Struggling model to star, sweetheart and sexiest woman — Katrina Kaif turns 30 on Wednesday. Browse through her Bollywood journey in pics. Here, Katrina Kaif shoots in Shimla for Bang Bang with Hrithik Roshan. (HT Photo/Santosh Rawat)
Katrina Kaif has delivered more hits than the number of years she has spent in the film industry. The actor debuted with the 2004 dud Boom, after the film’s director Kaizad Gustad offered her the role.
The film’s producer, actor Jackie Shroff’s wife Ayesha Shroff, gave Katrina the surname ‘Kaif’ as it sounded Indian. Since then, Kat has delivered 14 box office hits. This, after she was written off after her debut. Two years later, she did a successful cameo in Sarkar and gave a noticeable performance in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005).
“Katrina’s choices have worked for her. Be it item numbers or films. If you look at her career graph, she is ahead of most heroines. Besides that, she is known to be a very dedicated and hardworking actor,” says trade analyst Vikas Mohan.
She can boast of an assorted platter, with sensual roles in Race (2008), De Dana Dan (2009) to a politician in Raajneeti (2010) and a spy in Ek Tha tiger (2012).
Her dance numbers ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’, ‘Aa Gaya Bodyguard’ and ‘Chikni Chameli’ have become timeless hits. In 2010, she won the award for the best entertainer of the year, while this year she won the International Icon (female) award. The 28-year-old is currently filming Jab Tak Hai Jaan with Shah Rukh Khan and Dhoom 3.
“She has delivered a superhit with Salman Khan, now she is working with Shah Rukh and her next film is with Aamir. She is one of the few female actors to have had this fortune,” adds Mohan.
Kat flaunted a chubby face, a flabby stomach and a mop of wavy hair, the year she debuted in Bollywood
Straightened her hair and lost some weight. Her jaw line became visibly sharper, but her dressing sense had a long way to go
Katrina cut her hair and styled it well. Her subtle and elegant make-up found favour with fashion watchers
Kat opted for wavy hair. Her style sense got a green signal. She is one of the most photographed women in India
A visible change in her nose and lips sparked off plastic surgery rumours. Her short bangs became a rage
Now known to be one of the most stylish and beautiful women in the world. She was voted the world’s sexiest Asian woman
Katrina Kaif started dating actor Salman Khan when she was a 19-year-old struggling model in 2003. Khan mentored her and recommended her to filmmakers, a claim Kaif has denied with a firm ‘what rubbish’. During their relationship, it was reported on two occasions that Sallu had slapped Katrina over a disagreement. It was aslo reported that he hit Kat after disapproving of her outfit in a song in Ek Tha tiger recently. After Sallu and Kat parted ways in 2008, she was linked to her Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahaani co-star Ranbir Kapoor. It is rumoured that the two are still seeing each other. Recently, Kat was spotted outside Ranbir’s bungalow and Ranbir, in turn, was spotted leaving Kat’s house post midnight last week. However, while Katrina has acknowledged her relationship with Salman, she has maintained the ‘good friends’ tag with Ranbir, denying reports of a link up.
Katrina struck a chord with Sheila ki Jawaani in Tees Maar Khan and emerged as the sexiest item girl with Chikni Chameli
Katrina won over critics with her performance of a politician and won the Best Actress (popular choice) award
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
As the bike riding Laila, Katrina held her own in a film largely about three male friends —Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar
Kat The Brand
She became the face of Coca-Cola in Tamil Nadu. She was featured in a popular advertisement with Tamil actor Vijay
She started endorsing Godrej Renew and Kodak
She started advertising soft drink brand Slice, and we saw her in the rasiya commercials. She also
started advertising Spice telecom and Nakshatra
She was the 2nd Most Liked female star on CelebTrack, scoring high on image attributes such as beautiful, sexy, stylish, glamorous and feminine
She became a Lux girl, and chose many other brands that added to her image —Olay, Panasonic, Yardley of London, Ethihad
Airways being a few
Titan signed her as its face, right after actor Aamir Khan. The same year, Katrina unveiled a Barbie doll inspired by her
Her current major endorsements include Lux, Nakshatra, Pantene, Olay, Choc-on, Titan, Relaxo and Slice. She reportedly charges approx 4 cr per deal
“Katrina brings her peculiar brand of sensual beauty inside the home of a typical Indian household, without making anyone
uncomfortable. And this is a characteristic unique to Katrina. She is probably the only female actor who is liked across age groups, gender no bar. Over the years, she has been true to this image, while choosing hit films commercially.
And that is why brands love her too,” says Anujita Jain of Alchemist Talent Solutions, a brand management firm.
It`s not my style to either wear minimum clothes, to strip or to even be comfortable with a sex-symbol label. I just want to do good work
Am I supposed to be ashamed that I am half Asian, half European? I mean, no! Rahul Gandhi is half Indian, half Italian. So? I am very proud of what I am
Except for Preity Zinta, I haven’t met a single secure actress in Bollywood.
Born on: July 16, 1984, Hong Kong
Real Name: Katrina Turquotte
Mother: Susanna Turquotte (British); Kashmiri father; has seven
Siblings. Her sister Isabella is expected to make her film debut
She has lived in Hawaii, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland,
London before settling in Mumbai
At the age of 14 for a jewellery campaign
She is not on Twitter. However, the most searched Bollywood celebrity as per Google’s 2008, 2009, and 2010 data.
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