According to her, people were apprehensive about her capability to portray the part convincingly, especially because she was also filming her debut movie, ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’, simultaneously.The multitasking not only demanded her time but also required her to switch gears mentally, from playing a modern, youthful character to embodying the role of a mother set in the period of 1947-55. Ameesha disclosed that much of the skepticism was due to the perception that her roles had largely been ‘young, glamorous, and bubbly.’ The transition to playing a mother was perceived as a risky move for her, especially early in her career.
Ameesha found this disconcerting, questioning the perceived stigma against playing a maternal role: “What’s wrong with being a mother?”
Her debut film, ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’, was also shrouded in doubt, despite it being a launching pad for Hrithik Roshan. The actor was debuting at a time when the next generation of other established Bollywood personalities, such as Abhishek Bachchan and Fardeen Khan, were entering the industry. This led to an atmosphere of comparative skepticism.
Ameesha recounted that people had more faith in the new faces with established lineages, downplaying Hrithik Roshan’s potential, even though his father, Rakesh Roshan, was also a reputable figure in Bollywood.
Furthermore, Rakesh Roshan was cautioned against releasing Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai in the same timeframe as movies featuring stalwarts like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ and ‘Mela’ were scheduled to release around the same time, and the belief was that the competition would overshadow the debutants.
Ameesha Patel has consistently defied expectations and navigated through skepticism, whether it was her role as Sakeena or the gamble that was ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’. Her journey exemplifies that faith in one’s ability can often eclipse external doubts, paving the way for unprecedented success.