Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong on 16 July 1964. Daughter of an Indian Kashmiri father Mohammed Kaif and English mother Susanna Turquotte Katrina legally adopted her mother’s last name. This was because her parents were divorced at a very young age and she was consequentially brought up by her mother.
She has a brother and six sisters. A British citizen, Katrina began her career, modeling at the age of fourteen. She was in London, under a contract with the Models 1 Agency and did campaigns for houses such as La Senza and Arcadius, and even walked the ramp in the London Fashion Week.
While working as a model, Katrina was noticed by a London-based filmmaker named Kaizad Gustad. He offered her a part in a movie he was making called Boom (2003). Unfortunately, the movie was panned by critics and fans alike, despite having big names in it like Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff. Katrina then moved to Mumbai and was offered a number of modeling assignments there. Although, she was finding it difficult to make headway as far as Bollywood was concerned, mainly because she barely knew Hindi.
Then in 2005 lady luck shone upon her when she was offered a part in Ram Gopal Verma’s film ‘Sarkar’. She was chosen to essay the role of Abhishek Bachchan’s girlfriend in the film and despite being a small part, she got noticed. Then in the very same year she was chosen to play a major role in the film Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya starring Salman Khan. The movie was an adaptation of the Hollywood hit Cactus Flower and went on to become fairly successful.
Her Bollywood career took off after that and there was no looking back. She was chosen for a number of films, some of which did rather well, while others didn’t. By 2012 she managed to establish herself as one of the top actresses in Bollywood.
In fact, Kaif’s first release of 2012 the spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger opposite Salman Khan was huge commercial success and broke many records. It was also one of the films to reach the ‘100 crore rupee club’ the fastest. Kaif’s second release of 2012 was the romantic movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. This movie too went on to become a big commercial success.