Aditi Rao Hydari Speaks About Her Dream Partner
Brides Today|July - August 2021
Set against the majestic Lukshmi Villas Palace, Vadodara, cover girl Aditi Rao Hydari speaks about her dream partner, her inner child, how she has evolved over the years, and more.
Nandini Bhalla

Lehenga Set, Gaurav Gupta. Nosering, Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Lehenga Set and Achkan Sets, all Gaurav Gupta. Nosering (on Aditi), Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Lehenga Set and Achkan Sets, all Gaurav Gupta. Nosering (on Aditi), Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Achkan Sets and Shoes, all Gaurav Gupta.

Achkan Set, Gaurav Gupta.

Lehenga Set, Gaurav Gupta. Nosering, Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Lehenga Set, Achkan Sets and Shoes (on Vivek and Prince), all Gaurav Gupta. Necklace (on Aditi), Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Achkan Sets, both Gaurav Gupta.

Lehenga Set, Gaurav Gupta.

Lehenga set, Gaurav Gupta. Maathapatti, Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Lehenga Set, Gaurav Gupta. Necklace, Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Lehenga Set, Achkan Sets and Shoes (on Vivek and Prince), all Gaurav Gupta. Necklace (on Aditi), Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Lehenga Set, Gaurav Gupta. Nosering, Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

Nandini Bhalla: What is Aditi like when she’s in love?

Aditi Rao Hydari: I feel very nurtured and fearless when I am in love. I feel like I have a lot of love to give, and I feel consumed with happiness. Love also makes me very childlike, in a way, because when you are a child, you are not afraid of anything. When I am in love, I don’t have doubts... I am extremely curious, happy, excitable, and fearless.

NB: I have always sensed wonderful, childlike energy in you... and I know that you protect it because it helps you in your life. Tell me a bit more about how you have held onto that innocence.

ARH: I feel that adulting is very overrated because you can always be a wise child. I saw my grandmother celebrate her inner child till the day she passed away...always curious, learning, with a twinkle in her eye. My grandmother was spoiled rotten by everybody. I was very close to her and learnt to be that person from her. She reaffirmed my belief that you don’t have to behave in a particular way for people to take you seriously. If you think I’m like a child and you don’t take me seriously, that is your problem because children can be very wise too. And in their playfulness, they are the fastest learners. They are the most open and don’t judge others.

In my industry, there is so much comparison and pressure to fit into a stereotype of how a heroine should be. People want to help you so they tell you these things. I tried to mould myself into what was expected of me. But then I realised that what I am is my strongest quality. How can I change that? In the last few years, I haven’t felt the pressure to be somebody else or dress up in a particular way. Even on set, I am approachable and will weep if I am uncomfortable or laugh uninhibitedly. If people want to misuse that, then that is their problem, not mine.

Lehenga Set and Achkan Sets, all Gaurav Gupta. Earrings (on Aditi), Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewellery.

NB: What is your wedding style like?

ARH: It is traditional but very simple, whether I wear a lehenga, sari, or sharara. I love saris but don’t wear them very often because I can’t dance in them, and I love to dance. But what I truly enjoy is jewellery, especially matha Patti. I adore traditional jadau jewellery, especially from Hyderabad, which is a lovely marriage of Southern temple jewellery traditions with the Jaipur style.

I enjoy luxury, but to me, luxury doesn’t mean that I have to show it off. I need to feel it. It brings with is a sense of comfort, like how the inner lining of a garment feels on the skin. I prefer feeling luxurious rather than looking it.

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