Ameesha Patel (born Amisha Amit Patel; 9 June 1975) is an Indian actress who appears in mainly Bollywood movies and also in Telugu films. Making her acting debut in the blockbuster Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), 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 & it was one of the biggest hits of the year receiving her a nomination of Best Actress .She subsequently featured in several unsuccessful films.However, her performance in the 2006 film Ankahee, received critical recognition and she followed it in 2007 with a supporting/comic role in the multi-starrer hit Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and also co-starred opposite Akshay Kumar in the hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa. In 2013, she made an extended appearance in the box-office hit Race 2. In 2011, she founded her own production company Ameesha Patel Productions, along with her business partner Kuunal Goomer.