British-Indian actress and model Katrina Kaif — born Katrina Turquotte on July 16, 1983 in Hong Kong — is one of Bollywood’s highest paid actress, and is named by the media one of India’s most attractive celebrities. She started her career as a model in her teens, and was cast in her first movie, “Boom” (2003) when filmmaker Kaizad Gustad approached her in one of her fashion shows. Even though the film flopped, she continued her flourishing career as a fashion model.
Despite several doubts on her acting ability and poor command of Hindi, Katrina Kaif played the title role in “Malliswari” (Telugu, 2004) which was a high-gross movie amidst negative criticisms on her acting. She then went on to play roles in movies like the political thriller “Sarkar” (2005) and the romantic comedy “Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?” (2005), for which she received the Stardust Award for Female Breakthrough Performance.
Katrina Kaif’s commercial success began when she did four Bollywood hits — one was romantic comedy “Namastey London” (2007) where she was the lead actress. She then continued to appear in several movies of different genres, mostly romantic comedies, and have received two Best Actress nominations in the Filmfare Awards for the movies “New York” (2007) and “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” (2011).
Katrina Kaif is also involved in charity work. Her mother, Suzanne Turquotte, established Relief Projects India, which rescues abandoned female babies and strongly fights against infanticide. She has also donated her winnings from the game shows ”Kaun Banega Crorepati” and “10 Ka Dum” to Mercy Home, an orphanage also run by her mother.
In addition to this, Kaif also used her modelling prowess in Salman Khan’s benefit runway show called “Being Human” in 2009 and 2010, recorded a nursery rhyme album (“Rhymeskool”) to build a school in Madurai, and raised awareness for breast and cervical cancer.
Katrina Kaif is currently a spokesperson for numerous brands such as Nakshatra, Slice, Lux, Panasonic, and L’Oreal. She is also the first Bollywood actress to have a Barbie doll inspired by, as critics call, “her Disney-like beauty.”