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Ameesha Patel
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Also known as:Angel, Amisha Amit Patel, Amisha Patel
Occupation:Actor
Born:June 9, 1976
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Ameesha Patel has seen the ebb and flow of her career after she switched her profession from being an economic analyst early in life, to a Bollywood actress. Having modelled for renowned brands like Fair & Lovely, Cadburys, and Lux, her first acting stint was with Satyadev Dubey's theater group. Two of her biggest Bollywood box office successes are her debut film Kaho Naa Pyar Hai (2000) opposite Hrithik Roshan, and the critically acclaimed Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) opposite Sunny Deol. Her career prospects improved when she starred in two multi-starrer movies Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. andBhool Bhulaiyaa in 2007.

Early Life
Born to Amit and Asha Patel in 1975, she was named Amisha. Her brother, Ashmit Patel, is also a Bollywood & television actor. Ameesha is the grand-daughter of lawyer-politician Barrister Rajni Patel. She studied in Mumbai at the Cathedral and John Connon School and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She ventured into studying Biogenetic engineering but later opted for Economics at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and graduated with a gold medal for an Economics paper. She started her career as an economic analyst but turned down a job at Morgan Stanley to join Satyadev Dubey's theater group in India. She acted in several plays, including an Urdu language play titled Neelam (1999) written by Tanveer Khan.

Personal Life
Ameesha met director-producerVikram Bhatt in 2002 while filming the movie Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage. The couple soon started dating but reportedly separated in 2008, after five years into the relationship. She was in a relationship with a London-based businessman Kanav Puri from 2008 to 2010.

Movie Career
Ameesha Patel chanced upon being an actress after she accepted the role of Sonia in the filmKaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai offered to her by director-producer Rakesh Roshan. She initially rejected the offer to pursue her studies in the USA, but was offered the role again whenKareena Kapoor walked out of the film. The movie established Ameesha and her co-star Hrithik Roshan as rising stars, and she won several awards as the best debutant that year. Her second movie, Badri was a Telugu language drama opposite Pawan Kalyan which was another major success. She bagged a role in her second Bollywood movie Gadar (2001), even before she shot to fame with Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai. The film set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 starred Sunny Deol and became one of the top-grossing films of the year. Ameesha's performance won her the Filmfare Special Performance Award, as well as nominations for Best Actress at several award ceremonies.

These successful movies followed with some flops by the actress, such as Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002) opposite Hrithik Roshan for the second time. However, her movie Humraaz (2002), a thriller by Abbas-Mastan opposite Akshaye Khanna and Bobby Deol, in which she played a negative role for the first time, became the fifth highest-grossing film of the year at the box office. The years 2002-2006 saw a series of flop films and unrecalled performances by the actress.

Some of Ameesha’s other noteworthy performances include her role as Jwala in Ketan Mehta's historical drama Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), and her character as the wronged wife in Ankahee (2006) got her critical acclaim despite the movie being a box office failure. She was also seen in the multi-starrer comedy drama Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) where her comic timing was appreciated. It was a small budget film that got moderate box office success. Priyadarshan’s hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) opposite Akshay Kumar where she played the character of a rejected adopted girl got her acclaim even for a supporting role. Abbas-Mustan's Race 2 (2013) saw her as Anil Kapoor’s flaky assistant, which despite being a critical failure emerged as a box office success. Her 2016 release includes Bhaiyya Ji Superhit with an ensemble cast of Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Mithun Chakraborty, Prakash Raj and Shreyas Talpade.

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Did You Know? (4)

  • Ameesha Patel rejected a few good films like, Jism (2003), Tere Naam (2003), and Chameli (2003).
  • Ameesha's mother Asha Patel, acted in her debut movie Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai as Raj's (Hrithik Roshan) mother in the second part of the film.
  • Amisha Patel was offered the lead role but she refused.
  • Emraan Hashmi who made his Bollywood debut with Footpath was supposed to make his debut with Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar opposite Ameesha Patel in 2001. However, Vikram Bhatt, the director of the film dropped him out because he felt that Emraan was not fit for the character.
  • Personal Quotes (8)

  • "“George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi... we had them. Animals don't; they need us. Let's fight for their freedom.”"
  • "“I don't mind an item number like "Kajra Re" from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), it's done well and the song seems like a whole lot of fun. But if I did a "Khallas," my career would also be Khallas with it!”"
  • "I would never deny the importance of the media, but I wouldn't go out of the way to splash my pictures all over town. I'd rather let my work do the talking."
  • "Believe me, it's not easy being an actress and a producer, especially with no big daddy to support you."
  • "I work on my body to stay fit, but that does not make me superior to anyone. I am a forthright and hardworking girl."
  • "Life is all about evolution. What looks like a mistake to others has been a milestone in my life. Even if people have betrayed me, even if my heart was broken, even if people misunderstood or judged me, I have learned from these incidents. We are human and we make mistakes, but learning from them is what makes the difference."
  • "I am happy I have competition. It keeps me on my toes all the while and stops me from becoming complacent. So, it works to my advantage."
  • "I love human beings. I believe that there is so much to learn from every person you meet, including a child."
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