x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Kaif takes rare turn at centre stage

In mall spotlight, says she is happy to blend into a film's cast

The Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, a brand ambassador for Etihad Airways, was at the Dubai Marina Mall yesterday to promote the airline's new routes to the Maldives and Seychelles.
The Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif, a brand ambassador for Etihad Airways, was at the Dubai Marina Mall yesterday to promote the airline's new routes to the Maldives and Seychelles.

DUBAI // Hundreds of movie fans flocked to Dubai Marina Mall yesterday for a glimpse of the Bollywood siren Katrina Kaif.

The 26-year-old actress delighted the crowd by signing autographs before offering a few tantalising details about her forthcoming movie projects.

"The new films that I've signed are all very ambitious projects," she said. "All of them will be announced in the next few weeks. They are very exciting films."

Dressed in a cream dress and black belt, she posed for photographs as about 450 wellwishers whistled and cheered.

Ms Kaif was named the most googled Bollywood celebrity in 2009 and is also the first Indian with an official Barbie-doll lookalike. She has also been named the world's sexiest Asian woman for the last four years by Eastern Eye, a London-based newspaper.

Despite her global fame, she is diffident about the limelight.

"I have never been and I don't think I ever want to be the kind of actress to walk away with all the credit, I would not want to dominate a film," she said at the event to promote Etihad's new routes to the Maldives and Seychelles.

"I am very happy to be part of a good story and part of a good cast. I'm not looking to be in every scene from start to finish."

Komal Nahta, a trade analyst, said Kaif has proved herself. "She has shown she can stand her ground in an ensemble cast with big stars. Also what works is her beauty, her appeal to the young; to them she is really very hot."

rtalwar@thenational.ae