Ameesha Patel ( born Amisha Amit Patel on 9 June 1975) is an Indian actress who appears in mainly Bollywood movies. Making her acting debut in the blockbuster Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), Patel won critical praise for her performance in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), which became one of the biggest hits in the history of Hindi cinema, earning her a Filmfare Special Performance Award. She would subsequently star in a number of films, most of which proved unsuccessful at the box office. However, her performance in the 2006 film Ankahee, received critical recognition, and she followed it with a supporting role in the hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007).
Her relationship with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt was often talked about in the Indian media as well as her long-running rift with her parents.
Patel is the daughter of Amit Patel and Asha Patel, sister of Ashmit Patel and the granddaughter of the famous lawyer-politician Barrister Rajni Patel who was the Congress Pradesh Committee President of Bombay. She was born in the Breach Candy Hospital in Bombay and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer since the age of five. Her birth name is a blend of the first three letters of her father’s name Amit and the last three letters of her mother’s name Asha.
She studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Bombay and was head girl for the academic year 1992–1993 before heading overseas to study Economics at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Patel’s career began as an economic analyst at Khandwala Securities Limited after graduation. Later on, she received an offer from Morgan Stanley but turned it down. After returning to India, she joined Satyadev Dubey’s theatre group and acted in plays, including an Urdu language play titled Neelam (1999) that was written by Tanveer Khan, upon receiving permission from her conservative parents. At the same time she plunged into modeling appearing in several commercial campaigns. Patel has also modeled for well-known Indian brands like Bajaj Sevashram, Fair & Lovely, Cadburys Jai Lime, Fem, Lux and many more.
|2000||Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai||Sonia Saxena|
|2001||Gadar: Ek Prem Katha||Sakeena||Filmfare Award for Special Performance
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
|2001||Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar||Sarena Devan|
|2002||Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai||Sandhya Patil|
|2002||Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage||Sapna|
|2002||Humraaz||Priya||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|2002||Yeh Hai Jalwa||Sonia Singh|
|2003||Pudhiya Geethai||Jo||Tamil film|
|2004||Suno Sasurjee||Kiran Saxena|
|2005||Vaada||Pooja Sharma / Varma|
|2005||Zameer: The Fire Within||Pooja Khanna / Chauhan|
|2005||Narasimhudu||Subba Lakshmi||Telugu film|
|2005||Mangal Pandey: The Rising||Jwala|
|2006||Mere Jeevan Saathi||Anjali|
|2006||Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai||Durga|
|2006||Teesri Aankh: The Hidden Camera||Ammu|
|2006||Aap Ki Khatir||Shirani Khanna|
|2007||Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Pinky Kapoor|
|2007||Heyy Babyy||Herself||Special appearance in title song|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Herself||Special appearance|
|2008||Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic||Malaika||Extended special appearance|
|2011||Parama Veera Chakra||Rajni||Telugu film|
|2011||Chatur Singh Two Star||Sonia Varma|
|2013||Race 2||Cherry||Extended special appearance|
|2017||Aakatayi||Dancer||Special appearance in a song|
|2017||Desi Magic||Sonia Saxena / Mahi Deol||Filming|