Biography of a Bollywood Superstar
Katrina Kaif is a British-born Indian film actress who has appeared in Bollywood, Telugu and Malayalam films. She is also the girlfriend of Indian film actor Salman Khan.
Katrina Kaif was born July 16th 1984 in Hong Kong (which at that point belonged to Great Britain before it was returned to China in July 1997) to an Indian Kashmiri father (who later acquired British citizenship) and a British mother. She was raised in Hawaii with five sisters and one brother and at age fourteen she was approached by a modelling agent and given her first job in a jewelry campaign for a British company.
While in London working as a model she was discovered by filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who gave her a part in his 2003 Bollywood film "Boom", in which Kaif played a fashion model who becomes embroiled in a jewelry heist/smuggling operation in a prestigious diamond fashion show gone horrible wrong. The film was considered a box office disaster, but paved the way for Katrina to find other acting roles.
In 2004 she moved to Mumbai India, an Indian fashion and movie hotspot, and was offered a number of modeling assignments.
Filmmakers were at first hesitant to sign her because of her linguistic shortcomings but she managed to land a role in the film "Malliswari" in which she plays Princess Malliswari hiding amongst commoners in order to avoid goons sent to kill her, which ended up being a huge box office success and kickstarted her career into super stardom. Since then Katrina Kaif has made 13 more films and has another seven due out in 2009.
Her good looks have garnered her a lot of fans and attention, winning her a variety of awards and a tremendous fan base. The most notable perhaps is in 2008 when she was the most searched Indian celebrity on both Google and Yahoo.
Awards won by Katrina Kaif
2006: Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award (Female), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya.
2008: British-Indian Actor award, Zee Cine Awards.
2008: IIFA Awards: Best Female Style Icon.
2008: Voted at the No. 1 spot in FHM India's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.
2008: Voted Sexiest Asian Woman.
2008: Most searched Indian celebrity on Google and Yahoo.
Films with Katrina Kaif
2003 - Boom as "Rina Kaif".
2004 - Malliswari as "Princess Malliswari".
2005 - Sarkar as "Pooja", Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya as "Sonia" and Allari Pidugu as "Shwetha".
2006 - Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye as "Jia A. Yashvardhan", Balram vs. Taradas as "Supriya".
2007 - Namastey London as "Jasmeet Malhotra/Singh", Apne as "Nandini", Partner as "Priya Jaisingh" and Welcome as "Sanjana Shetty".
2008 - Race as "Sophia", Singh Is Kinng as "Sonia", Hello as "The Story teller/God" and Yuvvraaj as "Anushka".
2009 - Billu Barber as Herself, Blue, New York, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, De Dana Dan, Rajniti and Padosan Remake.
Quotes by Katrina Kaif
"I can read and speak Hindi quite well now and that's quite an achievement considering I didn't know the language at all when I came down here." - Katrina Kaif.
Photos of Katrina Kaif