Once Upon an Ameesha Patel


Once Upon an Ameesha Patel

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


he first film I ever saw in a theatre with my maternal grandfather was Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. I was eight years old, and for some reason too hyped because #MuscularHrithik, so I’d forced him to take me to a show. When the credits rolled around, my grandfather joined my hyped state, convinced that the movie’s leads were going to be superstars. That day, we walked out thinking we’d seen the future.

Ameesha Patel revolutionised the rich bratty girl who likes poor, good-natured boys in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai at the turn of the millennium. The following year, she wiped the floor with Sunny paaji in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. Then in 2002, she ruled the screen in perhaps the most underrated Bollywood film of all time, Humraaz (I don’t care if you haterz fill up my mentions).