7 Bollywood Celebrities Who Hail From Royal Families

Bollywood abounds a number of celebrities who are not less than royalty in any manner. But if you are truly one of the biggest Hindi film enthusiasts, then you must be familiar with the names of those Bollywood celebs that are really related to some royal family in some way or the other. In case, you don’t know much about the connection of our stars to royal families, then you should not miss our list on 12 Bollywood Celebrities who hail from Royal Families!

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1Saif Ali Khan

After Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan is the fourth most bankable Khan of Bollywood. He was born on 16 August 1970 in New Delhi to former Indian Cricket Team captain, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who hailed from the prestigious royal family of Pataudis, and noted film actress, Sharmila Tagore. Mansoor Ali Khan was Nawab of Pataudi from the year 1952–71. Following his, Saif was crowned the tenth Nawab of Pataudi in a pagri ceremony held in the village of Pataudi, Haryana.

After completing his graduation from the boarding school, Khan came back to India and joined an advertising industry in New Delhi. He worked there for two months before appearing in a television commercial for Gwalior Suiting on the behest of a friend. Subsequently, he was roped in by director Anand Mahindroo, but, unfortunately, the project could not materialize, but Saif relocated to Mumbai to join Hindi films. He finally made his acting debut with Yash Chopra’s unsuccessful film ‘Parampara’ in 1993. The movie also starred actor Aamir Khan. He achieved success with his romantic roles in movies like ‘Yeh Dillagi’ (1995), ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (1994). Following the success of these two films, Khan was offered several other movies. In years to come, Saif went on to star in films like ‘Bambai Ka Babu’ (1996), ‘Tu Chor Main Sipahi’ (1996), ‘Hamesha’ (1997), ‘Udaan’ (1997), ‘Keemat’ (1998) ‘Humse Badhkar Kaun’ (1998), ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’ (1999), ‘Kachche Dhaage’ (1999), ‘Aarzoo’ (1999) and ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’ (1999).

By the end of 1990s, Khan had done more than a dozen of movies but he hardly got a role which could have brought him the kind of fame and success which he would have imagined. However, the beginning of the new centaury changed his life forever. His performance in Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001) turned out to be the best rated performance of his career. The critically and financially successful movie marked a major turning point in the career of the actor, winning him the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role. It kind of uplifted the sinking career of Nawab. After the thunderous success of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001), Saif appeared in several well received films including ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003), ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ (2004), ‘Hum Tum’ (2005), ‘Parineeta’ (2005), ‘Omkara’ (2006), ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2009), and ‘Cocktail’ (2012), to mention a few. The actor is currently awaiting the release of his films ‘Chef’ and ‘Bazaar’.

TRIVIA: The actor is popularly considered as the ‘Chote Nawab of Pataudi’. However, the Government of India has abolished the official existence of princely titles.

 
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    • This colonial mindset of slavery doesnot work in democracy and we should shame these people for seeking privilages and connections like quotas and reservations for the backward.
      It is a shame that these call themselves royals; neither they are more gifted or talented or deserving than ordinary Indians.

        • There’s a proverb in Hindi…Jab tak bevakoof zinda hein, akalmand bhooke ni marte. Any person, if he or she has qualities to raise above the rest automatically is respected. Pushing the undeserving by drubbing the deserving will only take the society/nation backward. Instead of snatching the privilege from the talented, let someone achieve more talent than the present one and let him go ahead. Kisi ko zabardasti dhakka marke neeche gira ke gadhe ko aage bhadhane se race mein maza ni aata

  1. May be because of their Royal background only people are made to believe that they are popular
    Media playing their cards too
    Rich and naturally made famous??

    • Agree. In Indian many people when first meet, ask your surname, and where do you belong etc. It is hardly rare a chance that they do not mention their royal descent and the other person do not get impressed by them.

    • Even when they are foreigners like Pappu Sonia Priyanka and Robber Vadra who are here to fool and loot India they are called Yuvraj.
      Tthough mama mia Sonia was an Italian waitress who Rajiv Khan married. Their royal action is loot India and emergency 1984 Sikh genocide 2g scam, coalgate etc. Royal thieves and murderers.

  2. This is utter nonsense, dangerous and regressive contribution of media in promoting elitism in India. This is a nation that suffers socially and economically from having exceptionally divisive societally due almost entire society being obsessed with familial rights that transcends merit. This particular man by any yardstick is an academic failure, who despite being given access to the best schools in the United Kingdom failed to get even a degree. A nation that promotes losers becomes loser.

    • Agreed but academic excellence is one facet of life. After all, arts are at the bottom of the schooling system anyways. And to be able to be successful in Bollywood, one needs to be good at Bhaandgiri and be good at gratifying the egos of front bencher rickshawallahs.

  3. I suppose no one can blame who born into one family being something or something not. Further damage for that soul is that world expect so much out of this person which is also wrong. Good luck all the success to all of those who’s ancestors once were something.

  4. Why Do you have only negative remarks about some ones birth wrtghts.we only talks about and heare about some wealthy people’s grandchildren become poor and unsuccessful .these seven people,s story gives good feeling No matter what happens If you done (good)with your karma your generations will be successful

    • It is indeed the bad karma of Saif that his great grandfather was Timur the beast who murdered millions of people & his mother a bengali lady from Tagore family married his one eyed father just for name & fame in the name of Love Jihad.h

  5. Royalty always or for generations had a lineage of pure beauty for the simple reason rich & famous can get the best spouce for sure. The film personalities mentioned except one or two are great eye catchers. We want more such blue bloods have to enter the field to feast viewers.

  6. AFTER INDEPENDENCE POLITICAL LEADERS INHERITED THE ROYAL TILTLE AND CONTINUED TILL DATE, WEARING , 20 LAKH RUPEES SUIT AND 30 LAKH RUPEES SAREE…ETC

      • She cancelled royal titles of previous rulers, but themselves became no less than a royal family.It was only during the days of Rajas and Badshahs that sons automatically inherited the crown from their father or mother. But it happens in Congress, Samajwadi party and National Conference even today.

      • Still prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Ali holds title given by her permanently being prominent member of Congress, who please all political parties who come to power, by inviting for grand parties at his palatial house Amir Mahal.

        • That’s because these servitude royals from Arcot fell at the feet of Victoria when the doctrine of lapse was invoked. After independence fell again at the feet of king george to continue the treatment. They were technically nawabs without kingdoms.

  7. Caste system is the single biggest cause of social and national disunity which has divided the nation for centuries. The basis of democracy is equality which has to be achieved and enforced by legal means, if necessary.

    • “Surnames”.. the concept is only to show your identity and thus caste, creed, religion etc. Every one in this world is biased. Notice that all are ‘white skins”.. no “black Skin” Royal family great grand son or daughter in Film History? Why?

  8. Royalty my foot. The entire family makes a living as entertainers. down to the new entrant Sara. Stop glossing over this hypocrite Pataudi family who are first class fanatics and wear their petty Nawabi on their sleeves. Shame on this reporting.

  9. I believe our constitution has article which abolishes title, like prince, king nawab. Only honarary title are allowed like padma shri

  10. Namesake royal families of immoral characters selling their religions,womanizing,infidelity,adultery,frauds,etc.

  11. In 1950, India adopted the Constitution which declares the nation as a democratic republic… In India, we hv no Kings and no Queens except in Playing Cards….No titles too… In 1971, Privy Purses that were being given to the members of earstwhile Royal Families also came to be abolished by amending the Constitution.. The challenge to said abolition came to be negatived by the Supreme Court …

  12. where were those kings during British ruled India . Did they fight any war . Those days people who illegally occur enormous wealth are called kings .

  13. This really feel embarrassing that we Indians not got rid off caste hiearchy system it’s going nd going
    And it’s impact is damaging india internally
    One who take birth in any family or any society is just by chance it is not god have intentionally send anybody for any particular reason
    It is we human made it as important so we can feel superior nd special to other
    This thing have been practicing for thousands of years so we have been feeling in our blood whatever it is either who had slaved or being slaved
    We r not able to come out of it
    Nd some deliberately don’t want bcse in this way they can feel special but one thing i must say that nobody is special here bcse everybody is special here
    So there is no any right by nature that ny creature would dictate nd slave other
    If anybody is doing to you and your community then have dare to fight against it and show them their limit
    Be intrepid
    Nobody was warrior and is warrior by playing with emotions of innocent people
    Nd by doing this if anybody is /were pretending then they are/were simply coward
    It is public mistake that they use to give their control in other hand nd this had been reason in the past that few people dominated majority
    So come out of it
    Make your own fortune not other

  14. Dila I don’t like in Indra Ghandi did destroying the title and heritage of the king and queen. At least let the coming generation know the lived.

    • Aditi Rao Hydari is the adopted grand daughter of the Raja of Wanarpathy and the blood granddaughter of Akbar Hydari. Her blood grandfather is a Konkani Brahmin. Not that it matters but whoever wrote this article seems to think royalty is above the commoner. He who is a good man beyond caste and creed is the true royalty . A beggar is royalty if he has a good heart.

  15. Royal linkage is a way of identifying an individual by their adherence to traditions and values. By gracing their royalty, at least we can count a few good Indians. Why miss that opportunity?

  16. 🙂 After the red revolution there where plenty of dukes, duchesses, Prince and Princesses serving at the restaurants in Paris.

  17. Royal persons never show their identity. They are just know by their character, values and not music / acting etc. Good royaltyies are abolished in India by late Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

  18. Don’t see their movies. They will stand in the Q. All these Films Hail the Haves and NOTS. It is going to be Raj of Have nots. Shun these movies. gkmurthy

  19. Long Long ago I saw RAJKUR the hero was pridviraj kapur’s son. 2nd. Then I came to know these Producers are from RAJ community. From then onwards no movies. Don’t see these idiotic movies. Give that amount to needy people.

  20. Here in India a bunch of Fools are living. Not because we are fools. By seeing such a stupid films we are Fools. These Brahimins make us Fools by saying that the Sun is revolving around Earth. Foolishly we believe these fellows. They say those Stars which are at an unimaginable distance are having on us. We foolishly believe them and give Dakshina Do you know in TIRUMALA TEMPLE the Archakas count how many BRESTS they have squeezed. After the duty they proudly say about their Squeezing. Why You go to these Temples? Do you Have any idea about their NIGHT ACTIVITIES.? You will be aghast if you know. Bloody rascals are there in the temples.

  21. The art of slavery is Royal – not to say there were no Good and Heroic Kings or Queens but this system has deteriorated down the ages and it has not progressed – a Monarch thinks they have the right over everything which has given birth to democracy – since for 5 years the elected ravish the kingdom loot murder kill etc and after that they just loose power and are not accountable till date for any wrong doings which is disgusting also – accountability has to come in democracy only then it is a good system

  22. How come that Indira Gandhi herself was daughter & like earlier kings/queens/nawabs etc. dynastically inherited political legacies of her father & grand father but later in her own right became Congress Leader & legislator & PM etc. but these Congress oldies & chamchas & sycophants made recalcitrant Rajeev Gandhi as PM as if it was his birth-right(like in King’s time) making mockery of democracy. Later his wife Sonia & now her son Rahul Pappu. Actually all these are simply puppets, being pedalled as dynastic inheritors of Congress party by the highly intelligent & shrewd persons like Kapil sibbal, chidambaram even Shashi taroor & co. just for their personal benefits so that any blame can be easily put on these puppets & they can scot free while minting illegal money without any check by making tax & other laws to suit their own ends. Very strange it was Indira Gandhi who had abolished dynastic rule of maharajahs/nawabs, but her family members put up a different garb and continuing the old abolished dynastic system, albeit in the garb of democracy and all these intelligent intellectuals are bashlessly supporting & propping up them for their own personal vested interests. Do not they have any shame or idea of making India great like Chinese?

  23. Royalties exist everywhere around the globe … VP Singh was a maharaja so are the Scindia’s and the Rani Gayatri Devi … they are unmatched royalties like many Rajputs whose palaces are premier five star hotels and every tissue in their body and souls have the special feel of a Royal

    so was The Nizam of Hyderabad The Royalty of Bhopal and the Pataudis like many many more .

    what they do with their character and wealth is their personal agenda … they are gifted and they don’t live in rat holes like many Indians do

    Yes one can truly question their status …. they can be hated out of jealousy and lack of self worthiness or simply because a man is dejected and has lost his personal pride ….
    one has to be a totally uneducated buff and illeterate human uncouth to think they are a piece of shit unnaturally elevated for some unseen and unknown reasons
    Finally I would state that I and we Indians should respect their stature and stop walking on the path of hatred and heart burning … as it’s not going to change who they are

  24. The royal people had entertainers in their court for recreational activities and now they are using their royalty to use the aristrocracy of PULL and get livelihood by becoming entertainers. If you read between the lines and logically derive concusions from history you will see that these royals are the reason for our country’s poverty and pathetic condition. They were traitors of the lowest order and thats how they got privileges.

  25. ANGREJ TO CHALE PAR YE KALE ANGREJ ARE BLOOD SUCKERS OF THE POOR…THERE IS MORE OF SLAVERY IN THE SYSTEM …THE POLITICIANS THE CINEMA STARS THE CRICKETERS THE FEW INDUSTRIALISTS THE BEUROCRATS AND GOVERNMENT STAFFS ARE ALL GLOVES IN HAND….UNLESS THEY ARE NOT TAUGHT A PROPER LESSON WE WILL BE SLAVES/POOR FOR YET MORE DECADES…….PEOPLE OF INDIA HAVE ONLY ONE RIGHT TO VOTE IN 5 YRS BUT CHOOSE WHOM THE UNEDUCATED AND UNTRAINED THEIF POLICIANS …..DYNASTY OF THE CONGRESS GANDH I,DMK SOCISLISTS LOOTED THE STATE AND CENTER AIDM LOOTED THE STATES AND PAYS FOR VOTES THE YADAVS WHO GOD KNOWS KNOW WHAT DOES SAMAJVAD/SOCIALISM MEANS THE BADAL,S DYNASTY, THE ORISSA PATNAIKS, THE NCP CHAUHANS, THE ROYAL SCINDIAS SAILING ON TWO BOTS, THE KUMARAMANGLAMS, THE AMBANI,S AND NOT TO FORGET THE KASHMIR LOYALISTS LIKE ABDULLA,S MUFTI,S …..NEVER THE LESS BJP IS YOUNG IN THE DYNASTY BUT STILL HAVE SOME …….ARE THEY MASSIHAS OF OUR FUTURE INDIA…….JAGO JAGO MOHAN PYARE EK NAYA DESH BANOA JAHAN GARIBI NA HO, NO CASTE OR COMMUNITY SAB PADE LIKE HO SAB KA SAMAN HO…….YEH SIRF HAMARA ELECTION COMMISION HAMARA RASTRIPATI CHAHE TO HO VARNA SALABH HE IS DESH KO EK SAHI DISHA PAR LE JAYEGA…….HAME EK OUR GANDHI EK OUR NETAJI EK AUR KALAM AUR KUCH SAHEEDON KI JAROORAT HAI……JAI HIND….LONG LIVE INDIA LONG LIVE INDIANS…

  26. I read someone wrote Royalties have no talents and the other wrote Entertainers to some royalties. great contradiction. Some royal families are doing good in different professions.
    Still it is a fashion to write anything and everything which is indecent for the Royalties. This is expected from those who are jealous and to some extend unsuccessful compared to their expectations. India is known for its heritage which is built and established by the Royalties. The MPs and MLAs are paid and looked after by the government on the cost of people of the country. We know what and how much they contributed in the system.

    It was published few years back that a parliamentarian had once raised his opposition for the privileges being extended to the Royal families of UK. He was beaten up by others dragging him out of the British Parliament saying that “you are not a true British”. The character of Britishers have helped them to earn respect in the world.

    There are only few in India who know about Royalties, majority of people know to talk against Royalties without or with superficial information on Royalties. They can only write and speak to ventilate their own short comings and cannot do any thing to clean the political and social system (Vaani Vilas). I pray Almighty to provide them the strength for the purpose.

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