When I talk to Genelia D'Souza, the first thing that strikes me is her voice. It's so sexy. Seriously, I'm not saying this because I'm desperate for a date
with her, oh no! Her voice is golden. Yes, I know, most men will not agree with me. But you know what? Her voice has an awkward charm but in the other second
it seduces you. Her voice conveys joy and it offers simulacrum of happiness. Her second best possession is her smile. It's like a cherry blossom. It lets you
forget that you were in a bad mood half an hour ago. But it also makes you fall in love with her. So, this marks my first and the last time with Genelia
D'Souza over the phone. From now on it's face to face, one to one. Audiences may confess that they love her big, but I confess that I love her bigger. She
reminds you of Anne Hathaway in every which way - she's crazy, cracks up within a fraction of a second and can come up with more antics than a comedian can.
That's the charm of Genelia D'Souza on just hearing her talk. While Genny, as I'd love to call her, has clearly earned her success, her rise still reveals
something more, something incomplete, and something that she still wants to achieve. She is exactly what the money mongering producers are after or
glamour-hungry glossies are after. But the question is what Genelia is after? And after talking to her for a rapid fire ten minutes or so, I find out that
she has the wind in her sails and knows precisely where she's heading. She's heading up the stardom in full 'Force'. UK's Harrow Observer columnist and
Bollywood Hungama's London correspondent talks to the girl who 'voices' her opinion on Force, John Abraham, Nishikant Kamat, Bollywood love
stories and Anne Hathaway.
"The love story is the most important part of the film. That's why I did it"
Yes, I am pretty much coming back after a sabbatical. You can say that (laughs). I selected an action movie like Force because the whole movie is
based on this love story between my character and John's character. The love story is the most important part of the film that forms the crux of it. When I
read the script, I fell in love with the character. I did have a brief chat with John about the role and the film in general before I said yes to it and
today when I look at it, I don't regret doing it. I'm glad I'm a part of Force.
"The dialogues in Force don't look choreographed"
See, comparisons are bound to happen. If people think that way, good for our film (laughs). But they say this after they've seen the promos and the first
look. It's the action and John's physique which is one aspect and then there is this love story too. Force's action scenes and the love story isn't a
gimmick, it's the dialogues and the conversation between two lovers that doesn't look choreographed. That's the strength of Force.
"I've learnt a lot about action from Vidyut, the villain in the film. He is a martial arts expert"
I would love to be the next Lara Croft of Bollywood (laughs). No, I wasn't around too much when the two boys were doing action. But I've been getting a lot
of feedback for my role by people who've seen it. I haven't done any action movie but I can understand the action quite a lot. Vidyut, who is playing the
villain in the movie, is a martial arts expert. I would converse with him a lot. I would go like, 'How do you know all of that?' But I've gone out of my way
to know what goes behind the action, on and off the sets.
"I am a 'desi' by heart so my favourite movie in romance genre is DDLJ"
I am a love story girl. I am a 'desi' by heart so my favourite movie in romance genre is DDLJ. John was a good lover boy (laughs). He is a very shy
guy, very intelligent, you can have a great conversation with him I feel. John is someone who has come up the hard way. A thorough professional when it comes
"There is a clear understanding about Nishikant and his guidance is surely worth praise"
Nishikant Kamat is very real. He is also a weird person (laughs). It's just about knowing him. He is so good at his characters that he will brief you at a
stretch any character from the film. There is a clear understanding about him and his guidance is surely worth praise. Nishikant has really worked hard on
this movie and it will show come the release date.
"But more than Force being an action movie, it has a very strong emotion of love too"
The last big action movie that rocked the UK was Dhoom that starred John Abraham. So yes, Force is a blessing in disguise (laughs). He is a
rock star. He is an international model at the end of the day and people know him very well outside India. He is loved by all and I guess their love will
again shower, come the release of Force. But more than Force being an action movie, it has a very strong emotion of love too.
"To compare me with Anne Hathaway is a flattering remark"
Oh! I take the compliment in stride. My UK fans comparing me to the effervescence and the hip-hoping and madness of Anne Hathaway is a huge flattering
remark. I love her. She is adorable. I loved her in The Devil Wears Prada.
"John's biceps were so huge that it covered my face completely"
John really takes good care of his co-stars. I can't recall any prank he pulled on me or the crew members. I just kept kidding him. I remember one instance.
John has these huge biceps and I was standing behind him. He kept on raising his hand and my face used to not show on the monitor thanks to his bulked up
biceps. So we really had good fun on the sets of Force. He is quite a fun to work with.
"I'd go for men with brains too and a bit of biceps"
I'd love a
man who looks after me than his muscles (laughs). But I wouldn't mind a man with a combination of both. Just like men like beauty with brains, I'd go for men
with brains too and a bit of biceps (laughs).