From Boom`s Kat to Tiger`s Baby: Katrina Kaif`s Inspiring Bollywood Journey

Inspiring. Isn`t that a word we use for social reformers, activists, basically the movers and shakers? How could an actor`s life be inspiring, a young one? Behind the glitz and glamour, behind the silk curtains of the theatre, behind the fixated smile, lies a brazen diva, roughened, hardened and polished with time.

By Ankita Mohanty

Jul 13, 2018  Updated On : Jul 23, 2018

Mocked, hashtagged, memed and sexualized, we put a tiara on her head and gave her a dollhouse. But this Barbie proved she is a G.I Joe.

Ladies and gentlemen, Katrina Kaif.

Stuck on the internet googling Katrina Kaif age, movies, and Katrina Kaif`s best songs? Look no further. Stay tuned till the end to find how Katrina became Katrina Qazi.

Not a daddy`s girl: Katrina Kaif and her Sisters

Born in Hong Kong Katrina Turcotte, was 4th of the eight children. With 7 daughters and a son, it was always a noisy household for the Turcotte`s.

Her parents got a divorce when she was young and her father decided to move to the U.S. Although she never complained about it, growing up without the affections of a father was tough for young Kat. Owing to the nature of her work, Katrina`s mother an English lawyer and a charity worker, had to travel a lot with her family.

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China - Japan - France - Switzerland - Poland - Belgium - Hawaii - London.

It was always a new school, a new semester and new friends for Katrina and her siblings.

Model by accident:

Katrina started modeling accidentally at the age of 14. She continued to walk the ramp for a couple of more years in Hawaii and London, before finally setting her foot in Mumbai. Agencies loved her profile and she was flooded with modeling assignments.

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The Job Hunt:

It was not always La vie en rose for Katrina. Before becoming one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood, Katrina had to face her own share of struggles like any other non-celeb-kid newbie. She literally used to rush from agency to another in search of a job. Discipline and consistency have always been her core principles, ones she truly lives by.

Bollywood break with Boom:

Her cherubic face, hourglass figure and drop dead gorgeous looks caught the attention of filmmaker Kaizad Gustad. His team reached her with Boom`s script and she gladly accepted the assignment. The movie was not received well and she is often criticized for choosing such a role. This one`s not making it to the list of Katrina Kaif`s best movies.

Some even quoted: “It was the first mistake of her career”.

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Katrina`s LOVE/HATE relationship with Hindi:

This was one of the biggest challenges Katrina has managed to overcome with hard work and determination. Her awkward struggles with Hindi are not unknown to anyone. However, she used her linguistic disability and multinational status to her full advantage and started taking up roles, where she had to play the part of a non-resident Indian. Namastey London and New York, if not blockbusters, were decent entertainers.

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Katrina’s cinematic journey in Bollywood:

She starred in a number of movies in 2008 finally wrapping the year with Yuvraj which was a major box office failure. Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Partner saw her funny and playful side, whereas Sarkar, Raajneeti, and Apne were more serious ones.

Also read: Best 5 movies of Katrina Kaif

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Bollywood`s favorite fauji Akshay Kumar proved lucky for her and she was seen featuring alongside some major league stars in Welcome, Singh is King, De Dana Dan, and Tees Maar Khan. Her 2011 movie  Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was a big-time hit and received numerous awards.

From ballroom, ballet to boxing:

Having experimented with various genres, Katrina finally hooked up with a genre which would later give her that much-awaited fame and recognition. Action-Thriller. God bless that lucky moment when she signed up for Ek Tha Tiger. Playing the part of a Pakistani Agent Zoya, she became an instant heartthrob. Phantom, Bang Bang, and Tiger Zinda Hai saw her in some serious action. And just like that...the search results went from `Katrina Kaif hot pics` to `Katrina Kaif best action movies` and `Katrina Kaif best fight scenes` !

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Ghairat gussa chahat aur malal woh

Ziddi ziddi ziddi khayaal woh..

Bollywood`s Alias: Chikni Chameli-Sheila-Afghan Jalebi:

Katrina is truly a `Devils Own`. How could such a naive face melt us down with super-sultry moves? Training for 8 hours a day at one point of time, Katrina has mastered the Bollywood thumkas and jhatkas. From her racy lavani moves in Chikni Chameli to her suave look in Afghan Jalebi, Miss Kaif had men swooning over her perfectly toned body!

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Bollywood and Surnames: Katrina Qazi

This is probably one of the most embarrassing things that could happen to anyone. A country that supposedly got independence wayyyy back in 1947, started questioning her nationality and EVEN her religion.  Without a Khan, Dhawan and Kapoor surname, Bollywood just wouldn`t let her in. Just kidding (or not..). The Indian public very disrespectfully (being its usual self) gave her the surname of Qazi..??

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Katrina was deeply hurt by this and decided to adopt her father`s surname `Kaif`.

Success is not always a roar, sometimes it is a silent effort. Katrina has stood her ground in Bollywood and marked her territory. From the awkward 18-year-old to boss-ass babe,

Ladies and gentlemen...Katrina Kaif.

"...Zinda jazbaat nahi

Haq mein halat nahi

Manungi na haar mujhe hai fateh ka fitoor…"

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