Rai Puts Her Best Face Forward

Faces Ash
Rai in London yesterday

Aishwarya Rai is in London this week, promoting her latest film, Provoked—a true story based on the life of Kiran Ahluwalia, a Punjabi British victim of domestic violence who killed her husband in 1989.

Rai plays the lead role.

The actress spent part of yesterday inaugurating the photo exhibit Faces: A celebration of 75 years of Bollywood cinema.

Open to the public through April 21 (at Sitaaray), the exhibit features the work of Gautam Rajadhyaksha, the famed photographer who has captured the spirit of screen-legends like Devika Rani and Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Pooja Bhatt—and, of course, Ash herself.

“I do not shoot politicians or religious heads, simply because I am not interested in them,” Rajadhyaksha tells India’s Sunday Tribune. “My original belief is to capture and present the side of famous personalities not known to the public.”

In addition to Provoked, Rai has most recently appeared in the Mani Ratnam film Guru. Listen to “Tere Bina,” from the soundtrack, below—and be sure to check out next month’s issue of for an exclusive on Provoked.

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Provoked screening on May 11th in the Bay Area will raise money for local non-profit Narika.

April 5, 2007
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