Ameesha Patel is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Bollywood films.
She has also appeared in a few Telugu and Tamil films. She has won a Filmfare Award.
Patel made her acting debut in the 2000 blockbuster romantic thriller film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai. She rose to prominence by featuring in top grossing productions- 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, Humraaz and Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai.
She received critical recognition for her performance in Ankahee (2006). Subsequently, she featured in box-office hits Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Bhool Bhulaiyaa which proved to be her first commercial success in five years. In 2013, she made an extended special appearance in Race 2.
Patel is frequently cited as one of the “sexiest” Bollywood actresses of all time.Rediff featured Patel as one of the top Bollywood actresses of 2001.In 2011, she founded her own production company Ameesha Patel Productions.
Patel was born in a Gujarati family to Amit Patel and Asha Patel. She is the sister of Ashmit Patel and the granddaughter of the famous lawyer-politician Barrister Rajni Patel, who was the Congress Pradesh Committee President of Mumbai.
She was born in the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai and has been 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 Mumbai and was head girl for the academic year 1992–93 before heading overseas to study Bio-genetic engineering, which she studied for two years, and eventually switching to Economics.
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 modelling, appearing in several commercial campaigns.
Patel has also modelled for well-known Indian brands such as Bajaj Sevashram, Fair & Lovely, Cadburys Jai Lime, Fem, Lux and many more.
In 2018, she played a movie star in the ensemble action comedy Bhaiaji Superhit alongside Sunny Deol, a production in the making since 2012. The film was poorly received by critics.
In September 2004, Patel joined PETA, one of the organisations championing the cause of animals, as part of an advertising campaign which highlights the lives of captive animals in a zoo who are robbed of their natural surroundings for the amusement of others.
Patel posed as a petrified prisoner in a jail cell to throw focus on the plight of animals in zoos.