Ater grabbing attention with her cute antics in Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, Genelia D'Souza made her Bollywood debut in 2003 with Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Riteish Deshmukh. She won accolades for her role in Boys the same year and went on to do several Telugu films and established herself as a talented performer.
Her role in romantic Telugu film Bommarillu (2006) opposite Siddharth Narayan earned her critical acclaim. In 2008, she was back on Bollywood map with rom-com Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na opposite Imran Khan which was a blockbuster.
Genelia made her TV debut with Big Switch on UTV Bindass channel. The beautiful actress is also the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo and Perk in India.
Genelia D’Souza has enlisted herself in the Limca Book of World Records by delivering back to back hits in four different languages-Tamil, Telegu, Kannada and Hindi.
Born on: August 5, 1987
Sun sign: Leo
Place of birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra
First film: Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003)
School/College: Apostolic Carmel High School/St. Andrew's College
Family: Born into a Mangalorean Catholic family, Genelia was raised by mother Jeanette D'Souza and father Neil D'Souza. She also has a younger brother, Nigel D'Souza.
Marriage: She married long-time beau Riteish Deshmukh on February 3, 2012 observing Marathi marriage traditions in a Hindu wedding ceremony. Then she got married in a Roman Catholic ceremony the following day.
TOP 5 MOVIES
Masti (2004): Played Bindiya opposite Riteish Deshmukh
Bommarillu (2006): Played Hasini Rao opposite Siddharth Narayan
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008): Played Aditi Mahant opposite Imran Khan
Force (2011): Played Maya opposite John Abraham
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (2012): Played Mini opposite Riteish Deshmukh
LIST OF AWARDS
2006: Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Bommarillu
2006: Nandi Special Jury Award for Bommarillu
2006: Santosham Award for Best Actress for Bommarillu
2009: Nandi Special Jury Award for Katha
2010: Brand Ambassador of the Year at the CNBC Awaaz consumer awards
2011: Asiavision Film Award for Best Actress for Urumi
On career post marirage: "Look at Chitrangda. Her career is blooming post marriage. There’s Aishwarya Rai and a lot of them, who’ve been married and are still working."
On fashion: "What I have always enjoyed is being creative in my own space. In college, I used to have my entire hand filled with friendship bands and that used to be my style statement, be it with any outfit. Then when my jeans would fade away, I would cut them off and use them as shorts or (wore) shirts tied up. So I like that kind of style and I would say I enjoy street style more when it is about casual dressing."
On her TV show: "As an actor, you should keep challenging yourself and learn every day by stepping out of your comfort zone. I have been part of the South and Hindi film industries. On this show (Big Switch), I feel I can use my varied experiences to help the girls."
On life after marriage: "People keep asking me what has changed after marriage? We forget to live in the present which I would rather do. I believe in living each day to its fullest. Marriage is a new beginning and about celebrating life. Life after marriage is superb and I’m enjoying every bit of it"
On joining politics: "I’ll definitely join politics if there is a need for me to do so."
On Riteish Deshmukh: "He respects everybody, and that's what I like about him the most."
On chemistry with co-stars: "I personally feel chemistry is not between the two actors. It's between the actor and the director or producer for that matter. It depends on a filmmaker how he portrays the on-screen romance in a movie."
On chemistry with John: "I was never sure but John always knew we would rock. He is a tall and tough guy, and I am this petite girl. But later I discovered that’s the beauty of the chemistry. We look different but yet so right. Imran and I look cute, John and Katrina look hot, but John and I look adorable (in Force)."
On bedroom scene with John: "I had reservations, but after talking to my director Nishikanth Kamath, I agreed because the scene has no lust, no focussing on body parts, no unnecessary taking off clothes, there is just innocent love. Even my family did not have any apprehensions watching the scene or the honeymoon song."
On B-Town image: "I seem to own the spot of the college girl in Bollywood. Down South I have been given strong issue based roles. But here, I don’t get one.”