Born in Hong Kong on July 16, 1983 to a British businessman of Kashmiri descent and an English lawyer mother, Katrina Kaif is an English actress who works predominantly in Hindi films and has established herself in Bollywood as one of India’s highest-paid actresses. After her parents divorce at a young age, she frequently relocated with her mother and six sisters. Her career started at the age of fourteen when Kaif won a beauty contest in Hawaii, and received her first modelling assignment in a jewellery campaign. She subsequently modeled professionally in London, working for freelance agencies and appearing regularly at London Fashion Week. Then at one of her fashion shows, Kaif attracted the attention of London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad. He selected her for a role in the English-Hindi erotic heist film Boom as part of an ensemble cast that included Amitabh Bachchan, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Madu Sapre and Padma Lakshmi. While filming the film in India, Kaif received offers for several other films and decided to stay in the country. All the while, Kaif received notice as a model after walking the ramp for Rohit Bal at the India Fashion Week and appeared in the first Kingfisher Calendar. She soon went on to establish a successful modelling career in India after endorsing brands such as Coca-Cola, LG, Fevicol, and Samsung. A lot of anticipation surrounding her Bollywood debut came with the success of Kaif’s career as a model. Her first film, Boom had its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, and was heavily promoted at the event. However, it came out as a commercial and critical failure. Her performance was also very poorly received due to her poor Hindi and thick British accent. Although kaid was offered a number of modelling assignments, filmmakers were hesitant to cast her because of her poor command in Hindi. Therefore, Kaif began working on her diction through Hindi classes. Now after the failure of her first Bollywood project, Kaif appeared in the TElugu film Malliswari with Daggubati Venkatesh. In the film, she played the title role of a princess forced to flee from her murderous caretakers. Kaif received a reported 7.5 million rupees for the film, which was the highest salary for a South Indian film actress at the time. Regardless, Kaif received several negative reviews for this film as well. Her breakthrough in Bollywood came vaguely in 2005, as Kaif appeared briefly as Abhishek Bachchan’s girlfriend in Ram Gopal Varma’s political thriller Sarkar. She next featured alongside Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? which was a film she considered her “first real step into Bollywood.” Then in 2006, she appeared with Akshay Kumar for the first of many films in Raj Kanwar’s unsuccessful Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. Then Kaif’s career prospects changed in 2007, when she appeared in four Bollywood hits. After that her career was at an all-time high between 2009-2014 and then saw more fluctuations from 2015-present time. Regardless of these ups and down throughout her career, Kaif has established herself as one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in Bollywood. She has also won several awards and been nominated for many more in Bollywood including her nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Second best Actress, as well as Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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