The year 2016 wasn’t a great year for Katrina Kaif with two back to back duds – Fitoor and Baar Baar Dekho. But the actress is all set to rule the roost in 2017-2018 with some of the most amazing films up her sleeve. The birthday girl, who marks her special day today (July 16), has always been written about for her personal life and changing relationship status and equations with Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. But it is now that the 33-year-old actress is making headlines regularly for her upcoming films.

Katrina’s performance in her past few films, which failed to fetch numbers at the box office, was closely followed with speculations about her career being on a downward spiral. following the failure of these films to fetch numbers at the box office. As per reports, she had cold shouldered Sanjay Leela Bhansali by rejecting Bajirao Mastani and had refused a role in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani since she wanted to stay away from Ranbir Kapoor. (ALSO READ: Katrina Kaif turns all goofy on the sets of Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai – View pictures)

She chose Bang Bang instead which again under-performed at the box office. Amid all this, there were her contemporaries Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra who were marching ahead with not just some enviable Bollywood projects, but Hollywood as well! Katrina Kaif – the one actress who perfectly fit the bill for a project in the west was nowhere in this race to Hollywood!

Add to it, her much-hyped Jagga Jasoos with Ranbir Kapoor that failed to see the light of the day. However, life seems to be back on track for this gorgeous actress. From being on the verge of being written off, Katrina’s career has been brought to the limelight and saved once again, thanks to her wiser professional choices. Jagga Jasoos, which pairs her with Ranbir Kapoor. has finally hit the theatres to mixed response. While the buzz around the film isn’t too high, Katrina’s performance is being appreciated. This will only add to the excitement to watch her in Tiger Zinda Hai.

Salman and Katrina’s pictures from the sets of the film are already making us intrigued to see more of them and their chemistry on screen. From what we hear, while fans are expecting to see high octane action in this one, the love story between Zoya (Kat) and Tiger (Salman) will be the essence of this sequel to Ek Tha Tiger. (ALSO READ: IIFA 2017 Full Winners List: Ranbir Kapoor’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Shahid Kapoor – Alia Bhatt’s Udta Punjab Bag Maximum Honours)

But that’s not all! She is also the leading lady of Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Thugs of Hindostan! It is yet another big project which might help Katrina’s detractors to forget all about her recent debacles! Her pair with Aamir in Dhoom 3 was much loved and we are expecting the two of them to recreate the magic! While the action thriller saw them woo the audience with some amazing acrobatic skills, we expect them to wow us with some kickass action as Thugs.

Not just Salman and Aamir’s next projects, Katrina is also part of Anand L Rai’s next with Shah Rukh Khan. The makers have been looking for a leading lady since quite some time and Katrina made the cut for this Dwarf film which has had fans curious since quite sometime. While Priyanka is busy with her Hollywood project, having bagged two new films – A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic; Deepika has her dates booked for Padmavati. In such a scenario, Kat’s availability to start shooting for Rai’s film made her a more viable option. (ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra Leaves For Her Birthday Vacay, Ranbir Kapoor And Sonam Kapoor Head To New York – View Airport Pics)

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She has earlier romanced SRK in Jab Tak Hai Jaan and their jodi had got thumbs up from the audience. So it only made sense for Rai to repeat a hit pair for his film. Between 2017-2018 – Katrina Kaif will be seen in some of the biggest projects starring the mighty Khans and that might just be the turning point in the career.

As per recent buzz, she might also bag the lead actress role in superstar Prabhas’ tri-lingual action-thriller Saaho! Post the success of Baahubali, the star has become a hot property and his next film is a much-awaited one. The makers have been hunting for a leading lady since quite sometime now and are still on the lookout. There were reports of Anushka Shetty having signed the film. But we hear that the female lead is not yet on board and Katrina is one of the top choices!

While Katrina Kaif has always been one of the most sought after actresses, these projects will help her cement her position as Bollywood’s indisputable Tigress! India.com wishes Katrina Kaif a very happy birthday and hopes that her winning streak continues!