Katrina Kaif is a model turned actress of British and Indian origins. She is also one of the leading Indian Film Actresses of present time and continues to be famous amongst the young generation. Katrina Kaif was born to Susanne Turquotte and a Kashmiri Businessman Mohammad Kaif on 16 July 1983 in Hong Kong. She has 7 siblings, 6 sisters and one elder brother. Though her father and mother had divorced while she was still a baby and Katrina had grown up using her mothers name of Turquotte, she changed it to Kaif when she got associated with the Indian Film industry, believing the name would be easier to recall. Her mother, a lawyer turned social worker continued to travel across various countries on various assignments. As a result Katrina and her siblings were home schooled. The family settled finally in London and Katrina started doing modeling assignments. It was during one of the modeling assignments that she was noticed by the Londan based film maker Kaizad Gustad who offered to cast her in his English Hindi erotic heist movie Boom. The movie gained a lot of media attention due to its ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Padma Laxmi and Madhu Sapre. The film became Katrinas debut in 2003 and though it was a commercial and critical failure, the movie brought a fair amount of modeling assignments for Katrina. She then decided to settle in India and started walking the ramp for fashion big wigs like Rohit Bal at the Lakme Fashion Week. The failure of Boom had a reverse affect on her career aspirations. She had signed a couple of films but they were recast due to her inconsistencies and more so because of her diction. Katrina decided to work on her Hindi language diction and skills. She was next seen in a Telugu film Malliswari in the year 2004 opposite Daggubati Venkatesh. She was reported to have been paid a whopping amount of ?7.5 million (US$110,000) for the film which was also the highest salary for a South Indian film actress at the time. Though she was not appreciated for the role, the movie was a hit. She then was seen opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Ram Gopals Sarkar. The movie was a superhit and Katrinas brief role got her renewed attention. She also then became famous as the love interest of Salman Khan and was next seen in a Sohail Khans Maine Pyaar Kyun Kia in a supporting role. The movie also featured her rumored beau Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan. The movie showcased Katrina as a suicidal model n love with a doctor played by Salman Khan. She was applauded for her performance and people stood up to take notice of her beauty. People went on to suggest that she had a Disney Princess like beauty. Katrina was next seen in 2006 opposite Akshay Kumar in Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. The movie was a moderate success but she was only considered passable in her portrayal of the female protagonist. Her career prospects, however, were about to change drastically. People had already appreciated her on screen chemistry with Akshay Kumar and the next movie opposite the same lead was Namastey London in 2007. She played the role of an Indian born and raised in London. Her father forces her to marry Akshay Kumar a typical Indian farmer. The movie suited Katrinas accent woes and it was a big hit. The movie went to do good business and Katrina was lauded for her portrayal of a spoilt British Indian girl. Katrina was next seen opposite Bobby Deol in the movie Apne which featured the father Dharmender and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol. The family drama had mixed reactions. Katrina again rose to prominence in the remake of the Hollywood hit Hitch in which she played the role of the millionaire heiress opposite Govinda. The movie was a grand success. She was however still not considered for strong lead roles. In 2008 Katrina acted opposite Akhsya Khanna in Abbas Mastans thriller Race. She was seen in a grey character and was lauded for her acting skills. After the success of the movie, Katrina was again paired opposite Akshay Kumar in Anees Bazmees Singh is King in 2008. The movie went on to be a high grosser, making it Katrinas sixth consecutive hit. Critics were however not keen on warming up to Katrina. Her acting was constantly ridiculed. Things did not help when her next movie in the year Yuvvraj opposite Salman Khan flopped at the box office. Katrina was acknowledged for her performance in New York opposite John Abrahim. The movie was a drama based on the terrorism and the ill effects of the 9/11 attack. She was even nominated for her role in the Filmfare. Katrina started to gain attention of the critics after 2009. Her performance opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani got her favorable reviews. She was lauded for her role of a politician in the political drama Rajneeti which again saw her opposite Ranbir Kapoor and then Arjum Rampal. The movie gained a lot of attention and did good business. Katrina was later in news for her performance in Tees Maar Khan, paired opposite Akshay Kumar for the sixth time. The movies item number Sheila ki Jawani was a super hit and Katrina was compared to another hit of the time Munni Badnam hui fame Mallaika Arora Khan. The dainty lass became a heartthrob overnight with her belly dancing and became a household name. By this time Katrina was established as a leading Bollywood actress. She was also seen in movies like Mere Brother ki Dulhan, Ek Tha Tiger, Jab Tak Hain Jaan and Bang Bang which faired rather well at the box office. The actress has had a slew of box office failures lately including Fittoor opposite Aditya Roy Kapoor, and a recent one Baar Baar Dekho opposite Siddharth Malhotra of Student of Year fame. She would next be seen in Jagga Jasoos opposite Ranbir Kapoor and in Tiger Zinda Hain opposite Salman Khan. Both the movies have generated a strong interest in the audience as the former is with her rumoured current boyfriend and the latter is with her rumored ex-boyfriend. Off the screen, Katrina is actively involved in charitable auctions. As a British citizen, she works in India on a work visa and continues to create ripples in the Bolywood. She is also the brand ambassador for brands like LOreal, Lakme, Panasonic and Nakshatra. Katrina Kaif was also voted as the Sexiest Asian Woman by Eastern Eye, Most Desirable Woman by Times of India and the Peoples Indian edition in 2011. Her popularity inspired two sets of Barbie Dolls which were released by Mattel in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2015 a wax model of the actress was also installed in Madame Tussauds in London.