Early Life of Kiran Rao
Kiran Rao was born into a royal family from Bengaluru on 7 November 1973. 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. 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 Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Career of Kiran Rao
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 Award nominated director Mira Nair on the indeed hit Monsoon Wedding.
Kiran Rao as a Director
Kiran Rao 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.
Personal Life of Kiran Rao
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. The couple have a son, Azad Rao Khan who has been named after Abul Kalam Azad.