Biography|August 18, 2012 12:50 pm

Kiran Rao Biography


Kiran Rao is an Indian film producer, screenwriter, and director. Kiran Rao was born into a Brahmin family from Bangalore on November 7, 1973. She was raised in Calcutta where she attended Loreto House and La Martiniere Calcutta. In 1992, her parents decided to leave Calcutta so she shifted to Mumbai. She graduated with an economics major from the Sophia College for Women (Bombay) in 1995. She attended the Social Communications Media course at the Sophia Polytechnic for two months, but then left for Delhi. She got her Masters at AJK Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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 actor 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 Calcutta.

Rao married actor/film director Aamir Khan in 2005, after he divorced his first wife Reena Dutta in 2002. They met on the sets of movie Lagaan. Kiran Rao was one of the film’s assistant directors. They married in December 2005 and now live in Bandra, an upscale Mumbai suburb. Kiran Rao and Actor Aamir Khan have a baby boy. The baby boy is named Azad Rao Khan after Aamir’s uncle Abul Kalam Azad.

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