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Katrina Kaif
Also known as: Kate Turquotte, Kat, Katty Kaif, Katz
Actor • Special Appearances • Dancer
Born: July 16, 1983 in Hong Kong
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Born on 16th July 1983 in Hong Kong, Katrina Kaif is a British-Indian actress, model, and philanthropist. She is one of the most commercially successful actresses in Bollywood and has acted in a couple of Malayalam and Telugu films as well. Katrina was also voted as the "Hottest Woman in the World" by Eastern Eye in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. A British national, Kat, as she is popularly known, has stayed in a lot of countries but eventually settled in India, after her debut film, Boom, released in 2003. After Boom failed to make any mark at the box office, Katrina ventured out to South Indian cinema, appearing in the Telugu film, Malliswari (2004). A former model, she was roped in as the brand ambassador for big brands like LG, Veet, and Lakme at the very onset of her career. She is also very actively involved in her mother`s charity initiatives, which works to prevent female infanticide.
Early Life
Originally known as Katrina Turquotte, Katrina was born in British Hong Kong to an Indian Kashmiri father, Mohammed Kaif and a British mother, Suzanne Turquotte. Her parents divorced when she was very young. Kaif has seven siblings Stephanie, Christine, Natasha, Melissa, Sonia, Isabel and an older brother, Michael. She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to her mother`s home country, England, after the divorce of her parents. Kaif claims she isn`t in touch with her father at all who now resides in the United States. Katrina moved to a lot of cities as a child because her mother dedicated her life to social causes.
Personal Life
Katrina Kaif has now permanently shifted to India on a work permit but she continues to hold residence in London where her family stays. Much to her dissatisfaction, her personal life has always been subjected to scrutiny by the media. Be it her much talked about affairs with Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor or questions regarding her origin, Kat has been controversy`s favorite child. A firm believer of God, she practices all faiths and for good luck, she also visits Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church and the Sufi shrine, Dargah Sharif before her films are released. When not busy shooting, Katrina keeps herself involved in her mother`s charitable trust, Relief Projects India.
Acting Career
Kat got a lot of modeling assignments the moment she kept her foot on Indian soil. She started her career as a model with the ace photographer, Atul Kasbekar after which she received several offers for advertisements from big brands like LG, Cola, Fevicol, Lakme, and Veet. Her Bollywood debut, Boom, which also starred the veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan failed miserably at the box office both critically and commercially. Katrina also received a lot of flak for her inability to speak Hindi. Shunned by the Bollywood industry, she then appeared in two Telugu movies Malliswari and Pidugu, which gave her recognition.

Soon after being accepted into the Bollywood fraternity, Katrina Kaif delivered a successful movie, Namastey London, in 2007, in which she played the role of a British-Indian girl opposite Akshay Kumar for the second time. She had previously starred with Akshay Kumar in the movie Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006), which was a flop. However, her career graph went scaling up with hit films like Apne, Partner, and Welcome.

Although producers` choice for being one of the most bankable actresses, she was heavily criticized for choosing prop like roles in male-dominated films. After constantly churning out commercially successful films, she then starred in critically acclaimed movies like Rajneeti (2010) and New York (2009).

In the year 2012, Katrina starred opposite the king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan in the Yash Chopra movie, Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The movie turned out to be a commercial hit and unfortunately was the last movie directed by the legendary filmmaker. About working with Chopra, she remarked that "he undoubtedly is the king of romance and I have always admired the way he presents his heroines. It was always a dream to work with him and the reality is even better". In addition to lead roles, Kaif has also garnered acknowledgment for her item numbers such as "Zara Zara Touch Me" from Race (2008), "Sheila Ki Jawani" from Tees Maar Khan (2010) and "Chikni Chameli" from Agneepath (2012).

In 2013, Katrina was roped in for another big film under the Yashraj banner, Dhoom 3. Cast opposite the perfectionist Aamir Khan, Kat hardly had any role to play in the third installment of the film. However, Dhoom 3 at that time went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film ever, in spite of receiving uncertain reviews. Katrina Kaif had two releases in 2016, Fitoor directed by Abhishek Kapoor and Baar Baar Dekho directed by Nitya Mehra. Whilst the former received mixed reviews, the latter was panned by the critics. In 2017, she starred in Ranbir Kapoor starrer Jagga Jasoos, a musical adventure comedy directed by Anurag Basu. Her second release of the year was the sequel of Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, which was a commercial success.

In 2018, she played the role of Suraiyya in Aditya Chopra`s Thugs of Hindostan and Babita Kumari in Anand L. Rai`s Zero. In the same year, she also made a special appearance in films like Welcome to New York and Sui Dhaaga. Her other projects include Ali Abbas Zafar`s Bharat (2019), Sooryavanshi (2021), Tiger 3 (2022) and Jee Le Zara (2023).
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Family
Suzanne Turquotte Kaif
Mother
Mohammed Kaif
Father
Stephanie
Sister
Christine
Sister
Melissa
Sister
Sonia
Sister
Isabel
Sister
Michael Kaif
Brother
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Did You Know? (18)

  • It was Ayesha Shroff who suggested Katrina change her last name from Turquotte to Kaif during her Bollywood debut.
  • Actress Katrina Kaif made her Telugu film debut in 2004 with the movie Malliswari.
  • Actress Katrina Kaif made her Malayalam film debut in 2005 with the movie Balram vs. Tharadas.
  • Katrina Kaif has 7 siblings - an older brother, 3 older sisters, and 3 younger sisters.
  • When actress Katrina Kaif was 14, she won a beauty contest in Hawaii.
  • Katrina Kaif was considered for a role in the movie Saaya (2003).
  • Katrina Kaif made her Bollywood debut with the movie Boom (2003), for a role that was initially Neha Dhupia`s.
  • In the movie Sarkar (2005), Katrina Kaif`s voice was dubbed by the voice artist - Mona Ghosh Shetty.
  • Katrina Kaif`s role in the movie Namastey London (2007) was first offered to Priyanka Chopra.
  • For her role as a cellist in the movie Yuvvraaj (2008), Katrina Kaif practiced playing the cello with an orchestra.
  • Katrina Kaif is the 1st Indian actress to have a barbie doll modeled on her.
  • Ileana D`cruz wasn`t the first choice to play Shruti in Barfi!. Katrina Kaif was initially considered to play that role.
  • Before changing her surname to her father`s last name Kaif, Katrina had chosen the surname Kazi.
  • Actress Katrina Kaif is not an Indian and holds a British citizenship.
  • Actress Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong and moved from country to country as a child.
  • Actress Katrina Kaif received her first modelling assignment at the age of 14.
  • Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are pairing for the sixth time in Tiger Zinda Hai.
  • Katrina Kaif's brother, Sebastien (Michael) Turcotte is a Bespoke Furniture Maker. He blogs his creativity online.
  • Personal Quotes (19)

  • "This complex crazy Universe is not running because of you and me. It`s running on its own. Have faith in it."
  • "I don`t let failure or success affect me personally. I learn from them but I don`t let them take over my life."
  • "Everyone has their own opinions and they need to be accepted and respected. When I hear people saying things to me, I listen to them and take anything which is constructive. "
  • "I was always a dreamer and procrastinator. I`d daydream about things I wanted to happen in life. I was always creating things."
  • "Each time I`ve gone through something emotionally hard, I was compelled to reflect that it must be nice for those who have a strong fatherly support from a male figure, who loves you unconditionally."
  • "My last relationship was an experience, which was extremely important for me at so many levels. I`ve gained a lot more maturity, more understanding. "
  • "Some things can still upset you. But that`s fine. I face it. I stare at the ghost in the room until it just fades away."
  • "Life`s going to bring obstacles and tough times, ups and downs. I`d rather go through the journey with a light backpack than a heavy suitcase of grudges and resentment."
  • "“I have a very positive attitude in life. My insecurity, fear and need to know about tomorrow has fortunately eased. What is going to happen will happen anyway. So why to break my head over it?”"
  • "“I will give my life to whoever in need, to any dear friend of mine.”"
  • "“You don't really know how your film is going to turn out, but you can give it your best shot and hope the audience loves it. This has been my approach right from the beginning, and it's helped me a lot in my journey. All you can do is give the film your everything.”"
  • "“I feel it is important not to get overly obsessed and overly carried away with just the physical aspect. There is more to beauty than just the physical appearance. You are also a complete person, and a woman should have an identity beyond just the way she looks.”"
  • "Some things can still upset you. But that`s fine. I face it. I stare at the ghost in the room until it just fades away."
  • "My last relationship was an experience, which was extremely important for me at so many levels. I`ve gained a lot more maturity, more understanding. "
  • "My last relationship was an experience, which was extremely important for me at so many levels. I`ve gained a lot more maturity, more understanding. "
  • "Everyone has their own opinions and they need to be accepted and respected. When I hear people saying things to me, I listen to them and take anything which is constructive."
  • "I don`t let failure or success affect me personally. I learn from them but I don`t let them take over my life"
  • "Everyone has their own opinions and they need to be accepted and respected. When I hear people saying things to me, I listen to them and take anything which is constructive. "
  • "Everyone has their own opinions and they need to be accepted and respected. When I hear people saying things to me, I listen to them and take anything which is constructive. "
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