BOLLYWOOD: The low-key and social media-shy Katrina Kaif has always guarded her privacy zealously. One look at her airport and event pap shots can vouch for the fact that she doesn’t really like posing and quickly walks past the shutterbugs, jumping into her car. She even kept away from social media platforms until recently.
And now she has reached the epochal five million follower mark on Instagram the fastest compared to other actresses like Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez, who have had an Instagram presence for years.
Kat says, “It took me a while to join social media. Anything that’s new, I have a hesitant attitude towards it first and then I have to be coerced and convinced into it. So it took me a while to join Instagram. First, it was Facebook and I loved interacting with people there. So then I started Instagram and everyone told me that I’ll love the interactions and following new people I like and that’s exactly what happened. As soon as I joined Instagram, I was really hooked.
Alia, Shraddha and Jacqueline have been on the picture sharing app for three years while Deepika Padukone posted her first pic two years ago, and Kat has gathered more fans than each of them in just four months. It took her exactly four months and 17 days to reach out to five million followers.
Ask her what she attributes to hitting the fastest five and she says, “I’m having fun. I’m just sharing real moments with my followers. I enjoy having a platform where I have my own voice. Rather than being dependent entirely on the media for how I’m represented, the fact that I can put out what I feel is like having a direct connect with people without a third party involved. So it’s beneficial.”