May 28: Bollywood star Katrina Kaif dressed in black to appear on the cover of Vogue India’s May issue.
In the pictures Katrina looks appealing and oozing with attitude. She was styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania and photographed by Marc Hom.
Vogue India carries Katrina’s interview that highlights her journey into the industry and how she transformed into Bollywood’s hottest star.
Born to an English mother and Kashmiri Indian father, she travelled around the world with her mother and seven siblings, before ending up in London.
“I would look around a new city and crave a big house and financial security. Moving around and learning to deal with new people, it makes you internalise your thoughts.”
Her close friend Ayan Mukerji, director of ‘Wake Up Sid’, says there’s a contradiction to Kaif, “She has this energy. It makes her so lovable on celluloid, but I don’t think many people see the real Katrina.”
When Kaif first moved to India in the early 2000s, she got a few modelling jobs, made friends around the industry, and did the rounds.
“I would go to the ad agencies and get called for auditions. Then she was offered a role by director Kaizad Gustad in the film ominously called Boom.
She recounts: “Meghna Reddy was meant to do it and she backed out. I remember I called Farrokh (Chothia) and I said, ‘Farrokh, I’m not really getting any work, and I don’t have much to speak of’. I still remember, he took the name of a famous actress and said, Even this person had to get around for a few months before really getting work, so you have to be a little patient. I mean, three months is not a lot’. That was his line, so I said okay.”
The first real hit for Katrina was ‘Namastey London’ in 2007, then ‘Race’, ‘New York’, ‘Raajneeti’ and then ’Tees Maar Khan’.
Her item number “Sheila Ki Jawani” became the national craze.
What worked for Kaif was her training with holistic fitness expert Yasmin Karachiwala, who stressed on functional training and Pilates.
“It was about being focused. In the past, I’ve always set targets, but this time, I stayed on track. Now, I’ll eat a slice of pizza, but then I was on a diet for 12 days before I shot for the song. I was at the peak of my fitness, which is hard to maintain. It’s hard work and it’s tedious. In the future I could be heavier again, and I’m ok with that.”