Sushmita Sen

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Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen on the 'IGNITE' fashion show ramp in November 2012
Born (1975-11-19) 19 November 1975 (age 39)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India[1]
(now in Telangana, India)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Children Renee Sen
Alisah Sen
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]

Sushmita Sen (born 19 November 1975) is an Indian film actress, model and beauty pageant title holder. She was crowned Miss Universe 1994[4] by outgoing title holder Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico at the 43rd edition of the Miss Universe Pageant held in Manila, Philippines, on 20 May 1994. She was the first Indian to win the crown.[5]

After completing her reign, Sen went on to pursue Bollywood. She started her career with the Hindi film, Dastak. She rose to stardom with the Tamil musical Ratchagan opposite Nagarjuna; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in Sirf Tum (1999) and the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999). The latter earned her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She has also acted in commercially successful films such as Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004) - her biggest commercial success so far - and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005). She received critical acclaim for her female-oriented roles in films such as Filhaal... (2002), Samay: When Time Strikes (2003), Chingaari (2005), Zindaggi Rocks (2006), Aag (2007) and others.

Early life[edit]

Sen with her daughters Renee and Alishah at Raveena Tandon's show Isi Ka Naam Zindagi.

Sen was born into a Bengali family[6] in Hyderabad. Her parents are Shuber Sen, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander, and Subhra Sen, a jewelry designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. She has two siblings, a sister named Neelam and a brother named Rajeev.[7]

She has attended Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute[8] in New Delhi and St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad, but did not pursue higher education.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Often known as the most stylish and glamorous lady of India,[11][12] Sushmita Sen made history by adopting a baby girl named Renée[1][13] in 2000. She, as a single woman of only 25 years of age, was not viewed as socially acceptable to obtain the guardianship of the baby. However, the High Court of Bombay quashed the appeal and she obtained gain of cause. On 13 Jan, 2010 she adopted a three-month-old girl and named her Alisah.[1]

Miss Universe[edit]

In 1994, as a teenager, Sen won the title of Femina Miss India. Sen then represented India at the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, held in Manila, Philippines and won there.[4]

At Miss Universe, Sen ranked third overall in the preliminaries, right behind preliminary winner Miss Colombia Carolina Gómez, and Miss Greece Rea Totounzi, who ranked second but won the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Sen went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, India to the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 onwards through her project I Am She – Miss Universe India.[14]

Film career[edit]


Sushmita at the judging of Pantaloons Femina Miss India contest 2009.

After her reign as Miss Universe, Sushmita became an actress. Her first film, Dastak was in 1996, in which she played the victim of a stalker played by Sharad Kapoor. Mukul Dev starred as the lead actor. She then starred in the 1997 Tamil, action film Ratchagan. Two years later her appearance as Rupali in David Dhawan's movie Biwi No.1 won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999. Biwi No.1 was the second highest grossing movie of 1999.[15] The same year, she was also nominated for her role in Sirf Tum in the same category, making her an obvious choice for winner. Following her famous dance item song in Fiza known as 'Mehboob Mere', she tried to make a niche for her career in the Indian film cinema.


She received critical acclaim and box office success for film Aankhen. So far, her biggest hit has been the 2004 movie Main Hoon Na, in which she starred as Shahrukh Khan's love interest. The film grossed a total of Rs 330,000,000 and was the second best selling movie of that year.[16] Later, Sushmita played a lawyer in Main Aisa Hi Hoon opposite Ajay Devgan. In 2005, she also starred in a remake of Cactus Flower, called Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?: Sen played the lead opposite Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.


Sushmita plays the role of a successful supermodel called Shimmer in Dulha Mil Gaya, the film was a major commercial failure that year.[17]

Sushmita has signed three big projects, one of which reportedly has her portraying the slain Pakistan Peoples Party leader Benazir Bhutto in a film co-produced by Zaid Aziz and Henna Rai of the Karachi production company Vox Vision, and Leicester-based Sum Films. Tentatively titled Benazir Bhutto: The Movie, the film will be shot in locations in Pakistan, the US, Britain and Dubai, where Bhutto spent years as a student and later as a political leader in exile. When Sushmita was asked about this big opportunity, she excitedly said, “Yes, I am keen to play the role.”[18] The second is Farah Khan's untitled venture opposite Salman Khan, with the third one being veteran actress Rekhha's biopic titled "Sitare" under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment.[citation needed]


Sushmita Sen at Harmony Foundation's Mother Teresa Memorial Award in Oct 2013
Filmfare Awards
IIFA Awards
Star Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Other honours


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Dastak Sushmita Sen
1997 Zor Aarti
1997 Ratchagan Soniya Tamil film
1999 Sirf Tum Neha Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1999 Hindustan Ki Kasam Priya
1999 Biwi No.1 Rupali Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1999 Mudhalvan Special appearance (song)
Tamil film
2000 Aaghaaz Sudha
2000 Fiza Special appearance (song)
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Sonam
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Special appearance (song)
2001 Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Lara Oberoi
2002 Aankhen Neha Srivastav
2002 Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge Mehak
2002 Filhaal... Sia Sheth Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2003 Samay: When Time Strikes ACP Malvika Chauhan
2003 Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye Herself Special appearance
2004 Vaastu Shastra Dr. Jhilmil Rao
2004 Main Hoon Na Miss Chandni Chopra
2004 Paisa Vasool Baby
2006 Chingaari Basanti
2005 Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Naina
2005 Main Aisa Hi Hoon Neeti Khanna/Neeti Chhahal
2005 Bewafaa Aarti
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Naima Begum Special appearance (song)
2005 It Was Raining That Night Ayesha Sahani Bengali / English language film
2006 Zindaggi Rocks Kriya
2006 Alag Special appearance (song)
2007 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Durga/Devi aka Durga Devi
2009 Karma Aur Holi Meera
2009 Do Knot Disturb Kiran
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya Shimmer Kanhai
2010 No Problem Kajal
2014 Happy Anniversary
2014 Nirbaak
2015 Jodi emon hoto

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c IANS (21 May 2010). "News : Sushmita Sen now wants a biological child". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Gupta, Pratim D. (20 April 2007). "The Telegraph – Calcutta : Frontpage". The Telegraph (Kolkota, India). Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Models Profile - Sushmitha Sen". The Amazing Models. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "The Hindu Business Line : Coke-Sushmita Sen deal cancelled". 16 July 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Sushmita Sen - Bollywood Actress Sushmita Sen Biography - Life History of Sushmita Sen - Works of Actress Sushmita Sen
  6. ^ "Fans wish Zeenat, Sushmita on birthday". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sushmita Sen with Father". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Sen, Sushmita. "Biography for Sushmita Sen". IMDB. 
  9. ^ Ganesh S Lakshman, TNN 12 February 2006, 01.33am IST (12 February 2006). "MCH bulldozers may force St. Ann's to relocate - Times Of India". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Garima Sharma, TNN 6 March 2010, 12.00am IST (6 March 2010). "No college degree for Sushmita Sen - Times Of India". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bollywood Diva Sushmita Sen At Assotech's Event At Gurgaon". Faridabad Metro. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Susmita Sen Most Stylish: Cosmopolitan » Bollywood News and Bollywood Gossips | Bollywood Actors | Bollywood Actresses". 16 February 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  13. ^ 5 February 2011 DC Correspondent (5 February 2011). "Sush consoles Renee". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "I’m a born entrepreneur: Sen Sen". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Dulha Mil Gaya is my project out and out: Sushmita Sen". 
  18. ^ Punn, Goher (28 January 2009). "Sushmita Sen roped in to play Benazir Bhutto". Radio Sargam. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  19. ^ "Harmony Foundation to host Mother Teresa awards on Nov 9". dna. Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. 11 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mother Teresa Awards given to promoters of social justice". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Puerto Rico Dayanara Torres
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
United States Chelsi Smith
Preceded by
Namrata Shirodkar
Femina Miss India
Succeeded by
Manpreet Brar