( , ; 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 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
Her relationship with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt
was often talked about in the Indian media
as well as her long-running rift with her parents.
Early life and background
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......