Aishwarya Rai

Rai in 2006, photo by cinemafestival /

Place of Birth: Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Birth: 1 November, 1973

Ethnicity: Tuluva Indian

Aishwarya Rai, also known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian actress and model. She has also starred in international films, including Bride and Predjudice and The Pink Panther 2. She also won the Miss World title in 1994. Aishwarya is able to speak several languages, including Tulu, Hindi, English, Tamil and Marathi.

Aishwarya is the daughter of Brinda and Krishnaraj Rai. She was raised in a Tulu-speaking Tuluva Bunt household. Aishwarya is married to actor Abhishek Bachchan, with whom she has a daughter. Abhishek is the son of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.

Aishwarya’s paternal grandparents are Ramanna Rai and Saraswathi Shetty (the daughter of Subbayya Shetty and Dugamma). Subbayya was the son of a man surnamed Punja, and of Marakada Parameshwari Bhandari.

Source: Genealogy of Aishwarya Rai (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

248 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    Kashmir people from Northern India have light eyes.

  2. ashash says:

    Beautiful Indian woman.

    • Wolfman says:

      She’s very beautiful indeed! Her caste claim descent from the Iranian Scythians who settled in Southern India and Britain as soldiers in the Roman army and included in the King Arthur myth. Plus, we know blue eyes originate from Ukraine where the Scythians came from to settle in India.

  3. abbracci says:

    What a beautiful Indian goddess. She looks mixed with Persian not European.

    • Wolfman says:

      Yes! I agree with you abbracci plus her caste the Bunts are said to be partially descended from the Indo-Scythians that settled in India like me.

    • Wolfman says:

      Why is it? Persians partially descend from the original Aryans, Kamboja, Scythians who carried the gene for light eyes at a high %. Plus, light eyes are rare among Punjabis, but in my family I have 35 close relatives with this trait and it’s no surprise my caste has the highest % of foreign ancestry in India.

  4. neiltennant says:

    i was living with my parents in india in the early 90s for a while

    and we were living in NEW DELHI

    99,9999 percent of the people were dark but there had been also a few with blue or green eyes

    And please don’t make me laugh with the theory IN THE NORTH more blue eyed and in the south more dark eyed

    thats totally false

    There had been portugese settlers hundreds of years ago and i bet that the indians got their eyes from them

    But it is also realistic that there had been admixture via british settlers, although they had been hated by the indians
    but who knows

    What hurts me is watching bollywood movies today.– A lot of blue eyed indians what is not so realistic and rather racist

    but like in mexico the telenovela actors with blue or green eyes are favored its the same in india

    people like exotic people and having pale skin and light eyes is exotic in those countries :-))

    • sarahle says:

      not only mixed with portuguese people, with british people, too.

    • J420 says:

      Well technically Indians are biologically Caucasian anyway. Skin colour doesn’t define race, bone structure does.

    • Tyler says:

      How is it racist to find blue eyes attractive? In Korea people prefer pale skin and bigger eyes despite the fact most people have small eyes and use skin whitening creams. In India they prefer colored eyes, so what? It’s simply a different standard of beauty. In america we consider the all american woman to be blonde, tan, big boobed with a slim waist but how many natural blondes do we really got and how many women are naturally tanned? Most people bake in the sun to get that look. Every country has their standard of beauty. Damn it’s like appreciating white beauty has become racist. Unbelievable.

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