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Genelia D’Souza born on August 5, 1987 is an Indian film actress, model, and host.
She has appeared in Telugu and Hindi language films, as well as Tamil and Kannada language films. D’Souza first Hit Advertisment was Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan.
Her acting debut in the Hindi movie was Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003, Movie failed but soon she got recognition in the Tamil hit film Boys the same year. She also acted in many Telugu movies during the period from 2003 to 2005, which earned her recognition in the Telugu film industry.
Genelia D’Souza received her first Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2006 for her performance in the romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim. She made her Kannada debut in 2007 in Satya In Love. She made a comeback to Bollywood in 2008, and was appreciated for her performance in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. In addition to movie acting, D’Souza hosts the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, FasTrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light and Perk in India.
Genelia Born in Mumbai into a Mangalorean Catholic family, and 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, 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. She 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. She liked sports and studies in college, and was also a State level athlete, sprinter and a National level Football player.
Genelia D’Souza did her first modeling assignment at age 15. Following her poor debut in
Bollywood, she decided to act in South Indian films. 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, a story about about five teenagers having stereotypical teen-boy fantasies. She left Tamil cinema to concentrate on the Telugu film industry. She made her Telugu debut in Satyam in 2003 opposite Sumanth, in which she played the role of a medical student. In her second Hindi movie, Masti in 2004, which was opposite Ritesh Deshmukh. The same year, she appeared in the Telugu fim Samba. Her final Telugu movie in 2004 was Sye. Her first Telugu movie in 2005, Naa Alludu, was commercially unsuccessful. Later that year, she starred in the Tamil romantic entertainer Sachein. She later appeared in the Telugu patriotic movie Subhash Chandra Bose set against a backdrop of Pre-independece period, which was also an economic failure.
Year 2006 Genelia D souza completed two Telugu movies, one was the romantic comedy Happy, and the other was Raam. Telugu romantic film Bommarillu, alongside Siddharth Narayan. The movie, a blockbuster at the box-office, grossed Rs 250 million and won the 2006 Golden Nandi award.
In 2007, D’Souza played the role of sister of a notorious gangster in the blockbuster Telugu movie Dhee, and received FNCC Best Actress Award. The following year, D’Souza appeared in the 2008 Telugu romatic thriller Mr. Medhavi. She made her Kannada debut in Satya in Love. She was cast in a leading role in Santhosh Subramaniam, a Tamil remake of Bommarillu.
In June 2008, she appeared in Bollywood film Mere Baap Pehle Aap with Akshaye Khanna. Her breakthrough performance in 2008 was through the portrayal of the role of Aditi Mahant in the blockbuster Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na opposite Imran Khan. In that same year, D’Souza acted in the Telugu romantic comedy Sasirekha Parinayam.
In 2009, Genelia D’Souza was cast in the Hindi film Life Partner alongside Fardeen Khan, Her next appearance was in the Telugu thriller Katha. In 2010, D’Souza appeared in Ken Ghosh`s film Chance Pe Dance with Shahid Kapoor.
She is working in David Dhawan’s film Hook Ya Crook, co starring John Abraham and Shreyas Talpade.