Aditi Rao Hydari (born 28 October) is an Indian actress and singer who works predominantly in Hindi and Tamil language films. Born to an illustrious family in Hyderabad, Hydari belongs to two royal lineages. She is the granddaughter of statesmen Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and J. Rameshwar Rao of the Wanaparthy family. She made her on-screen debut with the Tamil film Sringaram in 2007. 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 since played supporting roles in several commercially successful Hindi films including the musical Rockstar (2011), the horror-thriller Murder 3 (2013), the action-comedy Boss (2013) and the thriller Wazir (2016). Hydari’s portrayal of Queen Mehrunisa in the 2018 epic film Padmaavat was well received; the film became a box office blockbuster and her biggest commercial success.
Although Hydari’s parents had a loving marriage, they separated when she was just 2 years-old. Her mother moved from Hyderabad to Delhi and started managing her family business there. While her father remarried, but did not have children, her mother remained single.