Kiran Rao
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Kiran Rao (born 7 November 1973) is an Indian film producer, screenwriter, and director who works in Hindi cinema. In 2016, Rao co-founded Paani Foundation, a non-profit organisation working towards the mission of fighting drought in Maharashtra. She is the board member of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image.

Early life

Kiran Rao was born into a Saraswat Brahmin family on 7 November 1973 in Bangalore, daughter of retired army officer C R Rao and Uma Rao. She grew up in Calcutta, where she attended Loreto House & La Martinière for Girls. In 1992, her parents decided to leave Calcutta for Bangalore so she moved to Mumbai for undergraduate studies. She graduated with a economics major from the Sophia College for Women 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 master's degree at AJK Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Actress Aditi Rao Hydari is Rao's first cousin. Rao's paternal and Hydari's maternal grandfather, J. Rameshwar Rao, Actress Aditi Rao Hydari is Rao's first cousin. Rao's paternal and Hydari's maternal grandfather, J. Rameshwar Rao, was the Raja of Wanaparthy, a large estate under the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Career

Rao started her career as the 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 Award-nominated 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 was made the chairperson of the Mumbai Film Festival - MAMI in 2015. She also sang a Marathi song 'Toofan Aalaya', the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Anthem.

Personal life

The couple have a son, Azad Rao Khan, born in December 2011 (through a surrogate mother) who has been named after Abul Kalam Azad.Rao has been a vegan, and she had influenced her then-husband, Aamir Khan, to turn vegan as well. After discussing the issue, both of them decided to turn vegan.On 3 July 2021, Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan announced their decision to divorce after 15 years of marriage via a joint statement where they thanked their family and friends for their continuous support in this matter. They stated that they would continue to raise their son as co-parents.
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