Making her acting debut in the 2000 romantic thriller film Kaho Naa...
Pyaar Hai, Patel also 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.
Taran Adarsh commented: "Amisha Patel is just about okay as Akshaye's lover (first half), but splendid as Bobby's wife (second half).
This performance should silence her detractors for sure.
She looks the character she is portraying and impresses with a natural performance." These successes were followed by a series of films that flopped at the box office.
In Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar (2001), she played a successful singer who was abandoned by her mother at the time of her birth. In Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, she played the role of Sapna, who is caged in protective custody of her own father.
Taran Adarsh of India FM concluded: "Despite being one-film-old, Amisha Patel deserves full marks for handling the complex role with elegance.; 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.She co-starred opposite Hrithik Roshan for the second time in this film. Pyaar Hai, the film proved to be a disappointment and resulted in a critical and commercial failure.Patel's performance in the film was criticised by a section of the media, but during an interview she clarified that there was an "error" because the scene explaining that her character is supposed to be asthmatic in the film was edited out not knowing that one shot would make such a difference, thus creating confusion to the viewer about her appearing out of breath, as if she's overacting or crying.