Katrina Kaif ( born by name Katrina Turquotte, 16 July 1983) is an English actress who works in Hindi films. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, she has established herself in Bollywood and is one of India’s highest-paid actresses. Born in Hong Kong, Kaif and her family lived in several countries before she moved to London. She received her first modelling assignment as a teenager and later pursued a career as a fashion model. At a fashion show in London, filmmaker Kaizad Gustad spotted Kaif and decided to cast her in Boom (2003), a critical and commercial failure.
While filming in India, Kaif received modelling assignments and established a successful modelling career. However, filmmakers were hesitant to cast her due to her poor command of Hindi.
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16 July 1983 (age 35)
Katrina Kaif after appearing in the Telugu film, Malliswari (2004), Kaif earned commercial success in Bollywood with the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005) and Namastey London (2007). She followed with a series of box-office hits, but was criticised for her acting, repetitive roles and inclination to male-dominated films.
Kaif’s performance in the terrorism drama New York (2009) was better received, earning her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. After roles in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Raajneeti (2010) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), she received her second Filmfare nomination for her performance in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011).
Kaif’s highest-grossing films came with the spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and its 2017 sequel, and the action thriller Dhoom 3 (2013), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
She followed this with roles in a series of films that did not perform well commercially, but received praise for playing an alcoholic actress in the romantic drama Zero (2018).
In addition to acting, Kaif is involved with her mother’s charity and participates in stage shows. She is guarded about her personal life, which is a subject of media scrutiny, as is her background.
Early life and Personal Life of Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong with her mother’s surname Turquotte (also spelt Turcotte), on 16 July 1983. According to the actress, her father Mohammed Kaif is a British businessman of Kashmiri descent and her mother Suzanne, also spelt Susanna is an English lawyer and charity worker. She has seven siblings: three elder sisters (Stephanie, Christine, and Natasha), three younger sisters (Melissa, Sonia, and Isabel) and an elder brother, Michael.
Isabelle Kaif is also a model and actress..Kaif’s parents divorced when she was a child, and her father moved to the United States. She said her father had no influence on Katrina Kai for her siblings while they were growing up, and they were raised by their mother.
On her father’s absence in her life, Katrina Kaif Stated: “When I see friends who have wonderful fathers who are like pillars of support for their families, I say, if only I had that. But instead of complaining, I should be grateful for all the other things I have”. In a 2009 interview with The Indian Express, she said she was not in touch with her father.
Kaif says that her mother decided to “dedicate her life to social causes”, which led to the family’s relocation to a number of countries for varying lengths of time:
Due to their frequent relocation, Katrina Kaif and her siblings were home-schooled by a series of tutors. Although she is thought to have grown up in London, she lived there for only three years before moving to India. According to Katrina Kaif, she then changed her surname to her father’s because she thought it would be easier to pronounce.
Kaif’s paternal parentage has been questioned by some members of the film industry. In a 2011 interview with Mumbai Mirror, Boom producer Ayesha Shroff accused Kaif of fabricating her history: “We created an identity for her. She was this pretty young English girl, and we gave her the Kashmiri father and thought of calling her Katrina Kazi.
We thought we’d give her some kind of Indian ancestry, to connect with the audience. But then we thought that Kazi sounded too religious? Mohammad Kaif was at the top, and so we said, Katrina Kaif sounds really great”. Katrina Kaif called Shroff’s comments “hurtful”.
Katrina Kaif’s personal life has been the subject of extensive media attention. She is reluctant to discuss her romantic life: “I have always believed that there is life before marriage and after marriage. Before marriage you are termed a single woman and I choose to conduct that part of my life with absolute dignity and discretion”.
Although rumours of a relationship with Salman Khan first emerged in 2003, it was not until after their 2010 breakup that Kaif spoke of it, calling it her first serious relationship. They have remained friends, and the actress credits Khan with giving her confidence and guidance.
The reported reason for their breakup was Kaif’s increasing closeness to Ranbir Kapoor during the filming of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Although this was denied by Kaif and Kapoor, the nature of their relationship was scrutinised by the media because they were thought to be involved with others at the time.
In August 2013, photographs of Kapoor and Katrina Kaif on holiday in Ibiza were leaked by Stardust; the media interpreted this as confirmation of an affair. After the appearance of the photos, Katrina Kaif published an open letter to the media saying that she was “upset, distressed and invaded” by the breach of privacy. She later acknowledged Kapoor as “an extremely important part of [her] life”. In February 2016, the media reported that they had broken up.
Kaif has a close relationship with her family, and the lack of a father figure in her life has given her a sense of responsibility towards them. While Kaif’s mother is Christian and her father is Muslim, Kaif was brought up to practise all faiths and says she is a “firm believer in God”. The Times of India reported in 2009 that she visits Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church, and the Sufi shrine Ajmer Sharif Dargah before her films are released.
Katrina Kaif is cited in the media as one of India’s most beautiful celebrities, and has ranked highly in polls choosing the most attractive Indian celebrities. Katrina Kaif was named the “World’s Sexiest Woman” by FHM India five times from 2008 to 2013, and appeared on Verve‘s list of most powerful women in 2009 and 2010. The UK magazine Eastern Eye called her the “Sexiest Asian Woman” from 2008 to 2010, and again in 2013.
Katrina Kaif was named The Times of India‘s “Most Desirable Woman” in 2010, and was later ranked second from 2011 to 2013. The Indian edition of People described her as “India’s Most Beautiful Woman” in 2011 and three years later she topped Maxim India‘s “Hot 100” poll.
Katrina Kaif is a celebrity spokesperson for a number of brands including Slice, Nakshatra, Lux, Panasonic, Lakmé and L’Oréal. The Economic Times ranked Kaif India’s second most prominent endorser in 2012. Hindustan Times reported in 2014 that she received ₹50 million (US$700,000) to ₹60 million (US$830,000) for each endorsement, making her one of India’s highest-paid celebrity endorsers.
In 2013, Kaif was ranked ninth on Forbes‘ list of India’s best-known entertainers with an estimated annual income of ₹637.5 million (US$8.9 million).
In 2010 and 2011, Mattel released two sets of Barbie dolls inspired by Kaif. In 2015, Kaif became the eighth Bollywood actor to have a wax figure installed at Madame Tussauds in London. She is the first Bollywood star to be featured in Peruvian photographer Mario Testino’s Towel Series.