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Katrina Kaif
Born Katrina Turquotte
16 July 1980 (1980-07-16) (age 29)
Hong Kong
Occupation Model, Actress
Years active 2002 – present

Katrina Kaif (Hindi: कैटरीना कैफ, Urdu: كترينا كيف) (born Katrina Turquotte[1] on 16 July 1984) is a Anglo Indian actress and model who has appeared in Bollywood, Telugu and Malayalam films. Today, with 17 films to her credit, she is India’s most searched-for celebrity, according to Google; the country’s sexiest woman, according to the lads’ magazines FHM and Maxim; and the sub-continent’s most bankable female lead, according to the past year’s box-office receipts. Her A-list status was confirmed earlier this year when Mattel, the toymaker, said that a forthcoming Barbie doll would be modelled on Miss Kaif[1]. Katrina Kaif is active in various charities[2] and often visits orphanages and hospitals.[3]

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Early life

Kaif was born in Hong Kong[2] to a Muslim Kashmiri father,[3] Mohammed Kaif, and a British mother, Suzzane Turquotte.[4] Her mother, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer but later became involved in charity work. Her parents separated when Kaif was very young. Kaif has seven siblings. She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to her mother's home country, England.

Career

At the age of fourteen she was approached by an agent and she began modeling; 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.[2]

Kaif's London modeling-work led her to discover 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.[5]

Kaif saw success with the 2005 film Sarkar where she played the bit part of Abhishek Bachchan's girlfriend. Her next release, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), where she was paired opposite Salman Khan, earned her the Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award.

In 2007, Kaif appeared in the hit movie Namastey London, wherein she starred as a British-Indian girl alongside Akshay Kumar for the second time after the box office dud Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006). Since then, she had appeared in a series of box office hits that include Apne, Partner and Welcome.[6]

2008 saw her play a negative 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. Upon release 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[7], 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.[4],[5]

Kaif's first release for 2009, New York, with John Abraham was a critical and commercial success.[8] Kaif's performance was highly appreciated with the critic Taran Adarsh writing, "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."[9] She next appeared in a bit role as a biker chick in the multi-starrer action film Blue, popularly known as India's first underwater thriller,[10] which was also a hit, but crashed in the end, but still appears in the top 10 list of 2009.[11] 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 big hits at the box office. In the year 2010, she has the much awaited 'Rajneeti' with Ajay Devgan. In the film, her role is said to be based on the life of Sonia Gandhi.

In the media

She has been dating actor Salman Khan since 2003. [12]. Kaif was voted Asia's Sexiest woman in 2008 and 2009[6] by the UK-based publication Eastern Eye and was also the most searched celebrity of 2008 and 2009 [7]on Google India.[13] Kaif has also appeared twice on the Reality Show 10 Ka Dum, along with Akshay Kumar to promote her film Singh Is Kinng in August 2008[8], and with Neil Nitin Mukesh for the promotion of her film New York in June 2009.[14] Kaif appeared on the singing talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with Salman Khan to promote her film Yuvvraaj.[15] Kaif is the model for Mattel's Bollywood Barbie, which has been released in September 2009.[16]

Awards

Nominated

  • 2005: Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Debut, Sarkar
  • 2008: IIFA Award for Best Actress, Race
  • 2009: Apsara Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role, Race
  • 2009: IIFA Award for Best Actress, Singh Is Kinng
  • 2009: Stardust Award for Star Of The Year, Singh Is Kinng
  • 2009: Stardust Award for Best Actress In A Negative Role, Race
  • 2010: Screen Award for Best Actor In Popular Category, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
  • 2010: Screen Award for Best Actor In Popular Category, New York

Winner

Honors and Achievements

  • 2005: Face of the Year at Lakme India Fashion Week
  • 2005: Voted Most Luscious Lips in the Film Industry
  • 2008: Most searched Indian celebrity on Google[11]
  • 2008: Voted Sexiest Woman Alive by FHM India
  • 2009: Ranked 48 on Most Desired Woman List by Askmen.com[12]
  • 2009: India’s First Barbie Doll by Mattel[13]
  • 2009: Most Googled celebrity in India leaving Michael Jackson behind
  • 2009: Voted Asia's Sexiest Women by FHM India
  • 2009: Voted by No.1 Hot & Sexy Herione by Filmfare
  • 2009: Most Searched Celebrity on Bollywood Hungama[14]
  • 2009: Voted Most Desirable Woman on ZOOM's 50 Most Desirable poll[15]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boom Rina Kaif/Popdi Chinchpokli
2004 Malliswari Princess Malliswari Telugu film
2005 Sarkar Pooja
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya Sonia
Allari Pidugu Shwetha Telugu film
2006 Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye Jia A. Yashvardhan
Balram vs. Taradas Supriya Malayalam film
2007 Namastey London Jasmeet Malhotra (Jazz)
Apne Nandini
Partner Priya Jaisingh
Welcome Sanjana Shetty
2008 Race Sophia
Singh Is Kinng Sonia
Hello The Storyteller/God Special appearance
Yuvvraaj Anushka Banton
2009 New York Maya
Blue Nikki Special appearance
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Jennifer (Jenny) Opposite Ranbir Kapoor
De Dana Dan Anjali Kakkad
2010 Rajneeti Post-Production
London Main Kya Hua? Filming
2011 Rock Star Announced
Singh is Kinng 2 Sonia Announced

References

  1. ^ "Actors who changed their names". Hindustan Times. http://www.hindustantimes.com/photos-news/photo-story-news/actorswhochangedtheirname/Article4.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  2. ^ a b Pathiyan, Priya. "'I'm not involved with Salman Khan'". Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/40363538.cms. Retrieved 2003-03-16.  
  3. ^ ""I can speak Hindi fluently but my accent is not that perfect. But in time I can achieve it"". Bollywood Hungama. http://indiafm-live.indiafm.com/features/2007/03/20/2412/index.html. Retrieved 2009-11-02.  
  4. ^ "Katrina misses her dad badly". OneIndia. http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/news/2009/katrina-misses-dad-150709.html. Retrieved 2009-11-02.  
  5. ^ Krishna, Kaavya. "Katrina Kaif Profile - Sify.com". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/bollywood/fullstory.php?id=14488878&page=3. Retrieved 2009-07-07.  
  6. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxOffice India.com. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=214&catName=MjAwNw==.  
  7. ^ "Box Office 2008". BoxOfficeIndia.com. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=215&catName=MjAwOA==.  
  8. ^ Tuteja, Joginder. ""New York's super-success has surprised me" - Kabir Khan". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/features/2009/07/01/5277/index.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  
  9. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Bollywood Hungama Review: New York". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/review/13830/index.html. Retrieved 2009-06-26.  
  10. ^ IANS. "Gear up for India’s first underwater thriller in ‘Blue’". Thaindian News. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/gear-up-for-indias-first-underwater-thriller-in-blue-ians-preview_100260866.html. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  11. ^ "Blue Has Good First Week All The Best Steady". Boxofficeindia.Com. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/boxdetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=1231&nCat=box_office_report. Retrieved 2009-10-24.  
  12. ^ Menon, Sita (July 21, 2003). "Katrina's beautiful, and she knows it". http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/jul/22katrina.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-26.  
  13. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network. "Katrina voted Sexiest Asian Woman; also most searched person on Google". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/2008/12/11/12303/index.html. Retrieved 2008-12-11.  
  14. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network. "Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh on 10 Ka Dum". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/slideshow/2009/06/16/410/index.html. Retrieved 2009-06-16.  
  15. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network. "Salman & Katrina burn the dance floor at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/features/2008/11/06/4478/index.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06.  
  16. ^ Van Deven, Mandy. "Bollywood Barbie". Bitch Magazine. http://bitchmagazine.org/post/bollywood-barbie%C2%AE. Retrieved 2009-05-05.  
  17. ^ "Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif among Rajiv Gandhi Awards winners". New Kerala. http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-95768.html. Retrieved 2009-08-19.  

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Katrina Kaif
Born 16 July 1984 (1984-07-16) (age 26)
Hong Kong
Nationality British Indian
Ethnicity Kashmiri
Occupation Model, Actress
Years active 2003 – present

Katrina Kaif (Kashmiri: क़त्रीना कैफ़ (Devanagari), قطرینہ کیف (Nastaleeq)) (born 16 July 1984) is an actress and former model who appears in Indian films, mainly in the Hindi-language film industry.[1][2] She has also appeared in Telugu, and Malayalam films.

Contents

Early life

Kaif was born in Hong Kong[3] to an Indian Kashmiri father,[4][5][6] Mohammed Kaif, and an English mother, Suzanne Turquotte[7], both of whom are British citizens. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Kaif has seven siblings. She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to her mother's home country, England.

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.[3]

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.[8][9]

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, Partner, and Welcome.[10]

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[11], 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.[12][13]

Kaif's first release for 2009, New York, with John Abraham, was a critical and commercial success.[14] 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."[15]

She next played a bit role as a biker chick in the multi-starrer action film Blue, popularly known as India's first underwater thriller,[16] which performed decently at the box office.[17] The film was not successful.

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.[18] She is currently filming Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar. The film is set to be released on 24 December 2010.[19] Her popularity led her to be named as one of Bollywood's six top actresses in a September 2010 article, alongside actresses Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Deepika Padukone and Kangna Ranaut.[20]

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

Nominated

Winner

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boom Rina Kaif/Popdi Chinchpokli
2004 Malliswari Princess Malliswari Telugu film
2005 Sarkar Pooja
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya Sonia
Allari Pidugu Shwetha Telugu film
2006 Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye Jia A. Yashvardhan
Balram vs. Taradas Supriya Malayalam film
2007 Namastey London Jasmeet Malhotra (Jazz)
Apne Nandini
Partner Priya Jaisingh
Welcome Sanjana Shetty
2008 Race Sophia
Singh Is Kinng Sonia
Hello The Storyteller/God Cameo
Yuvvraaj Anushka Banton
2009 New York Maya Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Blue Nikki Cameo
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Jennifer (Jenny)
De Dana Dan Anjali Kakkad
2010 Raajneeti Indu Pratap[23]
Tees Maar Khan Anya Filming[24]
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Filming
Dostana 2 Pre-Production
Aasman Nikki Malhotra Announced

References

  1. ^ "UK-Indian actress lands role in Bollywood film 'Veer'". The Indian Express. 28 April 2009. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ukindian-actress-lands-role-in-bollywood-fi/452098/. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  2. ^ Dhingra, Deepali (18 August 2009). "The Kat's out of the bag!". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/The-Kats-out-of-the-bag/articleshow/4901960.cms. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  3. ^ a b Pathiyan, Priya. "'I'm not involved with Salman Khan'". Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/40363538.cms. Retrieved 2003-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Cine blitz, Volume 29, Issue 2". Blitz Publications. http://books.google.com/books?id=AUkqAAAAYAAJ&q=katrina+kaif+indian+name+kashmiri&dq=katrina+kaif+indian+name+kashmiri&hl=en&ei=OMqvTPTSNsP48Aau1aGeCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAA. 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." 
  5. ^ "Parvéz Dewân's Jammû, Kashmîr, and Ladâkh: Kashmîr". Manas Publications. http://books.google.com/books?id=fF0wAQAAIAAJ&q=katrina+kaif+kashmiri&dq=katrina+kaif+kashmiri&hl=en&ei=MK-qTIDbHcH38AawsJWwCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA. 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." 
  6. ^ "India today, Volume 27". Thomson Living Media India Ltd.. http://books.google.com/books?id=FFJDAAAAYAAJ&q=katrina+kaif+kashmiri&dq=katrina+kaif+kashmiri&hl=en&ei=MK-qTIDbHcH38AawsJWwCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAg. Retrieved 2007–03–25. "Half-Kashmiri. half-Brit. Kaif is one of three leading ladies (besides Madhu Sapre and Salman Rushdie's muse Padma ..." 
  7. ^ "Katrina misses her dad badly". Oneindia. http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/news/2009/katrina-misses-dad-150709.html. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  8. ^ Krishna, Kaavya. "Katrina Kaif Profile - Sify.com". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/bollywood/fullstory.php?id=14488878&page=3. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Katrina kaif new and promotion of 'Raajneeti' pics.". http://www.timescontent.com/tss/showcase/virtual/photos/93/Katrina-Kaif/1/d/Katrina_Kaif.html. 
  10. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxOffice India.com. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=214&catName=MjAwNw==. 
  11. ^ "Box Office 2008". BoxOfficeIndia.com. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=215&catName=MjAwOA==. 
  12. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/article/44967.html
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Katrina Kaif". timescontent.com. http://www.timescontent.com/tss/showcase/virtual/photos/93/Katrina-Kaif/1/d/Katrina_Kaif.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  15. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Bollywood Hungama Review: New York". Bollywood Hungama. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/review/13830/index.html. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  16. ^ IANS. "Gear up for India’s first underwater thriller in ‘Blue’". Thaindian News. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/gear-up-for-indias-first-underwater-thriller-in-blue-ians-preview_100260866.html. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  17. ^ "Blue Has Good First Week All The Best Steady". Boxofficeindia.Com. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/boxdetail.php?page=shownews&articleid=1231&nCat=box_office_report. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  18. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/cast/13904/index.html
  19. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/2010/02/15/13771/index.html
  20. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/features/2010/09/06/6617/
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ "Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif among Rajiv Gandhi Awards winners". New Kerala. http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-95768.html. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  23. ^ http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/previews/2010/raajneeti-movie-preview-050310.html Retrieved 05 Mar. 2010
  24. ^ Iyer, Meena (2010-04-20). - Bollywood&sectid=30&contentid=2010042020100420185041487b81ca0bd "No competition with Bebo: Kat". Mumbai Mirror. http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?Page=article&sectname=Entertainment - Bollywood&sectid=30&contentid=2010042020100420185041487b81ca0bd. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 

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