Patel's first opportunity for acting came in the form of an offer from her father's schoolmate, Rakesh Roshan, to star opposite his son, Hrithik Roshan, in Kaho Naa... The offer came immediately after she graduated from high school, but she refused the project because she wanted to continue her education in the US. The role of an exuberant college girl in love, undergoing a tortuous time at losing her lover and rediscovering a more mature relationship gave Patel scope to perform.The film was a smashing success and established Patel as a rising star, earning her awards for Best Debut at a number of award ceremonies.These sheikhs come to the city to find 'suitable' brides after paying amounts ranging from Rs 10,000 to lakhs of rupees.MANEKA GANDHI WRITES TO SUSHMA Following the report, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi took cognisance of the incident.This is not the first time such a case has been reported from the city, which is otherwise known for its cultural heritage and close association with Arabs.The nexus of contractual marriages mainly of minor girls from poor families to Arab Sheikhs by Qazis or distant relatives is rampant.Gandhi has directed the Hyderabad Commissioner of Police to investigate the case and has sought an action-taken report against those involved in the illegal marriage.
She studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai and was head girl for the academic year 1992–93 before heading overseas to study Bio-genetic engineering, which she studied for two years, and eventually switching to Economics at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Patel's career began as an economic analyst at Khandwala Securities Limited after graduation.
2001 saw her appearing in Anil Sharma's cross-border romance Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, alongside Sunny Deol.
Patel signed on much before she shot into the limelight with Kaho Naa...
Her performance in the 2006 film Ankahee received critical recognition.
In 2007, she appeared in a supporting role in Honeymoon Travels Pvt. and also co-starred with Akshay Kumar in Bhool Bhulaiyaa.