Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian actress who works mainly in Hindi and Tamil film industry. She made her film debut with the Malayalam film Prajapathi in 2006. She went on to have major to minor supporting roles in several Hindi films, including the musical romantic drama, Rockstar (2011), the horror-thriller Murder 3 (2013), the thriller Wazir (2016), and the historical period film Padmaavat (2018).
She also starred several South Indian films including Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai (2017) and Sufiyum Sujatayum (2020).
Early life and background
Aditi Rao Hydari was born in Hyderabad to Ehsaan Hydari and his wife Vidya Rao, an acclaimed classical singer popular for thumri and dadra genres of music. Her father, who died in 2013, was a Sulaimani Bohra Muslim while her mother, who is a Hindu by birth, is a practicing Buddhist and a Chitrapur Saraswat from Mangalore who is half-Telugu. Hydari is thus of mixed lineage: Bohra, Chitrapur Saraswat and Telugu.
Hydari belongs to two royal lineages, that of sir Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari (related to the Tyabji family) and Raja J. Rameshwar Rao of erstwhile Raja of Wanaparthy family. She is the great-granddaughter of Akbar Hydari, former Prime Minister of Hyderabad state (colonial India) and the grandniece of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari, former Governor of Assam. Aditi is the granddaughter of Raja J Rameshwar Rao, who headed the administration of Wanaparthi state during colonial India, and Shanta Rameshwar Rao, a much respected educationalist in the city of Hyderabad, the founder of Vidyaranya school and the chairperson of the publishing house Orient Blackswan. Filmmaker Kiran Rao, the former wife of actor Aamir Khan, is her maternal first cousin.
Hydari’s parents separated when she was two years old. 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. Hydari spent her childhood in both Hyderabad and New Delhi. She started learning Bharatanatyam at age six and became a disciple of acclaimed dancer Leela Samson. She was educated at A Krishnamurthy Foundation India School and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.
Hydari uses both of her parents’ surnames. She explained, “I wanted to keep both, as my mom has brought me up, but my father is also a part of me. Hydari is a rare name so I kept both Rao and Hydari.”
In 2004 and 2009, it was reported that she was married to Satyadeep Mishra, a former Indian lawyer and actor. The actress had declined to comment on her marital status in a 2012 interview but in a 2013 interview she mentioned that they were separated. Hydari had met Mishra at the age of 17 with whom she had her first serious relationship. She married him at the age of 21 but kept the marriage a secret when she debuted in Hindi cinema. Although separated, the two are close friends and have kept in touch over the years.
Aditi Rao Hydari Measurements Height Weight Bra Size Age
|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 2023)||36 Years (As per our research, she was born in 1978, but according to internet sources she was born in 1986)|
|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|
|Controversies||• On the occasion of Indian Independence Day in 2015, Aditi posted a ‘Salute Selfie’. But, it got her into trouble as people criticized her for insulting the nation by saluting with the left hand.|
• In May 2016, she had to attend a fashion show event in Noida, but on her way to the venue, the traffic police caught her for driving her car on the wrong side of the road.
• In 2016, there were rumours that the reason behind Farhan Akhtar’s divorce with Adhuna was due to his closeness to his ‘Wazir’ co-star Aditi Rao Hydari.
|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|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Satyadeep Mishra (Actor)|
Arunoday Singh (Actor, rumour)
Farhan Akhtar (Actor)
|Husband/Spouse||Satyadeep Mishra (Separated)|
|Car Collection||Ford Endeavour|
|Salary||60-70 lakh/film (INR)|
|Net Worth||$7 million|
|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|
|2022||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|
In 2011, Hydari appeared in a role opposite Arunoday Singh in Sudhir Mishra’s romantic drama Yeh Saali Zindagi. Portraying the wife of a former convict, the film garnered publicity prior to release for the sensuous scenes between Hydari and Singh. Post-release, Hydari received acclaim for her performance by winning the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress and subsequently received much larger public attention. She later portrayed a supporting role alongside Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar (2011). Hydari initially had
met Ali to discuss the leading female role of a Kashmiri girl, but he chose to cast newcomer Nargis Fakhri instead. Ali subsequently contacted her again after two months and signed her to play a supporting role of an impulsive television reporter, who follows the character played by Kapoor. 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 made a public statement that she wanted to appear in lead roles, rather than portray secondary characters, and subsequently, she was cast in her first lead role in a Hindi film through London, Paris, New York (2012) opposite Ali Zafar. Directed by Anu Menon, the film narrated the tale of a couple who connect with each other in unlikely circumstances in three different cities – London, Paris and New York City. With the film, she made her singing debut by singing two of the 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”. Likewise, reviewers from The Hindu and NDTV called her performance “beautiful and in control of her character” and “a delight to watch”, respectively. During the period, she also sung the Hindi version of the song “We Are Family” for the Hollywood animation film Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.
Hydari, Hooda and Loren promoting Murder 3
In 2013, she became a part of Mahesh Bhatt’s Murder franchise, when she was cast as Roshni, opposite Randeep Hooda, in Vishesh Bhatt’s directorial film Murder 3.Hydari stated she was keen to do a film which would show the “mysterious and sensual side” to her, away from the several “innocent” roles she had done prior to Murder 3. She received positive reviews for her performance, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote “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.”Hydari then starred alongside Akshay Kumar and Shiv Panditt in the action film Boss (2013) directed by Anthony
D’Souza.[ 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”.[The film received mixed responses from critics but was a box office success. In 2014, Hydari appeared in two guest roles – as a royal princess in the comedy drama Khoobsurat and then as a dancer in the Marathi period drama, Rama Madhav, at the request of choreographer Saroj Khan.She was next seen in the comedy drama, Guddu Rangeela (2015) by Subhash Kapoor, which had an average performance at the box office. For her performance, a reviewer from Rediff wrote Hydari “is perfectly cast as a bright-eyed girl who knows more than she lets on, and the actress looks luminous”.
Breakthrough and success (2016–present)
In 2016, Hydari starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in Bejoy Nambiar’s crime thriller film Wazi The film tells the story of two unusual friends, a chess grandmaster who uses a wheelchair, played by Bachchan, and a grief-stricken ATS officer, played by Akhtar. Hydari played the love interest of Akhtar’s character. The film released on 8 January 2016 to mostly positive reviews and had the box office collection of around ₹620 million (US$7.8 million). Hydari also garnered praise for her performance. Gayatri Gauri in her review for Firstpost called Hydari’s performance a “welcome change from glamorous heroines we usually see on screen. Abhijit Bhaduri of The Times of India said that despite the lack of focus on her character, she did justice to her part by “conveying stuff with her eyes.”[ Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today gave Hydari the highest praise saying that she “brings vulnerability to her Ruhana” added that she “has to her credit several strong sequences.”
Hydari grace Vogue Fashion Weekend
Hydari next starred in Abhishek Kapoor’s romantic drama film Fitoor, along with Tabu, Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif. The film based on Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, had Hydari play the role of the younger Miss Havisham (later played by Tabu). The film was released on 12 February 2016 to mixed reviews and underperformed 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”. Her third film of 2016, The Legend of Michael Mishra had a poor response from critics, with the critic from The Times of India noting “Aditi Rao Hydari’s good looks is the only good thing about this amateurish attempt, masquerading as a feature film, aimed for adults.”
Hydari’s first project of 2017, Kaatru Veliyidai, marked her first collaboration with director Mani Ratnam and second film in Tamil Cinema. She played the role of Leela Abraham, a doctor based in Kargil during the 1999 war, who has a tumultuous and abusive relationship with a fighter pilot, played by Karthi. Upon release, Kaatru Veliyidai garnered mixed reviews; though critics predominantly praised the performance of Hydari along with A. R. Rahman’s music and Ravi Varman’s cinematography. She next appeared as the titular lead in Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi, with Sanjay Dutt.
Hydari then played the role of Alauddin Khalji’s first wife, Queen Mehrunisa, opposite Ranveer Singh in the epic film Padmaavat directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film released on 25 January 2018 amidst numerous controversies and protests Padmaavat received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success.Hydari received much praise for her portrayal of Mehrunisa.
2018 also marked Aditi’s second film with Mani Ratnam and third film in Tamil Cinema with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. She played Parvathi, one of the eight lead roles. She was paired with actor Arvind Swamy. Meanwhile, her other co-stars of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam included Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Silambarasan, Jyothika and Dayana Erappa. The film had a worldwide release on 27 September 2018. She did her Tollywood debut with Sammohanam which was critically acclaimed directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti.She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and SIIMA Award for Best Actress (Telugu). She won Best debut actress award at the Zee Cine Awards Telugu and Special jury award at TSR TV9 awards. Aditi Rao Hydari was also part of Telugu space thriller film Antariksham 9000 KMPH. Hydari next starred in Sudhir Mishra’s political thriller film Daas Dev, which is an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 novel Devdas. She essayed the part of Chandramukhi in the film opposite Rahul Bhat.
Hydari snapped at media interactions for Sammohanam
In 2021, Aditi Rao Hydari’s appeared in suspense film The Girl On The Train, directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. The film starring Parineeti Chopra, Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary, and Sammy Jonas Heaney alongside her, is based on British author Paula Hawkins 2015 novel of the same name. Her next film the same year, was the Netflix film Ajeeb Daastaans, for which she received positive reviews. She next played a cameo role of Young Sardar Kaur in Sardar Ka Grandson. Her final film of the year was Telugu film Maha Samudram.
In 2022, she played Mouna, in the Tamil film Hey Sinamika, It received mixed reviews.
Hydari will next star in Vikramaditya Motwane’s web series Jubilee. She will also appear alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Arvind Swamy in the silent film Gandhi Talks.