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Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif
Born16 July 1984 (age 26)
Hong Kong
NationalityBritish[1]
OccupationModel, Actress
Years active2003 – present

Katrina Kaif (born 16 July 1984[2]) is a British Indian actress and former model who appears in Indian films, mainly in the Hindi-language film industry.[3][4] She has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. She was voted the sexiest Asian woman in the world by Eastern Eye in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.[5][6] Being a British citizen, she works in India on an employment visa.[1]

Early life

Kaif was born in Hong Kong[7] to a Kashmiri father,[8][9][10] Mohammed Kaif, and an English mother, Suzanne Turquotte,[11] both of whom are British citizens. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Kaif stated once, “my dad, unfortunately, and not out of choice, has had no influence on our upbringing, on our religious or social or moral bearings.”[12] Kaif has seven siblings. From Hong Kong, she and her family moved to China, then to Japan. Then from Japan (by boat) to France when she was 8, and also moved to Switzerland, Kraków, Berlin, Belgium, and many other East European countries where she and her family were there for a few months each.[13] Then they moved to Hawaii, and eventually later moved to her mother’s home country, England. It is widely speculated that Kaif is from London, when in fact, she only lived there for three years before finally moving to Mumbai.[13]

Career

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.[7]

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.[14][15]

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.[16]

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,[17] 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.[18][19]

Kaif’s first release for 2009, New York, with John Abraham, was a critical and commercial success.[20] 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.”[21] 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,[22] 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.[23] She is also starred in Farah Khan‘s Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar. The film was released on 24 December 2010.[24] 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.[25]

Voice

It should be noted that due to her poor knowledge of Hindi (and other Indian languages), Katrina Kaif’s voice has often been dubbed over by another actress for many of her early films. With the exception of De Dana Dan, all her films since New York feature her real voice. Earlier films in which her real voice is also heard are Singh Is Kinng, Namastey London and Boom.

Awards

Winner

Nominated

Filmography

Year↓Title↓Role↓Notes
2003BoomRina Kaif/Popdi Chinchpokli
2004MalliswariPrincess MalliswariTelugu film
2005SarkarPooja
2005Maine Pyaar Kyun KiyaSonia
2005Allari PiduguShwethaTelugu film
2006Hum Ko Deewana Kar GayeJia A. Yashvardhan
2006Balram vs. TaradasSupriyaMalayalam film
2007Namastey LondonJasmeet “Jazz” Malhotra
2007ApneNandini Sarabhai
2007PartnerPriya Jaisingh
2007WelcomeSanjana Shetty
2008RaceSophia
2008Singh Is KinngSonia
2008HelloStory-tellerCameo
2008YuvvraajAnushka Banton
2009New YorkMaya ShaikhNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2009BlueNikkiCameo
2009Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab KahaniJennifer “Jenny” Pinto
2009De Dana DanAnjali Kakkad
2010RaajneetiIndu Sakseria/Pratap
2010Tees Maar KhanAnya Khan
2011Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraReleasing on June 24, 2011
2011Mere Brother Ki DulhanFilming
2011Main Krishna HoonRadhaCameo[34]
2011Dostana 2Pre-production
2012Ek Tha Tiger

References

  1. ^ a b “Working in Bollywood for years, but shy of citizenship?”. The Times of India. Aug 30, 2010.
  2. ^ “Katrina changes birthday plans for Zoya’s film”. NDTV – via – Indo-Asian News Service. July 15, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  3. ^ “UK-Indian actress lands role in Bollywood film ‘Veer'”. The Indian Express. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  4. ^ Dhingra, Deepali (18 August 2009). “The Kat’s out of the bag!”. The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  5. ^ “Katrina Kaif voted ‘Sexiest Woman in the World’ again”. Eastern Eye. India Today. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  6. ^ “Sexy List”. EasternEye.eu. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
  7. ^ a b Pathiyan, Priya (2003-03-16). “‘I’m not involved with Salman Khan'”. Times of India. Retrieved 2003-03-16.
  8. ^ Cine blitz, Volume 29, Issue 2. Blitz Publications. Retrieved 2007–03–25. “Katrina Kaif is my real name. Kaif is my father’s surname, he is Kashmiri,” she bristled. “When I joined films I decided to take his surname, since I felt people would be able to associate better with an Indian surname.”
  9. ^ Parvéz Dewân’s Jammû, Kashmîr, and Ladâkh: Kashmîr. Manas Publications. Retrieved 2007–03–25. “Today if a person has even a drop of Kashmiri blood in his veins he proclaims it proudly. From novelist Salman Rushdie to writer MJ Akbar and actress-fashion model Katrina Kaif, people everywhere are celebrating their Kashmiri roots.”
  10. ^ India today, Volume 27. Thomson Living Media India Ltd.. Retrieved 2007–03–25. “Half-Kashmiri. half-Brit. Kaif is one of three leading ladies (besides Madhu Sapre and Salman Rushdie’s muse Padma …”
  11. ^ “Katrina misses her dad badly”. Oneindia. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
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  17. ^ “Box Office 2008”. BoxOfficeIndia.com.
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  19. ^ “Scripts Database | Margaret Herrick Library | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences”. Scriptlist.oscars.org. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
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  21. ^ Adarsh, Taran. “Bollywood Hungama Review: New York”. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  22. ^ IANS. “Gear up for India’s first underwater thriller in ‘Blue’”. Thaindian News. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  23. ^ “Raajneeti : Complete Cast and Crew details”. Bollywoodhungama.com. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  24. ^ “Makers of Tees Maar Khan build Jumbo Jet for Akki’s deadly intro sequence”. Bollywoodhungama.com. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
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