Early life[ edit ] Aditi Rao Hydari was born on 28 October in Hyderabad  to Ehsaan Hydari and his wife Vidya Rao , an acclaimed classical singer popular for thumri and dadra genres of music. Rameshwar Rao of erstwhile Raja of Wanaparthy family. Filmmaker Kiran Rao , the wife of actor Aamir Khan ,  is her maternal first cousin.
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. She started learning Bharatanatyam at age six and became a disciple of acclaimed dancer Leela Samson. She said, "I always wanted to be an actor and after completing college from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi, I started working in the southern film industry. Soon, I decided to relocate to Mumbai and try my luck in Bollywood.
She explained, "I wanted to keep both, as my mom has brought me up, but my father is also a part of me. Hydari is a rare name so I kept both Rao and Hydari.
She worked as a part of Samson's dance group, Spanda, teaching students and travelling through India and abroad to perform in stage events. Hydari was offered the role after Ramanathan saw her dance performance at a conference, and was also impressed with her "vulnerable and fresh face" and her resemblance to dancer Shobana. She had been recommended to director Ranjith for the role by actress Suhasini , and was selected after the director managed to get in contact with her through Madhu Ambat , who was the cinematographer of Sringaram.
Featuring in an ensemble cast alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor , Hydari was selected by Mehra after he was impressed with her performance in Sringaram. Portraying the wife of a former convict, the film garnered publicity prior to release for the sensuous scenes between Hydari and Singh. Ali subsequently contacted her again after two months and signed her to play a supporting role of an impulsive television reporter, who follows the character played by Kapoor.
Hydari won predominantly positive reviews for her role of Lalitha, with a reviewer from Sify. She received positive reviews for her performance, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote "Aditi and Sara are show-stoppers" and that "both deliver knockout performances", while Roshni Devi of Koimoi stated that "Aditi's performance is pillar for the film.
For her performance, a reviewer from Rediff wrote Hydari "is perfectly cast as a bright-eyed girl who knows more than she lets on, and the actress looks luminous". Hydari played the love interest of Akhtar's character. Gayatri Gauri in her review for Firstpost called Hydari's performance a "welcome change from glamorous heroines we usually see on screen.
Sarita Tanwar of Daily News and Analysis in her review wrote: She played the role of Leela Abraham, a doctor based in Kargil during the war , who has a tumultuous romance 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.
Rahman 's music and Ravi Varman 's cinematography. Although separated, the two are close friends and have kept in touch over the years.