Genelia D’Souza profile

Full Name: Genelia D’Souza
Nick Name: Jeenu ,Harini
Date of birth: August 5, 1987
Place of birth: England
Education: Graduate
Debut Film: Boys

Awards: Best actress
Screen Name :Genelia D’Souza 5′.6½”
Nick Name :Harini (Name given by Director Shanker)
Date of Birth :August 5, 1987, in England
First film :Tujhe Meri Kasam (2002)
First hero :Ritesh Deshmukh
First Director :K.Vijay Bhasker
First Producer :Ramoji Rao
Films done :Boys, Satyam, Masti, Samba, Sye, Happy,
Bommarillu, Dhee etc.
Films on hand :Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Mr. Medhavi, Sathya In Love, Vaaranam Aayiram etc.,
Favorite films :Boys, Bommarillu etc.,
Sports :I was a State level Athlete – a sprinter, and a national level football player
Favorite director :Shanker
First Screen Presence : Parker (Ad. Film) with Amitabh Bachchan
First Ad. film Director :Mansoor Khan
AwardsNominated- :Screen Award for Most Promising
Newcomer – Female(2004) Movie-Tujhe Meri Kasam
Favorite color :Red, White

Genelia D’Souza (born August 5, 1987) is an Indian actress, model, and host. She has appeared in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, D’Souza 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.

D’Souza 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, D’Souza has established herself as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry. In addition to movie acting, D’Souza has hosted the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India.

Early life and educational background

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 Multinational 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). She also has a younger brother, Nigel D’Souza, who works with the Bombay Stock Exchange.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 nickname. 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 a state level athlete, sprinter, 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 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 gained wide attention from 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.

Upcoming movies

She will appear in David Dhawan’s film Hook Ya Crook, co-starring John Abraham and Shreyas Talpade.D’Souza is set to appear in It’s My Life, which would be a remake of Bomarillu in Hindi with Harman Baweja. Genelia has signed Santosh Sivan’s Malayalam film Urumi. The film is about a fictional story happening in the 15th century, about a boy who plots to assassinate the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama. D’Souza plays the role of a Portuguese princess in the movie.

Personal life

D’Souza is deeply religious and says that, she regularly attends Sunday Mass at St. Anne’s Parish (Bandra), and whenever the family is home, a part of their evening is reserved for saying the rosary together. In an interview with The Times of India, she comments, “I keep a Novena every Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church in Mahim.” In an interview with Daily News and Analysis, she said that “My communication with God is conversational, I’m God’s favourite child; I believe that God has always been kind to me.” Tabloids have repeatedly linked D’Souza romantically with Ritesh Deshmukh,
ever since they starred together in their debut film Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003.They were reportedly ready to get engaged, but Ritesh’s father, the then-Maharashtra Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh did not agree. Ever since then, D’Souza has strongly denied any rumors of a relationship with Deshmukh, and responds that she has just friendly relations with him.She currently resides in Bandra (Mumbai), where she was brought up. Her mothertongue is Konkani.

In June 2010, she was the subject of a controversy, when a Tamil daily reported that she had attended the controversial 2010 IIFA Awards in Colombo.Several Bollywood actors and the South Indian film industry had boycotted the event, over the alleged killing of Tamilian civilians at the height of the conflict between the Sri Lanka Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. The rumours of her visit to Colombo started after her friend Ritesh Deshmukh was seen at the festival in Colombo. Immediately, various Tamil groups and Kollywood associations demanded her films to be banned.


Boys (2003)
Satyam (2003)
Samba (2004)
Sye (2005)Subash Chandra Bose (2005)
Na Alludu (2005)
Happy (2006)
Raam (2006)
Bommarillu (2006)
Dhee (2007)
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)
Mere Baap Pehle Aap(2008)
Santosh Subrahmanyam (2008)

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