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Haute route to success

Hot and happening Katrina Kaif is having it good in life so far. Meet the model whose career graph is soaring high these days.



COME HITHER: Katrina Kaif has the best of both the worlds.

KATRINA EXUDES a cool, casual and confident outlook. In a short span of time she has catapulted to the top league in modelling. This tall, slim and elegant girl of mixed parentage has sizzled on the ramp, is the face behind many ads like Coco Cola, L.G. Fevicol, Samsung (to name a few) and faced the arc lights in Boom where she essays her real role in reel - a model sharing stage with glam girls Padma Lakshmi and Madhu Sapre. Rumours abound about her personal life, yet she remains unfazed - a professional as far as her work goes - having imbibed this attitude from her long stint abroad. Katrina Kaif, who was in the city for the Vladivar vodka launch, answered queries while relaxing in her suite at Taj Banjara.

Katrina has been in the news at least in Andhra on account of a Telugu film offer. Ask her about it and she is quick to say: "I have been offered but I am thinking. People are warm and nice here but right now modelling is taking up most of my time. I am endorsing quite a few brands."

About language being a deterrent Katrina comments, "I am thinking on those lines." So in all probability this project may not materialise. Is she looking at the Hindi film industry after Boom? "There are offers. I am still talking to people though I have not signed anything. I may probably agree in due course." Seems like she will tread the path earlier taken by models like Bipasha Basu, Milind Soman, Aditi Govitrikar and others.

Kaizad Gustad's Boom is being heard now. "The script made me sign the film," she says on the motivating factor. Moreover, the subject of the film is fashion - something she could relate to although she is not willing to divulge info on it. "It's too confusing to speak about it. It's best to see it." Does it connote the multilayered nature of the script?



SIGNING SPREE: Modeling, endorsements, films, Katrina Kaif has it all.

"Yes and she shies away from speaking more about it although she is candid about the new experience. "I was new when I did the film, new also to the camera angles. I also felt that a certain amount of exposure was not to my comfort level," she admits but that's perhaps how many entrants feel initially. Where does Indian fashion stand today? "Indian fashion is gaining in confidence. Designers are improving cuts and designs. Events such as the Lakme Indian Fashion Week are seen on fashion channels (Katrina modelled for the first three days at the Lakme India Fashion Week recently).

Hailing from a dual cultural background (father is from Kashmir, while mother is from U.K.), Katrina's got the best of both looks. Despite living in London and Hawaii, Katrina has made Mumbai her home . She doesn't mind living alone. "I have my friends and my support system and have adjusted well to being on my own."

Katrina started modelling overseas from a young age. Comparing the scene in the country and abroad she says, "it is difficult to be a model abroad because there is a preference for blondes. But the scene is professional. With an Indian look and international feel, I am comfortable in both India and abroad." She admits to the strong influence of Indian culture. And this is evident when she says "my family is all important even though they are scattered all over. Katrina's siblings include one brother and seven sisters. I strongly believe in the institution of marriage."

"Money never appeals to me. Work, success and personal happiness in life is important," winds up Katrina introducing her sister Melissa (who is a rather petite version of her sister). One would endorse that positively.

R.R.

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