Genelia D’Souza

Genelia D’Souza

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Genelia D’Souza
Young woman with dark eyes and long dark hair, wearing a glamorous black strapless dress
Genelia D’Souza at Love Big & CBS press meet, June 2012
Born Genelia D’Souza
5 August 1987(age 25)[citation needed]
MumbaiMaharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, Model, Host
Years active 2003–present
Religion Christianity
Denomination Mangalorean Catholic
Spouse(s) Ritesh Deshmukh (m. 2012)
  • Neil D’Souza
  • Jeanette D’Souza
Relatives Nigel D’Souza (brother)
Genelia D’Souza (born 5 August 1987[citation needed]) is an Indian film actress, model, and host. She has appeared in South Indian cinema andBollywood films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, Genelia began her acting career with Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. She was recognized for her role in Boys the same year, and later established herself in Telugu cinema by acting in several Telugu films during 2003–2005.
Genelia received her first Filmfare Award in 2006 for her performance in the Telugu romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim. In 2008, she gave critically acclaimed performances in Santosh Subramaniam, a Tamil remake of Bommarillu, and the Bollywood movie Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. Having acted in several commercially successful movies in Telugu and Tamil, Genelia has established herself as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry.[1][2] In addition to movie acting, Genelia has hosted the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of FantaVirgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India.[3]

Early life

Genelia with her family at the CNBC Awaaz consumer awards in 2010. Seen here from left to right is her father Neil D’Souza, her mother Jeanette D’Souza, herself, and at the extreme right, her brother Nigel D’Souza.

Born in Mumbai[4] into a Mangalorean Catholic family,[5][6] Genelia was raised a Roman Catholic in theBandra suburb of Mumbai.[7] Her mother Jeanette D’Souza was formerly a managing director of the PharmaMultinational corporation (MNC), who left her job in 2004 to help Genelia with her career. Her father Neil D’Souza, is a senior official with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).[8] She also has a younger brother, Nigel D’Souza,[9][10] who works with the Bombay Stock Exchange.[11] According to Genelia, her name 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 nickname.[12] Genelia 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.[13] 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.[14] She liked sports and studies in college,[14] and was a state level athlete, sprinter, and a national level football player.[15]
Genelia did her first modeling assignment at the age of 15,[7] the result of being spotted as the bridesmaid at a wedding.[14] She was selected for theParker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, just two days before her exams, and had to shoot the next day. Initially she refused, because of her exam the next day, but the director persuaded Genelia to shoot for the commercial.[14][16] She gained wide attention from the Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan,[17] who said “she was good, and her expressions were spontaneous”.[18] She further did a Fair and Lovely 2003 Cricket World Cup advertisement with cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth.[16]

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