Kandukondain Kandukondain is a 2000 Directed and co-written by Rajiv Menon, Tamil musical and romantic film based on Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility . the film features an ensemble cast of Mammootty, Ajith Kumar, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai and Abbas in the lead roles. Veteran actors Srividya, Raghuvaran and Manivannan also played other pivotal roles in the film, The film opened to Indian audiences after several delays, on 5 May 2000 gaining positive reviews and becoming a successful venture commercially. The film was also dubbed and released in the Telugu language as Priyuraalu Pilichindi, while the producers opted to release subtitled versions of the film worldwide.The film's soundtrack scored by A. R. Rahman, won critical acclaim and set a ten year long sales record, while a song composed by him and sung by Shankar Mahadevan won a National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in the process. The film went on to feature in international film festivals and gain notable awards.
Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar (1997) and had her first commercial success in the Tamil movie Jeans (1998) After a setback in her career during 2003–2005, she appeared in Dhoom 2 (2006), which turned out to be her biggest commercial success in India. She later appeared in films like Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Enthiran (2010) which were commercially and critically successful An Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and ultimately won the Miss World title in 1994. Rai has acted in over 40 movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali, which include few international productions.She gained the attention of Bollywood through the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 2002 she appeared in Bhansali's Devdas, for which she won her second Filmfare Best Actress Award.she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.