Aishwarya is a 2006 Kannada movie starring Upendra, Daisy Bopanna and introducing Deepika Padukone. The movie was directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The film is remake of Telugu film Manmadhudu. The film featured Upendra as a rich advertisement executive and changed his mass image into a classy one. The film was a commercial success and was among the top 5 hit films of 2006.
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Abhishek Hegde (Upendra) had first fallen in love with a young lady Anjali (Daisy Bopanna) who was a model. As a struggling model, Anjali finds herself in a fortunate position where she is mistaken to be girlfriend to Abhishek and gets many new offers. Abhishek tries to confront her on seeing the news about his affair with her, but falls in love with her instead. Anjali dies in an accident when the two declare their love and are hugging, Abhishek's car hits a lorry. As Anjali's family were not in favour of her decision of marrying Abhishek, he is informed that Anjali has married the person she has been engaged to and did not care to tell him that Anjali has actually died and visit him, even when he was in hospital recovering from injuries after the accident. Abhishek's grandfather had faked an invitation card to Anjali's wedding only to keep him away from further mental trauma. This angers Abhishek and he starts to hate women with the generalisation that all women are like Anjali. After a long gap Aishwarya (Deepika Padukone) joins the company he works in which is owned by his uncle as an assistant manager. After a stay for a few days in the office, she gets Abhishek fired and she takes the position of manager. Abhishek now not knowing what to do talks to his aunt, but is interrupted by his uncle, who is mean to him. Finally, he takes the job of assistant manager as that is the only job available. Within a few days they assigned a task at Vienna. The two travel to Europe on business for ten days and learn from each other. Aishwarya transforms Abhishek by her assertive and fun-loving nature. They fall in love with each other but don't express it. Abhishek finds out that Aishwarya is getting engaged as decided by her family to a very strict family from Mandya. Aishwarya is aware of Abhishek's feelings for her. Both of them finally speak out their love. Now, Abhishek, to save his love, drives to reach Aishwarya. At that moment, Aishwarya will be on a boat travelling to the place where she has to get marry. Abhishek reaches there and shouts out for Aishwarya, and she responds by jumping into the river. They both reunite and share their moment of joy by telling how much they love each other. The movie ends on a happy note and they are married by the end.
Upendra as Abhishek Hegde
Deepika Padukone as Aishwarya
Daisy Bopanna as Anjali
Om Prakash Rao
Director – Indrajit Lankesh
Producer – N Kumar
Written – B A Madhu
Music By – Rajesh Ramanath
Aishwarya got a tremendous opening across Karnataka upon release. The film got a grand opening both in single screens and multiplexes as well. The film broke several opening box office records by generating a nett share of ₹1.5 crore and a total gross of ₹20 million during its first week, out of which more than ₹10 million came from BKT (Bangalore, Kolar, Tumkur) alone, once again proving Upendra's strong foothold in the BKT region after his earlier record breaking opener Omkara which had also collected ₹10 million nett from the BKT region in its first week. After its amazing performance at the box office during its first 2 weeks, the film was already declared a big hit. Aishwarya went on to complete 50 days of run at 30 centres across Karnataka and 75 days of run in Bangalore, and was a commercial success, although it could not reach expectations. Aishwarya grossed a total of ₹50 million in its entire run of 75 days and was among the top 5 hit films of 2006.