She’s new wave. She’s old-school. She’s a mad hatter. She’s sorted. Genelia D’Souza is a quirky alchemy of contrasts. Bollywood’s perky beauty is also the perfect embodiment of New India’s easy-cool take on life. Sona Bahadur finds the bubblicious actress doesn’t have to try too hard. She just is its pouring pigs and dolphins.
Genelia D’Souza is preening for the Verve cover shoot. She’d rather be out scoring on the field. The rain is making her nostalgic about school days. The Beckham freak rues she hasn’t played football in five years. The fame game has left her time for little else. How did she land up in tinsel town? Quite simply, she’s the Chosen One. Cut to circa 2002.
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Six pretty bridesmaids at a wedding. One catches the eye of a top ad agency’s managing director. She’s asked to show up at the agency with portfolio pictures the next day. The girl doesn’t have a portfolio. She takes her birthday pictures instead. She bags the Parker commercial starring Big B.Her 2003 Hindi debut Tujhe Meri Kasam with Riteish Deshmukh turns out to be a non–starter.
Then Genelia strikes gold with two Southern hits, Boys and Bomarillu. Bollywood is waiting to re-happen. Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na hits bulls’ eye and marks the actress’ return as B-Town’s new zing thing. “People without godfathers don’t get a second chance. I did. Because I’m God’s favourite child.” she declares between masterstrokes of mascara.Genelia is on our August cover for some very good reasons. Already a rage in the South after a string of hits, ‘Meow’ (aka Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na’s young protagonist) has the potential to be a youth icon.
The perky freshness belies a powerhouse of talent. It’s difficult to imagine anyone else as Jaane Tu’s Aditi; the innocence and intensity she brought to her character shone through. Bomarillu, her Telugu film with Siddharth, did massive business in the US, winning her a FilmFare award for best actress. Today she happily straddles three film industries with no plans of quitting any of them. “I’ll continue to do Southern films. It’s a huge market. Right now it’s great to know people in the South write roles keeping Genelia in mind.”