Bollywood golden girl makes a nostalgic homecoming and sizzles at cinema awards
Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif sauntered up the stage at the Venetian Macao at the weekend to pick up the International Icon female accolade at the annual Zee Cine Awards. Her brief sojourn in Macau and Hong Kong came with a whiff of nostalgia for her.
'Coming to Hong Kong means a lot to me. Not many people know I was born in Hong Kong and my mum still has friends here,' she said.
Kaif has a British mother and an Indian father, and is one of the biggest names in the Indian film industry. She performed a medley of her Hindi songs in Macau to a rapt audience.
Those who missed Kaif's sizzling live act now have the chance to watch her on screen in Hong Kong in the Mumbai mafia-themed movie Agneepath (Path of Fire), in which she makes a much-talked-about guest appearance. Dressed in traditional Marathi fisherwoman's garb, Kaif performs a dance in a gangster's den, backed by a cast of 250.
'You've never seen Katrina like this before,' choreographer Ganesh Acharya said. 'She looks so delicate and fragile. We added some masala [spice] into her dance. Only she could have done it - she's super-dedicated.'
Kaif rehearsed non-stop for hours before her Macau gig, but that was nothing compared to the preparation for her movie song, which was shot over 10 days.
'I work really hard,' she said. 'And I know my job.'
Agneepath, in Hindi with English subtitles, screens at 9.30pm today and next Wednesday at the Chinachem Golden Plaza Cinema in Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets cost HK$120 to HK$180.