Ameesha Patel (Born Amisha Amit Patel; 9 June 1975) also simply known as "Ameesha" is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Bollywood films. She has also appeared in a few Telugu and Tamil films. Making her acting debut in the 2000 romantic thriller film, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, 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. Her performance in the 2002 film Humraaz received critical acclaim and it was one of the biggest hits of the year receiving her a nomination for Best Actress .
Her performance in the 2006 film Ankahee, received critical recognition. In 2007, she appeared in a supporting role in Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and also co-starred Akshay Kumar in Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Rediff featured Patel as one of the top Bollywood actresses of 2001.
Patel is frequently cited as one of the "sexiest" Bollywood actresses of all time.