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A new dawn

Genelia D’Souza on being lucky



Actor Genelia D’Souza

She came like a whiff of fresh air. Her bubbly look proved to be just the right ingredient for Bollywood, which is now increasingly catering to the young brigade. Genelia D’Souza, who started her Bollywood innings with Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Riteish Deshmukh in 2003, couldn’t cut much ice with the audience. But her luck shone last year with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na opposite Imran Khan.

Happy with her success in the industry, Genial, in town as the new face of Fanta Apple, says, “Everybody gets an opportunity to begin but few are lucky enough to get a second chance.”

Genelia’s romance with the camera started with ad films. “My career chose me rather me choosing it. I was at a wedding when someone from the O&M offered me an ad. I didn’t understand what portfolio meant but then modelling happened and a month later, I was doing films.” The actor started with Southern films and made a name for herself, particularly with the Telugu film Bommarillu. With a smile she though adds, “I still struggle with the Southern languages.”

Though the success of Jaane Tu.. has marked a new dawn in her career, she says she is not worried of being bracketed, a trend that Bollywood films have long followed. Says the former state level athlete, “I don’t want to be branded. But I am lucky that I am one of the few who can portray a young urban girl.”

. It’s no surprise that most of her forthcoming films —David Dhawan’s Hook Ya Crook, It’s my Life with Harman Baweja, and Life Partner with Tusshar Kapoor, are youthful and urban-centric.

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