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Katrina Kaif
A close-up shot of a woman who is wearing a strapless dress
Kaif at Dabboo Ratnani's calendar shoot, 2013
Born Katrina Turquotte / Turcotte
(1983-07-16) 16 July 1983 (age 31)[a]
British Hong Kong
Nationality British
Ethnicity Kashmiri, English
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–present
Relatives Isabel Kaif (sister)

Katrina Kaif (pronounced [kəˈʈriːnaː ˈkɛːf], born Katrina Turquotte—also spelt Turcotte—16 July 1983) is a British-Indian film actress and model. Primarily known for her work in Bollywood films, Kaif has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. In addition to being one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses, she is known as one of India's most attractive celebrities by the media.

Born in Hong Kong, Kaif and her family lived in several countries before she moved to India. She received her first modelling assignment as a teenager and later pursued a career as a fashion model. During a London show filmmaker Kaizad Gustad cast her in Boom (2003), a critical and commercial failure. While filming in India, Kaif received modelling assignments and established a successful modelling career. However, filmmakers were hesitant to cast her due to her poor command of Hindi. After appearing in the successful Telugu film Malliswari (2004), Kaif earned commercial success in Bollywood with the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005) and Namastey London (2007). She followed with a series of box-office hits, but was criticised for her acting, repetitive roles and inclination to male-dominated films.

Kaif's performance in the 2009 terrorism drama New York was better received, earning her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. She then had prominent roles in films such as Raajneeti (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012). In 2013, Kaif appeared briefly in the action thriller Dhoom 3, 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.

In addition to acting, she is involved with her mother's charity and participates in stage shows. Kaif is guarded about her personal life, which is a subject of media scrutiny. Her background has also been a topic of discussion, with some sources accusing her of fabricating her history.

Early life and background

A woman is sitting next to an older woman in a crowded room. The younger woman is sitting on the right wearing a white dress, while the older woman is wearing a black dress.
Kaif with her mother at the People's Choice Awards India in 2012

Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong with her mother's surname Turquotte (also spelt Turcotte), on 16 July 1983.[a][1][2][3] According to the actress, her father (Mohammed Kaif) is a British businessman of Kashmiri descent and her mother (Suzanne, also spelt Susanna) is an English lawyer and charity worker.[3][4][5][6] She has seven siblings: three older sisters (Stephanie, Christine and Natasha), three younger sisters (Melissa, Sonia and Isabel) and an older brother, Michael;[4][6] Isabel is also a model and actress.[7] Kaif's parents divorced when she was very young, and her father moved to the United States. She said her father had no influence on Kaif or her siblings while they were growing up, and they were raised by their mother.[3][6][8] 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." In a 2009 interview with The Indian Express, she said she was not in touch with her father.[6]

Kaif's mother decided to "dedicate her life to social causes", which led to the family's relocation to a number of 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 at age eight, living for several months at a time in Switzerland, Poland, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. Kaif then moved with her family to Hawaii and eventually to her mothers home country, England.[8] Due to their frequent relocations, Kaif and her siblings were home-schooled by a series of tutors.[9] Although she is thought to have grown up in London, she lived there for only three years before moving to India.[8] According to Kaif, she then changed her surname to her father's because she thought it would be easier to pronounce.[10]

Her background is thought to be mysterious, with several sources questioning her claim that her father is Kashmiri.[3] In a 2011 interview with Mumbai Mirror, Boom producer Ayesha Shroff accused Kaif of fabricating her history: "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? ... Mohammad Kaif was at the top, and so we said, Katrina Kaif sounds really great."[5] Kaif called Shroff's comments "hurtful."[3]

Career

Modelling and film debut (to 2003)

Kaif first expressed an interest in modelling as a teenager when she won a beauty contest in Hawaii, and received her first assignment for a jewellery campaign.[11] She began to model professionally in London, working for several freelance agencies and appearing regularly at London Fashion Week.[3] At a fashion show 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, Madhu Sapre and Padma Lakshmi.[12][13] While filming in India, Kaif received other offers and decided to stay in the country.[14] In 2003, she received notice as a model after walking the ramp for Rohit Bal at the India Fashion Week[15] and appeared in the first Kingfisher Calendar.[16] Kaif soon established a successful modelling career in India after endorsing brands such as Coca-Cola, LG, Fevicol and Samsung.[17]

Kaif's successful career as a model led to anticipation surrounding her Bollywood debut.[13] Boom (2003) had its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, and was heavily promoted at the event.[18][19] However, ten days before the film's release pirated VCDs of the film's uncut version were reportedly appearing on the black market.[20][21] Boom was a commercial and critical failure.[22][23] Kaif's enactment of a supermodel ensnared in the Mumbai underworld was poorly received, with Ziya U. Salam of The Hindu attributing the weak performances of the film's leading ladies to "the vacuity of their expressions."[24] Hindustan Times reported that after Boom '​s release, Kaif was written off due to her poor Hindi and thick British accent.[25] She later dismissed the film: "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."[26] Although Kaif was offered a number of modelling assignments,[26] filmmakers were hesitant to cast her because of her poor command of Hindi.[27] In one instance, Mahesh Bhatt replaced her with Tara Sharma in Saaya (2003) as he found her an "inconsistent performer."[28] Subsequently, Kaif began working on her diction through Hindi classes.[26]

Breakthrough and early success (2004–06)

After the failure of her first Bollywood project, Kaif appeared in the Telugu film Malliswari (2004). With Daggubati Venkatesh, she played the title role of a princess forced to flee from her murderous caretaker. Kaif received a reported INR7.5 million (US$120,000) for the film, the highest salary for a South Indian film actress at the time. Despite negative reviews for her acting, Malliswari was a profitable venture.[29][30]

The following year, Kaif appeared briefly as Abhishek Bachchan's girlfriend in Ram Gopal Varma's political thriller Sarkar.[31] She next featured alongside Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?, a film she considered her "first real step into Bollywood."[32] Directed by David Dhawan, the film was a successful remake of the romantic comedy Cactus Flower.[33][34] For her role as a suicidal model, Kaif received the Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female.[35] According to Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com, "Katrina's Disney princess-like charm adds to her adorable screen presence."[36] Kaif followed with a small part in her second Telugu film, Allari Pidugu.[37]

In 2006, she appeared with Akshay Kumar for the first of many films in Raj Kanwar's unsuccessful Humko Deewana Kar Gaye,[38] a story of two strangers who fall in love despite being engaged to others. According to Sify, "Katrina is passably competent in a tailor-made role, giving a mild emotional spin to a couple of scenes" but was overshadowed by her supporting actresses.[39] Kaif also appeared with Mammootty in the successful Malayalam crime thriller Balram vs. Tharadas,[40] in which Rishi Raj Singh of The Hindu called her performance "marvellous".[41]

Commercial success (2007–08)

Kaif's career prospects changed in 2007, when she appeared in four Bollywood hits.[42] In an interview with The Indian Express, she called Vipul Amrutlal Shah's romantic comedy Namastey London a milestone, saying that "for the first time, [she] had a dominating role."[6] Kaif used her life in London as a reference for her role as a spoilt British Indian girl intent on marrying her self-centred British boyfriend, despite her parents' disapproval.[43] Although critical reception was mixed,[44] her performance was praised.[42] Sukanya Verma wrote that she "suits the role to the T" and "brings the zingy mix of her character alive with style and substance."[45] Kaif's chemistry with co-star Akshay Kumar was particularly well received, with Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India calling their casting "refreshing."[46]

A man and a woman are looking away from the camera. The man is dressed in formal clothes, while the woman is wearing a light pink dress.
Kaif and Akshay Kumar on the set of Welcome; they teamed in several successful films.[47]

She had a supporting role as a doctor in the sports drama Apne. The film was highly anticipated as it marked the first appearance of Dharmendra with his sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol.[48] After Apne she rejoined director David Dhawan and Salman Khan for the comedy Partner, a remake of Hitch which also starred Govinda and Lara Dutta.[49] With a worldwide revenue of INR1.03 billion (US$17 million), the film was a major financial success.[50][51] Kaif's final film of the year was Anees Bazmee's comedy Welcome, alongside Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Mallika Sherawat and Anil Kapoor. Although the film generated mostly negative reviews, it proved to be the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2007.[42][50] Despite her box-office success, the similarity of Kaif's roles was noted by Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka, who called her "unabashed eye-candy", adding that she was "a pretty prop in Welcome" and "more of the same in Partner and Apne."[9]

In 2008, the actress had three releases, the first of which was Abbas-Mustan's action thriller Race, a story about two stepbrothers-turned-rivals who are in contention for their father's insurance money. Kaif played Saif Ali Khan's secretary, who is his stepbrother's (Akshaye Khanna) lover. Although Race continued Kaif's string of successes,[52] Nikhat Kazmi found her "too pale" in her role. Kazmi was more appreciative of the film, praising its "super cool look [and] testosterone-high action sequences."[53] After Race, Kaif rejoined Akshay Kumar in Anees Bazmee's action comedy Singh Is Kinng. The film earned INR1.25 billion (US$20 million) worldwide, making it Kaif's sixth consecutive box-office success.[25][51][52] However, she received mixed reviews for her performance.[42] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN reviewed: "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."[54]

Kaif's final film of the year—Subhash Ghai's drama Yuvvraaj—was a major box-office failure.[52] In preparation for her role as a cellist she practised her playing with orchestra members.[55] Her portrayal of a girl forbidden by her father from marrying her poor lover was well received by Sify's Sonia Chopra: "Katrina is wonderful, plays the cello convincingly, and looks ethereal."[56] Despite the film's mixed critical reception, its screenplay was added to the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its artistic merit.[57][58]

Except for Boom, Namastey London and Singh is Kingg, Kaif's voice was dubbed over by voice artists in her early films because of her lack of fluency in Hindi and other Indian languages.[59][60] Although she appeared in a series of successful films, critics noted that she had little to do in them as they were generally male-dominated.[25][61] Her performances were also largely criticised.[62][63] About her series of glamorous roles, Kaif said that her "first few films were really a process of learning ... There was no target."[3]

New York and other roles (2009–11)

After a string of films in which she was cast to add glamour, Kaif's role in Kabir Khan's terrorism drama New York (2009) brought recognition of her acting ability.[64] Featuring John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles, the film tells the story of how three friends' lives are changed when one is wrongly detained after 9/11. Kaif played Maya, a college student who later marries a terrorist. The actress said that she identified with Maya, since she experienced similar isolation because of her skin colour when she was growing up in London.[65] Kaif also remarked that she was tired of "arm candy" roles and was looking for more substantial parts.[66] New York did well at the box office and received favourable reviews.[67][68] According to Subhash K. Jha, 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."[69] New York brought Kaif her first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress.[70] She then appeared in a cameo for India's first underwater thriller Blue.[71]

Kaif starred with Ranbir Kapoor in Rajkumar Santoshi's hit comedy, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), as an orphan forced to marry a rich man.[72] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, "Katrina Kaif continues to surprise ... She scores in both emotional and light scenes" and called her chemistry with Kapoor "electrifying."[73] Her final film of the year was Priyadarshan's comedy De Dana Dan.[66]

A woman dressed in a white salwar kameez (traditional Indian dress) with her hair down is smiling and looking away from the camera.
Kaif at a promotional event for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, 2011

In 2010, Kaif appeared in Prakash Jha's political thriller Raajneeti as part of an ensemble cast which included Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai and Sarah Thompson. The film took inspiration from The Mahabharata and Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather.[74] Set in Bhopal, the film described a fiercely-fought election campaign by two parties attempting to seize power with manipulation, corruption and treachery. Although there was media speculation before the film's release that Kaif's character was based on Sonia Gandhi, the actress denied this. In preparation for her role as Indu (a politician loosely based on Draupadi), she watched Priyanka Gandhi's election campaign videos to study the body language and interaction of politicians.[75][76] The film received mainly positive reviews from critics.[77] Rajeev Masand found Raajneeti "thrilling and gripping," though Namrata Joshi was more critical and expressed her disappointment over the film's depiction of women.[78][79] Nikhat Kazmi considered Kaif's performance to be "carefree and camera-unconscious" and wrote that she "seems to slip into the high-powered shoes easily."[80] The film was highly successful at the box office, receiving a total collection of INR1.4 billion (US$23 million).[51][81]

Kaif collaborated with Akshay Kumar for the sixth time in Farah Khan's slapstick comedy Tees Maar Khan (2010).[82] The film was panned by critics and underperformed at the box office.[83][84] Kaif's portrayal of an aspiring actress was not well received; Renuka Rao of Daily News and Analysis said that her "drama queen act is performed ... poorly", but noted that she "does full justice" to the popular item number "Sheila Ki Jawani."[85][86] For her 2010 appearances, she received the Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice).[70]

The following year, Kaif was paired with Hrithik Roshan in Zoya Akhtar's coming-of-age dramedy Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.[87] The film narrates the story of three friends on a bachelor trip, and how the workaholism of one was overcome with the help of Laila (Kaif). The film was a critical and commercial success.[88][89] Kaif's performance was also well received by critics.[42] Richard Kuipers of Variety commented that she is "delightful as the sweet-natured girl who inspires everyone to look in the mirror and do something about it."[90] Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was one of the most awarded films of the year and received numerous Best Film accolades.[91]

Kaif then featured in Yash Raj Films' romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) with Imran Khan and Ali Zafar,[92] She was cast as Dimple Dixit, a "talkative", "unpredictable" girl, a role she described as challenging as the character's personality contrasted with her own.[93] While the film earned mixed reviews, Kaif was generally praised for her portrayal.[42][94] The book Mother Maiden Mistress called Dimple one of the more interesting female characters of the year and Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times said the film was watchable because of "Katrina's live-wire energy wherein she never goes overboard and keeps bustling with vivacity through the runtime."[95][96] For this performance, Kaif received her second Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.[70]

Recent work (2012–present)

In 2012, Kaif appeared in "Chikni Chameli", an item number in Agneepath that incorporated dance steps from the Lavani genre (a Maharashtrian folk dance). The song was filmed over a ten-day period[97] and, according to the actress, "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."[98] Kaif appeared next in Kabir Khan's espionage thriller Ek Tha Tiger as a Pakistani ISI agent who falls in love with an Indian RAW agent. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote about her performance: "Katrina is an able, animated foil to Salman, her long legs making her leaps and kicks credible" and she "brings the right degree of playfulness" to her character.[99] The film received predominantly positive reviews, with Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis calling it "smart and stylish."[100][101] Kaif's reunion with Salman Khan was widely publicised, since it was their first film together after their breakup.[102] With worldwide earnings of INR3.1 billion (US$50 million), Ek Tha Tiger was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year.[103][104]

A man in a suit is interlocking arms with two women. The woman on the left is wearing a blue one-shouldered gown with her hair up, while the woman on the right is wearing a gold sari (South Asian attire) with her hair down.
Kaif (right) with Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan at the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 2012

That year Kaif also appeared with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Yash Chopra's swan song, the romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan.[105] 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."[106] She played Meera, a woman who promises God to end her affair with her comatose lover if he survives. Although the film received mostly positive reviews, Kaif's performance had a mixed reception.[107] Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter called it "charismatic and physical", while CNN-IBN wrote: "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."[108][109] Commercially, the film proved a box-office hit with revenues of INR2.11 billion (US$34 million) worldwide.[110] Kaif's performances in Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan brought the actress her second Screen Award for Best Actress (Popular Choice).[111]

In 2013, she appeared briefly with Aamir Khan in Vijay Krishna Acharya's action thriller Dhoom 3.[112] To prepare for her role as a circus performer, she undertook a year-long regimen of Pilates, functional training and aerial straps.[113] The film, and Kaif's performance, received ambivalent reviews.[114] Sonia Chopra wrote that Kaif is "dependably resplendent, a great dancer and earnest in the limited scope offered", though Rajeev Masand noted that "Katrina seems to show up strictly for the song sequences."[115][116] Dhoom 3 went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, earning more than INR5 billion (US$81 million) in box-office receipts.[117][118]

Kaif's next appearance was in Siddharth Anand's Bang Bang! (2014), a remake of the 2010 action comedy Knight and Day.[119] She played a bank receptionist who unwittingly gets caught up with a secret agent (Hrithik Roshan). Raja Sen of Rediff.com was disappointed with her performance, describing it as "insufferable."[120] Although the film was commercially successful, financial analysts said that despite a strong opening it failed to meet box-office expectations.[121]

As of December 2014, Kaif has completed Kabir Khan's post 26/11 counter-terrorism drama Phantom with Saif Ali Khan,[122] and is filming Anurag Basu's comedy-mystery film Jagga Jasoos with Ranbir Kapoor.[123] She has agreed to star in Abhishek Kapoor's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (Fitoor, with Aditya Roy Kapur and Rekha), in a role based on Estella Havisham.[124] Kaif will also appear with Sidharth Malhotra in Nitya Mehra's time-travel love story, and will reprise her role as Indu in a sequel to Raajneeti.[125][126]

Personal life

A woman and a man are standing next to each other and looking away from the camera. The woman is wearing a colourful T-shirt and has a hairband, while the man is wearing a black shirt over white clothing.
Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor at a promotional event for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, 2009

Kaif's personal life has been the subject of extensive media attention. She is reluctant to discuss her romantic life: "I have always believed that there is life before marriage and after marriage. Before marriage ... you are termed a single woman and I choose to conduct that part of my life with absolute dignity and discretion."[127] Although rumours of a relationship with Salman Khan first emerged in 2003,[15] it was not until after their 2010 breakup that Kaif spoke of the affair, calling it her first serious relationship.[128] They have remained friends, and the actress credits Khan with giving her confidence and guidance:[102][129]

He’s had a huge role in my career. There’s no doubt about that. I value his opinion. But as a person, Salman has had the biggest impact on my life. I became friends with him when I was young. And his persona is very strong. If I were to look back and see his impact on my life, it’s been tremendous.[130]

The reported reason for their breakup was Kaif's increasing closeness to Ranbir Kapoor during the filming of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.[131] Although this was denied by Kaif and Kapoor, the nature of their relationship was scrutinised by the media because they were involved with others at the time.[132][133] In August 2013, intimate photographs of Kapoor and Kaif on holiday in Ibiza were leaked by Stardust; the media interpreted this as confirmation of an affair.[134] After the appearance of the photos, Kaif published an open letter to the media saying that she was "upset, distressed and invaded" by the breach of privacy.[135] She later acknowledged Kapoor as "an extremely important part of [her] life", refusing to elaborate on the relationship.[136]

Although Kaif does not own a house in India, she has bought property in London.[137] As a British citizen, she works in India on a visa.[138] Kaif has a close relationship with her family, and the lack of a father figure in her life has given her a sense of responsibility towards them.[139] The actress follows a number of religions, saying that she is a "firm believer in God", and reportedly visits Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church and the Sufi shrine Dargah Sharif before her films are released.[140][141][142]

Off-screen work

A medium shot of a woman dancing amid several other women. The woman in the centre is dressed in a black and silver outfit, while the women around her are dressed in pink and black clothing.
Kaif performing at the Global Indian Film Awards, 2006

Kaif is involved with Relief Projects India, a charitable trust run by her mother which rescues abandoned baby girls and works to prevent female infanticide.[143] Kaif's winnings from the game shows 10 Ka Dum and Kaun Banega Crorepati were donated to her mother's Mercy Home orphanage.[144] In 2009 and 2010, Kaif also walked the ramp for charity as part of Salman Khan's "Being Human" show.[145][146] To raise funds for a new school in Madurai she recorded Rhymeskool, an album of nursery rhymes composed by A. R. Rahman.[147][148] In 2011, Kaif visited sepoys in Jammu as part of NDTV's reality program Jai Jawan.[149] The following year she visited the Cancer Patients Aid Association to gift cancer survivors and increase public awareness of breast and cervical cancer.[150]

Kaif has also performed onstage, participating in Shah Rukh Khan's "Temptations Reloaded" world concert tour in 2008. Also featuring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, the tour began in Amsterdam in June and ended four months later in Dubai's Festival City Arena before an audience of 15,000.[151][152] Kaif rejoined Shah Rukh Khan for his 2013 "Temptations Reloaded" concert in Muscat, performing to an audience of over 18,000.[153]

She performed with Akon at the closing ceremony of the 2009 Indian Premier League at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg,[154] and joined Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Pitbull in Kolkata for the opening ceremony of the 2013 IPL season.[155] Kaif has also performed at awards ceremonies. In 2006 Kaif performed at the Global Indian Film Awards and danced to songs from Race at the 2008 IIFA Awards in Bangkok.[156][157] She also performed at the 55th Filmfare Awards in 2010 and the 2013 Zee Cine Awards, both in Mumbai.[158][159]

In the media

A woman dressed in traditional Indian clothing is looking away from the camera. She has a red bindi between her eyebrows, a silver necklace and is wearing an embroidered red sari.
Kaif at Nakshatra Jewellery event, 2010

According to an India Today article, despite her dissimilarity to a conventional Bollywood heroine Kaif "turned every adversity into opportunity and climbed the slippery pole of stardom."[3] Although she is one of the most commercially successful actresses in contemporary Bollywood, she has received mixed reviews for her acting prowess.[160] Writing for Firstpost, Anuya Jakatdar wrote that Kaif needed to "take on role[s] that actually challenge her" instead of "coasting on her co-star’s box office appeal" and criticised her inclination towards glamorous roles.[161] Kaif's dancing ability is better appreciated, with Meena Iyer of The Times of India calling her "one of Bollywood's best dancers."[162] The actress' Bollywood success has sparked an influx of foreign talent hoping to establish themselves in the industry.[3] In 2013, Kaif was ranked ninth on Forbes '​ list of India's best-known entertainers with an estimated annual income of INR637.5 million (US$10 million).[163]

She is considered one of the most beautiful celebrities in India, distinguished by her skin, hair and figure,[164] and has ranked highly in polls choosing the most attractive Indian celebrities. Kaif was named the "World's Sexiest Woman" by FHM India five times from 2008 to 2013,[165][166] and appeared on Verve '​s list of most powerful women in 2009 and 2010.[167][168] The UK magazine Eastern Eye called her the "Sexiest Asian Woman" for three consecutive years beginning in 2008, and again in 2013.[169][170] Kaif was named The Times of India '​s "Most Desirable Woman" in 2010, after being ranked second from 2011 to 2013.[171][172] The Indian edition of People described her as "India's Most Beautiful Woman" in 2011 and three years later she topped Maxim India '​s "Hot 100" poll.[173][174]

Kaif is a celebrity spokesperson for a number of brands including Slice, Nakshatra, Lux, Panasonic and L'Oréal.[175][176] She is also the first Bollywood actress to inspire a Barbie doll.[177] The Economic Times ranked Kaif India's second most prominent endorser in 2012.[178] Hindustan Times reported in 2014 that she received INR50 million (US$810,000) to INR60 million (US$970,000) for each endorsement, making her one of India's highest-paid celebrity endorsers.[179][180]

Filmography

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 Swati Telugu film
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Jia A. Yashvardhan
2006 Balram vs. Tharadas Supriya Malayalam film
2007 Namastey London Jasmeet "Jazz" Malhotra
2007 Apne Nandini
2007 Partner Priya Jaisingh
2007 Welcome Sanjana Shetty
2008 Race Sophia
2008 Singh Is Kinng Sonia
2008 Hello Storyteller Cameo
2008 Yuvvraaj Anushka
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 Herself 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 Herself Cameo
2013 Bombay Talkies Herself Cameo
2013 Dhoom 3 Aaliya
2014 Bang Bang! Harleen Sahni
2015 Phantom Films that have not yet been released TBA Post-production[122]
2015 Jagga Jasoos Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[123]

Films that have not yet been released = Not yet released

Notes

  1. ^ a b Although Kaif has said that she was born in 1983, her birth year has been quoted (or inferred) in reliable sources as 1983 or 1984.[181][182][183][184] Some sources have questioned the accuracy of her claimed birth year.[185]

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