12 photos of Katrina Kaif that will make your day
Plus, the star’s favourite photographer Signe Vilstrup on what it’s like shooting with the sexiest woman in Bollywood
Katrina Kaif tosses that famous mane as the flash lights up the GQ set, her glossy lips arranged in a perfect pout. That blonde blur of activity around her, that pretty Dane wielding the camera and murmuring encouragingly is Signe Vilstrup, Kaif’s preferred collaborator. And you only need to see the final images to know why.
Describe your first assignment with Katrina. What was your impression of her?
First time, I worked with Katrina was for the cover of Vogue India. I was new to the whole Bollywood game, but I had heard that this was the biggest star of them all — and not the easiest one to satisfy, so I was actually terrified!
She seemed quite reserved when we first shook hands, and I was a bit nervous if she would give me what I needed for that shoot. But when she was in front of the camera, she was extremely intense and focused, really in control of her body… and of course, that stunning face makes photographing her a great pleasure.
What do you know about her know that didn’t instantly reveal itself in the first meeting?
Katrina seems like a tough cookie when you meet her. She has a stoic way of carrying herself, and at first, I misunderstood that as some sort of of arrogance. Now, I clearly see that she is just guarding herself and her privacy — people around her seems to always WANT something from her. I guess if I was living her life, I would do the same.
What has been your favorite experience with her so far?
All of our shoots together has been special in each way. Shooting her in Goa for the GQ December cover story was amazing, since we all stayed together for a few days at the Alila Diwa resort. Having that extra time together — not just saying hello in the morning, shooting intensely for eight hours and then bye bye again — gave us a chance to catch up.
You’ve worked with a few other Bollywood stars. What makes Katrina stand out?
Katrina has a clear vision of what she wants to achieve with the shoot and has extremely high expectations for herself. At the same time, she also expects others to be as organised within their field and give as much as she does.