Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian actress, dancer and singer. She made her on-screen debut with Malayalam film Prajapathi in 2006. Hydari rose to fame after her performance in 2011 romantic thriller film Yeh Saali Zindagi. She has subsequently starred in several successful Hindi films.
About Aditi Rao Hydari in brief
Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian actress, dancer and singer. She made her on-screen debut with Malayalam film Prajapathi in 2006. Hydari rose to fame after her performance in Sudhir Mishra’s 2011 romantic thriller film Yeh Saali Zindagi, a role that won her the Screen Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. She has subsequently starred in several successful Hindi films including the musical Rockstar and the horror-thriller Murder 3. In 2017, Hydari starred in Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai in the leading role of doctor Leela Abraham. Her portrayal of Queen Mehrunisa in the 2018 epic film Padmaavat was well received and ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films. She started her career as a Bharatanatyam dancer, having become interested in the art form following her association with Leela Samson from the age of 11. She is the granddaughter of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and Raja J. Rameshwar Rao of erstwhile Raja of Wanaparthi family. Her father, who died in 2013, was a Bohri Muslim while her mother, who is a Hindu by birth, is a practicing Buddhist and a Chitrapur Saraswat from Mangalore who is half-Telugu. She was educated at A Krishnamurthy Foundation India School and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.
Her mother moved from Hyderabad to New Delhi and managed her family business from there. While her father remarried and did not have children, her mother remained single. Her maternal first cousin is the wife of actor Aamir Khan, and she uses both of her parent’s surnames. She had been recommended to director Suhasini Ranjith for the role of an orphan girl in Sringaram by the cinematographer of the film, Madhu Ambat, who was recommended to her by the director. She also has a first cousin married to actor Kiran Rao, and is the grandniece of former Governor of Assam, Muhammad Sale h Akbar hydari. She belongs to two royal lineages, that of sir Muhammad saleh AkBar Hydari, and RajA J. Rameschwar Rao, who headed the administration of WanAParthi state during colonial India. She worked as a part of Samson’s dance group, Spanda, teaching students and travelling through India and abroad to perform in stage events. Her first film to have a theatrical release, however, was the Malayalis film PraJapathi, in which she starred alongside Mammootty.