Katrina Kaif is an Indian actress and former model who has become one of the most popular starts in the Hindi
film industry known as Bollywood
. Katrina Kaif has also been featured in a number of Malayalam
movies as well. Apart from doing movies, she has also gained much popularity due to her supposed relationship with Bollywood star Salman Khan
. Katrina Kaif made her debut in Indian films with Kaizad Gustad?s Boom in 2003, which was a flop at the box office. Kaif received much appreciation as an actor after her 2007 film Namastey London directed by Vipul Shah. Her other hit films include Welcome (2007), Race (2008), New York (2009) and Rajneeti (2010). One of her recent releases Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) by Zoya Akhtar was acclaimed critically and was commercially successful. Katrina Kaif was voted as the sexiest Asian woman by Eastern Eye in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Katrina Kaif is a British citizen who works in India on an employment visa.
Early Life of Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif was born on 16th July 1984 to Mohammed Kaif, an Indian Kashmiri father, and Susanna Turquotte, an English mother. She has six sisters and one brother. After the divorce of her parents, her family moved to China and then to Japan. Eventually Katrina Kaif?s family went to France and later to other European countries like Belgium, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Later her family settled Hawaii, and finally in England, which was the home country of her mother.
Career of Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif began modelling at the age of fourteen in London .Her first assignment was a jewellery campaign. She continued modelling in London under a contract with the Models 1 Agency and did campaigns for houses such as La Senza and Arcadius. Katrina stepped into Bollywood with Kaizad Gustad`s "Boom" which failed to establish her as an actress. However what shot her to fame was her Telugu movies Malliswari and Pidugu.
After Boom in 2002 she permanently shifted to Mumbai and decided to take acting as a full-fledged career. With an hourglass figure and stunning looks she was flooded with modelling assignments in Mumbai. She received offers from LG, Cola, Fevicol, Lakme, & Veet. Linguistically challenged, her voice was earlier dubbed by a native speaker but soon she overcame her problem. In her recent projects she dubbed her own lines like in Namastey London opposite Akshay Kumar and later Apne with Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Dharmendra. Katrina even learnt the art of dancing. Her film opposite Govinda in Partner was a chartbuster hit .Her other films Sarkar, Maine Pyaar Kyon Kiya, Humko Dewaana Kar Gaye and Welcome gained much popularity.
In 2008 she had 3 releases, Abbas-Mustan`s blockbuster Race alongside Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Bipasha Basu, Anees Bazmee`s production Singh Is Kinng, opposite Akshay Kumar, Subhash Ghai
`s multi starrer Yuvvraaj. In 2009 she paired with John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh in New York, with Ranbir Kapoor in Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani,and with Akshay Kumar in De Dana Dan. The year 2010 she starred in super hit flick Rajneeti with Ranbir Kapoor
, Arjun Rampal
, Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgan and Farah Khan`s Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar
in which she had a hit dance sequence Sheila Ki Jawani.
In 2011, Katrina Kaif featured in the blockbuster Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, along with Hrithik Roshan
, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin. The film, directed by Zoya Akhtar was praised by critics and her performance was also admired. Later she appeared in the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, with Imran Khan and Ali Zafar. This film was also commercially successful and she was praised for her portrayal of a cheerful punk rock girl.
Some of her upcoming films include spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger, along with Salman Khan and directed by Kabir Khan; Dhoom 3 with Aamir Khan
and Abhishek Bachchan
, and Yash Chopra
`s next film.
Personal Life of Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif was in a long term relationship with ace actor Salman Khan, but unfortunately the couple broke up in 2010. Kaif has secular religious views and has visited many religious shrines and temples in the country, including Hindu, Islamic and Sikh places of worship.
Awards and Honours of Katrina Kaif
2006: Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award (Female), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
2006: Idea Zee F Awards, Fashion Diva of the Year
2008: Zee Cine Awards, British Indian Actor Award
2008: IIFA Awards, Style Diva of the Year
2008: Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Heroine, Singh Is Kinng
2008: Apsara Film Producers Guild of India Awards, Style Diva of the Year
2009: Rajiv Gandhi Award
2009: Golden Kela Awards, Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent
2009: Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Heroine
2009: ASSOCHAM Award, Performing Excellence
2010: Star Screen Awards, Entertainer of the year
2010: Stardust Awards, Best Actress - Popular Award for New York & Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
2011: Star Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice)
2011: Apsara Awards: Hindustan Times Reader`s Choice Entertainer Of The Year Award (Female)
2012: Zee Cine Awards, International Icon Female
Filmography of Katrina Kaif
2005 Sarkar, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Allari Pidugu
2006 Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye, Balram vs. Taradas
2007 Namastey London, Apne, Partner, Welcome
2008 Race, Singh Is Kinng, Hello, Yuvvraaj
2009 New York, Blue, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, De Dana Dan
2010 Raajneeti, Tees Maar Khan
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Bodyguard, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan