Genelia D’Souza is one of the most popular actresses working in India today. She is considered to be one of the finest in portraying over the top girl next door characters in cinema off recently. She has been part of a string of successful movies in different languages like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na,Tujhe Meri Kasam, Bommarillu, Santosh Subramaniam and many more. Genelia also stands out for being an contemporary mainstream actress with an pan Indian appeal who has acted in regional languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam , Kannada which itself is a rare milestone for any young actress.
Genelia was born to a Konkani speaking roman catholic family to Neil D’Souza and Jeanette D’Souza in Mumbai. Genelia did her schooling from Apostolic Carmel High School and during her school days was spotted at a wedding by an ad film director which led to her being introduced to modelling through an AD film for Peter Parker pen along with Amitabh Bachchan. She anyhow not taking a liking to acting did her graduation in Management studies from St Andrews College in Bandra hoping to land in an MNC gig but again did an AD film for the Fair and Lovely 2003 Cricket World Cup which got her the offer to make her film debut in the year 2003 in Hindi cinema with Tujhe Meri Kasam.
Genelia D’Souza was married to her frequent onscreen co-actor Riteish Deshmukh on February 3rd of 2012 after an alleged nine year on-going relationship after their first association in their respective film debut through the 2003 romantic film Tujhe Meri Kasam. The couple has two boys
Film debut and rise to prominence ( 2003-2006) Genelia received offers to do three movies simultaneously in three different languages but her official debut was through the Hindi romance movie Tujhe Meri Kasam which had her pairing with her future husband to be Riteish Deshmukh in his official debut too playing the lead roles. The movie which told the story of unrecognized love blossoming between two friends had her playing an over the top fun loving character and she shone right through with her callous portrayal of the part and was praised for her befitting mannerisms. The blockbuster success of the movie was followed up by her debut in Tamil cinema with ace director S Sankar’s coming of age comedy film Boys which had her pairing with actor Siddarth on is debut too among a host of other newcomers. The super hit bilingual movie had her yet again sporting a modern outlook with a more matured mind-set, the film’s success also resulted in her instant popularity in South India. Her third release was the Telegu blockbuster romantic movie Satyam which too fared well and got her positive reviews. She followed suit with an array of successful movies in different languages starting with her return to Bollywood with Indra Kumar’s blockbuster adult comedy flick Masti, which had her opposite Riteish Deshmukh and other actors like Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and many more. She was seen playing the dominating wife and had come up with a stunning effort undoubdetly the best among the lot. She continued the good run with two back to back successes in Telugu movies Samba and S.S Rajamouli’s sports drama flick Sye in the same year 2004. Genelia then went on to play a leading role in Vijay’s Tamil romcom Sachein which got her much positive critical reception. Major Career break and other ensuing releases ( 2006- 2009) Genelia in the year 2006 landed in a purple patch with three consecutive Telugu hits to her name through Allu Arjun’s romcom Happy, Rama and musical romantic movie Bommarillu which had her coming up with a rave part playing an eccentric and charming girland she was praised for her electric mannerisms and it fetched her the Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress that year. Genelia then went on to be part of movies like Chennai Kadhal, Santosh Subramaniam, Dhee and Mr.Medhavi in Tamil and Telugu respectively which were all highly successful films along with making her Kannada debut with Satya in Love. Detour back to Bollywood ( 2008- present) After a five year gap from Bollywood, Genelia had a bumpy comeback with Priyadarsan’s romcom Mere Baap Pehle Aap which had her opposite Akshaye Khanna in the lead. However she made up for lost time pretty quick with Imran Khan’s romcom Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, which had her coming up with a mesmerizing performance as a girl who fails to comprehend her feelings for her best friend but does so after a series of mishaps . The super successful cheesy Bollywood love story found likers among the audience and critics rated her as one of the strong points of the movie citing her acting style to be unique, fresh and one long waited for in Btown romcom’s. The movie also gave Genelia a strong comeback to Hindi cinema. Meanwhile she also appeared in two Telugu movies in the form of Ready and Sasirekha Parinayam which did considerably well. However she was severely panned for her soulless stint in Govinda’s romcom Life Partner in 2009. She had a profound role in the Telugu thriller Katha in the same year which got her good reviews yet again. She failed to repeat her magic in Bollywood with her next outing in the Shahid Kapoor starrer dance drama film Chance Pe Dance which narrated the story of love between struggling actor and an dance choreographer and the other ones being the Telugu films Orange and Dhanush starrer Tamil flick Uthamaputhiran with the latter being a moderate hit. Genelia found success with her Malayalam film debut with Santhosh Sivan’s acclaimed historical epic film Urumi which had her playing a 15th century warrior opposite Prithviraj Sukumaran. The bold character was a total changeover from her usual girl next door avatars to more challenging ones. Genelia found luck in Hindi with John Abraham’s hit cop thriller flick Force which had nothing worthwhile or her in an overly subdued namesake heroine part. After delivering a towering Tamil blockbuster through Vijay’s superhero thriller film Velayudham in 2011. Her most recent works are Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Naa Ishtam, Lai Bhari and others in various languages.
|#||Released Date||Type||Credited As||Movie|
|1||30 Dec 2022||Film||Ved|
|2||18 Nov 2022||Film||Mister Mummy|
|3||29 Nov 2020||Film||It's My Life|
|4||14 Dec 2018||Film||Mauli|
|5||27 Oct 2017||Film||Faster Fene|
|6||18 Nov 2016||Film||Force 2|
|7||11 Jul 2014||Film||Lai Bhaari|
|8||24 Jan 2014||Film||Jai Ho|
|9||01 Jan 2014||Film||Rock The Shaadi|
|10||24 Feb 2012||Film||Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya|