Genelia D’Souza also known as Harini is a popular Indian actress. She has acted over a dozen films in South Indian cinema.

After being born in England, goa-based Genelia returned home to India to star in the multi-budgeted Boys by top director Shankar. She starred opposite fellow debutant Siddharth, the film was a box-office hit. This launched her career.

She left Kollywood for a while to concentrate on the Tollywood industry, starring in other successful films including, Satyam, Masti, Samba and Sye. She followed it up with a pairing with popular actress Shriya in Subhash Chandra Bose. She returned to the Tamil industry with the hit, Sachein with Vijay. Her film, Happy opposite Allu Arjun was a hit. Her most recent film, Bommarillu, with Siddharth Narayan, is a super hit. It is the best role she got in her career, and received many praises for her acting. She has Chennai Kadhal in the pipelines for Kollywood . She was also a part of Mani Ratnam’s stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.

Genelia’s ‘Meow’ quotient in ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na‘ has made her the cynosure of all eyes. Her journey to fame started with commercials like ‘Parker’ pen with Amitabh Bachchan and ‘Fair & Lovely’ with Krishnamachari Srikanth.

In the year 2003,Tamil director Shankar saw her in a commercial with Amitabh Bachchan and decided to cast her in the leading role of the Tamil version of his film ‘Boys’. She started her career in 2003 with a bang by doing three movies namely, the Hindi movie ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’; the Tamil movie ‘Boys’; the Telugu movie ‘Satyam’. ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’ was with actor Ritesh Deshmukh and the movie saw an average response while the movies ‘Boys’ and ‘Satyam’ were hits in their respective genres. Genelia, then did several blockbuster hits which made her very popular down South. She built up her popularity in the south by doing films like ‘Samba’ in 2004, ‘Subhash Chandra Bose’ and ‘Sye‘ in 2005. She played the role of Haasini in the Telugu blockbuster, ‘Bommarillu‘, which also starred Siddharth Narayan in the lead. This movie was one of the biggest hits in her career and earned her critical acclaim and wide recognition. She won the Filmfare Award as the Best Actress for her performance, besides other awards. Her character of Haasini earned rave reviews which made her the favorite choice for that role in the remakes of ‘Bommarillu’ in other languages.

Her second role in Hindi film industry was with Riteish Deshmukh in ‘Masti‘. The year 2008 saw Genelia trying to pave her way into Bollywood in Priyadarshan’s ‘Mere Baap Pehle Aap’ which got moderate reviews. Her final breakthrough in Bollywood was through the blockbuster, ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ where her role as unrestrained ‘Meow’ shined out. Her role has been widely admired for her sweetness, freshness, and her style of acting. The movie has debutant Imran Khan, Aamir Khan’s nephew, as the lead actor and the movie was a success in India and overseas. Her debut film in Kannada ‘Satya in Love’ grossed 4 crores in its opening week thus setting a new record in the Kannada film industry.

Forthcoming movies in her kitty for the year 2009 are “It’s My Life”, a remake of ‘Bommarillu’ co starring Harman Baweja; “Life Partner” with Govinda; David Dhawan’s “Hook Ya Crook” with John Abraham which is about cricket and the Telugu movie “Sasirekha Parinayam” with Tarun and is said to be on the lines of jab we met. She is now the Brand Ambassador of the new ‘Fanta’ replacing Rani Mukherjee and has also become the Brand Ambassador of chocolate ‘Perk’ where she has replaced Preity Zinta.

 

Movies Done By Genelia D’Souza

  • 2003 Tujhe Meri Kasam Anjali (Anju) Hindi Nominated—Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female
  • 2003 Boys Harini Tamil credited as Harini
  • 2003 Satyam Ankitha Telugu CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut
  • 2004 Masti Bindhiya Hindi
  • 2004 Samba Sandhya Telugu
  • 2004 Sye Indu Telugu
  • 2005 Naa Alludu Gagana Telugu
  • 2005 Sachein Shalini Tamil
  • 2005 Subhash Chandra Bose Anitha Telugu
  • 2006 Happy Madhumathi Telugu
  • 2006 Raam Lakshmi Telugu
  • 2006 Bommarillu Hasini Rao Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
  • 2006 Santosham Award for Best Actress
  • 2006 Chennai Kadhal Narmadha Tamil
  • 2007 Dhee Puja Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
  • 2008 Mr. Medhavi Swetha Telugu
  • 2008 Satya in Love Veda Kannada Kannda Debut
  • 2008 Santosh Subramaniam Hasini Govindan Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
  • 2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Shikha Kapur Hindi
  • 2008 Ready Puja Telugu
  • 2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Aditi “Meow” Mahant Hindi Nominated—Star Screen Award for Best Actress
  • 2008 King Herself Telugu Cameo appearance
  • 2009 Sasirekha Parinayam Sasirekha Telugu
  • 2009 Life Partner Sanjana Jugran Hindi
  • 2009 Katha Chitra Singh Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
  • 2010 Chance Pe Dance Tina Sharma Hindi
  • 2010 Uthamaputhiran Pooja Tamil
  • 2010 Orange Jaanu Telugu
  • 2011 Urumi Arakkal Ayesha Malayalam Asiavision Film Award for Best Actress
  • 2011 Force Maya Hindi
  • 2011 Velayudham Bharathi Tamil
  • 2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Mini Hindi
  • 2012 Naa Ishtam Krishnaveni Telugu
  • 2014 Jai Ho Suman Hindi Cameo appearance
  • 2014 Lai Bhaari Herself Marathi Cameo appearance
  • 2016 Force 2 Maya Hindi Cameo appearance
  • 2018 Mauli Herself Marathi Producer; cameo appearance

 

Awards and nominations Done By Genelia D’Souza

  • 2003 Tujhe Meri Kasam Filmfare Award Best Female Debut Nominated
  • 2003 Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut Nominated
  • 2003 Star Screen Award Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated
  • 2003 Satyam CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut Won
  • 2005 Masti Stardust Awards Best Breakthrough Performance – Female Nominated
  • 2006 Bommarillu Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Won
  • 2006 Santosham Awards Santosham Award for Best Actress Won
  • 2006 Nandi Awards Nandi Special Jury Award Won
  • 2007 Dhee Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
  • 2008 Santosh Subramaniam Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil Nominated
  • 2008 Vijay Award Vijay Award for Best Actress Nominated
  • 2008 Vijay Award Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine Nominated
  • 2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Star Screen Award Star Screen Award for Best Actress Nominated
  • 2008 Stardust Awards Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
  • 2008 Apsara Award Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
  • 2009 Katha Nandi Awards Nandi Special Jury Award Won
  • 2011 Urumi Asiavision Film Award Asiavision Film Award for Best Actress Won
  • 2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya BIG Star Entertainment Awards Big Star Award Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy — Female Nominated
  • 2015 Lai Bhaari IIFA Awards Outstanding Performance By A Regional Language Film Won
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