|Born||10 January 1990|
|Occupation||Actress, TV anchor|
|Relatives||Sri Lakshmi (aunt)|
Aishwarya Rajesh (born 10 January 1990) is an Indian actress who works primarily in Tamil films, alongside Telugu and Malayalam films. She is a recipient of two SIIMA Awards, and a Filmfare Award South.
Aishwarya started her career as television presenter in a comedy show called Asatha Povathu Yaaru? on Sun TV. After winning the reality show Maanada Mayilada, she made her debut in Neethana Avan (2010) and came into prominence after starring in Attakathi (2012) portraying the role of Amudha. She received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for the 2014 film Kaaka Muttai at Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. She acted in her two career breakthrough roles as Padma in Vetrimaran's Vada Chennai (2018) opposite to Dhanush and as Kousalya Murugesan, a female cricketer in her solo film Kanaa (2018). 
Her first Malayalam film was Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017) opposite Dulquer Salmaan. She made her Hindi film debut in 2017 with Daddy opposite to Arjun Rampal. She made her Telugu film debut with Kousalya Krishnamurthy (2019), which was a remake of her 2018 movie, Kanaa.
Aishwarya Rajesh was born in a Telugu-speaking family in Chennai. Her father Rajesh was a Telugu film actor. Her mother Nagamani was a dancer under Salim master. Her grandfather Amarnath was also a popular actor, while her aunt Srilakshmi, is a Telugu comedian with over 500 films to her credit. She did her schooling in Shrine Vailankanni, Chennai, Sree Vidyanikethan International School, Tirupati, and Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai.
She studied at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai and graduated with a B.Com degree. She started to learn dance since she needed to choreograph a stage show for a student cultural fest and later entered the reality show Maanada Mayilada on Kalaignar TV. She won the show's third season and got offered roles in films thereafter.
In the early stages of her career, Aishwarya also worked as an anchor on the sets of the TV show Asathapovathu Yaaru. In 2010, she made her debut with the Tamil film Neethana Avan, and in 2014, she was seen alongside Vijay Sethupathi in two films, Rummy, and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, released within two weeks. While the first film was a village drama set in the 1980s, the latter was based on a short film of the same name, and revolved around an old man and his vintage car Premier Padmini. Critics praised her performances, especially in Rummy. Hindustan Times wrote that she was "extremely promising" while film critic Baradwaj Rangan noted that she was "expressive", calling her "a tonic for nerves frayed by the alabaster automatons we usually get as heroines". Later that year, she appeared in a song sequence in R. Parthiepan's Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam and as the female lead in Thirudan Police. In April 2014, She began filming for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval, but the film remains unreleased as of May 2020.
Her first release in 2015 was Kaaka Muttai. Her portrayal of a slum dweller and mother of two children was lauded by critics. Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "it features stunning performances from everyone...especially Aishwarya Rajesh, who plays the kids' mother with a world-weariness that belies her years". Other reviewers stated that she was "excellent", played her role "with extraordinary ease"  and that she "leaves you awe-struck". That year, she also made her the stage debut, playing Cinderella from the same-titled fairytale that was adapted as a "musical dance drama".
Aishwarya had the most releases for a Tamil actress in 2016 with 8 films out of which Aarathu Sinam, Hello Naan Pei Pesuren, Manithan and Dharma Durai were commercially successful. She was critically appreciated for her performance in the films Dharma Durai and Kuttrame Thandanai, where she collaborated with Kaaka Muttai director Manikandan. She became the number one choice for acting in performance oriented roles in the industry. In 2017, Aishwarya made her entry in Malayalam films acting in two commercially and critically successful films Jomonte Suvisheshangal and Sakhhavu. Based on her performance in Kaaka Muttai, Arjun Rampal selected Aishwarya in the challenging role of Zubeida for the film Daddy. With this, Aishwarya made her debut in Hindi and was recognized for her performance in her first Hindi film. In 2018, she completed shooting for Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kathai. The film remained unreleased as of April 2020.
She starred in her solo film as a cricketer in Kanaa under Sivakarthikeyan's production. She reprised her role in the Telugu remake Kousalya Krishnamurthy, which marked her lead Telugu debut. She starred in sister roles in Namma Veettu Pillai and Vaanam Kottatum. She played a village belle in World Famous Lover. She played a woman who lost her husband in Dubai in Ka Pae Ranasingam. Regarding her performance, a critic noted that "Aishwarya Rajesh is a revelation. She displays hopelessness, powerlessness, vulnerability, grit and determination with ease and impressive conviction".
As of 2020, she is a part of Gautham Menon's delayed project Dhruva Natchathiram. She was cast in the Mundhanai Mudichu remake. In January 2021, Driver Jamuna featuring Aishwarya in the titular role was announced.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2010||Neethana Avan||Nandhini||Tamil||Tamil debut|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance|
|2015||Kaaka Muttai||The protagonist kids' mother||Tamil|
|Hello Naan Pei Pesuren||Kavitha||Tamil|
|Parandhu Sella Vaa||Madhavi||Tamil|
|2017||Jomonte Suvisheshangal||Vaidhehi||Malayalam||Malayalam debut|
|Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum||Pooja||Tamil|
|Daddy||Zubeida Mujawar / Asha Gawli||Hindi||Hindi debut|
|Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||Renuka Thyagarajan||Tamil|
|Kousalya Krishnamurthy||Kousalya Krishnamurthy||Telugu||Telugu debut in a lead role|
|Namma Veettu Pillai||Thulasi||Tamil|
|World Famous Lover||Suvarna||Telugu|
|Ka Pae Ranasingam||Ariyanachi||Tamil|
|Untitled remake of Ayyappanum Koshiyum||TBA||Telugu||Filming|||
|TBA||Untitled remake of The Great Indian Kitchen||TBA||Tamil||Filming|||
- As a voice artist
|2019||The Lion King||Nala||English||Tamil version|||
|2018||Bodhai Kodhai||Atharvaa||Gautham Menon|||
Awards and nominations
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