Genelia Deshmukh, currently on a break from films to focus on her family, is regularly asked one particular question — when will she be seen on the big screen again? The actor says this query doesn’t bother her. “People will ask, and it’s their job to do so. But whenever an exciting project comes my way, I will definitely take it up. I have never said that I won’t. Yes, after I got married, I wanted a break for a while, because I had worked a lot for 12 years,” she says.
The actor has starred opposite Riteish Deshmukh (right; who she married in 2012) in films such as Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003) and Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (2012), and says that working with him again “would be like a party”.
Speaking of her husband, Genelia says she is proud of him as he is a “self-made” man. “Riteish has gone through a lot of struggle. His father, Vilasrao Deshmukh, was elected the chief minister of Maharashtra twice. But Riteish chose to pave his own path. He [Vilasrao] was very proud of Riteish, and so am I,” says the actor.
Genelia also opens up about the equation she shared with her late father-in-law. “In the little time I spent with him, I learnt so much,” she says, adding, “I learnt to always smile and to have a positive attitude no matter what. He was an absolute family person. From what I know of my father-in-law, I see a lot of him in his three children (Riteish and his brothers Dheeraj and Amit Deshmukh) and the bond they share. The way they are with their wives and mother (Vaishali Deshmukh) is special, and that is something that they have imbibed from his [Vilasrao’s] teachings. I always tell Riteish, ‘If my sons are half the son you are, then I will feel like the luckiest person in the world (smiles).”