Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films. She made her film debut with the Malayalam film Prajapathi in 2006. She went on to appear in a number of Hindi films, including the musical romantic drama Rockstar (2011), the horror-thriller Murder 3 (2013), the thriller Wazir (2016), and the historical period drama Padmaavat (2018).
She has also appeared in a number of South Indian films, including Mani Ratnam's Kaatru Veliyidai (2017) and Sufiyum Sujatayum (2017). (2020).
History and Family
Aditi Rao Hydari was born in Hyderabad, India, to Ehsaan Hydari and Vidya Rao. Aditi's father was a Sulaimani Bohra Muslim who died in 2013. Vidya Rao, Aditi's mother, is a practicing Buddhist who was born in Mangalore to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin father and a Telugu mother. Thus, Hydari is of mixed ancestry, whether in terms of religion (Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist), community (Bohra, Brahmin, Telugu), or language (Konkani, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu).
Hydari's parents are both nobility from the former state of Hyderabad. Ehsaan Hydari, Aditi's father, was the grandson of Akbar Hydari, a former Prime Minister of Hyderabad state, and the nephew of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari, a former Governor of Assam. Vidya Rao, Aditi's mother, is a classical singer who specialises in Hindustani music's thumri, and dadra genres. Shanta Rameshwar Rao (not to be confused with the writer Shanta Rama Rao), Aditi's maternal grandmother, founded Vidyaranya High School in Hyderabad and was the chairperson of the publishing house Orient Blackswan (owned by her father, the Raja). Shanta Rameshwara Rao was the daughter of the last Raja of Wanaparthy, J. Rameshwar Rao. He was one of the four highest-ranking noblemen in the Nizam of Hyderabad's court. Aditi's maternal first cousin is filmmaker Kiran Rao, one of actor Aamir Khan's former wives.
Aditi's parents divorced when she was two years old, and she does not have any siblings. While her father remained in Hyderabad, Aditi's mother moved to New Delhi, sparking a bitter legal battle over custody and her father's visiting rights. When Aditi (then a child) was brought to court by her mother to tell the judge that she did not want to spend any of her school vacations with her father, the judge felt compelled to tell Aditi that she was being "brain-washed" and that she should spend time with her father. This, however, did not occur. Aditi saw little of her father as a child because of their feud, and she had a difficult relationship with him as an adult. After many years, her father remarried, but he never had any other children. Aditi's mother never remarried, but she had a busy social life and career, so when custody issues were resolved and Aditi was old enough, she sent her to boarding school. This was the Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh, near Madanapalle. Aditi went on to graduate from Lady Shri Ram College at the University of Delhi.
Hydari spent her early childhood and later school vacations in both New Delhi and Hyderabad, where her family was based. She began studying Bharatanatyam at the age of six and later became a student of renowned Delhi-based exponent Leela Samson. Hydari adopts her parents' surnames. She elaborated, "I wanted to keep both because my mother raised me, but my father is also a part of me. Because Hydari is a unique name, I kept both Rao and Hydari."
Aditi was married to Satyadeep Mishra, an Indian lawyer and former actor, according to reports in 2004 and 2009. In a 2012 interview, the actress declined to comment on her marital status, but in a 2013 interview, she revealed that she and Mishra had divorced. Hydari met Mishra when she was 17 years old, and she had her first serious relationship with him. She married him when she was 21, but they kept the marriage a secret because she wanted to be an actress. Despite their separation, the two have remained close friends over the years.
Earlier roles (2004–2009)
Hydari began her career as a Bharatanatyam dancer after becoming interested in the art form while studying with Leela Samson at the age of 11. She was a member of Samson's dance group, Spanda, where she taught students and travelled throughout India and abroad to perform in stage events. In early 2004, Hydari finished her first acting project, Sringaram, in which she played the lead role of a devadasi, a temple dancer from the nineteenth century. Sharada Ramanathan directed the Tamil film, which was produced by Padmini Ravi, a well-known bharatanatyam dancer. Ramanathan saw Hydari's dance performance at a conference and was impressed by her "vulnerable and fresh face" as well as her resemblance to dancer Shobana. After screening at a number of international film festivals in 2005 and 2006, the film received critical acclaim when it was shown in India, earning several accolades, including three National Film Awards. Sringaram had a limited theatrical release in October 2007, but won positive reviews, with one critic noting that "the film has brilliant acting from the lead, Aditi Rao".
However, her first theatrical release was the Malayalam film Prajapathi (2006), in which she co-starred with Mammootty. She had been recommended to director Ranjith for the role by actress Suhasini, and was selected after the director managed to get in contact with her through Madhu Ambat, who was the cinematographer of Sringaram. Hydari portrayed an orphan girl who falls in love with the character played by Mammootty, but her role was considered minimal, with a critic from Rediff stating she "has nothing to do with the overall plot". Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra cast her in his Hindi drama film, Delhi-6, in 2009, where she played a supporting role as an unmarried woman living in a community where spinsterhood was frowned upon. Mehra chose Hydari to play in an ensemble cast alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor after being impressed by her performance in Sringaram (2009–2015)
In 2011, Hydari was born.
In 2011, Hydari co-starred in Sudhir Mishra's romantic drama Yeh Saali Zindagi with Arunoday Singh. The sensual scenes between Hydari and Singh in the film, which portrayed the wife of a former convict, garnered attention prior to its release. Following the film's release, Hydari received critical acclaim for her performance, winning the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress. She later appeared in Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar as a supporting actress alongside Ranbir Kapoor (2011). Hydari first met Ali to discuss casting a Kashmiri girl in the lead female role, but he instead cast newcomer Nargis Fakhri. After two months, Ali contacted her again and signed her to play a supporting role as an impulsive television reporter who follows Kapoor's character. Several of Hydari's scenes in the film were trimmed before its theatrical release, much like her appearance in Delhi-6, and a critic noted her role "suffers due to an undeveloped characterization".
Hydari stated publicly that she preferred to play lead roles rather than secondary characters, and as a result, she was cast in her first lead role in a Hindi film, London, Paris, New York (2012), opposite Ali Zafar. The film, directed by Anu Menon, told the story of a couple who meet in unlikely circumstances in three different cities: London, Paris, and New York City. She made her singing debut with the film, singing two songs from the soundtrack. Hydari won predominantly positive reviews for her role of Lalitha, with a reviewer from Sify.com stating Hydari "makes the transition from side actress to leading lady and is instantly impressive", adding she is a "good performer with a striking screen presence" and that "she's likely to go places". Similarly, The Hindu and NDTV critics praised her performance as "beautiful and in control of her character" and "a delight to watch," respectively. She also sang the Hindi version of the song "We Are Family" for the Hollywood animated film Ice Age 4: Continental Drift during this time.
Murder 3 is being promoted by Hydari, Hooda, and Loren.
She joined Mahesh Bhatt's Murder franchise in 2013, when she was cast as Roshni opposite Randeep Hooda in Vishesh Bhatt's directorial film Murder 3. Hydari stated that she wanted to do a film that would show her "mysterious and sensual side," as opposed to the several "innocent" roles she had played prior to Murder 3. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote that "Aditi and Sara are show-stoppers" and that "both deliver knockout performances," while Roshni Devi of Koimoi stated that "Aditi's performance is pillar for the film." The action film Boss (2013), directed by Anthony D'Souza, starred Hydari alongside Akshay Kumar and Shiv Panditt. Describing her role as one of a "quintessential Hindi movie heroine", she revealed that she signed the film owing to Akshay Kumar's popularity and that it was important to be a part of a film which would have a "wide reach". Critics gave the film mixed reviews, but it was a box office success. Hydari appeared as a royal princess in the comedy drama Khoobsurat in 2014, and then as a dancer in the Marathi period drama Rama Madhav at the request of choreographer Saroj Khan. She was next seen in Subhash Kapoor's comedy drama Guddu Rangeela (2015), which performed mediocrely at the box office. Hydari "is perfectly cast as a bright-eyed girl who knows more than she lets on, and the actress looks luminous," wrote a Rediff reviewer of her performance.
Breakthrough and achievement (2016–present)
In 2016, Hydari co-starred in Bejoy Nambiar's crime thriller Wazir with Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. The story follows two unlikely friends, a chess grandmaster who uses a wheelchair, played by Bachchan, and a bereaved ATS officer, played by Akhtar. Hydari played Akhtar's character's love interest. The film was released on January 8, 2016, to mostly positive reviews, and grossed approximately 620 million (US$7.8 million) at the box office. Hydari was also praised for her performance. In her review for Firstpost, Gayatri Gauri called Hydari's performance a "welcome change from the glamorous heroines we usually see on screen." According to The Times of India's Abhijit Bhaduri, despite the lack of focus on her character, she did justice to her role by "conveying stuff with her eyes." Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today praised Hydari, saying she "brings vulnerability to her Ruhana" and that she "has several strong sequences to her credit."
Hydari attends Vogue Fashion Weekend.
Hydari then co-starred with Tabu, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Katrina Kaif in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama Fitoor. Hydari played the younger Miss Havisham in the film, which was based on Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations (later played by Tabu). The film was released on February 12, 2016, to mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box office. However, Hydari garnered praise for her performance. Sarita Tanwar of Daily News and Analysis in her review wrote: "Aditi Rao Hydari does full justice to the part of young Begum", and Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi deemed her "stunning". The Legend of Michael Mishra, her third film of 2016, received a mixed response from critics, with The Times of India critic writing, "Aditi Rao Hydari's good looks are the only good thing about this amateurish attempt masquerading as a feature film aimed at adults."
Kaatru Veliyidai, Hydari's first project of 2017, marked her first collaboration with director Mani Ratnam and her second film in Tamil cinema. She played Leela Abraham, a doctor in Kargil during the 1999 war who has a turbulent and abusive relationship with a fighter pilot played by Karthi. Kaatru Veliyidai received mixed reviews upon its initial release, with critics praising Hydari's performance, as well as A. R. Rahman's music and Ravi Varman's cinematography. She then starred as the titular lead in Omung Kumar's Bhoomi, alongside Sanjay Dutt.
Hydari then starred as Alauddin Khalji's first wife, Queen Mehrunisa, opposite Ranveer Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic film Padmaavat. The film was released on January 25, 2018, amid a slew of controversies and protests. Padmaavat was a box office success despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. Hydari was praised for her portrayal of Mehrunisa.
With Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Aditi made her second film with Mani Ratnam and her third in Tamil cinema. She played Parvathi, one of the eight main characters. She was cast alongside actor Arvind Swamy. Meanwhile, her Chekka Chivantha Vaanam co-stars included Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Silambarasan, Jyothika, and Dayana Erappa. On September 27, 2018, the film was released in theatres worldwide. She made her Tollywood debut in the critically acclaimed film Sammohanam, directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and a SIIMA Award for Best Actress (Telugu). She received the Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Debut Actress Award and the TSR TV9 Special Jury Award. Aditi Rao Hydari also appeared in the Telugu space thriller Antariksham 9000 KMPH. Following that, Hydari appeared in Sudhir Mishra's political thriller film Daas Dev, an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1917 novel Devdas. In the film, she played Chandramukhi opposite Rahul Bhat.
Hydari snapped during Sammohanam's media appearances.
Aditi Rao Hydari appeared in Ribhu Dasgupta's suspense film The Girl On The Train in 2021. The film, which also stars Parineeti Chopra, Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary, and Sammy Jonas Heaney, is based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 novel of the same name. The following year, she starred in the Netflix film Ajeeb Daastaans, for which she received positive reviews. She then appeared as Young Sardar Kaur in Sardar Ka Grandson. Her year ended with the Telugu film Maha Samudram.
She played Mouna in the Tamil film Hey Sinamika in 2022, which received mixed reviews.
Hydari's next role will be in Vikramaditya Motwane's web series Jubilee. She will also appear in the silent film Gandhi Talks alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Arvind Swamy.
|2010||Dhobi Ghat||Guest at art gallery||Hindi|
|2011||Yeh Saali Zindagi||Shanti||Hindi|
|2012||London, Paris, New York||Lalitha Krishnan||Hindi|
|Rama Madhav||Herself||Marathi||Special appearance in song "Loot Liyo Mohe Shyam"|
|Fitoor||Young Begum Hazrat||Hindi||Cameo appearance|
|The Legend of Michael Mishra||Varshali Shukla||Hindi|
|2017||Kaatru Veliyidai||Leela Abraham||Tamil|
|Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||Parvathi||Tamil|
|Antariksham 9000 KMPH||Riya||Telugu|
|2021||The Girl on the Train||Nusrat John||Hindi|
|Ajeeb Daastaans||Priya Sharma||Hindi|
|Sardar Ka Grandson||Young Swanmeet "Sardar" Kaur||Hindi||Cameo appearance|
|2023||Taj: Divided by Blood||Anarkali||ZEE5||Completed|
|Jubilee||TBA||Amazon Prime Video||Completed|
|2022||PS-1||Trisha||Hindi||Dubbed for the character Kundavai|
|2021||Jail||"Kaathodu Kaathanen" (co-singer Dhanush)||G. V. Prakash Kumar||Tamil|
|2012||Yeh Saali Zindagi||Screen Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Stardust Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|Rockstar||Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Murder 3||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Female||Nominated|
|London, Paris, New York||Stardust Awards||Stardust Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|2017||Kaatru Veliyidai||Asiavision Awards||Best Actress (Tamil)||Won|
|Kaatru Veliyidai||South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Debut Actress (Tamil)||Won|
|2019||Sammohanam||Zee Cine Awards Telugu||Best Debut – Female||Won|
|Filmfare Awards South||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu||Nominated|
|SIIMA Awards||SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Telugu||Nominated|
|Padmaavat||International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actor (Female)||Won|
|Real Name||Aditi Rao Hydari|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 165 cm|
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 5”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 52 kg|
in Pounds- 115 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||28 October 1986|
|Age (as in 2022)||36 Years|
|Birth Place||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now in Telangana)|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Scorpio|
|Hometown||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now in Telangana)|
|School||Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh|
|College||Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi|
|Debut||Film Debut: Prajapathi (2006, Malayalam film)|
Delhi 6 (2008, Bollywood)
|Family||Father- Late Ehsaan Hydari|
Mother- Vidya Rao
|Religion||Not Known (Her father was a Muslim and her mother is a Hindu)|
|Hobbies||Yoga , dancing, singing|
|Favourite Food||Hot chocolate fudge, Charu with chawal, Neyi avakaya annamamman|
|Favourite Actor||Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh|
|Favourite Actress||Dia Mirza, Richa Chadha|
|Favourite Film||Bollywood: Disney ABCD2, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi|
Hollywood: Life is Beautiful, Iris, Pan's Labyrinth, Love Actually
|Favourite Directors||Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Basu, Shoojit Sircar, Aanand L Rai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Mani Ratnam|
|Favourite Musician||A.R. Rahman|
|Favourite TV Shows||Indian:Coke Studio|
|Favourite Book||Living the Dream: Bollywood by Mark Bennington|
|Favourite Perfume||Floral fragrances|
|Favourite Fashion Designer||Sanjay Garg, Bibhu Mohapatra|
|Favourite Restaurant||Busago in Mumbai|
|Favourite Destination||Turkey, London|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
|Husband/Spouse||Satyadeep Mishra (Separated)|
|Car Collection||Ford Endeavour|
|Salary||60-70 lakh/film (INR)|
|Net Worth||$7 million|
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