DOB: July 16, 1984
Status: Dating- Salman Khan
Debut Movie: Boom (2003)
Most Remembered For Jasmeet Singh- Namaste London
Jail Term None
Famous Pairing Akshay Kumar
With her gorgeous face and hourglass figure, Katrina Kaif has won a dominant place in the Bollywood film industry. One among eight siblings, Katrina was born to an English mother and Kashmiri father who has since acquired British citizenship. She grew up in Hawaii and later moved to London.
She started modeling at the young age of 14. Film maker Kaized Gustad noticed her and gave a role in his film ‘Boom'(2003). Katrina could not prove herself in the movie. But her luck changed for the better when she came down to India. She was flooded with modeling offers and has done assignments with Lakme, Veet, Kodak, Cola, LG, Pantene, Fevicol, L’Oreal and several others products.
The year 2004 was not too good for her in the movie field and she didn’t get much offers. Next year she got two movies- David Dhawan’s ‘Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya’ and Ramgopal Varma’s ‘Sarkar’ (2005), in a small role which showed much improvement over her maiden release. In between she did her Telugu debut ‘Allari Pidugu’ (2005)which more than made up for her flop.
Katrina’s first release in 2006 was ‘Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye’. Her outstanding performance in the film, her best till date, has been highly acclaimed by the audience. She also acted in a Malayalam film called ‘Balram Vs Taradas’ with superstar Mammootty.
Her success story started in the year 2007, delivering five back-to-back hits. Her stunning looks and performances in ‘Namastey London’, ‘Apne’, ‘Partner’, ‘Welcome’ and ‘Race’.. fetched Katrina good reviews and lots of praise.
Besides spinning gold at the box office, Katrina also has an assorted line-up of brand endorsements. These include Nakshatra diamond jewellery and Veet hair removal cream, among others.
An incurable romantic in real life, she is rumored to be involved with Salman Khan. But she flatly refuses to speak to the media about her romance.
Initially filmmakers were hesitant to sign on this Britain-born sensational actress, because of her strong British accent. But five years of hard work and determination have paid heed, now making her one of the most sought after actresses in the Bollywood industry.
Vikram Phadnis, Gucci, Valentino, Versace
Kaif began her modeling career at the age fourteen; her first job was for a jewelry campaign. She continued modeling in London under a contract with the Models 1 Agency and did campaigns for houses such as La Senza and Arcadius, and even walked on the London Fashion Week.
Kaif’s London modeling-work led to her discovery by London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who gave her a part in his film Boom (2003). She moved to Mumbai and was offered a number of modeling assignments. However, filmmakers were initially hesitant to sign her because she could not speak Hindi.
Kaif saw moderate success with the 2005 film Sarkar, where she played the bit part of Abhishek Bachchan’s girlfriend, and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), where she was paired opposite Salman Khan.
In 2007, Kaif appeared in her first major hit movie, Namastey London, wherein she starred as a British Indian girl alongside Akshay Kumar for the second time after the box office letdown Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006). Her run of hit films continued with Apne, becoming a semi hit grosser while Partner and Welcome were huge hits, both receiving a blockbuster status.
In 2008, she played the villain role for the first time in Abbas-Mustan’s hit action thriller Race. She played the role of Saif Ali Khan’s secretary who is secretly in love with his hostile stepbrother (played by Akshay Khanna). Kaif’s second release of the year was Anees Bazmee’s production Singh Is Kinng, opposite Akshay Kumar. The film was a big success at the box office. Kaif’s final release of the year, Subhash Ghai’s Yuvvraaj, was a commercial failure,but its script has made its way into the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for artistic merits, original screenplay with a substance, and the film as a whole.
Kaif’s first release for 2009, New York, with John Abraham, was a critical and commercial success. Kaif’s performance was highly regarded. Wrote critic Taran Adarsh, “Katrina gives you the biggest surprise. Known for her glamour roles, Katrina proves that she can deliver if the director and writer offer her a role of substance. She’s outstanding. In fact, people will see a new, different Katrina this time.”Kaif received a nomination in the Filmfare Award for Best Actress category for her performance.
She next played a bit role in a cameo as a biker chick in the multi-starrer action film Blue, popularly known as India’s first underwater thriller,which was declared a below average by box office India.
At the year’s end, she appeared in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, with Ranbir Kapoor, and De Dana Dan with Akshay Kumar. Both films were commercial successes.
Kaif’s first film of 2010 was Raajneeti, where she appeared opposite Ranbir Kapoor. The film did extremely well at the box office, receiving a blockbuster status.She is also starred in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar. The film was released on 24 December 2010. The film received mainly negative reviews, but was declared a semi hit according to Box Office India while Kaif’s item song Sheila Ki Jawani was one of the most appreciated songs of the year.
Aside from film acting, she has a number of endorsement deals.