Genelia D’Souza – Biography, Husband, Family, Career & Movies

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Genelia D’Souza is an Indian actress and model who works , Tamil and Telugu films. She is the wife of Bollywood’s famous actor Ritesh Deshmukh.


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Genelia D’Souza

Full Name Genelia D’Souza
Second Name Genelia Deshmukh
birth August 5, 1987
Place of birth Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Age/Age 34 years
birthday 5 August
profession Actress and Model
Height (approximately) 1.68 m or
168 centimeters
Hair Color black
Color of eyes black
zodiac sign lion
nationality Indian
duty Christian religion
net worth Not known

Genelia D’Souza’s family

Father Neil D’Souza
small pox Janet D’Souza
Brother Nigel D’Souza
Husband Riteish Deshmukh
{M. 2012}
children Riyan Deshmukh and
Rahyl Deshmukh


Debut Hindi Film: Tujhe Meri
Kasam {2003}
Tamil Film: Boys
Telugu Film: Satyam


Genelia D’Souza Biography

Genelia Deshmukh was born on Wednesday, 5 August 1987 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. His father, Neil D’Souza is a senior executive at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and his mother, Janet D’Souza is a former managing director of Pharma Multinational Corporation. He also has a brother named Nigel D’Souza, who works in the Bombay Stock Exchange.

After completing his schooling, he graduated in Management Studies from St. Andrew’s College, Bandra, Mumbai.

personal life

Genelia D’Souza first met Riteish Deshmukh during the test shoot of her debut film ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’. Genelia had ignored him at first because she felt that being the chief minister’s son, he could be a spoiled child. However, during the shooting of the film, the two became very close to each other and Genelia started dating Ritesh since then.

Genelia D’Souza dated Ritesh for more than eight years and on February 3, 2012, Genelia married Ritesh Deshmukh. Their first son Riaan was born on November 25, 2014. Their second son Rahyl was born on June 1, 2016.

Genelia D’Souza’s Career

Genelia D’Souza started her career as a model at the age of 15. He also did an ad for Parker Penn with Amitabh Bachchan, which caught people’s attention.


Genelia D’Souza started her Bollywood career in the year 2003 with the film “Tujhe Meri Kasam” with Ritesh Deshmukh. In the same year, he ventured into the Tamil film industry with the film “Boys” and ventured into the Telugu film industry with the film “Satyam”.

He did two Telugu films, “Happy” and “Ram” in early 2006 and then “Bommarilu”, which was a super hit. In the year 2008, he returned to Bollywood after 5 years with the film “Mere Baap Pehle Aap”, which failed miserably at the box office. After this, he filmed the film “Jaane Tu… She played the role of Aditi Mahanta in “Ya Jaane Na”, which became very popular.

After that he acted in many films like Life Partner, Force, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Jai Ho, Force 2, Lai Bhaari, Mauli and It’s My Life.

Apart from acting, Genelia D’Souza has hosted the television show Big Switch, and has been the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo and Perk in India.


Facts about Genelia D’Souza {Some Interesting Facts about Genelia D’Souza}

His nickname is ‘Jinu’. She is often referred to as ‘Chinu’ or ‘Babli Girl’ in Bollywood.

In her college days, she was a state level athlete and national level football player.

Genelia completed her bachelor’s degree while shooting for her first film “Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003)”.

In 2003, he gained popularity by doing an advertisement for ‘Fair and Lovely’.

Over a period of a calendar year, he has featured superhit films in four different languages { Ready (Telugu), Satya in Love (Kannada), Santosh Subramaniam (Tamil), and Jaane Tu… He has also set a Limca World Record by acting in Ya Jaane Na (Hindi)}.

In October 2009, she appeared as a showstopper for jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali in the second season of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) India Couture Week.

She walked the ramp with Tusshar Kapoor for fashion designer Manish Malhotra at Lakme Fashion Week 28 on March 2009, 2009.



In 2011, during the shooting of the film Force, a wedding scene between her and John Abraham sparked a controversy. Some claimed that the wedding ceremonies and rituals held were so authentic that they would actually have been husband and wife in real life.

Instead of the junior artist, the real priest was called for the scene in the film. Soon after the news of Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh’s marriage spread, the priest, who got Genelia married to John Abraham on the sets of the film “Force”, claimed that Genelia and John are already married and could not have been married to Riteish Deshmukh. Pujari also created a ruckus at producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s office to lodge a complaint against Genelia.



  • Cinema Award for Best Female Debut for the film Satyam in 2003
  • Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film “Bommarilu” in 2006 – Telugu
  • Nandi Special Jury Award for the film “Bommarilu” in 2006
  • Nandi Special Jury Award for the film “Katha” in 2009


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