At 30, Katrina Kaif can boast of both, a versatile career and a hearty fan following alike! From an unknown British model in 2002 and a flop actress in Boom, to making a place for herself in every filmmakers wishlist, Katrina Kaif today, is definitely the undisputed sexiest actress in mainstream cinema. Leave alone making her mark with some big banner films, the actress has also come along way with her acting skills, her Hindi parlance and her dance moves. Hold on! We are not yet done. Her style too has evolved over the years.
As Katrina Kaif, the hottest property of Bollywood, completes a decade in the Hindi film industry, we take you through her journey, from the lost and forgotten Boom days to the most awaited Dhoom days.
The year 2003, director Kaizad Gustad discovered the Brit beauty Katrina Kaif, introducing her to Bollywood for the very first time with his film Boom. Despite having big names like Amitabh Bachchan and Gulshan Grover, Boom was a BIG BOOOOOM at the box office. But, the film’s heroine with the Midas touch, Katrina Kaif got noticed!
We are pretty sure, Katrina too would like to forget Boom, but hats off to the lady, her first flop move did not kill her dreams. She then took up several modelling assignments in India, slowly gaining more recognition as a model.
Enters Salman Khan (2005)
The Godfather for most newbies, Salman Khan stepped into Kats life like a knight in shining armor. Kats was cast alongside Sushmita Sen and Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya. This was the beginning of many successes that followed soon.
Hits pe hits and superhits
In 2006, the angel face Katrina was paired opposite her lucky charm Akshay Kumar in Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. Although her Hindi sucked (her voice was dubbed), her screen presence was more than enough for the film to become a hit. Then followed superhits like Namastey London, Partner and Welcome in 2007. Katrina was no longer just a pretty face.
Even on the modelling front, the actress was most sought after as a celebrity show stopper. Her style too, upgraded to glamorous.
2008 was a breakthrough year for the pretty actress. She starred in films like Race, Singh is Kinng and Yuvraaj. The actress started making her presence felt in the news too, for good and bad reasons. That very year, for the first time, Katrina was voted the sexiest woman in a poll conducted by Men’s lifestyle magazine FHM. She was also the most searched Bollywood star in Google.
By the way, in a short span of 10 years, Kats has been voted the Sexiest Woman in the world, four times, beating the likes of actresses including Megan fox and Angelina Jolie.
Meanwhile, there was no relief from the critic front. She was continued to be ridiculed for her inability to speak Hindi, for being a non-actor, just an eye candy and plastic. But, the actress did have well wishers too. She was praised for her hard-working streak.
2009, Katrina decided to refuse anyone who dubbed for her, using her own voice in films there after, her first being New York. That year, the Katrina barbie doll was launched too.
Enters Ranbir Kapoor
The same year, Katrina was cast opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani. Meanwhile, rumors about her breakup with Salman Khan and link up with Ranbir Kapoor, were doing rounds.
2010, the year that almost established Katrina Kaif as an actress
With the release of the political thriller film Raajneeti, Katrina Kaif finally started to see the reaps of her hard work and sincerity. She was given a thumbs up for her performance by the same people who once criticized her. That very year, Tees Maar Khan released. The film was a big dud but Katrina’s Sheila Ki Jawani will be remembered forever.
The year 2011 was super successful too
This year saw the release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which made Katrina one among the highest paid actresses of Bollywood. With her performance in ZNMD, it was evident that Kats is here to stay for a very long time now. Her choice of films also improved, and she has been on a dream run ever since then. Everyone wants a piece of Katrina.
Meanwhile, Kat’s large earnings came under scrutiny with an unannounced raid by the IT department. The actress however chose to maintain a dignified silence about her personal life.
2012 was a fairytale to Katrina Kaif
She starred opposite 2 among the 3 biggest Khans in Bollywood. Ek Tha Tiger saw the actress opposite Salman, while in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Kats was paired opposite Shahrukh. And both were blockbusters.
Battling competition from established actresses, peers and newcomers, Katrina has managed to keep her positioning in the top bracket, intact. Her 10 year celebrations are all set to peak with DHOOM 3 opposite the 3rd biggest Khan Aamir, this December.
… And now we know why there has been no brouhaha around Kats one decade completion in Bollywood. Probably, DHOOM 3 will do the talking.