Aditi Rao Hydari has come a long way from her first Bollywood debut film, Delhi 6. She has, since then, worked in big banner projects in both South Indian and Hindi film industry. But what inspired her to become an actress in the first place is none other than director Mani Ratnam. She tells a leading daily, "I became an actor because of Mani sir. I didn’t know much about films or any of the industries, but I always knew that one day I wanted to be a Mani Ratnam heroine. Back then, I had no clue how or whether I’d pursue acting as a profession. One thing led to another, and I found myself signed by Sudhir Mishra for Yeh Saali Zindagi and then by Goldie and Srishti Behl for London, Paris, New York, soon after I moved to Mumbai in 2010."
Talking further about her successful swindling between both the industries, the Padmavat actress said, "I’m finally doing things that I dreamt of. In these last few years, I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best directors, who offered me roles that have been challenging. The work has been tough, but fun. There are days when I forget which city I’m in, but I get excited when filmmakers I respect choose me to embody their vision in their films. I’m happy with the love and acceptance I get from all the industries, and I love being called a pan-India actor because that’s what I want to be.” Hydari will soon be seen in Parineeti Chopra's thriller drama film titled Girl on the Train which will be released on Netflix.