Katrina Kaif Biography – One of the Highest-Paid Actresses in India

Katrina Kaif is a British actress who works in Hindi-language films. One of the highest-paid actresses in India, she has received accolades, including four Screen Awards and four Zee Cine Awards, in addition to three Filmfare nominations.

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Real Name: Katrina Turquotte
Profession: British Actress
Birthplace: Victoria, Hong Kong
Spouse: Vicky Kaushal
Age: 40

Katrina Kaif (born Katrina Turquotte, 16 July 1983) is a British actress who works in Hindi-language films. One of the highest-paid actresses in India, she has received accolades, including four Screen Awards and four Zee Cine Awards, in addition to three Filmfare nominations. Though reception to her acting has varied, she is noted for her action film roles and her dancing ability in various successful item numbers.

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

Kaif’s performances in the thriller New York (2009) and the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) were better received, earning her nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She starred in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Raajneeti (2010), and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) during this period, and found major commercial success in the action thrillers Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dhoom 3 (2013), and Bang Bang! (2014), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films. Commercial success has since varied; the action films Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), Sooryavanshi (2021) Tiger 3 (2023), and the drama Bharat (2019) emerged as box-office hits. Kaif’s portrayal of an alcoholic actress in the romantic drama Zero (2018) earned her the Zee Cine Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Katrina Kaif Biography
Katrina Kaif Biography

In the media, Kaif frequently features in listings of India’s most popular and attractive celebrities. A regular brand endorser, she launched her cosmetic line Kay Beauty in 2019. She participates in stage shows and is involved with her mother’s charity Relief Projects India, which works to help underprivileged children. Kaif is married to actor Vicky Kaushal.

Katrina Kaif Biography
Katrina Turquotte

16 July 1983 (age 40)

Victoria, Hong Kong
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Works Full list
Vicky Kaushal (m. 2021)
Relatives Kaushal family
Awards Full list

Early life and family (Katrina Kaif Biography)

Katrina Kaif was born in British Hong Kong with her mother’s surname Turquotte (also spelled Turcotte), on 16 July 1983. Her father, Mohammed Kaif, is a British businessman of Kashmiri descent and her mother (Suzanne, also spelled Susanna) is an English lawyer and charity worker. She has seven siblings; one sister, Isabel, is also a model and actress. Kaif’s parents divorced when she was a child, and her father moved to the United States. She said her father had no influence on her or her siblings while they were growing up, and that they were raised by their mother. In a 2009 interview with The Indian Express, she said she was not in touch with her father.

Kaif’s paternal parentage has been questioned by some members of the film industry. In a 2011 interview with Mumbai MirrorBoom 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 great”. Kaif denied this, calling Shroff’s comments “hurtful“.

Kaif lived in London for three years before moving to India. At age 14, Kaif won a beauty contest in Hawaii and received her first modeling assignment in a jewelry campaign. She subsequently modeled professionally in London, working for freelance agencies and appearing regularly at the London Fashion Week. During this period, she visited India for the first time after an Asian friend suggested they take a trip there.

Career (Katrina Kaif Biography)


Denotes films that have not been released yet
  • All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Boom Rina Kaif
2004 Malliswari Malliswari Telugu film
2005 Sarkar Pooja
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Sonia Bharadwaj
Allari Pidugu Swathi Telugu film
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Jia Yashvardhan
Balram vs. Tharadas Supriya Menon Malayalam film
2007 Namastey London Jasmeet “Jazz” Malhotra
Apne Nandini
Partner Priya
Welcome Sanjana
2008 Race Sophia
Singh Is Kinng Sonia Singh
Hello Angel Cameo
Yuvvraaj Anushka
2009 New York Maya Sheikh
Blue Nikita/Nikki Cameo
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Jennifer “Jenny” Pinto
De Dana Dan Anjali Kakkar
2010 Raajneeti Indu Pratap
Tees Maar Khan Aanya
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Laila
Bodyguard Herself Special appearance in the song “Bodyguard
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Dimple Dixit
2012 Agneepath Unnamed Special appearance in song “Chikni Chameli”
Ek Tha Tiger Zoya
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Meera Thapar
2013 Main Krishna Hoon Herself Cameo
Bombay Talkies Herself Special appearance in the segment “Sheila Ki Jawani”
Dhoom 3 Aaliya
2014 Bang Bang! Harleen Sahni
2015 Phantom Nawaz Mistry
2016 Fitoor Firdaus
Baar Baar Dekho Diya Kapoor
2017 Jagga Jasoos Shruti Sengupta
Tiger Zinda Hai Zoya
2018 Welcome to New York Herself Cameo
Thugs of Hindostan Suraiyya
Zero Babita Kumari
2019 Bharat Kumud Raina
2021 Sooryavanshi Dr. Ria Gupta
2022 Phone Bhoot Ragini Maheshwari
2023 Tiger 3 Zoya
2024 Merry Christmas Anjali Hindi and Tamil film; post-production
Katrina Kaif Biography
Katrina Kaif Biography

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Composer Notes
2011 “Let’s Party” Ganesh Hegde Ganesh Hegde
2020 “Kudi Nu Nachne De” Vishal Dadlani, Sachin–Jigar Sachin–Jigar, Tanishk Bagchi Promotional song for Angrezi Medium

Awards and Nominations

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2010 Raajneeti Most Entertaining Actor (Film) – Female Nominated
New Talent of the Decade Nominated
2012 Ek Tha Tiger Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Thriller Film – Female Nominated
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female Won
Best On-Screen Jodi (shared with Shah Rukh Khan) Won
2014 Dhoom 3 Most Entertaining Dancer Nominated
Bang Bang! Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female Nominated

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 Style Diva of the Year Won
Namastey London Best Actress Nominated
2009 Singh Is Kinng Nominated
2011 Raajneeti Nominated

Filmfare Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2010 New York Best Actress Nominated
2012 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Nominated
2019 Zero Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Screen Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2010 Entertainer of the Year Won
New York Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Nominated
2011 Raajneeti & Tees Maar Khan Won
2013 Ek Tha Tiger & Jab Tak Hai Jaan Won
2014 Dhoom 3 Nominated
2015 Bang Bang! Nominated
2018 Best Real Star On Social Media Won
2019 Bharat Best Actress Nominated

Star Guild Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 Style Icon of the Year Won
2009 Race Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2011 Hindustan Times Reader’s Choice Entertainer Of The Year Award Won
2012 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated

Stardust Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Breakthrough Performance – Female Won
2007 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
2009 Race Best Actress In A Negative Role Nominated
Singh Is Kinng Star of the Year – Female Nominated
2010 New York & Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Best Actress – Popular Won
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Star of the Year – Female Won
2011 Raajneeti & Tees Maar Khan Nominated
Raajneeti Best Actress in a Drama Nominated
Tees Maar Khan Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance Won
2012 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan & Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Star of the Year – Female Nominated
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance Nominated
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Best Actress in a Drama Nominated
2013 Ek Tha Tiger & Jab Tak Hai Jaan Star of the Year – Female Nominated
Ek Tha Tiger Best Actress in a Thriller or Action Nominated
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance Nominated

Zee Cine Awards (Katrina Kaif Biography)

Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Sarkar Best Female Debut Nominated
2007 Namastey London Best Actor – Female Nominated
2008 British Indian Actor Award Won
2011 Raajneeti Best Actor – Female Nominated
2012 International Icon Female Award Won
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Best Actor – Female Nominated
2013 International Icon Female Award Won
2019 Zero Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Won

ETC Bollywood Business Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result
2013 Ek Tha Tiger & Jab Tak Hai Jaan Most Profitable Actress Won
2011 Raajneeti & Tees Maar Khan Won

NDTV Indian of the Year

Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Entertainer of the Year Won

Other awards and recognition

Year Award Nominated work Category Result.
2013 People’s Choice Awards India Ek Tha Tiger Favorite Movie Actress Won
2011 Lions Gold Awards Rajneeti Best Actress Won
2023 Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish Actor (Female) Nominated
Most Stylish Entrepreneur Nominated
Katrina Kaif Biography
Katrina Kaif Biography

Acting Beginnings (2003–2005) (Katrina Kaif Biography)

At a fashion show, Kaif attracted the attention of London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad. She made her acting debut in Gustad’s Hindi-English heist film Boom starring Amitabh Bachchan, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Madhu Sapre, and Padma Lakshmi. While filming in India, Kaif received other offers and decided to stay in the country; she then changed her surname to her father’s because she thought it would be easier to pronounce. She was noticed as a model after walking the ramp for Rohit Bal at the India Fashion Week and appeared in the first Kingfisher Calendar. After endorsing such brands as Coca-Cola, LG, Fevicol, and Samsung, Kaif soon established a successful modeling career in India.

After the failure of her first Bollywood project, Kaif appeared in the Telugu film Malliswari (2004), in which she played the title role of a princess forced to flee from her murderous caretaker. Kaif received a reported salary of ₹7.5 million (US$94,000) for the film, the highest for a female lead at the time in South Indian cinema; Sify attributed this achievement to her looks and figure. Despite negative reviews for her acting, she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and received several film offers afterward. Malliswari was a profitable venture. In 2005, Kaif appeared briefly as Abhishek Bachchan‘s girlfriend in Ram Gopal Varma‘s political thriller Sarkar. She next featured alongside Salman KhanSushmita Sen, and Sohail Khan in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?, a film she considered her “first real step into Bollywood”. Directed by David Dhawan, the film was a successful remake of the romantic comedy Cactus Flower. For her role as a suicidal model, Kaif received the Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female. According to Sukanya Verma of, “Katrina’s Disney princess-like charm adds to her adorable screen presence”. Kaif followed with her second Telugu film, Allari Pidugu, in which she had “very little role to play and shake a leg or two with the hero”, according to a critic from The Hindu.

Breakthrough (2006–2008) (Katrina Kaif Biography)

In 2006, she appeared in Raj Kanwar‘s unsuccessful Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, which marked the first of her frequent collaborations with costar Akshay Kumar. It tells the story of two like-minded strangers who fall in love despite being engaged to others. A Sify critic wrote that Kaif was “passably competent in a tailor-made role, giving a mild emotional spin to a couple of scenes” but was overshadowed by her supporting actresses. The same year, Kaif played an actress with Mammootty in the Malayalam crime thriller Balram vs. Tharadas.

In 2008, Kaif 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. Nikhat Kazmi was appreciative of the film’s look and action but found Kaif unimpressive in her role. Kaif rejoined Akshay Kumar in Anees Bazmee‘s action comedy Singh Is Kinng, which earned ₹1.25 billion (US$16 million) worldwide to become her sixth consecutive box-office success. However, she received mixed reviews for her performance. Rajeev Masand of News18 found Kaif “an eyesore in every sense of the word” and her acting weak. Kaif’s final film of the year—Subhash Ghai‘s drama Yuvvraaj—was a major box-office failure. In preparation for her role as a cellist, she practiced with orchestra members. 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.” 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.

Up until this point, Kaif’s voice was dubbed over by voice artists in most of her films due to her lack of fluency in Hindi and other Indian languages. Although her films during this period were financially successful, critics noted that she played unimportant roles in them as they were generally male-dominated, whereas her performances were largely criticized. She justified choosing these glamorous roles as part of learning without any goal for a certain kind of film. When criticized for her reluctance to appear in smaller-scale films to garner credibility as an actress, she responded: “I do not believe that you have to take off your make-up and look simple to prove you’re an actress … I’m not going to make a morose film, which no one will watch just so people take me seriously as an actress.” Kaif participated 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.

Mainstream success (2009–2013) (Katrina Kaif Biography)

After a string of films in which she was cast in glamorous, “arm candy” roles, Kaif began looking for more substantial parts. One such opportunity arose with Kabir Khan‘s terrorism drama New York (2009). Costarring John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh, the film follows the lives of three friends when one of them is wrongly detained after 9/11. Kaif played Maya, a college student who unknowingly marries a terrorist. Having faced racial discrimination when she was in London, Kaif identified with the character’s experiences. New York performed well at the box office and received favorable reviews. According to Subhash K. Jha, Kaif was successful as an actress in a substantial role and convincingly portrayed her character’s transition from a carefree student to a tormented wife. A reviewer for The Times of India considered it to be her career’s best performance. New York brought Kaif her first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress. She then appeared in a cameo for India’s first underwater thriller Blue. 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. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised the actors’ energetic pairing and found that Kaif performed well in both emotional and light scenes. Her final film of the year was Priyadarshan‘s comedy De Dana Dan. She performed with Akon at the closing ceremony of the 2009 Indian Premier League at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

In 2012, Kaif appeared in “Chikni Chameli”, an item number in Agneepath that incorporated dance steps from the Lavani genre (a Maharashtrian folk dance). Filming the music video, which finished in ten days, proved challenging for Kaif, as its style was new to her. Rachit Gupta of Filmfare attributed the song’s success partly to her “infectious energy”, noting her “gyrations and belly movements were an onslaught of attraction for the fans”. 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. The film received predominantly positive reviews, with Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis calling it “smart and stylish”. 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”. With worldwide earnings of ₹3.1 billion (US$39 million), Ek Tha Tiger was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year.

Later in the year, Kaif was paired with Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Chopra‘s swan song, the romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan. She expressed her excitement at working with Chopra, saying 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.” She played Meera, a woman who vows 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. News18 deemed Kaif inexpressive on her part and found her struggling in emotional and complex scenes. Commercially, the film proved a box-office hit with revenues of ₹2.11 billion (US$26 million) worldwide. Kaif later participated and walked the ramp in a fashion show that was held in memory of Chopra.

Kaif rejoined Shah Rukh Khan for his 2013 “Temptations Reloaded” concert in Muscat, performing to an audience of over 18,000, and joined Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Pitbull in Kolkata for the opening ceremony of the 2013 IPL season. In 2013, she appeared briefly with Aamir Khan in Vijay Krishna Acharya’s action thriller Dhoom 3. To prepare for her role as a circus performer, she undertook a year-long regimen of Pilates, functional training, and aerial straps. The film received ambivalent reviews and Kaif was criticized for taking on an insubstantial part, though Taran Adarsh found her to be “ethereal” and “moving with incredible grace in dance numbers”. Earning ₹5.42 billion (US$68 million) in box-office receipts, Dhoom 3 became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time until it was surpassed by PK in 2014.

Career fluctuations (2014–2018) (Katrina Kaif Biography)

Kaif’s next appearance was in Siddharth Anand‘s Bang Bang! (2014), a remake of the 2010 action comedy Knight and Day. She played a bank receptionist who is unwittingly caught up with a secret agent (Hrithik Roshan). Raja Sen of disliked her performance, describing it as “insufferable”. The film was commercially successful, though financial analysts observed that it had failed to meet box-office expectations. Kaif’s sole appearance in 2015 was with Saif Ali Khan in Kabir Khan’s Mumbai-based post-26/11 counter-terrorism drama Phantom. To prepare for the role of former RAW agent Nawaz Mistry, Kaif learned some Arabic. Phantom and Kaif’s two releases the following year—Fitoor and Baar Baar Dekho—were commercial failures. Abhishek Kapoor‘s Fitoor is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations in which Kaif played a role based on Estella Havisham along with Tabu and Aditya Roy Kapur. Namrata Joshi found Kaif good in scenes where she dances, smiles, or flirts, but inadequate in dramatic parts. She was paired with Sidharth Malhotra in Nitya Mehra’s science-fiction romance Baar Baar Dekho. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express found Kaif expressionless but praised her and Malhotra’s energetic dance number in “Kala Chashma”, which amassed over one billion views on YouTube. Also in 2016, she joined other Indian celebrities for the “Dream Team Tour”, where they performed in various American cities.

Kaif’s two releases in 2018—the period action-adventure film Thugs of Hindostan and the romantic comedy-drama Zero—were made on lucrative budgets. Despite being among the most anticipated releases that year, both films were unsuccessful at the box office. Concerning the failure of the former, Kaif admitted to having not invested much in the project due to her limited screen time. In Aanand L Rai‘s Zero, she reunited with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma after Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Kaif was initially hesitant about accepting the part of a second female lead but eventually agreed after Khan and Rai insisted. Though Zero received mixed reviews from critics, Kaif’s portrayal of an alcoholic actress earned her critical praise; Udita Jhunjhunwala of Mint credited her for delivering “what could be considered her most authentic performance”. Calling her one of Bollywood’s “scene stealers” in 2018, Sukanya Verma thought Kaif was a “revelation” and her “constantly crying eyes, poker-faced cynicism and wholehearted submission to demeaning impulses underscore the fragility under the furore”. For Zero, she received a Zee Cine Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Filmfare nomination in the same category.

2019–present (Katrina Kaif Biography)

In 2019, Kaif once again collaborated with Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar in the drama Bharat, an adaptation of the South Korean film Ode to My Father (2014). Kaif replaced Priyanka Chopra in the role of an engineer who falls in love with Khan’s character. Kaif rejected media speculation that she accepted the part as a favor for her friend Khan and cited her appreciation of the script. Bharat became one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2019. While reviews of the film were varied, Mike McCahil of The Guardian noted the “well-tended chemistry” between Kaif and Khan and thought “the sincerity in her gaze” helped the audience ignore her character’s questionable choices. Kaif’s only 2020 film would have been Rohit Shetty‘s Sooryavanshi alongside Akshay Kumar, but the COVID-19 pandemic in India caused several delays until its final November 2021 release. An admirer of Shetty’s larger-than-life directing style, Kaif played the wife of Kumar’s character. Sooryavanshi was a box-office success, briefly becoming India’s highest-grossing film of the year. Kaif next played a ghost in the comedy horror film Phone Bhoot (2022), opposite Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter. Reviewers from The Indian Express and The Week were unimpressed with her comedic timing.

Kaif next reprised her role as Zoya in Tiger 3 (2023), as part of the YRF Spy Universe. She considered the two-month physical training to perform her stunts in the film to be the most challenging of her career. A reviewer in critic Roger Ebert‘s website wrote that Kaif “gets to steal a couple of scenes”, in particular a combat sequence in a bathhouse, while maintaining a superior allure with a gun compared to her co-star Salman KhanTiger 3 had the biggest opening weekend of Kaif’s career and went on to gross over ₹4.4 billion (US$55 million) worldwide. She will next star with Vijay Sethupathi in Sriram Raghavan‘s bilingual thriller Merry Christmas.

Personal life (Katrina Kaif Biography)

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. While Kaif’s mother is Christian and her father is Muslim, Kaif says she was allowed to practice a faith of her choice and is a “firm believer in God”. The Times of India reported in 2009 that she visited Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church, and Sufi shrine Ajmer Sharif Dargah before her films were released.

Kaif is reluctant to discuss her personal life, which has been the subject of media attention in India. “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.”

Although rumors of a relationship with actor Salman Khan emerged in 2003, it was not until years after their break-up that Kaif spoke of it, calling it her first serious relationship. They have remained friends, and she credits Khan for giving her confidence and guidance. Kaif was linked to actor Ranbir Kapoor during the filming of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. In August 2013, photographs of Kapoor and Kaif on holiday were leaked by Stardust which were interpreted as confirmation of a romantic relationship. After the appearance of the photos, Kaif published an open letter stating that she was “upset, distressed and invaded” by the breach of privacy. They broke up in 2016. Kaif married actor Vicky Kaushal on 9 December 2021 at Six Senses Resort, Fort Barwara in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Their wedding was the subject of wide media coverage in India.

Katrina_Kaif with her Husband
Katrina Kaif with her Husband

Off-screen work (Katrina Kaif Biography)

Kaif supports various causes and charitable organizations. She has garnered praise from The Times of India for maintaining a low profile about her philanthropic work. Kaif is actively involved with Relief Projects India, a charitable trust run by her mother that works to further the cause of underprivileged children, including providing quality education, rehabilitating and educating orphans, and working to prevent female infanticide. She donates a sum of her earnings annually to the fund and her winnings from the game show 10 Ka Dum and Kaun Banega Crorepati were donated to her mother’s Mercy Home orphanage. To raise funds for a new school built by her mother’s charity in Madurai, she recorded Rhyme Skool (2010), an album of nursery rhymes composed by A. R. Rahman. Kaif has also donated clothes and personal belongings to raise funds for a prenatal care unit in the Claretian Mercy Home in Madurai.

Kaif has voiced her support for LGBT rights and causes associated with cancer and children’s education. She visited the Cancer Patients Aid Association to gift cancer survivors and increase public awareness of breast and cervical cancer in 2012. The following year, she appeared alongside other celebrities in a commercial, produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India, to create awareness about children’s education. Having been active with the Being Human Foundation to help rehabilitate children living on the streets, Kaif walked the ramp for charity as part of the “Being Human” fashion show in 2009 and 2010. In 2018, Kaif was named ambassador of Educate Girls, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports girls’ education in the remotest and educationally challenged parts of India. As part of her role as an ambassador, she visited a remote village in Madhya Pradesh.

In 2019, she launched the #Kare initiatives, a charitable program under her cosmetics brand Kay Beauty in support of various social causes including employment of rural women. In 2007, Kaif joined the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India. Kaif visited sepoys in Jammu as part of NDTV’s reality program Jai Jawan (2011). She also walked the ramp for designer Manish Malhotra and the Sachachari Foundation’s annual charity fashion show in 2016. During the COVID-19 pandemic in India in 2020, she donated an undisclosed amount of money to the PM CARES Fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, a relief effort against the outbreak, and funded small businesses of 100 dancers from the Hindi film industry.

Media image (Katrina Kaif Biography)

Kaif is considered among the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India. Her Bollywood success has sparked an influx of foreign talents hoping to establish themselves in the industry. 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”. Alia Waheed of The Guardian wrote that Kaif “fitted the new trend for a more modern image of the Bollywood heroine” through her Western style. As part of a career analysis, Nivedita Mishra of Hindustan Times noted that despite her initial poor command of the Hindi language and an unsuccessful acting debut, Kaif later took on roles in films that highlighted her “charming and jovial” screen presence. Mishra further said Kaif established herself as one of India’s highest-paid actresses by accepting her limitations, emphasizing her strengths as an artist, and making smart choices. In response to being stereotyped, Kaif spoke of believing in herself and using it as a motivation to do what she likes.

In 2019, Kaif launched her cosmetic brand Kay Beauty in partnership with the Indian e-commerce company Nykaa. It included an array of products including lipsticks, foundations, highlighters, and blush compacts. Speaking to Cosmopolitan, she said her brand aims to defy society’s exclusive beauty standards and promote inclusivity and comfort in one’s skin. The brand which was India’s first celebrity makeup brand at the time, has been praised for its inclusivity and diversity. Kaif is a celebrity spokesperson for several brands including Slice, Nakshatra, Lux, Panasonic, Lakmé, and L’Oréal. The Economic Times ranked Kaif India’s second most prominent endorser in 2012. Hindustan Times reported in 2014 that she received ₹50 million (US$630,000) to ₹60 million (US$750,000) for each endorsement, making her one of India’s highest-paid celebrity endorsers. Kaif was included on Forbes list of India’s best-known entertainers from 2012 to 2019, peaking at the ninth position in 2013 with an estimated annual income of ₹652 million (US$8.2 million). According to a 2021 Forbes India estimate, her net worth is ₹2 billion (US$25 million). As of 2022, she is one of the most followed Bollywood actresses on Instagram.

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