ADITI RAO HYDARI

Aditi Rao Hydari is an Indian actress, dancer and singer who works in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.

Hydari made her on-screen debut for the Tamil film Sringaram in 2007. She 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 (2011), the horror-thriller Murder 3 (2013), the action-comedy Boss (2013) and the thriller Wazir (2016).

In 2017, Hydari starred in Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai in the leading role of doctor Leela Abraham. Following the film’s release, she was able to expand her career into the South Indian film industries. Her portrayal of Queen Mehrunisa in the 2018 epic film Padmaavat was well received and ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films.

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 is set to star in Sudhir Mishra’s political thriller film Daas Dev, which is an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 novel Devdas. She will be seen essaying the part of Chandramukhi in the film opposite Rahul Bhat.

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.

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