Making it on her own: Katrina’s rocky rise to stardom
She has a pretty face, she has a great body, she has considerable acclaim, and she is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Bollywood today. This often leads people to the assumption that Katrina Kaif had it easy. However, her rise to fame and success has been anything but easy. It is only her graceful attitude, and her composed self which leads people to believe that Katrina did not have to work for what she has achieved today. But that is where her real charm lies. She manages to carry herself with dignity, with grace, and with a composure which belies the fighting spirit within. Katrina Kaif is of mixed descent. Her father Mohammed Kaif, was a Kashmiri man who married Suzanne Torquotte, who is British. Katrina is one of the eight children they had together. Katrina has six sisters and one brother, all of whom she is very close to. Her parents separated when she was still very young, and Katrina was brought up by her mother. The broken family must have left its scars, but the beautiful woman manages to keep them well undercover at all times. Katrina’s beauty was not to go unnoticed for very long. When she was only fourteen, she got noticed by an agent, and she was soon earning her own living as a model. She became popular enough to walk the ramp for the London Fashion Week, when she was still very much a teenager. Her fame in the fashion circles went up, and she was noticed by Kaizad Gustad, an NRI film-maker, who decided to cast her for his movie, Boom(2003). Although the movie did not do too well in the box-office or in the critical circles, Katrina Kaif got noticed. In India, her name was buzzing around, and she moved to Mumbai to build her career in Bollywood. This transition was not a very easy one for her. She had been brought up by an English mother in London, and most of her childhood had been spent in European cities. Since her parents had been separated a long time ago, she did not have much knowledge about the Indian culture either. Katrina did a few Tamil and Malayalam movies before she finally got a stepping stone in Bollywood in the form of Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya(2005). The movie was a commercial success and Katrina became Bollywood’s new sweetheart, but her struggle was far from over. She was completely alien to the Hindi language, and it was becoming very apparent. Katrina started taking Hindi speaking lessons, and she started doing more movies, despite negative criticism about her acting skills. She went on to do movies such as Namastey London(2007), Race(2008), Partner(2007), Welcome(2007), New York(2009), Rajneeti(2010), amongst many others. Through all the criticism, and through all the speculations about her personal life, Katrina Kaif has maintained unparalleled dignity. She has quietly worked at all her negative points, she has diligently improved at all aspects, and she has emerged unscathed, as one of the most popular actors in Bollywood today.