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Destiny's child

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By: Poonam Deviah

An ace academician and granddaughter of noted lawyer Rajni Patel, Amisha Patel has always been an achiever. Be it being a school head girl or bagging a Gold Medal in Economics at Tufts' University, Boston. She has done it all. Even as a child she showed great grit and determination in following her dreams. In class six she told her mother about her dream to be the school head girl, but her mother never took it seriously. In class 12 she indeed became the head girl.

After a gold medal in Economics, she joined the finance department of the Bombay Stock Exchange, but it could not hold her for long. It took her a year before she could convince her parents to let her join Satyadev Dubey's theatre group. It was around this time, that Rakesh Roshan was making his son, Hrithik's debut movie Kaho Na Pyaar Hai with Kareena. However due to some misunderstandings Kareena could not continue in the project. It was now when Amisha filled the gap. The movie took off with Hrithik and Amisha, both first timers and was a super-duper hit. From here Amisha's film career took off.

She also gave hits like Gadar and Humraaz . Interestingly in Humraaz , she is supposed to have replaced Priyanka Chopra. Her forth coming films include Vikram Bhatt's Elaan in which she is playing a journalist. Then there is Ketan Mehta's The Rising where she plays an innocent Bengali girl, Jwala who goes through bad times before she meets a Britisher.

Of late, Amisha was in news for serving her father Amit Patel a legal notice charging him with "mismanaging" her accounts and assets amounting to Rs.120 million (Rs.12 crore).

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