Katrina Kaif (born Katrina Turquotte on 16 July 1983) is a British film actress and model. She is primarily known for her work in Bollywood films, though has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. She has achieved popularity due to her physical beauty, and for being one of India's highest-paid actresses.
After a successful modelling career, Kaif made her acting debut in 2003, with a role in Kaizad Gustad's box office bomb Boom, after which she was initially written off. She consequently appeared in a Telugu film—the hit romantic comedy Malliswari. Kaif later earned commercial success in Bollywood with the romantic comedies Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and Namastey London. She followed it with glamorous roles in a series of box office hits, though she was criticised for having little to do in male-centric films like Partner (2007), Welcome (2007) and Singh Is Kinng (2008).
The 2009 terrorism drama New York marked a turning point in her career, earning her praise as well as a Filmfare Best Actress nomination. She subsequently featured in more prominent roles in hit films like Raajneeti (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), which earned her her second Filmfare nomination. She further featured in the romantic thriller Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Yash Chopra's swan song Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) and the action drama Dhoom 3 (2013), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, she has established herself as a commercially successful actress of Hindi cinema.