Katrina Kaif Birthday Special: Jaz in Namaste London to Kumud in Bharat, Performances That Subverted Everyone's Expectations!
Katrina Kaif in Zero, Rajneeti, Tiger Zinda Hai (Photo Credits: Movie stills)

Katrina Kaif, born on 16 July 1983, turns 36. The actress is currently one of the top Bollywood actresses in the industry, without a shred of doubt. When she first entered the showbiz world with the film Boom (2003), little did they know that she is going to be the most-sought-after person in tinsel town. After giving a few flops, a few mediocre flicks and superhits too, the actress eventually proved herself to be a good dancer and a good actor.

After working in films like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya and Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, she was tagged as the glam doll of B-town. However, it was only after her unabashed performance in 2007 film Namastey London that critics started noticing and praising her. From then onwards, it took an array of films for her to get into the A-listers club. Now, she is easily one of the noted stars who can pull off any role thrown at her with ease, including the latest ones in Zero and Bharat. Here are her performances that became the stepping stones of her success.

Namastey London- She played Jasmeet aka Jazz in this rom-com. Her look with bold brown curls as well as her self-centered yet lovable character, all was loved by the fans and the critics. She was more than just glam doll.

Katrina Kaif in Namastey London

Raajneeti- The barbie doll of Bollywood turned into a stern and strong minded politician in this gritty film. She pulled off the mushy and intense parts of the character Indu with ease.

Katrina Kaif in Raajneeti

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara- Her carefree and philosophical character Laila from this preachy fun film remains one of her best characters. She played the perfect eye candy-diving instructor-philosopher-lover like it was a cake-walk. She seemed to be the perfect choice.

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Tiger Franchise- Zoya Humaini, the Pakistani ISI agent was the character written for Katrina and only Katrina. Her crackling chemistry with Salman Khan is evident in Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai , where  she played a strong character with shades of vulnerability.

Katrina Kaif in Tiger Zinda Hai

Zero- The alcohol addict and insecure actress Babita Kumari played by her is a total game changer. Katrina took a bold decision to take up this short yet effective role and it opened her doors to good films further.

Katrina Kaif in Zero

Bharat- Her character as 'Kumud Raina' or 'madam sir' was like an after effect of Babita Kumari. She got the right pulse of the audience and continued to win critics' hearts.

Katrina Kaif in Bharat.

From Boom to Bharat, Kat has travelled miles in the industry, stumbling and rising. Her journey surely needs to be lauded and with that, the expectations from the stunner are high, way too high.