shivani sathiwrote on Oct 30 2009 1:35PM
Genelia born on Aug 5th 1987 has acted in Telugu and Hindi films and has also appeared in Tamil and Kannada language films.She was also a State level athlete and a National level Football player.
D'Souza made her debut in Bollywood in 2003. Her first Hindi film was Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Ritesh Deshmukh. She left Bollywood for a while to concentrate on South Indian films. She first hit the lime-light with a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan and further did a Fair and Lovely 2003 Cricket World Cup ad with Krishnamachari Srikkanth. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai. The Tamil director, Shankar, was very much impressed with her performance in both the ads and cast her in a leading role in his Tamil film Boys in 2003 which was a huge success.
She made her Telugu debut with Sathyam opposite Sumanth, which went on to become a blockbuster. Subsequently, she acted in several films which raised her profile in south India. She acted in successful telugu films like Happy, and Sye. She followed it up with a pairing with actor Venkatesh in Subhash Chandra Bose which met with disappointment at the box-office.
Her second Hindi movie was Masti and was also opposite Ritesh. This film was a moderate success.