Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif
Kaif at Dabboo Ratnani's calendar shoot, 2013
Born Katrina Turquotte
(1983-07-16) 16 July 1983 (age 30)[a]
British Hong Kong
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003 – present

Katrina Kaif (pronounced [kəˈʈriːnaː ˈkɛːf]; born Katrina Turquotte) is a British Indian film actress and model. She is primarily known for her work in Bollywood films, though has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. She is one of India's highest-paid actresses, and has achieved popularity due to her physical beauty.

Following a successful modelling career, Kaif made her acting debut in 2003 with a role in the critically and commercially unsuccessful Boom, after which she was initially written off. She consequently appeared in a Telugu film—the hit romantic comedy Malliswari. Kaif later earned commercial success in Bollywood with the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and Namastey London, of which the latter garnered her praise for her performance. She followed it with glamorous roles in a series of box office hits, though was criticised for having little to do in male-centric films like Partner (2007), Welcome (2007) and Singh Is Kinng (2008).

The 2009 terrorism drama New York marked a turning point in her career, earning her praise as well as a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. She subsequently featured in more prominent roles in hit films like Raajneeti (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012). She has also featured in a brief role in the action thriller Dhoom 3 (2013), which emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, she has established herself as a commercially successful actress of Hindi cinema.[1]

Early life, background and personal life

Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong—with the surname Turquotte—on 16 July.[2][3] It is believed that the year was 1983, but numerous sources also claim 1984, so the year is uncertain.[a] According to Kaif, her father, Mohammed Kaif is a British businessman of Kashmiri decent, and her mother, Suzanne Turquotte (also spelt Susanna Turcotte), is an English lawyer and charity worker.[4][5][6][7] Kaif has seven siblings—three older sisters (Stephanie, Christine and Natasha), three younger sisters (Melissa, Sonia and Isabel), and an older brother named Michael.[7][4] Kaif's parents divorced when she was very young, after which her father moved to America. She says that her father "unfortunately, and not out of choice, has had no influence on [their] upbringing [and] on [their] religious or social or moral bearings."[5][8] Kaif and her siblings were raised and partially home-schooled by their mother (with the aid of American correspondence courses), who she believed "did a wonderful job."[4][7] On her father's absence in her life, Kaif stated, "When I see friends who have wonderful fathers who are like pillars of support for their families, I say, if only I had that. But instead of complaining, I should be grateful for all the other things I have." She is currently not in touch with her father.[7]

Kaif's mother, at a young age, decided to "dedicate her life to social causes," which led to the relocation of their family to numerous countries for varying lengths of time. After her birth in Hong Kong, Kaif and her family moved to China, and then to Japan. From there, she went to France when she was eight, and thereafter lived for a few months at a time in Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, and other European countries. Subsequently, Kaif moved with her family to Hawaii and eventually to her mother's home country of England. Though it is often assumed that Kaif grew up in London, she lived there for only three years before migrating to India.[8] According to Kaif, after relocating to India, she changed her surname to that of her father's as she believed it would be easier to pronounce.[3] As a British citizen, she works in India on an employment visa.[9]

Kaif's background is enshrouded in mystery; several sources have questioned the authenticity of her claims of having a Kashmiri father.[5] In a 2011 interview to Mumbai Mirror, Ayesha Shroff (producer of Kaif's debut film Boom) accused Kaif of fabricating her history. She said, "We created an identity for her. She was this pretty young English girl, and we gave her the Kashmiri father and thought of calling her Katrina Kazi. We thought we'd give her some kind of Indian ancestry, to connect with the audience [...] But then we thought that Kazi sounded too… religious? We were to introduce her to the press and at that time, Mohammad Kaif was at the top, and so we said, Katrina Kaif sounds really great."[10] Kaif responded by calling her comments "hurtful."[5]

Kaif's personal life, including her romantic relationships, has been a great subject to the media. After years of speculations Katrina Kaif admitted in a 2011 magazine interview that she had been in a serious relationship with actor Salman Khan for several years, which ended in 2010.[11]

Her philanthropic work includes her association with an NGO her mother works for, the Relief Projects India.[5]


Modelling and film debut (up to 2003)

Kaif first expressed interest in a modelling career at the age of fourteen, when she won a beauty contest in Hawaii, and subsequently received her first assignment as a model—a jewellery campaign.[12] At seventeen, Kaif was studying engineering in London, though was uninterested in the field and unhappy with her life at that point.[13][14] She began to model professionally in London, where she worked for various freelance agencies.[5] She featured regularly at the London Fashion Week. Her appearance at a fashion show attracted the attention of London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who selected Kaif for a role in the English / Hindi erotic heist film Boom, alongside an ensemble cast consisting of Amitabh Bachchan, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Madhu Sapre and Padma Lakshmi.[15][16] Whilst shooting for the film in India, Kaif began receiving other offers, and decided to stay in the country.[17] She soon established a successful modelling career there after endorsing prominent brands like Coca-Cola, LG, Fevicol and Samsung.[18] Kaif's popularity increased after walking the ramp for Rohit Bal at the Lakme Fashion Week in 2003.[19] Adarsh Gutpta, executive director of Liberty Shoes (co-sponsor of the show) opined that "her professionalism has been truly amazing [...] it is her uninhibited sensibility that I think makes Katrina the perfect choice for advertising lifestyle products."[20] Kaif also gained recognition after appearing in the first edition of the popular print campaign for the 2003 Kingfisher Calendar.[21]

Kaif's successful modelling stint led to immense anticipation surrounding her Bollywood debut.[16] Boom (2003) was the first Indian film to be heavily promoted at the Cannes Film Festival.[22] However, ten days prior to the film's release, it was reported that pirated VCDs of the film's uncut version were being sold on the black market.[23][24] Boom failed commercially as well as critically.[25][26] Kaif's enactment of a supermodel ensnared in the Mumbai underworld was not well received, with Ziya U. Salam of The Hindu attributing the poor performances of the film's leading ladies to "the vacuity of their expressions."[27] Post-release, Kaif was written off due to her thick British accent, poor Hindi and western features.[28][14] On its failure, Kaif dismissed the film, saying that "I don't count Boom among important happenings in my life. When I signed this film, I didn't know much about India and its film audience. I got to know later that the film had major flaws in terms of script and presentation."[29]

Kaif was later offered a number of modelling assignments,[29] though filmmakers were hesitant to cast her due to her poor command in Hindi; in one such incident, she was unceremoniously removed from the film Saaya.[30] Subsequently, Kaif began working on her diction through Hindi classes.[29]

Breakthrough and initial success (2004–2006)

After the failure of her first Bollywood venture, Kaif took on a Telugu film Malliswari (2004). Cast opposite Daggubati Venkatesh, the film saw Kaif play the titular role of a princess—heiress to INR7 billion (US$120 million)—who is forced to flee from her murderous caretaker. For the film, she reportedly received INR7.5 million (US$130,000), the highest amount paid to an actress in the South industry at the time of release. Despite negative reviews for her acting, the film emerged as an economic success.[31][32]

The following year, Kaif appeared briefly as Abhishek Bachchan's girlfriend in Ram Gopal Verma's political thriller Sarkar,[33] and subsequently featured in her first major Hindi film role in David Dhawan's adaptation of the romantic comedy Cactus Flower entitled Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?, alongside Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan.[34] The film was a profitable venture,[35] and Kaif gathered recognition for her role as a model with suicidal tendencies; Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com mentions that "Katrina's Disney princess-like charm adds to her adorable screen presence."[36] She followed this with her second Telegu release Allari Pidugu where she played a small role alongside Balakrishna.[37]

In 2006, she was paired opposite Akshay Kumar in Raj Kanwar's Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. The film tells the story of two like-minded strangers who fall in love despite being engaged to other people. Though the film met with a tepid response at the box office,[38] Kaif received appreciation for her performance; critic Rajeev Masand wrote, "Katrina [...] dazzles every time she's on screen [...] she exploits the potential that this role provides her, and she ends up turning in an impressive act that is sure to get her noticed."[39] Kaif also appeared in a Malayalam film—the crime thriller Balram vs. Tharadas—which was a profitable production.[40] She played an actress who is arrested by police inspector Balram (played by Mammootty), as a means of trapping her criminal boyfriend Tharadas (also played by Mammooty). Writing for The Hindu, Rishi Raj Singh was impressed with Kaif's performance and published that she is "marvellous" in her role.[41]

Namastey London and commercial success (2007–2008)

The year 2007 brought about a change in Kaif's acting career, when she appeared in four films, all of which were successful at the box office.[42] In an interview with The Indian Express, Kaif opined that her starring role in Vipul Shah's romantic comedy Namastey London marked an important milestone, claiming that "for the first time, [she] had a dominating role" and "got a good response from the industry."[43] She used her experiences in London as a reference point for her role as a spoilt British Indian girl who is intent on marrying her self-centred British boyfriend despite her parent's reproach.[44] Critics were divided in the film itself,[45] though Kaif's performance attracted favourable reviews. Verma mentions that she "suits the role to the T," adding that "the actress brings the zingy mix of her character alive with style and substance."[46] Kaif's chemistry with lead actor Akshay Kumar also generated immense appreciation, with Nikhat Kazmi of The Times Of India describing their pairing as "refreshing."[47]

Kaif with Akshay Kumar on the sets of Welcome, 2007

She next appeared in a supporting role for the Anil Sharma-directed melodramatic sports film Apne, that featured Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kirron Kher and Shilpa Shetty in prominent roles. After Apne, she reunited with director David Dhawan for the comedy Partner (an unofficial remake of Hitch), where she starred alongside Salman Khan, Govinda and Lara Dutta.[48] With a worldwide revenue of INR1.03 billion (US$17 million), the film emerged a blockbuster,[49][50] despite a mixed critical reception.[51] Kaif's final release of the year was Anees Bazmee's multistarrer comedy Welcome, in which she was cast alongside Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Mallika Sherawat and Anil Kapoor. The film received mixed reviews,[52] though became Kaif's second consecutive blockbuster, with worldwide earnings of INR1.16 billion (US$19 million).[49][50] Despite these films doing well at the box office, Kaif's roles were overlooked as the general perception from critics was that the films did not allow "much for the women to do" and that Kaif was "nothing more than [a] glamourous prop" in her appearances.[53][51][52]

The following year, Kaif collaborated with Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy for Abbas-Mustan's action thriller Race. The film follows the story of two stepbrothers-turned-rivals who are in contention of their father's insurance payment. Kaif enacted the role of Ranveer's (played by Khan) double-crossing secretary and the lover of his stepbrother (played by Khanna). Race continued Kaif's slew of successes,[54] though Nikhat Kazmi noted that "Katrina is too pale as the blousy secretary who comes into her own only when she gets seductive with a `Touch me, kiss me' tenor." She was more appreciative of the film, praising its "super cool look [and] testosterone-high action sequences."[55] Kaif was next seen in Anees Bazmee's action comedy Singh Is Kinng, as Akshay Kumar's love interest and Ranvir Shorey's fiancée. With worldwide earnings of INR1.25 billion (US$21 million), the film was declared a super hit, making it Kaif's sixth consecutive success at the box office.[54][50][28] Kaif earned mixed reviews for her performance; in a particularly scathing review, Rajeev Masand commented that "Katrina Kaif is an eyesore [...] her acting so weak you want to urge her to watch everyone from Madhubala to Madhuri so she might pick up a few tricks."[56]

Kaif's final release of 2008—the Subhash Ghai-directed drama Yuvvraaj—was a major failure at the box office.[54] The film narrates the story of three estranged brothers, of which the youngest two attempt to scam money from their mentally ill brother. To prepare for her role as a cellist, Kaif practised playing the instrument alongside orchestra members.[57] Her portrayal of a girl forbidden by her father from marrying her poor lover, received generally positive reviews; Sonia Chopra of Sify opined that "Katrina is wonderful, plays the cello convincingly, and looks ethereal."[58] Despite the film receiving mixed reviews as a whole, its script was added to the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences due to its artistic merit.[59][60]

During this period, Kaif's voice was often dubbed by dubbing artists such as Mona Ghosh Shetty, since she was inarticulate in Hindi and other Indian languages.[61] Whilst Kaif was a part of a string of successful movies at this stage, film critics observed that she had little to do as her films were generally male-centric.[28][62] She also received mostly negative reviews for her acting prowess.[63][64] On her series of glamorous roles, Kaif reflected that her "first few films were really a process of learning [...] [t]here was no target."[5]

New York and other roles (2009–2011)

After a string of films in which she was cast merely for her glamour quotient, Kaif's role in the 2009 terrorism drama New York brought her recognition for her acting.[65] The Kabir Khan-directed film narrated the story of three friends and how their lives are changed when one of them is wrongly detained after 9/11. Cast alongside John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kaif portrayed the character of Maya, a college student who is later married to a terrorist. On her role, Kaif remarked that she identified with Maya as she felt similar isolation whilst growing up in London because of her skin colour.[66] Kaif further opined that she had "played the arm candy in one too many films in the past" and was looking to work in more "performance oriented" films like New York.[67] The film did well at the box office and received positive reviews.[68][69] Critic Subhash K. Jha called the film a "remarkable effort" and mentioned that Kaif "comes into her own as an actress of substance [...] From the carefree effervescent campus girl to the anguished wife, Katrina makes the journey look plausible all the way."[70] New York earned Kaif her first Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.[71] She also appeared in a cameo for India's first underwater thriller Blue.[72]

Rajkumar Santoshi's hit comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) saw Kaif star opposite Ranbir Kapoor as an orphan who is forced to marry a rich man against her wishes.[73] Kaif was generally praised for her performance; Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama mentioned that "Katrina Kaif continues to surprise [...] She scores in both emotional and light scenes," adding that her chemistry with co-star Ranbir Kapoor is "electrifying."[74] Her final release of the year was in Priyadarshan's multistarrer comedy De Dana Dan, alongside Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Sameera Reddy and Neha Dhupia.

Katrina smiling and looking away from the camera
Kaif at a promotional event for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, 2011

In 2010, Kaif first appeared in Prakash Jha's political thriller Raajneeti. The film, which saw Kaif feature alongside an ensemble cast consisting of Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai and Sarah Thompson, was inspired by the Indian epic The Mahabharata, and Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather.[75] Set against the backdrop of Bhopal, the picture narrated the story of a fiercely fought election campaign between two warring parties who attempt to seize power through manipulation, corruption and treachery. Prior to the film's release, the media speculated that Kaif's character was based on Sonia Gandhi; this was denied by Kaif. In preparation for her role as the dynamic Indu, she watched election campaign videos of Priyanka Vadra in order to study the body language of politicians and their interactions during campaigns.[76] The film met with predominantly positive reviews; Rajeev Masand found the film to be "thrilling and gripping," though in one review, Namrata Joshi complained about the depiction of Raajneeti's female characters, saying they are all "destined" to be "pregnant."[77][78][79] The movie received a total collection of INR1.4 billion (US$23 million) at the box office, and emerged as a blockbuster.[80][50] Kaif earned generally favourable reviews for her portrayal; Kazmi mentioned that Kaif is "carefree and camera-unconscious."[81] She also appeared opposite Akshay Kumar in Farah Khan's brainless comedy Tees Maar Khan, as an aspiring actress.[82] Despite overwhelmingly poor reviews from critics, and negative media perception, the film was moderately successful at the box office.[83][84][80] Kaif's performance was not received well, with Renuka Rao of Daily News and Analysis saying that her "drama queen act is performed [...] poorly," although mentioning that Kaif "does full justice" to her highly publicised item number "Sheila Ki Jawani," which emerged as a chartbuster.[85][86] For her 2010 appearances, Kaif was awarded the Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice).[87]

In 2011, she was seen alongside Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin in Zoya Akhtar's coming-of-age dramedy Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.[88] The film narrates the story of three friends on a bachelor trip, and how the workaholic nature of one of these friends is overcome with the help of Laila (played by Kaif). The movie emerged as a box office hit, with worldwide earnings of INR1.53 billion (US$26 million).[89][50] It was also well received by critics; Pratim D. Gupta of The Telegraph remarked that the film is "beautifully scripted,"[90] whilst Mayank Shekhar said that the picture boasted of some "memorable, amusing moments."[91] In addition, Kaif's role as the fun-loving diving instructor was appreciated, with Richard Kuipers of Variety commenting that she is "delightful as the sweet-natured girl who inspires everyone to look in the mirror and do something about it."[92] Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was one of the most awarded films of the year, and received numerous Best Film accolades at major Indian award functions.[93]

She next featured in Yash Raj Films' romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) opposite Imran Khan and Ali Zafar.[94] Kaif was cast as Dimple Dixit, a "talkative" and "unpredictable" girl; she described the role as challenging as the character's personality traits contrasted with her own.[95] Whilst the film earned mixed reviews, Kaif was praised for her portrayal.[96] Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times published that the film is watchable because of "Katrina's live-wire energy wherein she never goes overboard and keeps bustling with vivacity through the runtime."[97] Kaif also drew recognition for appearing in a heroine-centric role in the film, and trade analysts credited Kaif as a major reason for the film's box office success.[98][99] For her performance, Kaif also received her second Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.[100]

Recent work (2012–present)

Katrina Kaif is looking away from the camera
Kaif at the launch of Ek Tha Tiger's first song "Mashallah," 2012

In 2012, Kaif first appeared in an immensely popular item song for Agneepath entitled "Chikni Chameli." The song was shot over ten days and saw her dance to a type of Maharashtrian folk dance called Lavani.[101] Kaif commented on the song: "It was hard work. It was very fast and it was not a style I was used to, but I took it as a challenge [...] I am happy people are liking it."[102] She next appeared in Kabir Khan's espionage thriller Ek Tha Tiger as Zoya, an ISI agent who falls in love with an Indian RAW agent. The film received predominantly positive reviews, with Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis calling the movie "smart and stylish."[103][104] Kaif was appreciated for her action quotient, as well as her performance; Shubhra Gupta of the The Indian Express wrote that she is "an able, animated foil to Salman, her long legs making her leaps and kicks credible," and added that "she brings the right degree of playfulness" to her character.[105] The pairing of Kaif with Khan (her ex-boyfriend) resulted in much hype, and the film was hugely successful at the box office; with worldwide earnings of INR3.1 billion (US$52 million), Ek Tha Tiger became the highest grossing film of the year.[106] [107][108]

The same year, Kaif starred in Yash Chopra's swan song, the romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan, in which she featured alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.[109] On working with Chopra, Kaif 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."[110] Kaif portrayed Meera, a woman who makes a promise with God to end her rendezvous with her coma-stricken lover, given that he survives. The movie generated mostly positive reviews; Rajeev Masand wrote that "[d]espite its many script problems, it's a consistently watchable film that oozes with feeling and real emotion."[111][112] On the other hand Kaif's performance attracted a mixed reception; in one review, Rohit Vats published that "Meera's role was a difficult one and Katrina falls short in emotional scenes. It seems Katrina still doesn't feel very easy in front of the camera and has difficulty with complex expressions. But boy she can dance!"[113] Commercially, the film proved a box office hit with revenues of INR2.11 billion (US$35 million) worldwide.[114] Her performances in Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan earned Kaif her second Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice).[115]

In 2013, Kaif appeared in the action thriller Dhoom 3. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film saw Kaif star as a circus performer alongside Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra.[116] In preparation for her role, Kaif engaged in an intense regime of pilates, functional training and Aerial Straps over the course of one year.[117] The movie attracted mixed reviews from critics, as did Kaif's brief role in the film.[118] Deepanjana Pal of First Post questioned Kaif's willingness to take on the part, and remarked that "[s]he's barely there in the film."[119] Nonetheless, her acrobatic and dancing skills were praised; Taran Adarsh commented that "Katrina looks ethereal and her acrobats will catch you unaware. Moving with incredible grace in dance numbers, she's sure to astonish the viewer with her dexterous act no end."[120] Earning over INR5 billion (US$84 million) worldwide, the film emerged as an all-time blockbuster, and stands as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time.[121][122][123]

She is currently filming for three projects—Siddharth Anand's action comedy Bang Bang opposite Hrithik Roshan, Kabir Khan's post 26/11 counter-terrorism drama Phantom with Saif Ali Khan, as well as Anurag Basu's comedy-mystery film Jagga Jasoos (alongside Ranbir Kapoor).[124][125][126] She has also been signed on for Abhishek Kapoor's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations entitled Fitoor, where she will play a role based on the character of Estella Havisham opposite Aditya Roy Kapur.[127]

In the media

Katrina looking at the camera and posing
Kaif at an event for L'Oréal, 2014

In addition to acting in films, Kaif has supported charitable organisations, and performed for stage shows. In 2008, she took part in Temptation Reloaded 2008, a series of concerts showcased across several different countries. The show, which also featured Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Ganesh Hegde, Javed Ali and Anusha Dandekar, took place at the Ahoy Rotterdam venue in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[128] Several months later, she again joined Rampal, Kapoor and Khan to perform for 15,000 spectators at Dubai's Festival City Arena.[129] In 2009, Kaif performed at the closing ceremony of the second edition of Indian Premier League alongside international rapper Akon at The Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg.[130] She also performed at many awards, Police Show events, concerts and also a performance at Temptations Reloaded concert with Shahrukh Khan, Ali Zafar and Preity Zinta in Muscat in 2013. Katrina performed at the opening ceremony of the 6th edition of the IPL in April, 2013.

Kaif is considered one of the most beautiful celebrities in India—the media cites her skin, hair and figure as her distinctive physical features.[131] As such, she ranks highly on various listings of the most attractive Indian celebrities.[132] Kaif was named the "World's Sexiest Woman" by FHM in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013;[133] and was also described as the "Sexiest Asian Woman" by UK magazine Eastern Eye for three consecutive years since 2008.[134] The actress featured on Verve's list of most powerful women in 2009 and 2010,[135][136] and The Times of India ranked her among the top five "Most Desirable Woman" from 2009 to 2012.[137] In 2011, Kaif was named "India's Most Beautiful Woman" by the Indian edition of People magazine.[138] She is also one of the most googled names in India.[139][140] In 2013, she was the only woman who featured in the Top 10 of the Indian version of Forbes' "Celebrity 100," a list based on the income and popularity of India's biggest entertainers; with an estimated annual earning of INR637.5 million (US$11 million).[141]

Kaif is the ambassador of many prominent brands including Slice, Nakshatra, Lux, Olay, Panasonic, Pantene and L'Oréal, among others.[142][143] She is also the first Bollywood actress to have a Barbie doll modelled after herself.[144] In 2012, The Economic Times listed Kaif as one of the most prominent endorsers in India, ranking her second in their list.[145] For the year 2012, International Advertising Association also named Kaif (along with Salman Khan) as the "Brand Endorser of the Year."[146] She is one of India's highest paid celebrity endorsers; in 2014, Hindustan Times reported that she receives INR50 million (US$840,000) to INR60 million (US$1.0 million) for each endorsement deal.[147][148] Kaif is selective over the products she endorses, and says that she discourages misinformation through her product promotions: "[i]t is important for me that the product I endorse, should deliver on its promise."[149]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boom Rina Kaif / Popdi Chinchpokli English / Hindi film
2004 Malliswari Princess Malliswari Telugu film
2005 Sarkar Pooja
2005 Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Sonia
2005 Allari Pidugu Shwetha Telugu film
2006 Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye Jia A. Yashvardhan
2006 Balram vs. Taradas Supriya Malayalam film
2007 Namastey London Jasmeet "Jazz" Malhotra
2007 Apne Nandini Sarabhai
2007 Partner Priya Jaisingh
2007 Welcome Sanjana Shetty
2008 Race Sophia
2008 Singh Is Kinng Sonia Singh
2008 Hello Story-teller Cameo
2008 Yuvvraaj Anushka Banton
2009 New York Maya Shaikh Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2009 Blue Nikki Cameo
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Jennifer "Jenny" Pinto
2009 De Dana Dan Anjali Kakkad
2010 Raajneeti Indu Sakseria / Pratap
2010 Tees Maar Khan Anya Khan
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Laila
2011 Bodyguard Unknown Special appearance in song "Bodyguard"
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Dimple Dixit Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2012 Agneepath Chikni Chameli Special appearance in song "Chikni Chameli"
2012 Ek Tha Tiger Zoya
2012 Jab Tak Hai Jaan Meera Thapar
2013 Main Krishna Hoon Radha Cameo
2013 Bombay Talkies Herself Cameo
2013 Dhoom 3 Aaliya
2014 Bang Bang Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[124]
2014 Phantom Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[125]
2015 Jagga Jasoos Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[126]


  1. ^ a b Though Kaif has stated that she is 1983-born, her birth year has been quoted or inferred in reliable sources as both 1983 and 1984.[150][151][152][153] Some sources have also questioned the veracity of her proclaimed birth year.[154]


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