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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  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.

  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.

  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.

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