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 grandfather is named Ramanna Rai.

Aishwarya’s paternal grandmother is named 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. J420 says:

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

  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.

      • ne__a says:

        No bunts don’t claim descent from iranaians or Scythians or whatever. They are south indian landowning caste and were even considered lower caste for a while. Everyone has aryan steppe ancestry in varying amounts in India barring the sino -tibetans in the north east, and the paniyan tribe of kerala. A very typical Indian nay south indian face like aishwarya’s with a recessive feature such as lighter eyes is deemed as ExOtIc IrAnIAn SyThIan tribe, then i wonder what would actual central asian looking people like jats and rors of haryana who’ve been here for 4000 years

  3. sarahle says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. sparkles180 says:

    She’s pretty but she doesn’t look full indian. I thought she was half white or a mixed latina girl.

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