Men swear by this curvaceous lass. The women envy her. While Katrina Kaif , the glam world's latest favourite person, just immerses herself in her work, says Priya Pathiyan
Katrina Kaif. At 19, she's worked with the likes of Kaizad Gustad (the soon to be released film Boom), Mahesh Mathai and Sandeep Chowta (for the popular Mitti music video) and is currently doing commercials for big buck multinationals LG, Samsung and Coke as well as the much-awaited new Ogilvy & Mather ad for Fevicol. Not to mention the way she's got the entire male population of the country hooked. Things that the average Indian hopeful can only dream of. And she's not even technically Indian!
Yes, her dad is Kashmiri. But her mum's bona fide Brit. And the peripatetic pretty face has travelled from Hong Kong (where she was born), to Hawaii (where she grew up), to London (where she started her modelling career). A contract with the Models1 Agency and campaigns for prestigious houses like La Sanza and Arcadius and even a turn on the London Fashion Week catwalk. She was well on her way to a successful ramp career.
Why would she give all that up for the clamour and clutter of India? "I like India because of my father," she says. Adding the more prosaic reason as an afterthought: "Kaizad is London-based and he offered me a role in Boom. So I came here to do it. But then I liked it here and was getting a lot of offers, so I decided to stay on." And she loves the city of Pune. "It's like a little fairytale town, so sleepy and quiet," she enthuses. "But I also love Jaipur, so colourful..." she ponders, in that delightfully exotic accent, which might soon vanish, as she is working on her diction and learning Kathak with Veeru Krishna so that she'll have an edge when she bites into those meaty roles in mainstream cinema too. Talk about being prepared!
The curvy Kaif may not be the common man's idea of a Girl Guide, but she sure does sound like one. When you quiz her on her supposed links with Salman Khan, she is quick to demur. "I'm not involved with Salman Khan. I'm just a close friend of his sister Alvira's," is all that you get. "I don't have a love interest in my life," she avers. "I'm just so busy, travelling every single day with my work. I'm not even an avid party animal. I'm content to hang out with my friends, Alison Kanuga (model) and Anna Singh (fashion designer)," she'd like you to believe.
Right now, she's concentrating on her advertising shoots and looking forward to some good campaigns and readying herself for the onslaught of Hindi cinema offers. There's plenty of work and she's not complaining. So it's Kerala one day, Maldives the next. And a string of stolen hearts en route!