Mumbai: Actress Genelia D'Souza says that in her upcoming film 'Force', she has consciously tried to break away from the "cute, bubbly girl" image.

Right from her first Bollywood movie 'Tujhe Meri Kasam' to 'Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na', Genelia has so far mostly played roles of a young energetic girls.

"It was a conscious effort to throw out my hair...the image that I had from 'Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na'...immature... baby girl-like. For this film, I have grown into a lady...a mature woman with my character Maya," Genelia said.

The actress will be seen as the love interest of a cop, played by John Abraham in 'Force', directed by Nishikanth Kamat, a National Award winning film director.

 "I think while the young, cute, energetic girl has been something most people associate me with, 'Force' has given me a character who is a mature extension of that bubbly girl,” she said.

The film is a remake of a superhit Tamil film, 'Kaakha Kaakha' (2003). In the original version, south actress Jyothika Saravanam was a school teacher, while in the Hindi film, Genelia has turned into a social activist.
 
As 'Force' has been touted as an action film, where does her character fit in? Genelia says, "I play Maya and my character plays a very crucial part to the progression of the film. She is his confidante, his support and besides that, she
is fearless."

The film will release on Friday.

(Agencies)