Ameesha Patel is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Bollywood
Ameesha Patel is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Bollywood. She has also appeared in few Telugu films. Making her acting debut in the blockbuster Kaho Naa pyar hai. Ameesha Patel is an Indian Bollywood actress. Beautiful actress has made her acting debut in the blockbuster movie "Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai" opposite to superstar Hrithik Roshan in 2000. She has won a great applause for her performance in the movie "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", which earned her a Filmfare "Special Performance Award". She founded her own production company Ameesha Patel Productions in 2011. She has also works in Telugu films. She will soon be seen in upcoming movies Bhaiyyaji Superhitt and Run Bhola Run. Ameesha Patel was born on 9 June 1975 in the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Her name is a combination of the first three letters of her father's name Amit and the last three letters of her mother's name Asha. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai and Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Her career began as an economic analyst at Khandwala Securities Limited after graduation. She has drove into modelling and appeared in several commercial campaigns and she has also modelled for well-known Indian brands like Bajaj Sevashram, Fair & Lovely, Cadburys Jai Lime, Fem, Lux and many more. Bhaiyyaji Superhitt is an upcoming action comedy Bollywood film. It is being directed by Neerraj Pathak and produced by Chirag Dhariwal. The film features Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel, Arshad Warsi and Preity Zinta in lead roles. It also stars Evelyn Sharma, Mithun Chakraborty, Prakash Raj and Shreyas Talpade. As per the reports, Ameesha was in a relationship with London-based businessman Kanav Puri and they broke off. Currently, she is very much single and is not dating anyone. Ameesha was born to Amit Patel and Asha Patel in Mumbai. She has a brother actor Ashmit Patel. She is the granddaughter of the famous lawyer-politician Barrister Rajni Patel who was the Congress Pradesh Committee President of Mumbai. Ameesha got an offer from her father's schoolmate Rakesh Roshan, to star opposite his son Hrithik Roshan, in Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai. She initially rejected the offer for continuing her studies in USA, but later accepted it. She joined Satyadev Dubey's theatre group and acted in plays, including an Urdu language play titled "Neelam".Grand-daughter of Indian freedom fighter, lawyer, and former Justice Rajni Patel, Amisha, a Gemini, was born in Bombay's Breach Candy Hospital. She is nicknamed Angel and Princess. Her younger brother Ashmit Patel is also a Bollywood film actor and her 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 High School in Bombay, and went on to obtain a degree in Economics from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A. After graduation she worked for a Finance company and also modeled on the side.
She has studied Bharat Natyam dance form since the age of five, and had acted in several plays in Satyadev Dubey's Theatre including a play titled 'Neelam'.
She did not have any plans of being an actress, but when Amit's friend, film-maker and actor, Rakesh Roshan, met her during a family lunch, he offered her the lead role in 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai'. Amisha accepted the offer, the movie went on to become a blockbuster, and made her a star overnight.
She went on to star in movies like 'Gadar: Ek Prem Katha', 'Kranti', 'Kya Yehi Pyar Hai', 'Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar', 'Aap Mujhe Aache Lagne Lage', 'Yeh Hai Jalwa', 'Humraaz', 'Parwana', 'Suno Sasurjee', 'Vaada', 'Elaan', 'Zameer', 'Mere Jeevan Saathi', 'Mangal Pandey', 'Humko Tumse Pyar Hai', 'Teesri Aankh', 'Tathastu', 'Ankahee', Aap Ki Khatir', 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd', 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' & 'Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic'.
She has also acted in three Telugu films and a Tamil film. Amisha has been the recipient of four awards for her performances in 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai', and 'Gadar: Ek Prem Katha'.
She has co-starred with Akshaye Khanna, Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Aftab Shivdasani, Hrithik Roshan, Arjun Rampal amongst others.
Her personal life has been marred with misunderstandings with her parents and brother, so much so that she has sought the intervention of the courts. She dated Bollywood director, Vikram Bhatt, for five years since the release of their first film together, 'Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage', but they had broken-up in 2007. Patel started dating London and Delhi-based businessman Kanav Puri after her break-up, but they eventually broke up two years later in 2010.
She has many critics, who have described her as inconsistent, but have since then bitten their lips when they were proved wrong by this petite, and beautiful actress - who has, and continues to enthrall her fans with a variety of performances on the silver screen. Starred in Shubi Mukherjee's shelved film " Dil Dekhe Dekho". Directed by Lawrence Dsouza, co starring Fardeen Khan,Sucheta and Farida Jalal.
Starred in Vikram Bhatt's shelved film co starring her brother Ashmit Patil. The film was a thriller based on reincarnation Amisha was to die at the interval then be born as Ashmit in the next life time.
Starred in Tanuja Chandra shelved film opposite Karan Nath. This was in 2002.
Was signed for Piyush Pandya (American Desi) movie "The Arranged Marriage" (2003). The film was to be shot in New Jersey. Amisha later opted out and Perizaad Zorabian replaced her. Starring Perizaad Zorabian, Ayesha Dharker, Ajay Naidu, Russel Peters.
Starred in American director' Navraj Kaur's shelved film . This was in 2003. She was to play a actress names Zarina Khan from the 1930's.She was going to learn Kathak dancing from Birju Maharaj.
To prepare for her role as a prostitute in her film Paradise Street, she began chain smoking cigarettes and cigars heavily. She would have one to two packs a day and sometimes multiple cigars a day. She did this because she felt it would give her more feel to the role. However, now she finds smoking hard to stop and says she is addicted
[on item numbers] 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!
[on Hrithik Roshan's and Sussanne Roshan's new born child, Hrehaan] We were children together... now the child I knew, has a child. Such a long journey... in such a short time, now they embark on another journey. A journey of parenthood. I wish them all the best. Sussanne and Hrithik are beautiful people and now the most beautiful thing has happened to them.
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.
Films were never on my agenda, may be it was written in my destiny. And since I am here, I would like to give it my best try.
No one wants to touch you, if you don't have a film background. Which is why outsiders like me have to work doubly hard to get noticed.
People bring you up so fast... But they bring you down even faster.
I love human beings. I believe that there is so much to learn from every person you meet including a child.
I feel French is very close to Urdu. Both languages are beautiful. Sadly, their beauty is lost in translation.
To join or not to join films was the biggest choice I had to make. I'd done two years of biogenetic engineering, was an economics graduate and a gold medalist. I had also been a Bharatanatyam dancer from age five, always won the best actress award in school. Finally I decided to do things for my soul, chose to act.
You have to take life with a pinch of salt and enjoy what you have. There's no point whining.
Believe in yourself and follow the path of honesty because there are no shortcuts in life.
[on her relationship with Vikram Bhatt] People often felt that I was mismatched with Vikram. But for me it was all about the intellect and not about the outer facade.. ours was a dignified and amicable breakup. We were the best of friends and we remain so. We knew we had to move on. So, it was beautifully done. We talk to each other even now and help each other.
I'd never get into a relationship because it would benefit me career wise or monetarily. I'm not one of those who'd say, 'He's not successful, dump him' and move on to the next one.
I don't think two actresses from the same generation can be friends. When you are vying for the same role and competing with one another you cannot be friends. I'd never give up a role for anyone. But two actresses from different generations can be friends. Madhuri Dixit and I got along really well.
I have never done films where the spotlight is only on me. I say yes when I feel the audience can relate to my character in some way. When I played a mother in my second film, "Gadar", and was covered from head to toe, people thought I was damaging my career. When I wore saris in "Humraaz", many thought it would work against me. The same was repeated to me when I played a love-struck wife in "Honeymoon..." Even Adi [Aditya Chopra] was scared and told me to think twice before saying yes to "Thoda Pyaar..." as it was essentially the role of a dimwit. She was lovable but there could have been negative responses.
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.
[on Power (2011)] It is such a big film with great actors - you feel so nervous in front of them! I was thinking, "How will I perform?" I wanted to do a good job and not let my director (Rajkumar Santoshi) down. In a film like this, obviously a girl gets hidden; the actress is not going to be the focus. But whatever scenes I have got are important. I am looking forward to it.
I didn't know what hit me when "Kaho Naa..." became such a huge hit. I was overwhelmed by the success. I wish I'd known how to handle it better. I didn't know how to be a star. I still saw myself as Amisha. Whereas Hrithik [Hrithik Roshan], who grew up around stars, knew how to carry himself like one.
[on refusing a banking job for Bollywood] When you choose one path over the other, you always wonder what the other life would have been like. My lowest phase was when I was away from my family and I realized that in Bollywood it's not always talent that gets you the job. Other girls were getting the roles that I deserved. At that time, I did think that I should have chosen a profession that was more fair. But I'm a fighter, I'll get up and get going again.
All the credit [for] "Kaho Naa..." went to Hrithik Roshan. No one gave me my dues. Once Madhuri Dixit was also laughed at. But she didn't allow anyone to discourage. She really slogged. That's why she's so humble and well-behaved. Madhuri is my ideal. I want to be like her. (Filmfare, Sep. 2001)
Publish Date April 28 2016