Despite a setback in the form of Subhash Ghai's YUVVRAAJ, Katrina Kaif is the numero-uno actress of Bollywood, both from the audience as well as the latest newspaper poll. Last year was a pretty good one for Katrina with one super-hit, SINGH IS KINNG, one hit RACE and a flop in YUVRAAJ. HELLO too scraped through to safety, although Katrina's role was a very short guest appearance.
However, a look at the list of films that Katrina has up her sleeves in 2009, it appears that she is going to retain her number one spot. Coming up in May will be Yash Raj's NEW YORK, where she will seen sharing screen space with John Abraham, Irrfan Khan and Neil Mukesh. Then there is Prakash Jha's political thriller RAJNITI, where she will sport a totally de-glam look. It will be followed by Shree Ashtavinayak's action-thriller, BLUE, with her favourite and lucky co-star, Akshay Kumar along with Sanjay Dutt and Lara Dutta. Another film that she is looking forward to is Priyadarshan's DE DHANA DAN, once again with Akshay and the cast of HERA PHERI. And then there is PARTY and RAVE, both of which are (reportedly) in pre-production
While taking a look at the films mentioned above we see that there is a variety in the roles that Katrina has chosen. All her characters are very different from the earlier glam doll, dumb belle image (apart from a NAMASTEY LONDON). Her roles are full of substance and will give her ample scope to showcase her acting prowess and help her cement her place on top of the ladder.