Asia’s most Googled woman, and one of India’s biggest female stars, talks early stardom and the perils of success with Feroz Tobaccowalla
In a high-slit, low-cut, fireengine red Versace dress, Katrina Kaif cuts a long, thin, scarlet ribbon against the bright white backdrop of her GQ shoot. She struts and turns, lets one of those famous stems peek out from within the folds of her dress. Flashbulbs pop, she pouts, she smiles, she smoulders.
You wouldn’t think it to look at her, but Katrina Kaif leads a pretty lonely life. “Obviously, one doesn’t have that thing of having a bunch of childhood friends around or family around, so, in that sense, it can be a little lonely at times,” she says.Kaif has made sacrifices along the way to becoming one of the biggest stars in Bollywood. “When you join this industry, I think the only sacrifice you make, really, is time,” she says. “You don’t have time to have much of a social life or have friends outside the industry – but the disadvantages are far outweighed by the benefits.” Kaif has been reaping those benefits for the past five years, since she was catapulted from being a walk-on model to Abhishek Bachchan’s arm candy in Sarkar to the biggest female star in India.