Come August 15th and the most awaited film of the year will be released. Yes, I am talking about Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger. And given the fact that it stars Bollywood’s hottest property Katrina Kaif opposite hero Salman, we at Koimoi.com thought “Why not dedicate a special post to recognize the rise of B-town’s import Madame Katrina Kaif?” So here we go, taking a quick look at her career span of almost a decade.
Starting with a miserable ‘Boom’ to an anticipated ‘Dhoom’, one can safely comment that Katrina surely has come a long way in an industry where it is so difficult to survive for long! She started her Bollywood career at the age of 19 with Kaizad Gustad’s forgettable film ‘Boom’ along with Amitabh Bachchan and Gulshan Grover. Today, at age 28 years, Katrina is awaiting the release of her film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. During her nine years in the industry, she has always been in the news for some or the other reason- from being infamous as a ‘non-actor’, ‘eye candy’ and ‘plastic’ to being famous as an ‘enviable mega star’.
Like many in the industry, she too has faced much criticism from all. If she was written off by people, and loved and hated by the media, her link-ups and break-ups were also not spared. If some of her films were terrible failures, there were many others that were major box office earners. But kudos to our ‘Barbie Girl’, she has successfully sailed through it all, and now stands tall at the peak of stardom!
Starting off with negligible roles not having much screen time, the beautiful actress has now become the preferred choice of many filmmakers when it comes to playing the lead in a film. Having had Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar as her Godfathers in the industry, she got the right guidance because of which she has successfully made her inroads in the tinsel town strong and concrete. These actors have not only shared the screen space with her, but have also been great fans of her professionalism and dedication towards work. Thanks to these qualities, she has slowly and steadily climbed up the ladder of stardom and fame. Today, she is among the highest paid actresses of the business and also features among the top picks of advertisers for brand endorsements.
Katrina’s last hit as a solo lead actress was Yash Raj Film’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan that released 11 months back. Almost a year on, and her ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ under the YRF banner is already being touted as the biggest blockbuster of the year, breaking all records and entering the 150-200 crore league. The smashing promos, along with the fact that it is an Eid release and stars Salman Khan make ETT even bigger, adding to the already high stardom of Katrina.
The sexy superstar also made a brave attempt by doing two item numbers back to back- first Sheila Ki Jawani in Tees Maar Khan and later, Chikni Chameli in Agneepath. And needless to say, she completely wowed the audiences with both! Her choice of films has been great recently, whether you talk about Raajneeti, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and the latest Ek Tha Tiger. This is evident of the fact that she is serious about making a strong foothold in the industry and is working hard towards it.
She has been voted as the sexiest woman in the world for four times, beating some of the top Hollywood actresses like Megan fox and Angelina Jolie. Not only this, she is also being labeled as the blue-eyed girl of the YRF camp, bagging almost all of their plump projects- New York, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ek Tha Tiger, an untitled romantic film with Shah Rukh Khan, and Dhoom 3 with Aamir Khan. The last three films are among the most anticipated releases in the near future, with Madam Kat playing important roles in all three and the number predictions falling into the 100-crore blockbuster category.
Despite her poor knowledge of Hindi, she has been able to charm the audience with her performances. She dubbed for Namastey London, Singh Is Kinng and all other films since New York (except for De Dana Dan). A careful study of her films will tell you that her Hit-Flop ratio is more on the positive side. A brief look:
- Superhits- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Raajneeti, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, Singh Is Kinng
- Hits and Averages- Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, New York, Race, Welcome, Partner, Apne, Namastey London, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, De Dana Dan, Sarkar, Tees Maar Khan
- Flops- Yuvvraaj, Boom, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
- Special Appearances- Blue, Bodyguard, Agneepath
YRF’s Dhoom 3 is her last officially announced film, although there are talks of her starring in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Bajirao Mastani and another film, a remake of Seeta Aur Geeta.
No matter her films are hits or flops, we just can’t have enough of those beautiful eyes and that pretty face. This lady is sure to rule for many more years to come! What say people??