Our obsession with royalty is centuries-old. A luxurious life might be one of the reasons for a million people to dream of Bollywood, but the fact that these celebs are so loved and treated like royals is what draws their passion to another level. But did you know that some of the actors in Bollywood are actually from the royal lineage? And no, we’re not just talking about the Pataudi siblings.
When people talk about royals working in Bollywood, we obviously picture Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan. However, there are some other royals who have tried their luck in Bollywood.
Director Kiran Rao had a small role in husband Aamir Khan’s film Dil Chahta Hai but she became more known after her marriage to the actor. But did you know, she belongs to the royal family of J. Rameshwar Rao? The Raja of Wanaparthy, Mahabubnagar district, Telangana is her Grandfather. She is also the first cousin of Aditi Rao Hydari.
Coming from the same bloodline, Aditi Rao Hydari was born into two royal lineages of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari and of J. Rameshwar Rao, who was the former Raja of Wanaparthy. Her maternal grandfather Raja J Rameshwar Rao, headed the administration of the Wanaparthy state. He was also a respected educationalist of Hyderabad and the Chairperson of Orient Blackswan publishing house.
The actress whose smile left everyone craving for more after Maine Pyar Kiya opposite Salman Khan also comes from a royal family. She hails from the royal Marathi family of Sangli, Maharastra. Bhagyashree is the daughter of Vijay Singhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan, the Raja of Sangli.
You may have seen Alisa Khan in several music videos. She may not have earned a name in Bollywood but a whole city, that is Ghaziabad, is named after her ancestors. She belongs to the royal family of Mohammad Nawab Ghaziauddin Khan aka Wazir Ghazi-ud-din.
It’s not just a Rajputi surname, Sonal Chauhan comes from a traditional Rajput family of Manipuri, Uttar Pradesh. She was born and raised in Delhi but hails from the royal family of Uttar Pradesh. Sonal’s father is a police inspector in Manipuri.
Meet the princesses! The beautiful daughters of actor Moon Moon Sen come from the royal family of Tripura. Both of their paternal and maternal families have royal blood. Their late grandmother, Ila Devi, daughter of Indira Raje, was the princess of Cooch Behar. She was also the elder sister of Gayatri Devi, the Maharani of Jaipur. Riya and Raima's paternal grandmother was the daughter of King Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda.
You didn’t see this one coming, did you? One of the most versatile and loved actors of Bollywood, Irrfan Khan also comes from a royal family. Irrfan belongs to the Muslim Pathan family. His mother was from Tonk Hakim lineage and father belonged to the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district. He was the Jagirdar.
Chak De India fame Sagarika Ghatage is now married to cricketer Zaheer Khan, but did you know that she is a descendant of Shahu Maharaj of Kohlapur? She is the daughter of Vijaysingh Ghatge and comes from the royal lineage of the Kahal family of Kohlapur.
How many of these royals did you know about?
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