Genelia D’Souza (born 5 August 1987) is an Indian actress who hails from Bombay, India. She is well known for her work in Telugu and Hindi films and has also appeared in Tamil as well as Kannada language films.
Genelia D’Souza was born in Mumbai to Jeanette D’Souza, formerly a Managing Director with a pharma MNC, and Neil D’Souza, a senior official with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
Her family hails from the Mangalorean Catholic community, a prominent Christian community in Bombay.
Genelia got her name from her parents, her mums name is Jeanette and her dads name is Neil and her pet name is Geenu.
D’Souza studied at the Apostolic Carmel High School in Bandra and later joined St. Andrews College (Bandra) to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree of Management Studies.
Genelia also has a younger brother Negil born 1985 which is pursuing his business with Genelia. Other than doing films, she was also a State level athlete and a National level Football player.
D’Souza made her debut in Bollywood in 2003 when she was 21.
Her first Hindi film was Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Ritesh Deshmukh.
She left Bollywood for a while to concentrate on the Tollywood Telugu industry.
She made her Telugu debut with Satyam and went on to act in several superhits which made her hugely popular in south India.
Her second Hindi movie was Masti and was also opposite Ritesh. This film was a moderate success.