Love is not something that is solemnly declared or resounded widely. It is a spur-of-the-moment, that develops gradually and matures in a fruitful manner. The alluring love tale of Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza is a perfect example of this.
Riteish and Genelia, who have tied knot in 2012, had shared a thorough relationship of a decade. The two met each other in 2002 while shooting for their movie, Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003). Both being newcomers, they had started working together as strangers. A few days before their wedding, Riteish had told in an interview with The Times of India, about their first meeting,
“I was flying to Hyderabad for the test shoot of Tujhe Meri Kasam and I was told that the girl opposite me would be there. I walked out of the airport and met Genelia’s mom. Then I saw this tall girl looking in the opposite direction, completely ignoring me. I was like, why is she behaving like this?”
Butting in, Genelia spoke-
“I did say, ‘Hi!’ I’d found out two days before that he was the Chief Minister’s son so I assumed he was a spoilt brat… a typical politician’s son… so I thought I’d give him attitude before he did! (laughs) Otherwise, I am shy and reserved by nature.”
“The minute I spoke to him, I realised he was a nice person. On the set, Riteish binds people. I didn’t know anything about films then but he made it look so easy. Also, I found it endearing how he was so respectful of my parents and elders.”
About their days at the sets of Tujhe Meri Kasam, Riteish shared,
“Off the sets, we soon became best friends. I would discuss architecture with her while she would discuss college and exams with me! The beauty of a relationship is when you get used to a person. It is just a process, and you don’t realise when love happens. After I came back from the Hyderabad schedule, I started missing her. I wondered whether it was right to call her or not. That dilemma lasted for a few days.”
Adding to this, Genelia said,
“I was completely floored by Riteish’s personality. I think guys like him are rare in today’s world. I love listening to him and enjoy his views. Falling in love was gradual.”
On 3rd February, 2012, their relationship finally ripened into marriage. Today, they both are living amiably with their kids Riaan and Rahyl. After their wedding, Riteish and Genelia have done a couple of films together, namely Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya (2012), and a Marathi movie Lai Bhaari (2014).
Wish her a Happy Birthday and A Blessed Married Life!