The life of a celebrity is often a rollercoaster ride, with both their personal and professional lives constantly under the spotlight. Bollywood icon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, made a global mark when she was crowned Miss World in 1994. Yet, the journey to stardom isn’t without its share of controversies. Aishwarya, who is considered one of the most beautiful women on the planet, has turned 50 today. On her birthday, let’s take a look at some of her biggest controversies.
Aishwarya Rai Controversies:
1. Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan’s breakup:
One of the most talked-about controversies in Bollywood is Aishwarya Rai’s tumultuous relationship with actor Salman Khan. Their romance began during the filming of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ but was short-lived. Aishwarya accused Salman of harassment and abuse, leading to their breakup in 2001. Things never got better between both and they still avoid seeing each other.
2. Aishwarya Rai’s Panama Papers Controversy
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan found herself in a legal storm when her name was linked to the infamous Panama Papers scandal. The leaked documents exposed alleged offshore dealings and tax evasion by various individuals and corporate entities worldwide. Aishwarya was one of the 500 Indians named in this massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents. This controversy revolved around accusations of tax fraud that shook the Indian celebrity circuit.
3. A Love Triangle Drama: Vivek Oberoi vs. Salman Khan
Aishwarya Rai’s love life took another dramatic turn after her breakup with Salman Khan. She started dating Vivek Oberoi, which ignited a sensational love triangle. Vivek boldly challenged Salman Khan in the public eye, alleging that Salman had threatened to harm him for being involved with Aishwarya. This episode earned Vivek the tag of being “immature” in Aishwarya’s book. Vivek and Aishwarya’s love story came to an end soon after.
4. The Plastic Surgery Speculations
In recent times, Aishwarya Rai has faced scrutiny and criticism from the media and netizens alike over speculations of multiple facial surgeries. Her recent public appearances garnered much attention and was met with mixed reactions. Critics accused the former Miss World of resorting to excessive cosmetic procedures.
5. Aishwarya Rai Vs Sonam Kapoor
Another headline-grabbing controversy involved a face-off between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. The latter took over as the face of a global cosmetics brand that Aishwarya had previously endorsed. In response, Sonam dubbed Aishwarya as an ‘aunty’ from a different generation, citing their generational gap and Aishwarya’s collaborations with her father. This obviously didn’t go well with Aishwarya.