Aishwarya Rajesh is an Indian film actress who has appeared in leading roles primarily in Tamil cinema as well as Telugu, Malayalam, and one Hindi films. She started her career as Anchor in a famous comedy show called Asathapovadhu Yaru on Sun TV. After winning the reality show Maanada Mayilada. she made her debut in Neethana Avan (2010) and became known after starring in Attakathi (2012) portraying the role of Amudha. Her first Malayalam film was Jomonte Suvisheshangal opposite Dulquer Salmaan and she also acted with Nivin Pauly in her second Malayalam film Sakhavu. She made her debut in Bollywood, in 2017 through the film Daddy opposite to Arjun Rampal and also acting in two big films Vada Chennai and Dhruva Natchathiram opposite Dhanush and Vikram. She received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for the 2014 film Kaaka Muttai at Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
She was born into a Telugu speaking family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She did her schooling in Shrine Vailankanni Senior Secondary School and in Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in T.Nagar. Aishwarya's father Rajesh was also an actor who had appeared in 54 films in Telugu. Her grandfather Amarnath too acted in lead roles, while her aunt Srilakshmi, is a Telugu comedian with over 500 films to her credit.
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.
She expressed her gratitude to Arjun Rampal for introducing her to Bollywood.
In the early stages of her career, she 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 film, 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.
Aishwarya's 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".
She 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 Kaakka Muttai, Arjun Rampal selected Aishwarya Rajesh in the challenging role of Asha Gawli for the film Daddy. With this, Aishwarya made her debut in Hindi and was recognized for her performance in her first hindi film.
2018 was the most successful year for Aishwarya Rajesh as she was part of most of the big hits of the year. She collaborated with the most successful directors like Mani Ratnam, A. L. Vijay, Hari and Vetrimaaran as well as delivering a female oriented cult hit Kanaa in Siva Karthikeyan's production. As of 2019, she is working simultaneously on multiple upcoming projects. She has completed filming for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval, in which she portrays a patti mandram (debate) speaker, as well as Gautham Menon's Dhruva Natchathiram. She is also making her debut in Telugu after signing three movies. .