Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari

Hydari at the GiMA Awards in 2016
Born October 28
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now in Telangana)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Satyadeep Mishra (2009–2014)
Relatives See Rao family

Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian film actress who works predominantly in the Hindi and Tamil language films. She was born in the family of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and J. Rameshwar Rao in Hyderabad. Hydari made her on screen debut in the Malayalam film Prajapathi (2006) alongside veteran actor Mammootty. The film had her play the role of a devadasi and her performance in the film garnered positive reviews from critics.

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 Bollywood films including Rockstar (2011), Murder 3 (2013), Khoobsurat (2014), Wazir (2016) and Fitoor (2016). She is also a classical bharatanatyam dancer and trained under Leela Samson.

Early life

Hydari was born on 28 October into two royal lineages, that of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and J. Rameshwar Rao of erstwhile Raja of Wanaparthy family.[1] She is the great granddaughter of Akbar Hydari and the grand niece of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari, former Governor of Assam.[2] Filmmaker Kiran Rao is her maternal first cousin.[3] Her maternal grandparents are Raja J Rameshwar Rao, who headed the administration of Wanaparthi state during its day, and Shanta Rameshwar Rao,[1] a much respected educationalist in the city of Hyderabad and the chairperson of publishing house Orient Blackswan. Her mother has Mangalorean Konkani roots.[4] Aditi started learning Bharatanatyam at age six and became a disciple of acclaimed dancer Leela Samson.[5] She did her schooling at Rishi Valley School, near Bangalore and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.


Debut and further roles (2007–15)

Hydari at Richa Chadda's birthday celebration, 2014

Hydari made her acting debut with the 2007 Tamil film Sringaram, in which she played the lead character, as a devadasi.[5] The film itself was based on classical dance, being directed by Sharada Ramanathan and produced by Padmini Ravi, two noted bharatanatyam dancers. Hydari was approached and offered the role, after Ramanathan saw her dance performance at a conference.[6] The film received critical acclaim and fetched several accolades, including three National Film Awards.[6] Her first film to release in theatres, however, was the 2006 Malayalam film Prajapathi, in which she starred alongside Mammootty.[7] In 2009, she played a supporting role in Delhi-6, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

In 2011 Hydari appeared in the film Yeh Saali Zindagi, for which she won the screen award.[8] In 2011 she also starred in the Bollywood film Rockstar.[9] She has appeared in Airtel 3G advertisement in April 2011[10] In 2012 she played the female lead in the movie London, Paris, New York opposite Ali Zafar.[11][11] With this movie, she made her singing debut by singing two of the songs.[1] Hydari received mixed reviews for her performance. The film was a commercial failure.

In 2013, she became a part of Mahesh Bhatt's Murder franchise,[2] when she was cast as Roshni opposite Randeep Hooda in Vishesh Bhatt's directorial film Murder 3.[2][12] Hydari received positive reviews for her performance, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, "Aditi and Sara are show stoppers. Both deliver knockout performances,"[13] and Roshni Devi of Koimoi stated that "Aditi's performance is pillar for the film."[14] The film was an average grosser, earning 25 crore (US$3.7 million). Hydari then starred opposite Akshay Kumar in the action film Boss directed by Anthony D'Souza.[15] She played the romantic interest of the lead character played by Kumar. The film received mixed response from critics but was a box-office success.[16][17]

Breakthrough and success (2016–present)

Hydari at Media meet of Wazir at Ludhiana

In 2016, Hydari starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar in Bejoy Nambiar's crime thriller film Wazir.[18] The film tells the story of two unusual friends, a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster, 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 62 crore (US$9.2 million).[19][20] Hydari also garnered praise for her performance. Gayatri Gauri in her review for Firstpost called Hyadri's performance a "welcome change from glamorous heroines we usually see on screen."[21] 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."[22] 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."[23]

Hydari next starred in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama film Fitoor along with Tabu, Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif.[24] The film based on Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, had Hydari play the role of the younger Miss Havisham (played by Tabu).[25] The film was released on 12 February 2016 to mixed reviews and underperformed at the box-office.[26] 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".[27][28]

Personal life

In 2005[5] and 2009[7] it was reported that she was married to Satyadeep Mishra, a former Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax and Indian Revenue Service officer.[29][30] While the actress had declined to comment on her marital status in a 2012 interview,[31] in a 2013 interview she mentioned that they were separated.[2]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2006 Prajapathi Savithri Malayalam
2007 Sringaram Madhura/Varshini Tamil
2008 Delhi 6 Rama Hindi
2009 Yeh Saali Zindagi Shanti Hindi
2011 Rockstar Sheena Hindi
2012 London, Paris, New York Lalitha Krishnan Hindi
2013 Murder 3 Roshni Hindi
2013 Boss Ankita Thakur Hindi
2014 Khoobsurat Kiara Hindi Cameo appearance
2015 Guddu Rangeela Baby Hindi
2016 Wazir Ruhana Ali Hindi
2016 Fitoor Begum Hazrat Hindi
2016 The Legend of Michael Mishra Varshali Shukla Hindi
2016 Aur DevdasFilms that have not yet been released Chandramukhi Hindi Filming
2017 Kaatru VeliyidaiFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filming
2017 PadmavatiFilms that have not yet been released Kamala Devi Hindi Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Yeh Saali Zindagi Screen Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Won[32]
Rockstar Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2013 Murder 3 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Female Nominated

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "I can speak good hyderabadi hindi: Aditi Rao Hydari". The Times of India. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "I've always struggled with my relationship with my father: Aditi". Times of India. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. Drama Queen Filmfare 2 July 2013
  4. "Aditi Rao Hydari's happiness mantra".
  5. 1 2 3 "Delhi girl's Chennai tryst". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 August 2005. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  6. 1 2 "Sringaram, a labour of love". 26 September 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  7. 1 2 "Aditi Rao shines as Delhi 6 sinks". Zimbio. Archived from the original on November 4, 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  8. Record breaking lip-locks!. Rediff. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. "Aditi Rao the other woman in Rockstar". The Times of India. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  10. New Airtel 3G ad STARE. YouTube. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  11. 1 2 "Ali Zafar busy shooting his third Hindi film". Times of India. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  12. "'Murder 3' review: But where's the murder?". Deccan Chronicle. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  13. Bollywood Hungama (13 February 2013). "Murder 3".
  14. "Murder 3 Review". 15 February 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  15. "Boss Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama.
  16. "Boss: is not always right! – Times Of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  17. 'Boss' Box Office Collection: Akshay Starrer Continues Declining Streak in India – International Business Times. CNN-IBN (24 October 2013). Retrieved on 18 November 2013.
  18. "Bejoy Nambiar's Do is now Wazir". The Asian Age. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  19. "'Wazir' numbers not disappointing: Vidhu Vinod Chopra". The Indian Express. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  20. 2nd teaser of the movie. (3 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-06-07.
  21. Gauri, Gayatri (9 January 2016). "Wazir review: Farhan is the Badshah, but Bachchan is mechanical in Vidhu Chopra's laborious gimmick". Firstpost. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  22. Bhaduri, Abhijit (16 January 2016). "Movie review: Wazir". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  23. Bhattacharya, Ananya (8 January 2016). "Wazir movie review: Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan's chemistry steals the show". India Today. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  24. Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif to pair up for 'Fitoor'. Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  25. Aditi Rao Hydari to play younger version of Rekha in ‘Fitoor’. The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  26. Adarsh, Taran (12 February 2016). "Can Fitoor recover its Rs 60-cr budget?". India Todat. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  27. Tanwar, Sarita (12 February 2016). "'Fitoor' review: Despite Katrina and Aditya's great performances, story isn't romantically compelling". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  28. Redkar, Surabhi (12 February 2016). "Fitoor Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  29. "The outsiders: Some fresh talent is making a mark in Bollywood – without bloodline or filmy connections". Daily Mail. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  30. "Arunodoy Singh, Aditi Rao set new kissing record". The Times of India. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  31. "I can't date Ranbir, too many women want him: Aditi". Times of India. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  32. "Winners of 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2012". Bollywood Hungama. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2016.

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