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Katirna Kaif


									                                            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 .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. Being a British citizen, she works in India on an employment visa.

Kaif made her acting debut with Kaizad Gustad's box office bomb Boom (2003). She
tasted success in 2007 with Vipul Shah's Namastey London and followed with such films
as Anees Bazmee's Welcome (2007), Abbas-Mustan's Race (2008) and Kabir Khan's
New York (2009). She has since appeared in critically and commercially successful films
like Prakash Jha's political thriller Rajneeti (2010) and Zoya Akhtar's dramedy Zindagi
Na Milegi Dobara (2011).

Early years and personal life

Kaif was born in Hong Kong, to an Indian Kashmiri father, Mohammed Kaif, and an
English mother, Susanna Turquotte, both of whom are British citizens. Her parents
divorced when she was very young. Kaif once stated, "My dad, unfortunately, and not out
of choice, has had no influence on our upbringing, on our religious or social or moral
bearings." When she came to India, she changed her surname to Kaif, because it was
Indian in origin. Furthermore, Ayesha Shroff has maintained that the actress' original
name is Katrina Turquotte. Kaif has seven siblings; a brother and six sisters. From Hong
Kong, she and her family moved to China, then to Japan. From there she went to France
when she was 8, and thereafter lived for a few months at a time in Switzerland, Poland,
Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Then she moved with her family to

Hawaii, and eventually to her mother's home country of England. Although it is often
assumed that Kaif is from London, she lived there only for three years before finally
moving to Mumbai.

Religious views
Kaif is known to have secular religious views, and has been to various religious places in
India, including Hindu, Sikh and Islamic places of worship. She has been seen
worshipping at Siddhivinayak temple, Hindu temples in Haridwar, Shirdi, Amritsar's
Golden temple and Ajmer Sharif dargah.


Modeling and early film career (1998–2004)
Kaif began her modeling career at age fourteen; her first assignment 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 modeling work led to her discovery by London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad,
who gave her a part in his film Boom (2003). The film, which starred Amitabh Bachchan
and Gulshan Grover, failed to make an impact. She then moved to Mumbai and was
offered a number of modeling assignments, but filmmakers were hesitant to cast Kaif due
to her poor command of Hindi.

Breakthrough (2005–2006)

In 2005, Kaif made a cameo in Ram Gopal Verma's drama Sarkar, as Abhishek
Bachchan's girlfriend. The same year, she landed her first major role in David Dhawan's
adaptation of Cactus Flower, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, where she was paired opposite
Salman Khan. The film also featured Sushmita Sen, Arshad Warsi, Isha Koppikar and
Sohail Khan in leading roles. Upon release, the film became a moderate success with
Taran Adarsh, a prominent film critic, mentioning Kaif as a "complete revelation".

The following year, she was paired opposite Akshay Kumar for the first time in Raj
Kanwar's box-office flop Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. However, for her portrayal of Jia
A. Yashvardhan, Adarsh wrote, "Taking giant strides as an actor, Katrina is, without
doubt, the star of the show. It's her magnetic presence and dependable performance that
you carry home once the show has ended."

Success (2007– present)

Katrina Kaif at Book launch of 'Raajneeti - The Film & Beyond, 2012
In 2007, Kaif appeared in four films, all of which were successful at the box office. Her
first release was Vipul Shah's romantic-comedy Namastey London. Kaif portrayed the
character of a British Indian girl named Jasmeet "Jazz" Malhotra, alongside Rishi
Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Clive Standen. Upon its release, the film became a major hit,

with Nikhat Kazmi, of the The Times Of India praising the chemistry between the
leading couple. She next played a supporting role in Anil Sharma's melodrama Apne.
Featuring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kirron Kher and Shilpa Shetty, the
film was a box-office hit.[28] Her next release was David Dhawan's unofficial remake of
Hitch, Partner, where she starred alongside Salman Khan, Govinda, and Lara Dutta. Her
final film of 2007, welcome, directed by Anees Bazmee and co-starring Akshay Kumar,
Paresh Rawal and Anil Kapoor, was declared a blockbuster in India, despite negative
reviews from critics.

Her first release of 2008 was Abbas-Mustan's action-thriller Race; she played Saif Ali
Khan's secretary, Sophia, who is secretly in love with his hostile stepbrother (played by
Akshay Khanna). The film also featured Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Sameera Reddy
in leading roles. Despite its success, Kazmi wrote, "Katrina is too pale as the blousy
secretary who comes into her own only when she gets seductive with a Touch me, kiss
me tenor.

Kaif was next seen in Anees Bazmee's action comedy Singh Is Kinng, portraying Akshay
Kumar's love interest and Ranvir Shorey's fiancée. After its release, the film was declared
a blockbuster, making it Kaif's sixth consecutive success at the box office. The movie
also emerged as the third highest grossing film of 2008. Kaif's final release of the year,
Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj, was a commercial failure, but its script made its way into the
Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for artistic merit, original
screenplay with a substance, and the film as a whole.

In 2009, she featured in Kabir Khan's terrorism drama New York, with John Abraham
and Neil Nitin Mukesh. It was a critical and commercial success in both India and
overseas. Kaif's performance was highly praised: Taran Adarsh wrote, "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." For her performance, Kaif received her first
Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category. She next had a cameo in the star-
studded action-thriller Blue, popularly known as India's first underwater thriller, with
Akshay Kumar and Zayed Khan. However, it was declared a flop. In November 2009,
she appeared along with Ranbir Kapoor, in Rajkumar Santoshi's blockbuster comedy
Ajab Perm Ki Ghazab Kahani, as Jennifer Pinto. Critics mostly praised her fresh
chemistry with Kapoor rather than her performance as a whole. Her final release that year
was Priyadarshan's star-studded De Dana Dan with Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh
Rawal and Neha Dhupia. Despite a good opening, the film failed to do well at the box

Kaif's first release of 2010 was Prakash Jha's political thriller Raajneeti, where she
appeared opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. The film was a modern-day
adaptation of The Mahabharata set against the political backdrop of Delhi. Nana Patekar,
Manoj Bajpai and Shruti Seth also played starring roles. Upon release, the film performed
extremely well at the box office, and earned Kaif favourable reviews for her portrayal of
the dynamic Indu Sakseria. Her final release that year was Farah Khan's brainless

comedy Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar. The film received unanimous negative
reviews from critics and was declared a flop. However, Kaif's item number Sheila Ki
Jawani became a major chartbuster.

Kaif (second from left) promoting ZNMD in Chandigarh with the cast of the film
In 2011, she was seen alongside Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki
Koechlin in Zoya Akhtar's dramedy Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which emerged as a
major critical and commercial success. Kaif was praised for her portrayal of a fun-loving
diving instructor Laila. Taran Adarsh wrote, "Katrina is a revelation...the actress
continues to surprise you with her performances in film after film." She next featured in
Yash Raj Films' comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan opposite Imran Khan and Ali Zafar.
The film was successful at the box office, and earned Kaif positive notice for her
portrayal of vivacious punk-rock girl Dimple Dixit, with Rahul Gangwani saying "the
film ultimately belongs to Katrina Kaif. She sparkles, sizzles and infuses energy into the
film." Consequently, she received her second Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress
As of January 2012, Kaif is set to appear in three high-profile productions under the Yash
Raj Films banner such as Kabir Khan's spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger opposite Salman Khan,
Yash Chopra's Untitled Project alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma and
Vijay Krishna Acharya's adventure film Dhoom 3 alongside Aamir Khan, Abhishek
Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Rimi Sen.

Voice dubbing

It should be noted that due to her poor knowledge of Hindi (and other Indian languages),
Kaif's voice was often dubbed by another actress. However, with the exception of De
Dana Dan she has used her own voice for all of her films since New York. Earlier, she
had dubbed for films like Namastey London and Singh Is Kinng.
Brand endorsements

In the year 2002, Katrina Kaif was chosen as Coca-Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil
Nadu along with Tamil leading actor Vijay. The Coca-Cola advertisement was popular in
Tamil Nadu, with Katrina Kaif and Vijay dancing to a Tamil song called "Gullu Gullu".
She has also worked for several skin products companies, particularly Veet, as well as
several multi-national brands, such as Panasonic. Katrina is now the brand ambassador of
the national airline of the United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways.

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Katrina Kaif
She has won 14 awards including Filmfare awards and also nominated for 13 awards till

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boom Rina Kaif/Popdi Chinchpokli

2004 Malliswari      Princess Malliswari Telugu film
2005 Sarkar Pooja
2005 Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya          Sonia
2005 Allari Pidugu Shwetha          Telugu film
2006 Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye Jia A. Yashvardhan
2006 Balram vs. Taradas Supriya             Malayalam film
2007 Namastey London         Jasmeet "Jazz" Malhotra
2007 Apne Nandini Sarabhai
2007 Partner Priya Jaisingh
2007 Welcome         Sanjana Shetty
2008 Race Sophia
2008 Singh Is Kinng          Sonia Singh
2008 Hello Story-teller Cameo
2008 Yuvvraaj        Anushka Banton
2009 New York        Maya Shaikh Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2009 Blue Nikki Cameo
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab KahaniJennifer "Jenny" Pinto
2009 De Dana Dan Anjali Kakkad
2010 Raajneeti       Indu Sakseria/Pratap
2010 Tees Maar Khan          Anya Khan
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Laila
2011 Bodyguard       Herself Special appearance in song "Bodyguard"
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan         Dimple Dixit Nominated—Filmfare Award for
Best Actress
2012 Agneepath       Chikni Chameli         Special appearance in song "Chikni
2012 Main Krishna Hoon Radha Cameo
2012 Ek Tha Tiger Zoya Filming
2012 Yash Chopra's Untitled Project                Filming[50]
2013 Dhoom 3                 Pre-production
2013 Dostana 2               Pre-production
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