By Meenu Bahuguna Last Updated:
Marriages are made in heaven, but love happens in this very world. This is exactly what happened to the most stunning jodi of Bollywood, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh. Just one look at this gorgeous couple makes our heart skip a beat. Nine years of courtship and nine years of marital bliss, Riteish and Genelia are an epitome of pure love. For them, being happy with each other is the only important thing.
Riteish and Genelia come from a completely different family background. Riteish Deshmukh’s family is one of the prominent names in Indian politics. His late father, Vilasrao Deshmukh was the ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra. On the other side, Genelia D’Souza’s family likes to keep themselves away from the limelight. Not just the family background, Riteish and Genelia's religious thoughts too were completely different. Talking about Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza’s religion, he is a Hindu Marathi, whereas she is a Christian, who had never missed her Sunday mass. But nothing could stop this lovely couple from falling for each other.
A 16-year-old girl, full of inhibitions arrived at the Hyderabad airport with her mom for the test shoot of her debut film, Tujhe Meri Kasam. There she met a 25-year-old young boy, who was starring opposite her in the film. The girl was Genelia D’Souza, and the young man was none other than Riteish Deshmukh, Maharashtra’s then Chief Minister’s (Late Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh) son.
Initially, Genelia thought that being a chief minister’s son, Riteish will be a spoilt brat and full of tantrums. So, she decided to give him an attitude before he did! Oblivious to her thoughts, Riteish arrived on the terminal and saw this tall girl, who shook hands with him and started looking in a different direction. This cold reaction left him wondering why she was behaving awkwardly!
To Genelia’s surprise, opposite to her first thoughts, Riteish came out to be extremely humble and polite guy, who was cordial with everybody of the set. During the shoots, Riteish was immensely respectful towards Genelia’s parents. The actress found it endearing that despite being the CM’s son, Riteish was completely down-to-earth.
Not many people know that Riteish is also a professional architect, and architecture is what he used to discuss with Genelia on the sets. And, young Genelia used to share updates about her college and exams with him. Soon, they became best friends on and off the sets.
After the Hyderabad shoot, Riteish came back to Mumbai. By now, he had started missing Genelia’s company. She also could not keep herself unfazed by his charm. Love was never a sudden thing for them, it was a slow process, where they first got to know each other and before they could realise it, they were in love! Although Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza had an age difference of 9 years, they still couldn’t stop themselves from falling in love with each other.
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza had addressed their relationship in public. They lied because they didn't want their relationship to become a Page-3 gossip. In an interview with Bollywood Bubble, Riteish had talked about how he had proposed Genelia. He had stated:
So what I did was, shaadi ho rahi thi, I told her I have to buy some stuff lets go to Taj. We sat in the car and reached Taj. I stopped the car on the opposite side towards the Gateway (of India) and she asked, ‘Why are you stopping the car here?’. I said, ‘Let’s just walk across because there’s lot of traffic.’ She got out. I had a jacket so I wore my jacket. She wondered why was I wearing a jacket. I took her down towards the jetty and we got on a speed boat. It was evening time. Then we went on a yacht which was of my friend. He was kind enough to let me have it for the evening.
Riteish further opened up about his surprise proposal with fireworks and had said:
Then we went towards Marine Drive and it started getting dark. I had ordered our favourite Pizza. We sat on the front of the yacht it was a lovely and chilly evening. I reached a particular place that I wanted to be. And another friend of mine had a building right in front of Marine drive. Then I asked her to look there. The fireworks were planned at that point. And that’s when I proposed to her.
Genelia was surely awestruck by Riteish’s efforts and in the same interview, she had revealed how much she had loved the whole arrangement. Talking about the special moment, Genelia had shared:
It was lovely. I had always said that Riteish I want some drama before we get married. But I didn’t know that it will go to this extent. It was very very special. It was less than 10 days before our wedding. I was thrilled to bits.
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After dating for 9 long years, the much-in-love couple had decided to tie the knot. Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza’s marriage date was fixed and on February 3, 2012, this lovely couple had begun their forever journey. Genelia was not just at the peak of her career when she got married to Riteish, but was quite young as well. Genelia’s age at the time of her marriage was 25, whereas Riteish’s age was 34.
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza first got married according to Hindu Tradition, following all the Marathi rituals, which was followed by a Christian wedding in the church on the next day. From actors to politicians, the who’s who of the glamour, business and political world were present at the wedding.
When we look back at Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza’s weddings pictures, it only gives us hope to not only find a dreamy romance of our own but a friend, who will be by our side no matter what.
Due to work commitments, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza couldn’t go for their honeymoon. Shortly after their wedding, they had made their first public appearance for the Celebrity Cricket League. The duo was also busy promoting their film, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. And as a result, the only vacation they could take time out for, was a trip to Vaishno Devi shrine.
Another reason for missing out on their honeymoon was that Riteish’s younger brother, Dheeraj Deshmukh’s wedding preparation which had kept the couple occupied.
These two are such an amazing couple, that we do not have even an iota of doubt about how great they must be as parents. The lucky couple was blessed with two beautiful baby boys within a span of two years. After two years of marital bliss, Riteish and Genelia had embraced parenthood for the first time on November 25, 2014, with the arrival of their baby boy, Riaan Deshmukh. On June 1, 2016, the couple welcomed their second baby boy, Rahyl Deshmukh.
Riteish and Genelia’s luxurious Mumbai home is filled with love, laughter and the memories attached to his late father and former late Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh. From a royal entrance, centre stairway, Artsy walls, dark panelling to creative artwork on glass windows, everything about their home exude royalty.
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza are one of the power couples of Bollywood. Riteish had done an array of Bollywood and Marathi films. According to the reports of Republic World, Riteish’s calculated net worth as of 2020 is 16 million USD, which is approximately, Rs 120 crore. Apart from acting, a major source of his income comes from his production house, Mumbai Film Company.
Riteish’s wife, Genelia is also the co-owner of Mumbai Film Company and also earns her income from various endorsements. Genelia’s net worth is reported to be 6 million USD, which is approximately Rs 42 crore. And together, their net worth is calculated to be 22 million USD, which is Rs 162 crore.
Riteish and Genelia’s journey from being sweet young lovers to a beautiful mature married couple has been an endearing one. We know that their love has and will always keep blossoming with each passing day. Here’s wishing this cutesy couple loads of love and good wishes, now and forever!