Katrina Kaif has been a part of Bollywood for almost two decades, with one of the most impressive career graphs as an actress and a star. Along with her ever-growing commercial success, she has also gained critical praise and an impressive list of film collaborators, such as Yash Chopra, Aanand L Rai and Zoya Akhtar. In honor of her birthday, here’s a look at some of Kaif’s showstopping roles:
‘Namaste London’ (2007)
‘Namaste London’ was Kaif’s first standout role in Bollywood. As Jazz – a young British-Indian raised in London – she earnestly depicted the dilemma of being stuck between two cultures. There was a confidence and comfort on screen that we had not seen from her until then. Despite her character’s stubbornness, Jazz was likeable and relatable thanks to Kaif.
‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011)
As Laila, Kaif was bright guiding light in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. She was unfussy, free-spirited in a way that was captivating and infectious. Great chemistry with her co-stars comes naturally to Kaif, but here, it was remarkable to see just how lived-in all the relationships felt, both romantic and platonic. It is hard to imagine anyone else playing Laila after watching ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’.
‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ (2017)
With the ‘Tiger’ franchise, Kaif has positioned herself as one of the ultimate action stars of Bollywood. She performs most of her jaw-dropping stunts herself, and this commitment reflects on the quality of her performance. The song ‘Tera Noor’ from ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is a stunning example of the intensity and physicality she brings to these scenes. Her upcoming film ‘Sooryavanshi’ promises to have more action-packed scenes for us to look forward to.
We are so used to seeing Kaif play flawless, beautiful women, but with Babita Kumari she tapped into a different side of herself as an actor. Babita – a superstar with a failing personal life, was heartbroken, messy and complicated. Kaif nailed the tragedy of her character without ever making her seem weak or helpless. It may have been a supporting role to Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, but Kaif’s performance made it the most memorable part of the film.
Kaif was a sudden and unexpected choice for ‘Bharat’. When announced, nobody could imagine her as the feisty and straight-forward chief engineer Kumud Raina a.k.a Madam Sir. Portraying a character as they age added an additional level of difficulty for her. Kaif herself called this role unusual for her, a strong character unlike anything she has done before. However, she rose to the challenge and played the self-confidence and intricacies of her role fabulously.
BizAsiaLive.com wishes Katrina Kaif a happy birthday!