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Katrina Kaif: The School Dropout Who Became a Bollywood Superstar

How Katrina Kaif Overcame Her Struggles and Achieved Success in Bollywood Without Going to School

Katrina Kaif is one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood, but she has an unusual background. She never attended school, started modelling at 14, and faced a flop debut with Amitabh Bachchan. Here is her story of success and struggle.

On July 16, 1983, Katrina Kaif was born in British Hong Kong. Mother Suzanne Turquotte, is an English lawyer and social activist, while father, Muhammad Kaif, is a British businessman of Kashmiri descent. Katrina’s parents were divorced, and she lived together with her seven siblings after her parent’s separation.

As a Lawyer, her mother moved to different countries like China, Japan, France, Switzerland, Poland, and Belgium. Due to this uncertain location, she missed her school and was home-schooled by various tutors. She also learned to speak English, Hindi, and several other languages.

Kaif’s modelling career began when she was 14 years old. Soon after, She won a beauty contest in Hawaii and landed her first assignment in a jewellery campaign. After moving to London, and became a regular face at the London Fashion Week. Her stunning looks caught the eye of filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who offered her a role in his film Boom.

Amitabh Bachchan leads the main role in Boom; Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Madhu Sapre, and Padma Lakshmi were also acted. Released in 2003, it became a movie disaster at the box office. Kaif’s performance was also criticized for her poor Hindi and acting skills. However, while shooting for the film in India, she received many other offers from Bollywood producers and decided to stay in the country.

Kaif’s breakthrough came in 2004 when she starred in the Telugu film Malliswari. She was paid Rs 7.5 million for the film, which was the highest fee for a female lead in South Indian cinema at that time. Then after She then appeared in Sarkar, a political thriller directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Her first major hit in Bollywood was Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, a romantic comedy that co-starred Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, and Sohail Khan.

Since then, Kaif has established herself as one of the leading actresses in Bollywood. She has worked with some of the biggest stars and directors in the industry and has delivered many blockbuster films. Some of her most popular films are Namastey London, Apne, Partner, Welcome, Race, Ek Tha Tiger, Singh Is King, Tiger Zinda Hai, and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Kaif is known for her glamorous and versatile roles, as well as her dancing skills. She has also ventured into entrepreneurship and launched her beauty brand, Kay Beauty, in 2019. She is reportedly worth Rs 263 crore and charges Rs 15 to Rs 21 crore per film.

Kaif is the latest film, Tiger 3, released on November 12, 2023, all over the world. The film is the third instalment of the Tiger franchise, which stars Salman Khan as a spy and Kaif as his love interest. The film is directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films. It also features Emraan Hashmi as the antagonist.

Siddharth Menon

Siddharth Menon is a passionate Entertainment Reporter at IndiaFocus, specializing in the captivating worlds of Cinema, Fashion, and Lifestyle. With a keen eye for the latest trends and a profound… More »

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