Bollywood and grandeur have inherently implicit connections. Be it the grand lifestyle of celebrities and the dreamy star homes or even their lofty star presence and loftier legacies, the demi Gods of the Indian conscience are royalty personified. Here are 13 Bollywood celebs who have been enjoying the regal life since forever-
#1 Saif Ali Khan
The Chhote Nawaab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan is a prominently royal Indian celebrity. Hailing from the reknowned Pataudi family, the younger Pataudi very much inspires regality with his looks and mannerisms.
Saif’s father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is celebrated as being a former captain of the Indian cricket team but the Tiger Pataudi had also been the Pataudi Nawab from 1952 to 1971. In fact, Pataudi senior was the last Nawab of Pataudi before the Indian government abolished the title. Though as Mansoor Ali Khan’s son, Saif is still technically the 10th Nawab of Pataudi.
#2 Aditi Rao Hydari
Gracefully charismatic and ethereally beautiful, Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari is by every means indeed the true epitome of royality. The actress’ poise and regal aura is enough evidence to make you believe that she is indeed royalty.
The great granddaughter of Akbar Hydari and the grandniece of Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari who had also been the former Governor of Assam, Aditi has not one but two royal lineages to boast of. Aditi also owes her legacy to the Wanaparthy clan of rulers as she is the granddaughter of Raja J Rameshwar Rao.
#3 Manisha Koirala
Though of Nepali origin, Manisha Koirala had been one fine actress that had made her mark in Bollywood. Pristinely simplistic and demure, the actress was born to the Royal family of Nepal.
Koirala however isn’t just a royalite. Her family had also been a politically prominent one. Manisha’s grandfather as well as two of her grand uncles had served terms as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Even Koiralas’s father had been a politician and once served as the minister for environment.
#4 Irrfan Khan
One of the most talented of actors that Bollywood has seen in recent years, Irrfan Khan is one true gem. His achievements as an actor are unconventionally illustrious, and so is his lineage. Born as Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the village of Tonk in Jaipur, Irrfan Khan’s family had royal connections. Irrfan’s father had been a wealthy zamidar who ran a tyre business while it was his mother who was the descendant of the Tonk Hakim family.
#5 Kiran Rao
Prolific filmmaker and wife of Bollywood perfectionist Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao also is of royal descent. Her grandfather was the Raja of Wanaparthy and as such Rao hails from the royal Wanaparthy family of Telangana. In fact, Kiran Rao also happens to be the first cousin of another royal Bollywood beauty- Aditi Rao Hydari.
#6 Sagarika Ghatge
Chak De! India girl Sagarika Ghatge‘s claim to fame not only rests on her Bolly debut opposite the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan. The charming actress who is married to former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan also enjoys royal links.
The daughter of Vijaysingh Ghatge, Sagarika is the descendant of Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur. She draws upon the royal blood of Kolhapur’s royal Kahal family.
The innocent Suman from Maine Pyaar Kiya enjoys a rather high birth in real life. Bhagyashree who charmed one and all with her role in the Salman Khan starrer belongs to the Patwardhan royal family of Sangli in Maharashtra. The actress is the daughter of Vijay Singhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan who is in fact the current Raja of Sangli.
#8 Soha Ali Khan
A Bollywood actress much like her brother Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan also (obviously) has royal connections. Her father and paternal grandfather had both been Nawabs of Pataudi and so is her brother Saif. The paternal grandmother Sajida Sultan also had been the Begum of Bhopal. As a true blue royalite, Soha Ali Khan is very much a real life princess.
#9 Parveen Babi
One of the most enigmatic of yesteryear Bollywood actresses who ruled hearts with her beauty and personality, Parveen Babi also had a royal descent. The actress was ancestrally related to the Babi Dynasty of Junagadh, being born in a feudal aristocratic family of Gujarat’s historical Pathan community.
#10 Riya Sen
The younger daughter of famous Indian actress Moon Moon Sen, Bollywood beauty Riya Sen also has a royal lineage to back her elegant charm. Riya owes her plunge into films to her ancestry and also part of her noble birth.
Her paternal grandmother Ila Devi was the daughter of King Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda. Even Ila Devi’s mother Indira Raje had been the princess of Cooch Behar while her younger sister Gayatri Devi had been the Maharani of Jaipur. As it seems, Riya Sen is steeped in royalty and class by birth!
#11 Sonal Chauhan
Stunningly beautiful and gorgeous, Sonal Chauhan is one among the prettiest faces of Bollywood. The actress and model has her royal genes to thank for her impeccable screen presence and swooning glow.
The winner of the Miss World Tourism 2005 also has a royal descent. She was born in a traditional Rajput family which has links to the royal lineage of the Rajputs.
#12 Raima Sen
The elder Sen sister who also has a presence in the world of cinema and as one of the Sen siblings enjoys a royal heritage as well.
#13 Alisa Khan
Alisa Khan who made her Bollywood debut with the film “My Husband’s Wife” after starring in quite some music videos is a royalite as well. She hails from the family of Mohammad Nawab Ghaziauddin Khan, who founded the city of Ghaziabaad!