Kiran Rao

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Kiran Rao
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Kiran Rao
Born (1973-11-08) 8 November 1973 (age 42)[1][2]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Alma mater

Sophia College Mumbai

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Occupation Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Aamir Khan (m. 2005)
Children Azad Rao Khan
Relatives Aditi Rao Hydari (cousin)

Kiran Rao is an Indian film producer, screenwriter and director.

Early life[edit]

Kiran Rao was born into a family from Telangana on 7 November 1973.[1][2][3] Her paternal grandfather was J. Rameshwar Rao, Raja of Wanaparthy. She was raised in Kolkata where she attended Loreto House . In 1992, her parents decided to leave Kolkata so she moved to Mumbai.[2] 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.[4] Her first maternal cousin is actress, Aditi Rao Hydari.


Rao in August 2013

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'.[5] She also worked as Second Assistant Director with Academy Award nominated director Mira Nair on the indie hit Monsoon Wedding.[6]

She scripted and directed the film Dhobi Ghat, which was released in January 2011 under Aamir Khan Productions.[7][8] She has started writing her next film which will have roots in Kolkata.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Kiran Rao married actor/film director Aamir Khan in December 2005, after Khan divorced his first wife Reena Dutta in 2002. They met on the sets of movie Lagaan. Rao was one of the film's assistant directors. They now live in Bandra, a Mumbai suburb.[9] The couple have a son, Azad Rao Khan (born on 5 December 2011), who has been named after Abul Kalam Azad.[10] She is an atheist.[11]

Kiran Rao and actor Aditi Rao Hydari are maternal first cousins. Hydari’s maternal grandfather, J. Rameshwar Rao was the Raja of Wanaparthy, a town in Mahbubnagar district of Telangana and her paternal grandfather Akbar Hydari was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad State.[12][13]



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