There is no doubting that Katrina Kaif is among the most beautiful women in Bollywood currently…
She is extremely popular and is now among the highest paid actors in the industry. Nobody thought that the good looking model, born in Hong Kong and raised ultimately in Britain after moving home regularly, would reach the heights of stardom in India.
Kaizad Gustad, a London-based moviemaker saw her at a London show and decided to give her a break in his film Boom. It did not work out as the film flopped. Her grasp of Hindi was exposed, and her dialogue delivery was atrocious.
But she persisted and finally became an actor to reckon with. It delivered a string of hits and she made improvements as an actor too.
Here are some of her earlier efforts:
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Zeenat Aman, Madhu Sapre, Katrina Kaif, Padma Laxmi, Gulshan Grover
Director: Kaizad Gustad
Three models, Anu (Sapre), Sheila (Laxmi) and Rina (Kaif) get involved in a catfight after Anu is tripped by another model. In the bargain a diamond selling racket is exposed and the three girls are blamed for it.
Chhote Mia (Shroff) is suspected of smuggling the diamonds and he holds the three models responsible for spoiling his plans. The diamonds were meant to be sent to Dubai to his elder brother Bade Mia (Bachchan) who is determined to get hold of it. The girls are sent to Dubai and they try to escape. But will the escape plan succeed.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
Cast: Ranbhir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Upen Patel, Salman Khan, Darshan Janwala
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
A free-loader Prem (Ranbhir) meets Jenny (Kaif) whom he meets during a wedding. However, they both have a problem. They both stammer when they get emotional. He falls in love with her but she has a boyfriend Rakesh (Patel). Prem helps them to elope but Rakesh disappears at the station.
Jenny returns and Prem helps in her search for Rakesh. But the turn of events bring a bit of luck for Prem and he manages to convince Jenny about his love for her.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Cast: Hritik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin, Anadna Cabrol
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Three friends, Arjun (Roshan), Kabir (Deol) and Imran (Akhtar) keep up their promise of going on an adventure trip, this time to Spain. The all-bachelor journey throws up many complications and realisations which are compounded by the presence of Laila (Kaif), Natasha (Koechlin) and Nuria (Cabrol).
Arjun has feelings for Laila which is reciprocated. Kabir has a fear about marriage and is willing to let Natasha, with whom he has a relationship, know about it. Imran, meanwhile, has vowed to publish the poetry he has written. The trip further improves their bonds.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011)
Cast: Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan, Ali Zafar, Tara D’souza
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
A fun-filled film deals with two couples who get their wires mixed after one of them has a big break-up. Luv (Zafar) has a bad separation from his girlfriend Piyali (D’Souza) and asks his younger brother Kush (Khan) to find a girlfriend for him. Initially he does not succeed but then comes across Dimple (Kaif) who is willing to marry Luv.
But things are messed up when Kush realises that he has fallen in love with Dimple too. To correct the situation, they call Piyali and tell her that Luv is still madly in love with her. The coast is clear for Dimple and Kush before parents get in the way.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ranbhir Singh, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Sarah Thompson, Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Prakash Jha
The murky world of politics is the focus of this thriller where two families get embroiled in outwitting each other to grab power. Allegations, counter-attacks and murder are all part of the plot as the families war to wrest power.
The central characters and their love interests battle it out before some peace prevails. The tale of Indu (Kaif) and Samar (Kapoor) has a bittersweet end as the latter leaves India for the US again and the former wins the elections.