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Genial Genelia

Genelia on her new film Life Partner

Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

ALL SMILES And growing up

After the success of “Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na”, Genelia D’Souza is very conscious about creating the image of a mature actress.

Bubbly she remains, but no longer childish. She now holds Limca Book of Records for Limca World Record of delivering four different super hit films in four different languages — Satya (Kannada), Santosh Subramaniyam (Tamil), Ready (Telugu) and Jaane Tu… — all in a year’s span.

At a promotion for her recently released “Life Partner”, an Abbas-Mustan film, Genelia talked about her role. “The portrayal of the character is well defined. Second, there is a level of comfort in my own space and time on the screen.” Being a part of a comedy was not difficult, she says. “Abbas-Mustan didn’t ask me to ‘look’ funny or ‘act funnily’. For instance, I sing that song ‘Kooke koyalia’ very seriously in the audition scene. You have got to see my concentration, pitch of the voice that I try to reach, and the seriousness with which I audition but because I can’t sing, it becomes funny.”

Looking at her career graph in Bollywood, Genelia states, “I learnt on the job as I don’t come from a film family. Both south Indian and Hindi films cashed in on my innocent look. That has become my USP and I am enjoying it.”

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