Rising star: Amisha awaits another applause

Amisha PatelAmisha Patel’s stock is rising in Bollywood once more. Stepping into Aishwarya Rai’s shoes in the Bobby Bedi-produced, Ketan Mehta-directed 1857:The Rising has changed her fortunes overnight. After a long dry spell at the box-office (her last hit was Gadar-Ek Prem Katha in 2002) during which Amisha’s...
...dangerous liaisons with Vikram Bhatt took up more column space than her films, her tryst with Aamir Khan may give her career that much-needed boost.

But Amisha doesn’t much care about numbers, she’d have you believe. “The project has to interest me, the director doesn’t matter much. I don’t mind working with a young director if the role has meat. I am delighted to be part of The Rising. In fact I’d been offered a role earlier and I wasn’t able to do it because of date problems. Working with Aamir is like a dream come true.”

The Economics graduate from Tufts University admits that she has learnt to live with the ‘brainy’ tag. “I don’t throw my degree around. If I am intelligent and educated then it’s an asset. But I can’t imagine doing anything else but films,” she says during a candid chat session at the Radisson Hotel.

Beyond Bollywood, Amisha is a homebird, she maintains. She enjoys nothing more than a “quiet dinner with family, a movie and staying put in front of the television. I don’t have a red hot love life that makes great copy. Most of it is in the gossipmonger’s imagination.” Sure!

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