Genelia Deshmukh (née D'Souza) is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil language films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, D'Souza began her acting career with the box-office hit Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. She was recognized for her role in Boys the same year. D'Souza received her first Filmfare Award in 2006 for her performance in the Telugu romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim. In 2008, she gave critically acclaimed performances in Santosh Subramaniam, a Tamil remake of Bommarillu, and the Hindi film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. In addition to mainstream acting, D'Souza has hosted the television show Big Switch. She has been part of successful films, including Dhee, Mr. Medhavi, Ready, Katha, Uthamaputhiran, Urumi, Velayudham and the Hindi films Masti and Force. Having acted in several commercially successful movies in Telugu and Tamil, D'Souza was described as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry in the 2000s.
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