Genelia D'Souza (born on August 5, 1987) is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Telugu and Hindi language films, as well as Tamil and Kannada language films. She made her acting debut in 2003 in Tujhe Meri Kasam, which garnered poor box office returns, but soon achieved recognition in the Tamil film Boys the same year.
Born in Mumbai into a Mangalorean Catholic family, D'Souza was raised a Roman Catholic in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai. Her mother Jeanette D'Souza was formerly a Secretary to Managing Director with a Pharma MNC, and her father Neil D'Souza, is a senior official with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). According to D'Souza, her name "Genelia", means "rare" or "unique",and is a portmanteau of Jeanette and Neil, her mother and father's name. She is also often informally referred to as Geenu, her nick name. D'Souza studied at the Apostolic Carmel High School in Bandra and later joined St. Andrew's College in Bandra to pursue her Bachelor's Degree of Management Studies. She completed her degree while shooting for her first film, Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003, and initially thought that an MNC job would suit her. She liked sports and studies in college, and was also a State level athlete and a National level Football player. D'Souza did her first modeling assignment at the age of 15, the result of being spotted as the bridesmaid at a wedding. She was selected for the Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, just two days before her Mangagement exams, and had to shoot the next day. Initially she refused, because of her exam the next day, but the director persuaded D'Souza to shoot for the commercial.
She hit the lime-light with the Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, who said "she was good, and her expressions were spontaneous". She further did a Fair and Lovely 2003 Cricket World Cup advertisement with cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth. She was also a part of Tamil director Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.
Debut and breakthrough, 2003–2005Edit
When D'Souza got the offer to act in Tujhe Meri Kasam, initailly she refused, as she was not keen to pursue a career in acting. But the crew insisted and kept contacting her for two months, and she agreed only when she saw the Telugu version of the movie. D'Souza made her acting debut in Bollywood in 2003, with Tujhe Meri Kasam, alongside Ritesh Deshmukh. The movie centers on two friends, who study in the same college. Their fathers are best friends, their houses are opposite each other, and they were born in the same hospital on the same day. D'Souza portrayed Anju, one of he friends. The movie garnered poor box office returns, and her career in Bollywood failed to take off then. Tamil director, S. Shankar, was impressed with her performance in the Parker Pen commercial and decided to cast her in a leading role in his 2003 Tamil film Boys, about five teenagers having stereotypical teen-boy fantasies. D'Souza portrayed the character of Harini, a girl who falls in love with one of the boys from the group. The movie was successful at the box-office, and subsequently she started receiving Telugu film offers.
She left Tamil cinema for a while to concentrate on the Telugu film industry. She made her Telugu debut in Satyam in 2003 opposite Sumanth. The movie centers around a young man who is thoroughly misunderstood by two people whom he loves the most. D'Souza portrayed the character of Ankitha, a medical student who also shares similar views and falls in love with him. The movie was a box-office success, and it raised her profile in the Telugu film industry. A movie review in The Hindu noted that, "Genelia is cute and impressive." Her second Hindi movie was Masti in 2004, which was also opposite Ritesh Deshmukh. The comedy focuses on three close friends who reunite after three years, but are now married and are being harassed by their wives. D'Souza portrayed the character of Bindiya, one of the wives. Indian film critic Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote: "Amongst the wives, Genelia is the best, [...] Genelia looks the stern and demanding wife and is sure to be noticed." This film was also successful at the box office, and also fared well at the UK box office. The same year, she acted in the Telugu movie Samba, portraying the importance of education to children, which was an average at the box office. D'Souza's final Telugu movie in 2004 was Sye, set against a rugby union backdrop, in which she plays the role of Indu, a vivacious college student. This film was also successful at the box office.
D'Souza's first movie in 2005 was Naa Alludu, which met with a dismal performance at the box office. Later that year, she acted in the Tamil fim Sachein, in which she played the role of Shalini, a typical fashionable college-going Tamil girl. A review in the The Hindu noted "Genelia, who hardly made an impression in `Boys,' makes much impact in `Sachein.'" The movie evoked mixed response from the audience, but was well received with the younger generation, and was a commercial success. Her final movie in 2005 was the Telugu Subhash Chandra Bose, a patriotic movie set agains a backdrop of Pre-independece period. The movie met with a disappointment at the box office.
Turning point in South Indian films, 2006–2007Edit
She followed it up with a pairing with actor Venkatesh in Subhash Chandra Bose which met with disappointment at the box-office. She then played the role of Haasini in the Telugu film, Bommarillu, which also starred Siddharth Narayan in the lead. This movie was one of the biggest hits in her career and earned her critical acclaim and wide recognition. She won the Filmfare Award as the Best Actress for her performance, besides other awards. Her character of Haasini earned rave reviews and this made her the favourite choice for that role in the remakes of Bommarillu in other languages. It was remade in Tamil as Santhosh Subramaniam in which Genelia was cast as heroine again. The film also turned out to be rather successful as its predecessor. Her debut film in Kannada Satya In Love grossed 4 crores in its opening week thus setting a new record in the Kannada film industry.
Return to Bollywood and recent work, 2008–presentEdit
She once again appeared in Bollywood in Mere Baap Pehle Aap alongside Akshaye Khanna, which was moderately successful. Her final breakthrough in Bollywood was through the blockbuster, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, where she plays the role of Aditi Mahant aka "Meow". Her role was widely admired for her sweetness and freshness, and new style of acting. The movie released on 4 July 2008 and was a success across India and overseas. Her career in south India also continues with she reigning as a successful star in Telugu film industry. Her latest Telugu film Ready in which she was paired opposite Ram was a super hit. Her next film was Life Partner with Fardeen Khan which was moderately successful. It's My Life, which is again a remake of Bomarillu with Harman Baweja which was to release in 2009 will now release sometime in 2010. She will also act in David Dhawan's next film which is called Hook Ya Crook opposite John Abraham and Shreyas Talpade. The film will be released in March 2010. She is now the brand ambassador of the new Fanta replacing Rani Mukherjee. She is also now the brand ambassador of chocolate Perk replacing Preity Zinta. She also holds a distinct Limca world record of delivering 4 different super hit films in 4 different languages Satya (Kannada), Santosh Subramaniyam (Tamil), Bommarillu (Telugu) and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa (Hindi)) in span of 1 calendar year.
Genelia's new Telugu flick Katha was released on December 12 this year and got a positive response. She has also been chosen to play the lead female role in Ram Charan Teja's upcoming movie named as Orange being directed by Bommarillu Bhasker. She has also signed a Tamil film opposite Dhanush which would be the Tamil remake of her Telugu film Ready.
|Year||Film||Role||Language||Notes and Awards|
|2003||Tujhe Meri Kasam||Anjali (Anju)||Hindi|
|Subhash Chandra Bose||Anitha||Telugu|
|Bommarillu||Hasini||Telugu|| Winner, Nandi Special Jury Award|
Winner, Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Winner, Santosham Award for Best Actress
|Satya In Love||Veda||Kannada|
|Santosh Subramaniam||Hasini||Tamil||Nominated, Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award|
|Mere Baap Pehle Aap||Sheekha Kapoor||Hindi|
|Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na||Aditi Mahant||Hindi|
|Life Partner||Sanjana Jugran||Hindi|
|2010||Chance Pe Dance||Tina Sharma, Sonia Sharma||Hindi||Double role|
|Hook Ya Crook||Anjali Kakkad||Hindi||Filming|
|It's My Life||Pooja Saxena||Hindi||Filming|
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- ↑ Genelia Telugu Filmography (10 October 2009). 16reels.com. </li>
- ↑ Genelia to host a show based on slum kids </li></ol>
- ↑ Mahmood, Abdulla (2008-07-15). "Big-time girl: Genelia D'Souza". Gulf News </li>
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