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.In 2016, Hydari starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar in Bejoy Nambiar’s crime thriller film Wazir. 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).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.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.”