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What Riteish-Genelia did on Valentine's Day

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza spent their first Valentine's Day after marriage promoting their film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. Is it work over love for them, or work is love for them? The duo tells Parmita Uniyal why they had a perfect V-Day.

bollywood Updated: Feb 15, 2012 11:22 IST
Parmita Uniyal
Parmita Uniyal
Riteish Deshmukh,Genelia D'Souza,Hindustan Times

It's just been 11 days since Riteish and Genelia have got married, but on their first Valentine's Day, work remains their biggest love. The couple looked very much in love as they promoted their upcoming film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya at IIPM Saket.

Much like his on screen persona, Riteish Deshmukh likes to make people laugh in real life too. He just can't stop making his newly wed wife Genelia smile at his jokes. And with the crowd, he's as good as a stand-up comedian. So when we asked Riteish what he's gifting Genelia on their first Valentine's Day post marriage, he went and hugged her. So sweet, isn't it! Instead of the standard response - 'no comments', he atleast did something interesting to evade a personal query.

On being asked what the couple like about each other, Riteish says: "What I like about Genelia is that she values relationships. Be it with me, with her brother, her sister, or even with dogs."

Genelia on the other hand likes the fact that Riteish respects everyone: "He respects everybody, and that's what I like about him the most."

Full marks on their off-screen equation. But what about their on-screen chemistry? Do they look good together?

Riteish Deshmukh presents a rose to Genelia D'Souza (HT PHOTO/SARVESH)

Genelia, who was letting Ritiesh do all the talking, answered this one, "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."

Their comfort level reflects years of courtship. And the couple admits they have grown together as individuals as well as actors.

"We started our career together with Tujhe Meri Kasam. And it was interesting to be working together again after eight-years, after having done 20-25 films each. We got to know how we have grown as actors. And I must say Genelia is a great actor. She is definitely better than me," says Riteish.

Is there any similarity between the real and reel Genelia? "Well, I kidnap him in the movie, I won't do that in real life," Genelia giggles.

"The only similarity the character shares with Genelia is her energy level. Genelia is full of energy in real life," says Riteish.

The storyline of the film, however, is a bit too similar with their real life. By their own admission, Riteish and Genelia became friends first, then lovers and now they are married. In the movie, too, the couple do not fall in love instantly.

Riteish Deshmukh passes on the mike to wife Genelia (HT PHOTO/SARVESH)

"The characters in Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya do not fall in love immediately. It was an evolutionary process," says Riteish.

Genelia is loving her married life and recommends marriage to everyone. "As far as adjustments are concerned, you have to do that in every family. But Riteish's family is my family. Life hasn't changed after marriage, but priorities have changed. I will keep doing movies."

When asked how they are planning to spend V-Day, this is what Riteish had to say: "We got to spend Valentine's Day together promoting a film that we both love. And the film is about love."

V-Day tips:

"Be yourself, that's most important. Be confident and be clear in your approach."


"You should respect a woman."

First Published: Feb 14, 2012 20:37 IST