The Royal Families of Bollywood

Take a look at our top Five Bollywood celebs who hail from royal families

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Saif Ali Khan was born on 16 August 1970 in New Delhi, India. He is the son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, a former captain of the Indian cricket team and the titular Nawab of Pataudi from 1952 until 1971, when the remuneration and privileges of the princes were abolished by the Government of India and official recognition of their titles was ended. Khan is of Bengali Tagore ancestry on his mother’s side.

His paternal ancestors came to subcontinent during the times of the Lodhi dynasty. His paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, eighth Nawab of Pataudi, played cricket for England and after 1947 for India as the captain of the team. His paternal grandmother was Sajida Sultan, Begum of Bhopal and his paternal great-uncle was Sher Ali Khan Pataudi, who served in British Indian Army, and after moving to Pakistan, following the Partition of India, became a general in Pakistani army.’

Khan made his acting debut in Yash Chopra’s unsuccessful drama Parampara (1993), but achieved success with his roles opposite Akshay Kumar in the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi and the action film Main Khiladi Tu Anari (both 1994). Khan’s career prospect declined through much of the 1990s, and his biggest commercial success of the decade came with the ensemble drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999).

He rose to prominence with roles in two ensemble comedy-dramas—Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). The 2004 romantic comedy Hum Tum proved to be Khan’s first success in which he played the solo male lead, and his role won him the National Film Award for Best Actor.

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Aditi Rao Hydari was born on 28 October 1986 into two royal lineages, that of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and J. Rameshwar Rao of erstwhile Raja of Wanaparthy family. She is the great-granddaughter of Akbar Hydari and the grand niece of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari, former Governor of Assam.

Her maternal grandparents are Raja J Rameshwar Rao, who headed the administration of Wanaparthi state during its day, and Shanta Rameshwar Rao,a much respected educationalist in the city of Hyderabad and the chairperson of publishing house Orient Blackswan. Her mother has Mangalorean Konkani roots.

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 successfulBollywood 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.

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Their paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was the princess of Cooch Behar, whose younger sister Gayatri Devi. Their paternal great-grandmother Indira was the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda. Their maternal great-grandfather Adinath Sen was a prominent Kolkata businessman, whose son Dinanath Sen – a relative of former Union Law Minister Ashoke Kumar Sen- was the Diwan or a Minister of the Maharaja of Tripura. The sisters are credited on-screen under their mother’s maiden name, although their official papers carry the surname Dev Varma.

The sisters are credited on-screen under their mother’s maiden name, although their official papers carry the surname Dev Varma.

Raima Sen made her debut in the film Godmother, which was a critically acclaimed success, but her minor role may have been overlooked in favour of the protagonist, played by Shabana Azmi. She then starred in the film Daman playing Raveena Tandon’s daughter, where her small performance was appreciated.

Her breakthrough role came when she starred in the Rituparno Ghosh’s film Chokher Bali. After a few more average movies she had a critically acclaimed hit in 2005 with Parineeta, where she played the playmate of the film’s heroine, played by the debutante Vidya Balan.

Riya first appeared as a child artist in the film Vishkanya in 1991, where she played the role of the young Pooja Bedi. At the age of 19, she did National Film Awards winning director Bharathiraja’s Tamil film, Taj Mahal (2000), which did not achieve commercial success. She was scheduled to make her Bollywood film debut in Love You Hamesha, opposite actor Akshaye Khanna; however, the film was stalled, and she finally made her debut in N. Chandra’s Style in 2001. This low-budget sex comedy was the first commercial success in over a decade for the director.

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Kiran Rao was born into a family from Telangana on 7 November 1973. Her paternal grandfather was J. Rameshwar Rao, Raja of Wanaparthy, Mahbubnagar district, Telangana state. She was raised in Kolkata where she attended Loreto House . In 1992, her parents decided to leave Kolkata so she moved to Mumbai. She graduated with an economics major from the Sophia College for Women (Mumbai) in 1995.

She attended the Social Communications Media course at the Sophia Polytechnic for two months, but then quit and left for Delhi. She got her Masters at AJK Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.The actress Aditi Rao Hydari is Kiran’s first cousin.

Kiran Rao started her career as an assistant director in the epic film Lagaan directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, whom she also assisted later on Swades: We, the People. Lagaan was nominated for 74th Academy Awards in the foreign language film category. Aamir Khan produced and starred in the same film. Before Lagaan she has also done minute role of supporting actress in Dil Chahta Hai. She also worked as Second Assistant Director with Academy Awardnominated director Mira Nair on the indie hit Monsoon Wedding.

She scripted and directed the film Dhobi Ghat, which was released in January 2011 under Aamir Khan Productions. She has started writing her next film which will have roots in Kolkata.

Kiran Rao married actor/film director Aamir Khan in December 2005, after Khan divorced his first wife Reena Dutta in 2002.

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Sonal Singh Chauhan is a fashion model,singer and an actress. She has won several beauty contests and made her debut as an actress in the movie Jannat. She was crowned as the Miss World Tourism 2005 at Miri, Sarawak state of Malaysia. She is the first Indian to have claimed Miss World Tourism title. She has also appeared in the ads of brands like DishTv, Ponds and Nokia. She also appeared on the cover page of FHM and The Man magazine. She hails from a traditional Rajput family from Manipur, Uttar Pradesh.

She first appeared on screen in Himesh Reshammiya’s album Aap Kaa Surroor. Kunal Deshmukh, director of Jannat, saw her at a restaurant in Mumbai. He asked for her contact number, and in a week she was on the floors shooting. In the movie she was paired opposite Emraan Hashmi. She has also signed a three film deal with the Bhatts, of which two are pending.She has walked the ramp for many fashion shows and has modeled in print campaigns for brands like LG, Reliance CDMA, Hero Honda Passion, Nokia, Hindustan Times, Delhi Times, and many more.She also sang a duet with KK for one of the film’s song “Kaise Bataoon”.

Then she acted in a Telugu film Legend sharing screen with actor Balakrishna marking her comeback to Tollywood after many years. Her next project was Pandaga Chesko. In early 2015, she signed two Telugu films Size Zero opposite Arya andSher opposite Nandamuri Kalyan Ram.

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