Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not just the most beautiful woman in the world, she is also an amazing actress and her fans wait to see her grace the big screen. Even though her film appearances haven’t been as regular as audiences’ would like, there has been no dent in her fan following. The actress who made her debut in films in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Iruvar’ (1997) opposite Mohanlal has completed two decades in the industry.

Along the way, she has regaled us in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal, Devdas, Guzaarish and more. She has been representing India at red carpet events abroad and has never let us down. Making style statements to conducting herself in the most graceful manner possible, to being a media favourite with her obliging demeanor – Aishwarya has become a queen of many hearts. To celebrate her, women’s magazine Femina not just had her the cover girl on their latest issue, but got one of the most successful yesteryear actress and icon Rekha, to pen a tribute to her co-star of many films, Amitabh Bachchan bahu. Read the heartwarming letter below:

“My Ash,

A woman like you who is in harmony with her spirit is like a flowing river, never stagnant. She goes where she wants to without pretence; and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself. People may forget what you said, they may also forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel. You are a living example that courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently! Your deep strength and pure energy introduces you even before you speak!

The worst thing you did was to be present with the ‘present’ with gratitude. You pursued the things you loved doing; and then did them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you! You on your own are enough with nothing to prove to anyone. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

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You’ve come a long way, baby. Having endured many hurdles, like the phoenix you rise! And I cannot pen down in words how proud I am of that little ‘cool’ moon-faced girl who took my breath away the very instant I first laid my eyes on her. You always gave better than the best to all the roles you were bestowed with but my most cherished character of yours is the role of the complete ‘Amma’ that you are, to the little bundle of pure joy called Aaradhya.

Keep loving and spreading your magic. Two decades of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- wow!

Aashirwads and duas I wish for you more goodness and blessings; much more than your heart can contain!

Love you. Jeete raho. Rekha Maa.”

On the work front, Aishwarya will be seen in this year’s Eid release Fanne Khan along with Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. She will be seen playing a music diva in the film and we hear the role was rewritten and extended after one of the producers, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was impressed with Ash’s performance and realised that fans would want to see more of her than there already was in the film. Now, that’s what you call the perfect mix of real beauty and talent.