty much maintained a good girl image up until this film) could sashay around in ultra mini skirts and other skimpy clothing, engage in innuendo and not to mention lock lips with her co-star(Hrithik Roshan) made this the most talked about film of its time. ” - Sherazade
 
9.
Guzaarish (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A paralyzed Magician-turned-Radio Jockey files a Petition in Court seeking permission to end his life. (126 mins.)
“ Amazing performances by the two leads; Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in their third film together. ” - Sherazade
 
10.
Raavan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister, but later falls in love with her. (130 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ I've lost count of how many films she has done with her husband Abhishek Bachchan (yes, he's in this one too) more importantly, she has acted very well here as the kidnapped wife of a police officer(Vikram) by a local Robin Hood type goon(Abhishek Bachchan). ” - Sherazade
 
11.
Guru (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history. (166 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Great music, great acting. ” - Sherazade
 
12.
Sarkar Raj (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an international Company, brings a power plant proposal... (125 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ Aishwarya goes corporate in this very politically driven film. ” - Sherazade
 
13.
Shabd (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Author Shaukat Vashisht lives a wealthy life-style in India with his wife, Antara, who is a College Teacher... (140 mins.)
Director: Leena Yadav
“ A writer (Sanjay Dutt) attempts to claim success for the second time in his career by writing a novel in which an extremely beautiful woman cheats on her husband with her co-worker. To get inspired, he encourages his own wife (Aishwarya Rai) to entertain the advances of a much younger male colleague (Zayed Khan) who has just arrived to teach art at her school. ” - Sherazade
 
14.
Josh (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Shah Rukh Khan and Sharad Kapoor are the leaders of the two rival gangs. Aishwarya Rai is Shah Rukh Khan's twin sister... (162 mins.)
Director: Mansoor Khan
“ West Side Story...Bollywood Style. Aishwarya Rai and Shahrukh Khan play twins. ” - Sherazade
 
15.
Khakee (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
DCP Anant Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan) has been assigned the mission to escort terrorist Iqbal Ansari (Atul Kulkarni) from Chandangarh to Mumbai... (174 mins.)
“ An awesome cops and robbers style film with a twist you would never see coming. Great cast, great acting. ” - Sherazade
 
16.
Mohabbatein (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At a prestigious university, three lovelorn pupils defy their strict principal with the help of their new music teacher. (216 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
“ Great story about the power of love. ” - Sherazade
 
17.
Taal (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
On a sight-seeing road trip of India, U.K. based Manav Mehta meets Mansi, the daughter of a singer, Tarababu... (179 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
“ A very commercial film in every sense of the word, the script was a bit tedious but the acting was on point. Great music by AR Rahman and awesome dancing by Aishwarya Rai. ” - Sherazade
 
18.
Raincoat (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love. (117 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
“ A nice little movie about unrequited love and keeping up appearances. ” - Sherazade
 
19.
Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The book, Binodini, is the story of a young woman, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married... (167 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
“ The tale of a woman who is widowed shortly after her marriage to a much older man. ” - Sherazade
 
20.
Raavanan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister, but later falls in love with her. (128 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ The Tamil version of Raavan. I enjoyed this version better than the Hindi one and yes, Aishwarya is in both films, playing the same character. ” - Sherazade
 
21.
Jazbaa (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Tensions arise when the daughter of nation's best lawyer is kidnapped. Now she'll have to save a rapist from death sentence, as ransom, within 4 days. (119 mins.)
Director: Sanjay Gupta
“ her comeback film, a remake of the Korean action thriller 'Seven Days' ” - Sherazade