Actor, Entrepreneur, Powerhouse: Katrina Kaif
Cosmopolitan India|October 2021
Actor and entrepreneur Katrina Kaif on the power of perseverance, ambition, and why passion must fuel everything you want to achieve in life.
Nandini Bhalla

During the covershoot for Cosmo India’s 25th Anniversary issue, one of the first things I noticed about actor, entrepreneur, and covergirl Katrina Kaif was her keen eye for every tiny detail... Katrina wasn’t just there to play muse to the camera—she was actively involved in the lighting, in how the set came together, in how her body looked at every angle, the way a lock of hair framed her face...

It was later, when we met on a Zoom call for this interview, that I discovered some of the many layers that sit behind Katrina’s immaculate (and somewhat unapproachable) exterior. The fact that even in the face of deep exhaustion, Katrina is an incredibly charming interviewee, with a distinct tinkle in her voice (“It’s probably because of the delirium from being so tired right now,” she laughs). That this is a woman with remarkable drive, an indelible spirit, and a mind that is razor-sharp and astute. Or that, and this comes almost without warning, there is a beautiful, compelling vulnerability to Katrina that makes her so likeable, you want to hug her.

Read on for excerpts from the interview, where the actor talks about her life, her dreams, and her passions—namely, Bollywood, her incredibly successful beauty brand Kay Beauty, and finding balance and joy.

Nandini Bhalla: One of the first things I noticed about you, during the Cosmo covershoot, was how present and involved you were. It is almost as if your mind was constantly whirring, always active... And yet, on the surface, you seem so calm and composed...

Katrina Kaif: [Laughs] ‘‘Yeah, I think your description is pretty accurate... My mind operates incredibly fast, at an almost alarming speed. I have to constantly remind myself that other people’s minds do not operate at that speed, and that I must give them time to really understand what I am trying to say.

But thinking so quickly has its pros and cons, and there are many downsides to it because it is important to take your time and to enjoy life... For me, that has been a significant discovery, to learn to stay in touch with my inner self through meditation... To find that place of stillness, that centre of calmness within myself. Because doing everything from the mind is great, but sometimes, you also just need to be in the moment and be able to enjoy it without thinking or planning for the next. What happens with constant mental activity is that you start thinking about the next thing, and are never truly present to enjoy what you have and what you already have achieved.’’

NB: I know you have been incredibly busy, the last couple of weeks...

KK: ‘‘Yes, there is a lot going on. These days, I am shooting a big action sequence for a Yashraj [Productions] film, and it has been extremely hectic but also so amazing... I am enjoying this film so much.

And, of course, I am in the middle of promotions for Sooryavanshi, and I think this is an exciting time for everyone because it is also about getting people back into the cinemas. It is so important to get that going for the entire film industry, you know, now that safety measures are in place, and vaccinations are in great numbers, and COVID-19 cases are under control... Now it is about the industry thriving, and that is what we have been focusing on. I think Rohit Shetty has really held on to put this film in the cinemas and we are all just counting down to the day...’’

NB: Let’s talk about the tremendous success of your beauty brand—Kay Beauty. The products are so good... I use them all the time! I’d like to go back to the very beginning...what prompted you to launch your own beauty label?

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